UX Sketching: Whiteboard 101

In my experience, the best UX/UI designs result when teams work together to sketch out their ideas based on solid user research combined with a clear understanding of business needs. The resulting sketches enable teams to clarify their shared thinking “on paper”, make abstract ideas more tangible, and explore multiple design options quickly. This process […]

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What’s Your One Thing?

Last week I read The One Thing by Gary Keller. If you haven’t picked it up yet, it’s a great book and I highly recommend it. In this post I’ll share how finding your One Thing can simplify your life and give you a laser focus for anything you want to accomplish. In my last […]

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Your Year In Review: Reflect And Celebrate!

As 2014 draws to a close I thought it would be good to take stock of the year and start figuring out what next year will bring. I’ve actually been doing lots of 2015 planning since Thanksgiving, but the last week of the year is when things usually quiet down long enough that I can really […]

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10 Gifts For UX Designers Under $50

Happy Holidays, everyone! Here are 10 honest-to-goodness physical products (not software) for UX Designers that won’t break the bank and will be a hit for that special techie in your life. Hope this makes your holiday shopping a bit easier. FYI, some of these links have affiliate links in them, so if you make a […]

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How To Write Storyboards For Hero Banners

Most corporate websites have some sort of hero element on them, usually an animated banner to draw attention to the home page. These components can be very effective or fall completely flat, depending on the strategy behind them. In this post I’ll show you how to write them from concept to finished piece, and provide […]

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Off To SXSW Interactive

Tomorrow I’m flying to Austin to attend the South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW) festival. This year should be a big one for UX design – there are a multitude of sessions devoted to this topic as well as writing web copy – so I’m really excited to be part of it. I expect to return […]

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10 Tips To Improve Your Website

Happy New Year! Here are ten things you can do to improve your web site or blog this year: 1. Establish a clear purpose for your site Why does your site exist? What’s the point? I started this site to share my knowledge about user experience, content development and web strategy. What’s the purpose of […]

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Wireframe Nirvana: Plan Ahead For Changes

Building out a 50+ page wireframe deck is never easy, no matter which diagramming tool you use. Planning for iteration and change is the key to keeping your sanity and delivering a quality product. Here’s how I do it using pen, paper and Omnigraffle Pro on a Mac. Plan Your Attack Before you begin, study […]

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Get Fresh Ideas When You Unplug

While I absolutely love designing online spaces, it is incredibly healthy, refreshing and educational to go offline and completely unplug for a while. Every time I do it I return to my work thoroughly refreshed with new ideas for copy, wireframes and other web design deliverables. Here’s how my last unplugged adventure specifically helped me […]

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