Thoughts on product design + user experience

Job: User Experience Designer in Waterloo, Ontario at Primal Fusion

Written by bbb on February 29, 2008

I’m excited to announce this opportunity to work with me at Primal Fusion! Although we’re still in stealth mode, the time nears when we’ll throw off the covers to unveil our first product. In this role, you’ll make important contributions to that product — and to those which follow. We’ve assembled a team of talented…

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You may not know it, but you want my job.

Written by bbb on January 21, 2008

And guess what… I’m fine with that! According to Fast Company this month, interaction designer is one of the “Ten Jobs You Didn’t Know You Wanted“. And we’re in fine company, sharing the list with brewmaster, flavorist, and roller coaster engineer. (Piece of family legend: a distant cousin of mine worked on satellites until one…

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Heading to Interaction 08

Written by bbb on December 19, 2007

Just registered for Interaction 08, the first conference organized by the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Very excited about this, and not just for the opportunity to visit Savannah, Georgia in February! IxDA is growing into a terrific organization and has attracted most of the world’s top talent in interaction design; for instance, keynotes include Alan…

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Amazon’s recommendation engine needs a semantic tune-up

Written by bbb on October 23, 2007

A few minutes ago, an email from Amazon landed in my Inbox. It suggests that, since I’ve purchased books about interaction design by Alan Cooper, I might also like this upcoming release titled Bravery Awards for Aerial Combat. Check it out: Um, okay, design can be pretty hard sometimes, but not sure it warrants an…

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Website now live for Waterloo UX group

Written by bbb on September 17, 2007

And our first event for the season is in three days, on Thursday September 20. Visit the UX Group’s website to learn more about our planned events (spoiler: Roger Martin in December!) and about our affiliations with IxDA and Communitech.

A 10-step summary of how to create personas

Written by bbb on September 13, 2007

A few days ago, I hosted a web seminar about personas for the folks at Thomson Scientific. Interest has grown there after a successful introduction to personas, which I’m told were a useful resource during their redesign of the ISI Web of Knowledge. This got me thinking: I’ve already posted some information about personas here…

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Job opportunity for design-minded web developer

Written by bbb on July 31, 2007

Work with me, people. Literally! This position has been filled. Thanks to everyone who was interested and keep an eye peeled for future opportunities. I’m excited about this position that’s just opened up here at Terapath. We’re looking for a web developer who’s savvy with all the latest buzz (Web 2.0, AJAX, etc.) and techniques…

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The jujutsu of introducing usability to an organization (video)

Written by bbb on July 10, 2007

I was very pleased when Mark Maxted from Blue Coat agreed to speak at last month’s 7-Minute Soapbox in Waterloo. Of all the engineers I’ve worked with in the past 15 years, Mark is perhaps the most well-versed and committed advocate of usability and user-centered design. In this talk, he draws upon 24 years experience…

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