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Deciphering Designers

When you meet a designer, chances are they won’t specify right away which type of designer they are. There are plenty of design specialties, but usually people immediately think designer = graphic designer. When we’re discussing product design that narrows the field slightly but opens the door for further specialization amongst designers.

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Get Your Boss To See The Light: Tips For User Advocacy With Evidence

I went out for coffee with a Product Manager friend recently. Over out lattes he lamented that he wanted to redesign a legacy product with a user centered design. Unfortunately, his team dismissed his idea and wanted to rely instead on internal industry expertise and best practice. This poor product manager is not alone in his struggles; I’m sure most internal user advocates can relate.

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Understanding The Sparks That Influence User Behavior

How do you influence your user’s behavior? How do you spark action? People can be persuaded to take certain actions if the right elements are present.

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You Are Not Your Users… Unless They’re Gods or Beasts

What do startup founders with a Steve Jobs complex and a HiPPO have in common?

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Designing Great Experiences: Two Is Better Than One

We love getting great deals on things and I am no different! Two for one deals and BOGO have become entrenched in our consumer consciousness and we’re always seeking the best deal in virtually every avenue of our lives. We are programmed to believe that getting more for less is always going to be better, and in almost every situation we find ourselves in this mindset makes sense. But there is an exception to this thinking and that is the idea that getting a person who can user experience research AND user experience design is the best solution for solving your UX problems. In this case, the two-fer’ deal may not the best path forward.

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The Apocalypse Is Here

Warning, this might just be a bit of a rant. While it seems like our world is getting bigger through connectivity, it also feels like it is getting a lot smaller at the same time. Sure we can help kick-start someone with a good idea in Kentucky just as easily as we can comment on a blog post from Belarus, or donate to a disaster in Denmark. But many, many people are connecting just to disconnect from reality and not living their lives to the fullest.

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When Is A UX Designer Also A Designer? AKA: When Not To Hire A Graphic Designer

  Woah! Alright, calm down. This isn’t a hate post, but rather a conversation starter around a very real topic in today’s digital space. There is already a pretty blurred line in the realm of UX professionals: ‘UX Designer’, ‘UX Architect’, ‘UX Developer’, ‘UX Researcher’ and so on. For the purpose of this article, let’s assume UX Architect & UX Designer are synonomous, ie. A User Experience Designer with a solid understanding of basic design principles.

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Webinars… Losing Your Life One Hour At A Time

There’s a certain mix of intrigue and hesitation in the minutes between my calendar notification reminding me that I signed up for a webinar with a catchy title and it actually starting. Is this going to be a total waste of my time like the last 5 webinars I attempted to push through? I wonder what kind of technical issues I will learn about the screen sharing software we’re using today? Wait, what is this about again? Who sent me the link to this?   I don’t approach webinars with a positive attitude because I have walked away from too many feeling like an hour of my life had been stolen. Let’s talk about why webinars usually suck:

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My 3 Biggest Takeaways from the IoT Oil & Gas Conference

    I want to preface this by saying that I am a born and raised Calgarian. I love this city and it pains me to see the city and my neighbours suffering. Calgary, Alberta has long been a global hub for the energy industry. Certainly, the energy industry is slow to adopt new technologies, particularly when times are good and everyone is happy with their dividend cheques. Unfortunately, the past year or so has been more than a little gloomy in regards to the price of oil so I was particularly surprised to receive an invitation to the Big Data and IoT in Oil and Gas Conference. Here are some of my biggest take away:

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Wearables: Why Apple zigged when tech zagged

Prediction: Apple will take it to the bank once again. With the much publicized and well documented release of the Apple Watch, they’re proclaiming just how well they understand their users and more importantly, their customers’ purchase behavior.

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