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I have been curating my UX Twitter feed for years. (a second feed is in the works) I feel that the stories, suggestions and news that come each day are relevant and interesting. Many years ago I also found the Paper.li service which puts together the feed into whatever layout I like automatically each day.

Not only is it a nice way to view the content, but also highlights different Twitter feeds each day and does some linking back to each company or professional.

UX Career Paths and Job Satisfaction

I made the change to a usability specialist career over 8 years ago and have never looked back. I have been extremely happy with my jobs, my coworkers, the topics and tasks I do everyday are

This article on UX Magazine by Patrick Malecek details job satisfaction by UX practitioners and I found it extremely interesting.

Survey research conducted in the fall of 2010 investigating job satisfaction among usability practitioners and how satisfaction is impacted by employer type, organizational placement, and other factors. Continue reading

Design and Usability Conferences 2011

I am hoping to make it to at least a few of these conferences this year.

SXSW South by Southwest Interactive

March 11-15, 2011, Austin, TX

Conference $675 ($1150 for all access)

Flight about $325

Hotel going fast! About 160 per night ($800)

Plus food stipend

http://sxsw.com/interactive

Computer Human Interaction 2011

May 7-12, 2011, Vancouver, BC

conference cost $760 ($1360 late and for non-members)

flight about $600,

hotel 239 CAD per night ($1440)

plus food stipend

http://chi2011.org/index.html

UPA 2011 , Usability Professionals Association

June 21- 24, 2011, Atlanta Georgia

conference cost $695 ($895 for non-members)

flight about $500,

hotel 173 per night ($692)

plus food stipend

https://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/conference/2011/index.html

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Why Don’t Usability Problems Get Fixed?

There are various reasons why usability problems exist in the first place—some simple and some complex. Identifying problems and recommending solutions is not always enough. Unfortunately, the same factors that cause problems in the first place also hinder their getting fixed. The following are some of the most common reasons why usability problems don’t get fixed.

  • Lack of Resources

o   No One Has the Skills to Fix Them
o   There Is a Lack of Time, Money, or Resources

  • Technical Limitations

o   Technical Limitations Make Changes Difficult
o   Vendor Software Is Difficult to Change Continue reading

A Rich Trove of Articles in UX Magazine

Originally posted in Putting People First

The importance of designing an experience culture
By Cynthia Thomas / December 20th 2010
The outward focus on developing good experiences for customers often overshadows the need to live that philosophy inside a company’s own walls. A culture that does not internally live a focus on experience will find it impossible to externally execute the same.

Getting more from analysis
By Jared Lewandowski & John Dilworth / December 16th 2010
Analysis is a key part of the design process that assures the right problems are accurately resolved. When integrated tightly into design processes and teams, analysis can improve understanding of the problems that project teams are challenged to solve. It can also bring clarity to the detailed and often complex requirements that solutions must meet. Continue reading