Microsoft Proves its Hip to be Square

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Love it or hate it, Microsoft did something monumental with Metro: it managed to change an entire internal culture to embrace a user-centered design standard. Nothing Microsoft did is particularly groundbreaking, but in a world saturated with Apple-esque design and Google minimalism, they managed to emerge with a brand (and interface) uniquely their own. The … Continue reading

Lee Allen on The New UX Skills

Lee Allen on the New UX Skills

Designers and other UX types are self-reflective sorts. We spend lots of time—perhaps too much time—talking about what design is, how we do it, and what tools we use. But perhaps its time to stop obsessing over deliverables and focus on the skill sets–and more importantly–the role of UX for better web: Lee Allen on … Continue reading

RIP Mr. Mock-up: The Grief Life-Cycle of an Iterative Designer

There’s a saying that usability experts are from Mars and graphic designers are from Venus. This clever saying essentially highlights the dichotomy between form and functionality–oftentimes what is aesthetically pleasing is not necessarily wholly user-centric. Typically, graphic designers aren’t required to fully flesh out usability or functionality–they simply lipstick a pig. They are unburdened by … Continue reading