- 27/03/2017UX ResearchEntendiendo el rol de Ux Researchwww.kairosds.com Explicamos la importancia que tiene el trabajo de un ux research. la investigación del usuario es vital para el lanzamiento de nuevos productos y...
- 26/03/2017Rise of the UX writer.Rise of the UX writerblog.prototypr.io Right now is a very interesting time to be a copywriter in the UK. As an industry, copywriting seems to be going through something of...
- 26/03/2017Personal Brand : "the You-Eye Guy"
This little feller was myIcon from the mid-70's on... Here's a mockup for my business card, soon after arriving in NYC, circa 1978.
Visual, classy, and a little sassy
- 26/03/2017My answer on Quora to
"How do you build a UI portfolio when you're limited by the design approval of your company?"
Part of what a client hires is a certain level of ‘professional compliance”. It comes with the territory.
Unless you’re a real design hot-shot (and even if you are), very few clients will ask you to re-design their corporate (i.e. ‘approved’) stylesheet.
Your portfolio demonstrates your abilities … plural. Those include ‘working with whatcha got’, as well as your own creative pzazz.
* I have a ‘professional portfolio’ featuring screenshots of paid work. http://www.jcvtcs.com/index-section-portfolio.html. That stuff is competent-but-not-necessarily-dazzling.
* I also offer an art gallery of more creative (usually unpaid) work http://www.jcvtcs.com/gallery/index-gallery.html
Hopefully, some clients may look at that stuff, as well.
In practical terms, most clients focus on the paid work, but theGalley offers some value-added talking points.
- 25/03/2017"I am a doctor. Should I learn basic HTML coding for my own startup?"
-- on Quora
Knowing some html code is always helpful, because it’s the accessible, basic language of the interactive net.
But it’s also primarily a ‘presentation level’ code language - so it really depends on what your startup is intended to do.
If your startup is just going to be based on a website, then learning html is probably not the best investment of your learning capital. Unless you intend to create your website all by yourself. And perhaps even then.
Comments26/03/2017 #2 John Vaughan#1 I agree, @gloria ochoa
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https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/the-ux-code/26/03/2017 #1 AnonymousHi John! WOW...a doctor wants to do his own website? Pffft...he should let someone do it for him so he can do what HE does best--docter-ing. ;)
For me, I think it is good to have (at minimum) a basic knowledge of HTML if you are creating a website. --espc if you are the one that will be managing web anything. Not necessarily the whole enchilada. (great..now Im hungry) I find that it is helpful when I trouble shoot something that was working or if I need to "hack" (sorry..bad word choice but it fits) your back end coding or to manipulate a template, regardless of the web creation platform I am using, Not saying anyone needs to learn HTML inside and out--espc with all the online drag/drop/plop website builder platforms these days-- but the basics is always a good foundation. (you know: H1, H2. .....etc) :) Im pretty sure anyone could do a free Udemy online course for basic HTML training--or even google whatever one needs help with in that regard... so that startup learning budgets can be used more effectively. Just my thought. :)
- 24/03/2017There are two programmers; one writes a messy program in 3 hours, while the other writes a well structured program in 12 hours. Who do you hire? -- on Quora
“Who do you hire?”
Apparently … whoever’s cheaper. But that’s another rant.
Context, of course, is everything. Yep - sometimes we need a qwik-n-dirty fix. But the management & maintenance issues are always gonna be there. Even (especially) when they’re not acknowledged.
No point in re-stating the value proposition of ‘well-structured’ vs ‘messy’ here. If you don’t get it yet, then this is not the place to explain it.
Intriguing artifact of the proposed scenario:
If they’re charging by the hour - and we’re working of the same budget - then the sloppy programmer can charge 4x the rate of the well-structured programmer. It’s a thought…
As a UX guy with decent code chops and also some programming knowledge (coding and programming are different: Coding is Language. Programming is Dance. https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/coding-is-language-programming-is-dance/), much of my career has been dealing with ‘other people’s messes’. Specifically:
* Slap some Usability Paint on The Messy Program
* Under-the-Hood Cleanup (We can’t integrate!)
*Make incompatible Components Work Together (the appearance of consistency)
The list goes on. And on.
We know what the answer is. We just don’t want to accept it.John Vaughan's answer to There are two programmers; one writes a messy program in 3 hours, while the other writes a well structured program in 12 hours. Who do you hire? - Quorawww.quora.com
Comments24/03/2017 #4 Anonymous@ John Vaughan . I agree with much of what you say here. Grew up on maintenance programming (in FORTRAN) The name of the language says it all. On the question of who to hire, I'd argue that the best programmers never write messy programs. Because of their thinking style and approach, cost boxing the task would get you a better result per unit cost from the best programmer. Messiness mostly comes from stream of consciousness thinking applied to the problem with programming applied over the top of it. Simply keeping fingers off the keyboard and applying some structure to thoughts emerging from a stream of consciousness will pay large dividends. The application of meaning is often tightly coupled to the making things happen. It has to be considered in a wider context of information flow beyond the UX and application programming domain. Otherwise you end up with an beatiful customer engaging application (combining good ux and elegant programming) that the business owner does not know is driving the business into the ground.
- 23/03/2017Drupal 8 – Are you Ready to Use it into your Next Web Development Project?www.papasiddhi.com Drupal is one platform commonly used by almost every organization as a crucial technology, be it private, government or global institution. Introduced as an open source in 2001 with the aim to let people...
