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Visual Design for the Non-Designer
What can a non-designer do to harness the power of visual design without calling professional help? Quite a lot, says internationally-regarded visual designer Dan Rubin. We called Dan to talk about what design techniques are accessible to mere mortals. He also gave us a preview of his day-long workshop for non-designers at our User Interface 14 Conference, this November.
Web Standards for Web Apps with Molly Holzschlag
This week our long time friend Molly Holzschlag joins us to discuss the cutting edge of web standards as they apply to web application development. Listen in while we talk about the effects that HTML 5, ECMAScript and other standards will have on the web.
Roughing it with Interactive Prototypes
Planning documents for web app projects are often overlooked, despite their importance in the success of the product. James Box and Richard Rutter of Clearleft share their successful process of creating rough interactive prototypes for clients when creating web applications.
Follow-up Podcast for An Agile UX Primer
This week we are happy to share with you a followup podcast to our recent Virtual Seminar with Jeff Patton, one of the world's foremost teachers and consultants on the agile development process. If you missed the seminar, don't worry, if you're interested in agile, there's plenty here for you too.
Ajax Aids Accessibility?
If you do it right, using Ajax techniques can improve accessibility. Surprised? You shouldn't be. Ajax, like most techniques and technologies on the web are what you make of them. That's why I asked Derek Featherstone to speak with me about his latest work. Derek is a world renown expert on web accessibility. As principle of Further Ahead, he also helps clients deploy sites that exploit the latest techniques. These two statements do not need to be at odds with each other!
Reviewing Mental Models with Indi Young
In February we held one of our most popular Virtual Seminars ever, Mental Models: Getting Into Your Customer's Head, presented by Indi Young. We had a number of compelling questions left over from the seminar, and we wanted Indi to have a chance to answer them.
Visual Design Misconceptions with Luke Wroblewski
“Can you make the logo bigger?” Heard that one before? So have we. This week, we talk with Yahoo!'s Luke Wroblewski, an expert on visual design on the web, about the misconceptions that about around this topic!
Followup Q&A from The Scent of Information
Brian Christiansen and I recorded a special episode comprised entirely of questions from our customers. Last week, we held the UIE Virtual Seminar: The Scent of Information: Getting Users to Their Content. During the seminar, we received far more questions than time would allow answering. As is tradition, we put together this follow-up podcast to answer even more of your excellent questions.
Design for Signup Q&A Followup
At the beginning of this month, we had Joshua Porter in the office to present his Design for Sign-up talk. Designing for sign-up should be simple, yet it's often the most challenging area of your design. Josh had some great ideas on how to increase the ease of sign-up and how to motivate your users to want to. We got back together with Josh to follow-up on the seminar so we could answer a number of viewer's questions that we didn't have time for in the seminar.
Robust Personas
This week, we follow up our Virtual Seminar presentation on Building Robust Personas In 30 Days or Less, with answers to more questions that were generated during the session. You needn't have attended the seminar to learn from this podcast, though.
On-Site Search
In this week's episode, Brian Christiansen and I discuss the experience of on-site search engines, how to tell if yours is working well, and how to improve it.
5-Second Usability Tests
This week, Christine and Jared discuss the genesis and value of five-second usability tests.
Where Did The Year Go? (Part 2)
We discuss the big user experience stories from 2006, including the Wii, the Target accessibility law suit, moderated vs. unmoderated testing techniques, and more.
Jason Grigsby - When Responsive Design Meets the Real World
Transcript available. Responsive web design allows the notion of “one web” to be a reality. Designers are increasingly able to sell to their organization the idea of delivering content to multiple platforms. Putting it into practice is another story.
Erin Malone - Choosing, Designing, and Implementing Ratings & Reviews
Transcript available. Reputation is everything. On sites where users can rate and review products or services, the result is, well, reputation. But a problem can arise when ratings aren’t accompanied by a qualifying review. A user could have had a negative experience with service or shipping but the product itself could be stellar.
Steph Hay - Writing Content for Usability
Transcript available. Content is everywhere. With the amount of content users are confronted with everyday it can be challenging to garner their attention. Compounding this problem is the fact that designers and developers are often tasked with writing content that end users see. This can be an intimidating prospect if you’re unaccustomed to crafting copy.
Rachel Hinman - Creating Great Mobile User Experiences
Transcript available. Mobile is greatly influencing the user experience community. It’s challenging traditional approaches to design, but also bringing with it a host of new opportunities. Being a user experience practitioner in this changing environment is a bit scary. Yet coupling existing skill sets with the constraints of designing in the mobile space makes for an exciting world full of possibility.
James Robertson - Innovative Mobile Intranet Design
Transcript available. With mobile, you simply can't have as much content on your pages as you do on the desktop. Intranet access within enterprises is crucial and accessing it with mobile devices is beneficial. However, the vast amount of pages and content is cumbersome and impractical for a mobile setting. James Robertson asks, what are the few essential things users need while they are away from their desks?
Hugh Beyer - Getting Started with UX Inside Agile Development
Transcript available. Change is always an interruption. For those switching to an Agile process, the transition doesn’t always go so smoothly. Suddenly, with things moving so quickly, the role of UX gets lost in the shuffle. User experience is often disregarded in Agile development.
Dave McFarland - jQuery for Agile Prototyping
Transcript available. Technologies are often misunderstood at their outset. This misunderstanding leads to a lack of adoption. This lack of adoption leads to the technology not reaching it’s full potential or not being utilized in useful ways. This is essentially what happened to JavaScript. Its detractors said it wasn’t a real programming language, and it’s capabilities were ignored. Dave McFarland notes that Google’s use of JavaScript in Google Maps makes a lot of people take notice.
Stephanie Sullivan Rewis and Greg Rewis - What Designers Need to Know About HTML5 and CSS3
Transcript available. The introduction of CSS3 and HTML5 brought with it a host of new capabilities. With most modern browsers supporting CSS3 and HTML5, implementing them into your designs is becoming easier. Understanding the things that are now possible with these new standards can help you create better designs more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Stephanie and Greg discuss what the introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 means for designers and developers, and what can be accomplished today by putting it into practice.
Richard Rutter - JQuery for UX Designers
Transcript available. A designer can never have too many tools and methods for creating their designs. Many times conveying interactions in a static wireframe is difficult. So designers have turned to HTML and CSS to create wireframes and prototypes to provide a richer interaction. JQuery can also be thrown into the mix to further this process along.
Nathan Curtis - From PDFs to HTML Prototypes
Prototypes help, be they paper, wireframes or PDFs, to exhibit a design idea. They allow you to communicate your idea visually and test aspects of the design. As effective as they are, they have their limitations. Nathan Curtis of EightShapes uses HTML prototypes in his team’s design process. Using HTML, they test functionality and interactions in ways that are impossible while using static PDFs.
Stephen Anderson - The Quest for Emotional Engagement
Stephen Anderson, designer and creator of the Mental Notes card deck, believes your users must be emotionally engaged if you want them to exhibit a certain behavior. Stephen uses simple visual representations to help people make choices and understand complex information. In this podcast, Stephen and Jared Spool discuss creating designs that engage your users’ emotions.
When Search Meets Web Usability Q&A with Shari Thurow
How do you bridge the gap between the search engine and your site? You want that transition to be as smooth and natural for your users as possible. Ideally, they would start with their search, arrive at your site and accomplish what they set out to. Often times, it doesn’t work out that easily. Shari Thurow offers techniques and tricks to satisfy the goals of your users.
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Podcast Details
Started
Oct 25th, 2005
Latest Episode
Oct 4th, 2017
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
372
Avg. Episode Length
30 minutes
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