inspireUX Redesign

After nearly 5 years, inspireUX was due for a redesign. My goal with the redesign was to simplify the design to put more emphasis on the content (after all, isn’t that what a blog is for?). Everything has been refreshed, the site is now responsive, and I’ve switched to a new web hosting company so everything should be much faster.

I’m aiming to get back into a more regular posting schedule, so you will soon be seeing more original articles.

If you have any comments about the redesign or have any suggestions for content you’d like to see here, let me know in the comments!

Review: UX Recorder for iOS

Full disclosure: Foraker Labs, the creators of UX Recorder, contacted me requesting a review of UX Recorder in return for a promo code to test the application. This has not influenced my overall positive or negative impressions of the application.

What is UX Recorder?

UX RecorderUX Recorder, created by Foraker Labs, is a screen recording iOS application that records user activity on mobile websites in addition to audio and video of the user’s face via the device’s camera. The application can only be used to conduct usability tests of websites, not other iOS applications. UX recorder is a universal application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices running iOS 5.0 and above that have a front facing camera (given heavy CPU usage, an iPhone 4 or 4s, iPad 2 or 3, or iPod Touch 4 is recommended).

UX Recorder currently costs $59.99.

This review will focus on the iPhone version of the application, tested with an iPhone 4S running iOS 5.1.1.

For more information about the application, visit www.uxrecorder.com.

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The UX Community Needs to Start Paying Attention to Android

The UX Community Needs to Start Paying Attention to Android

I’ve been doing a lot of research recently about mobile design patterns and UX best practices for smartphone and tablet devices for both iOS and Android platforms. One thing has stood out more than anything else during this process: no one is talking about Android. Ok, “no one” is clearly an exaggeration. There are a few great resources out there that have been very helpful in the quest to learn how to best design native Android smartphone and tablet applications (posted at the bottom of this article). But compared to the huge plethora of resources about designing iOS applications, resources about Android design are extremely limited. Why is this and what should we do about it?
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What is User Experience Strategy, Anyway?

What is User Experience Strategy, Anyway?

If you’ve ever struggled with articulating the output of the UX Strategy phase of a project or initiative, you’re not alone.  Almost all UX’ers can agree that defining a User Experience strategy before architecting or designing an experience is critical, but what does “strategy” really mean? What are its components, benefits, and deliverables?

Check out my article “What is User Experience Strategy, Anyway?” on my company’s (The Archer Group) blog and download the full white paper (PDF) for all of my thoughts on this topic.

In this article you’ll learn more about what specific deliverables you can work on to help answer the strategic questions of “Where are you now?”, “Where do you want to be?”, “How will you get there?”, and “How will you measure success?”. I also describe how to explain User Experience Strategy to your clients or business partners, and the value that creating a UX strategy brings to your organization.

Good designers turn their inspirations into reality

“When good designers talk about innovation, they mean ‘the successful exploitation of new ideas.’ They don’t stop with the invention. They turn their inspirations into reality.” – Simon Rucker

Read more about characteristics of good designers in Simon’s Harvard Business Review article “How Good Designers Think.”

World Usability Day: 74% discount on UX tools

As a follow-up to the last UX tools bundle offered through UX Heroes, the third annual Optimal Workshop World Usability Day bundle is now available consisting of 8 great tools and subscriptions worth $5,000 for $1,370.  However, if you use the link in this post, you can get an additional $150 discount and get the bundle for $1,220.

View the bundle here.

  • Usability Professionals’ Association: 4 video seminars and a live webinar
  • OptimalSort: 12 month subscription of this remote card sorting
  • Treejack: 12 month subscription to test and validate your IA
  • Loop11: 2 projects to conduct remote usability tests of any website
  • OpenHallway: A 12 month subscription and 3 TryMyUI credits will help you record a/v screencasts of user testing sessions
  • SnapEngage: 12 month subscription of this service that lets you live chat with your site visitors and customers
  • ConceptShare: 12 month subscription to markup visual designs collaboratively
  • HotGloo: 12 month suscription to do rapid collaborative wireframing

Since this year’s World Usability Day theme is “Designing for Social Change”, $100 from each bundle sold goes to support the work of The Mekong Club, a business-led initiative to fight modern day slavery.

This is only available until the end of World Usability Day (Thursday, November 10), so check it out quickly if you’re interested!