Design Triage: rules to live by when there’s no time or budget!

Orange County User Experience has a great presenter lined up for July. Angel Anderson, Experience Director @ Crispin Porter + Bogusky is going to talk about topic of Battlefield Art of Design Triage: tips on how to provide solid UX design–even when there’s no time, deliver mercy killings, and help worthy projects thrive.

 

If you’re in the UX field and want to attend, sign up now!

Icons for Axure

As a User Experience Designer, I have been using Axure as my primary tool of choice for quick wireframing and prototyping. A lot of times, I find myself trying to find an icon for use in them and usually find one in the iconic icon set created by P.J. Onori.

It’s a great icon set but I have to keep going through the files from either Windows Explorer or Mac Finder which gets annoying at times when you’re “in the zone” in Axure – so, I put them in a widget library which means that I can now browse through them using Axure and just drag and drop in! I made a Black and Gray version (32×32) which you can grab here:

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Make Your Own Mobile Testing Device

ID-Mobile Series I

There’s my mobile testing device I made for my workplace! There are some on the market; a couple I have seen are from Noldus, Tracksys, and there are many more but they usually cost a lot. There are also DIY ones such as from Nick Bowmast but what mostly everyone lacks is one that articulates. The one I’ve made can do that and also support multiple devices easily. I have been asked if I can make a full kit so if you’re interested, contact me. If you want to build a simpler version for yourself, keep on reading… Continue reading

Orange County User Experience meeting set!

I don’t have much experience in A/B testing but from what I know, it is another good method of research in our UX tool arsenal to use. There are many services that can help run an A/B test and one of them (Optimizely) will be presenting their software at OCUX’s next meetup. If you’re in the UX field and want to join, sign up here: http://www.ocux.org/events/49533112/

 

CSUF – User Experience and Usability Certification Program

Just in a few weeks, the first class for Cal State Fullerton’s extension program for the User Experience and Usability Certificate will begin!

The program covers topics about research, analysis, user-centered design principles, prototyping and concepts and practices in usability testing. I have personally gone through the courses and acquired the certification last year. The teachers are great as they are active in the industry. Check out the 2012 courses at their website.

 

List of UX Conferences for 2012

Here’s a listing of upcoming User Experience conferences. I have been to the Adaptive Path UXWeek last year and definitely recommend it – great speakers and people from our industry in attendance.

Adaptive Path UXWeek
August 21-24
San Fransisco, CA. USA

IA Summit
March 21-25
New Orleans, LA. USA

SXSW Interactive
March 9-13
Austin, TX. USA

IXDA
February 1-4
Dublin, Ireland

CHI
May 5-10
Austin, TX. USA

UPA International 21st Annual Conference
June 4-7
Henderson, Nevada

UX Speakeasy Conference
March 31
Balboa Park, San Diego

Nielsen Norman Group
Various Dates and Locations

An Event Apart
Various Dates and Locations

Am I missing any you’d like to suggest? Comment!