Three Layers of Mobile User Experience

An interesting way to break down the user experience with mobile devices based on elements of the device and how the user interacts with each.

Three Layers of Mobile User Experience :: UXmatters.

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

UX Presentations at SXSW 2011

UX Magazine put together a list of UX & UX related talks and presentations for this year’s SXSW Interaction conference.
I am really, really, really hoping to make it, but time is running out and I’m getting a sinking feeling.
Well, if you go, and have an interest in UX, please rub it in my face (and tell me all about it).

Friday, March 11

2:00 PM
3:30 PM
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Skype 5.0 Usability Sucks

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Patrick Neeman writes the top 5 reasons why the new Skype (for Mac) is worse than previous versions. 5 Reasons Skype for Mac Sucks.

I have to agree with everything he writes. In fact, in my personal use of Skype, I talk with people who are using a PC and I am flummoxed as to how to instruct them when they ask for help since the interfaces are so different. Why would that be? and why are the controls so non-intuitive? In fact, Skype seems to have doent he OPPOSITE of good interaction design with this version.

With so many users, one would think that they would have plenty of feedback to help make the newer versions of the application even easier… not harder to use.

All that being said, Skype still does a better job than  Google Video Chat, which is still suffering from lukewarm reviews.

The Most Valuable UX Person in the World

At this year’s IA Summit in Denver, Jared Spool is giving a presentation on measuring the value a UX person delivers, which he’s called, The Most Valuable UX Person In The World. Borrowing liberally from the Dos Equis ads, he used this as the program description:

The Most Valuable UX Person In The World

She builds her wireframes with real wire from ancient hand-smelted Ukranian steel.
Her worst personas could kick the ass of your best personas.
His pattern library is now in the Library of Congress.
When she explains good design visuals, the only thing Edward Tufte can add is “What she said.”
He’s organized his wine cellar in order of awesome.
Wikileaks is ready to release her sketchbooks just because they’re cool.
He only sketches on the front of the napkin.
He built the world’s biggest web site, using only his left hand.
Last season’s American Idol featured her concept maps.
His research finds customers desire to research his behavior.
He is the only person Don Norman agrees with.
She makes her own icons out of straw.
Software bugs specifically ask for her to fix them.
He defined the damn thing, then moved on.
Her study participants screen themselves. Out.
Her interactions are the basis for everyone else’s designs.
Scalpers sell tickets to his project kickoff meetings.
He is already coding in HTML6. And has been for a decade.

They are the most valuable UX person in the world.
“Design well, my friend.”

What would you add to this list? Leave your own ideas of the Most Valuable UX Person In The World in the comments on UIE. He’ll be sprinkling your best suggestions through out his presentation, giving you full credit.