The Fundamental Forces of UX

A venn diagram describing the three fundamental forces that exert pressure on a design. If you don't learn to negotiate early and practice it often, you may never feel fulfilled by your work. Worse yet, you'll lament that all the best ideas are always killed in committee and end up a bitter old design cynic. Don't become a dream killer. Knowing the sides in the debate is a good first step. [ Continue ]

Managing a GoDaddy domain with a free Gmail account

Paying business rates for a custom domain at Gmail stinks. Paying GoDaddy for email is even more crazy. Forwarding to Gmail then replying as the domain identity is ideal - but Gmail changed a policy in late 2014, forcing you to route SMTP through GoDaddy. The instructions are all broken, everything is broken, help! (I have the solution) [ Continue ]

Differentiation as a new UX Designer

This week, in one of the more active UX groups on LinkedIn, I was asked an interesting question. A designer asked what advice I might have for entry level folks seeking to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive market. It's a good question. After all, the dearth of senior level UX talent has lead to skyrocketing salaries on the high end; which has in turn lead to a glut of entry level talent chasing the horizon. I took most of the weekend to mull a reply. When I wrote it up, I thought it was worth re-posting here. [ Continue ]

Checking Out the Chrome Dev Tools Mobile Emulator

In what might be my favorite browser-related development since flex-box support, Google Chrome 32 brought us mobile device emulation inside of the standard developer tools. This is more than just a responsive view portal, it's a full on user-agent spoofer with touchscreen emulation. If you're a front end engineer, you want this. You want this so bad. [ Continue ]

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