Like most jobs, UX designers need to posses certain skills in order to do their job effectively but there are also certain personality traits that can help someone make the leap from a good UX designer to a great UX designer. Those traits are self-doubt and empathy.
About Chris Gieger
I am a User Experience (UX) designer, speaker, tweeter and blogger. For nearly 20 years, my passion (some say 'obsession') for good design has been focused on visually communicating ideas and making things easy to use - which is what I primarily write about on my blog called "The User Experience". Today, I am the Director of User Experience at Fusionapps where we design, build and manage software for startups and enterprises.
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CGI Federal, the development firm responsible for the botched Healthcare.gov launch, was either greedy, incompetent or both when it came to managing scope and expectations for what could realistically be accomplished within the unrealistic deadline they were given.
For developers and manufacturers, the advantages of creating usable products far outweigh the costs. The rule of thumb: Every dollar invested in ease of use returns $10 to $100. – IBM
Here is a list of conferences with a focus on User Experience that are mostly in the Northeast of the United States. If you are interested in learning more about User Experience, you should consider checking these out.
Responsive Web Design is designing and coding the front-end of a website or app so that the layout “responds” or automatically adjusts (using CSS) to a layout that is optimized for user’s display size.
As designers, we often get so deep into our work that we can lose our ability to see our designs through the eyes of the end-user or viewer.
A web application’s design and usability is just as important as that application’s functionality. If users can’t immediately figure out how to use a web application, then we haven’t done our job correctly.
The Blur Test is an old art school technique used to reveal a design’s focal point and visual hierarchy. Let’s see how NYTimes.com holds up.
The concept is simple enough: Take the time to do something right the first time and you will inevitably complete the task faster and better than if you rushed it to “just get it done”.
It seems almost impossible for most software and website companies to resist the urge to add the kitchen sink of features and functions to their products. To this, I say, “Stop the madness!”