- 22/03/2017My answer on Quora to "Is it better to do Full Stack or just UX UI?"
Generalist is more a behavioral mindset than it is a learned skill.
- 21/03/2017Why chatbots fail, perfectionism in design, UX writing, and moreuxdesign.cc What’s hot in UX this...
- My answer on Quora to "Is it a good idea for self-hosting clients’ website on my computer?"
Probably not, if you don’t have built-in failsafes - unless the client just doesn’t care.
The god-forbid-but-what-if… backups & security are why I pay someone else to handle hosting.
I’ll do it as a stopgap measure (specifically to provide a reasonably secure ‘private’ sandbox & viewing venue … but only during the design & creation process). Business is business. Unless ‘hosting is your business’, I’d leave it to the professionals.
For a client who wants one-stop shopping, I’ll handle the management of their site on someone else’s hosting service - and charge a modest fee as part of the package. Extra advantage: Hosting services often offer enhanced apps & services.John Vaughan's answer to Is it a good idea for self-hosting clients’ website on my computer? - Quorawww.quora.com
- My answer on Quora to "Should web designers put their logo on the footer of customer sites?"
Depends on the customer. Depends on the obviousness of the self-promotion.
Here’s my approach (over time) w/ 100+ clients:
* If you’re working w/ a large corporation as a contractor, you can pretty much forget it. They won’t do it - and it’s pretty much inappropriate.
* If you’ve+ pretty much ‘done it all’ in designing an entire site for a small company, you’re on firmer ground - especially if you’re also hosting the site for them. That’s been part of my one-stop-shop package.
The question here may be based on : “I did a design-y ‘coat of paint’ for this client. Am I entitled to self-promote?”
Well, if you can sell it, then do it. Maybe the client feels generous, but you’re really just a contractor doing a relatively small & superficial part of the whole.
It’s Scale (Did you do an entire brand overhaul?)
It’s The Value Proposition (Are you really that good?)
It’s Relationship (Are they willing to let you advertise on their site?)
If you want to make it part of your business, then include the discussion as part of your up-front negotiations. Show how it can be done tastefully - and in a non-distracting manner (‘Dueling logos’ can be confusing and off-putting). A byline is one thing. Your brand logo is another level altogether.
Framing question: How often do you see a designer’s logo (or even byline) in any other venue? ‘nuff said
- My answer on Quora to "Do you think that UX designers are forgetting that with aging demographics, small fonts make less sense?"
The ‘resizing’ capability is a global control that is likely to be initiated from the browser (i.e. It’s environmental to the individual, not specific to the website.)
The challenge is to make the resizing control easier and more effective on the browser, not on the website.
: With the likelihood of display on a smaller format mobile device, small fonts have great value.John Vaughan's answer to Do you think that UX designers are forgetting that with aging demographics, small fonts make less sense? - Quorawww.quora.com
- My answer on Quora to "How do colorblind front-end web developers manage to do their job?"
Concentrate on what they can do (development, programming) and leave the design to people who are skilled/talented/able to do the design-y aspects of UI: the UX professionals.
It’s not that developers can’t contribute usefully to the process, but would you expect a UI-designer-who-can’t-program to produce front-end code?
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- El Diseño Emocional, Donald Norman.3 ways good design makes you happywww.ted.com In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to...
- 18/03/2017Importante la investigación para conocer tu producto.Investigación en UXuxuario.es Investigación en UX. Metodología, científicos, estado del arte del diseño UX. Científicos...
- 16/03/2017Como convertir la UX en tu mejor aliado. Vía @José Luís Casado
- Producer13/03/2017CXO: Chief Experience OfficerUn nuevo palabro para la colección de los "Chiefs". En este caso se incluye una "X" entre las típicas letras de este tipo de puestos. ¿A qué corresponde la "X"? Sencillamente a la ExperienciaEs un ejecutivo responsable de la experiencia general de...
Comments13/03/2017 #2 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín#1 Sí. Interesante. Realmente importante para integrar la experiencia de usuario en las compañías, en donde el cliente y usuario es el centro. Gracias por el comentario @Luisangel Mendaña del Río View more#1 Sí. Interesante. Realmente importante para integrar la experiencia de usuario en las compañías, en donde el cliente y usuario es el centro. Gracias por el comentario @Luisangel Mendaña del Río. Close
- 15/03/2017La experiencia de usuario de Mercadona | Torresburriel Estudiowww.torresburriel.com Post en el que se explican con sencillez las claves del éxito en un e-commerce de productos alimenticios y de limpieza. Logística y...
- 15/03/2017My answer to "I want to promote my user experience design business. In general, what are the key user experience disciplines that clients are looking for?" on Quora
- 13/03/2017What does a UX designer do?envato.com It’s a job title you’re hearing more and more these days, but what does a UX designer actually do? UX stands for User Experience, and one way to think of it is that it’s the “feel” in “look and feel.” Traditional design has been focused on “the...
- 13/03/2017My answer to "In graphic design, are gradients outdated?" on Quora
Perhaps the operant phrasing is “Are gradients trendy … this week?"
imo: Gradients have increasing value in ‘flat’ design - when used selectively and subtly as ’signifiers’ (i.e. This is clickable.)
A serious drawback in Flat design is confusion between actionable items and decoration.