Another boring technology blog by Amir Karim - User Experience, Microsoft
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UX in the real world: Parking machine nightmare
Sometimes my inner UX geek just has to come out into the real world. Below are two examples of parking machines. The proposition in both locations is the same: you park your car and before you leave you put a ticket in the machine and pay for it. That's about as complex as it gets and yet these retail...
2 Jun 2012
Evolve or die!
If there is one thing certain in web design it’s this: change your interface and your user’s will temporarily hate you. Facebook , Google+ and the BBC Sports website are just three site’s which have dramatically changed their visual design recently – and faced the wrath of...
17 Apr 2012
Stakeholders: a different breed
During the course of my career I have had to deal with many-a-stakeholder. In an ideal world they get involved from the very inception and are provided with an opportunity to feedback and shape the project until completion. However, this process does not always run smoothly. You get angry stakeholders...
25 Jan 2012
Tis' the season to be jolly (and-to-also-make-use-of-sophisticated-technology-for-marketing-purposes)
How's that for a snappy title? Yes, I have been injected with a combination of verbosity and some good old jolly festive spirit. Whilst some of this can be put down to the last few days of imbibing, eating and receiving more pairs of socks than a man will ever need, a tiny part of my happiness...
27 Dec 2011
Repeat after me: wireframes are not visual design
Over the years I have perfected a special skill. It goes like this: I send out wireframes for review and feedback. These may be low fidelity sketches or high fidelity interface mock-ups. Whatever they are I send them out for comment because I believe in a collaborative process. I compose the email...
20 Dec 2011
User testing is common sense.
In any industry where members of the public are exposed to a product, rigorous testing takes place prior to its release. It’s necessary. It makes commercial sense. After all, would you go ahead launching a product that customers hated? Who would? But incredibly this happens all the time. Foregoing...
10 Dec 2011
Defining user experience...and a welcome.
If you’re new to the field of user experience then welcome to this blog! Hopefully in the months to come there will be plenty for you to see around here. I thought it only seemed right to kick things off with a post that attempted to explain precisely what user experience is. This is more...
10 Jul 2011
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