Design and Dance, a Graceful Pairing

This past year, I returned to one of my life-long passions: dance. In doing so, I was surprised to find a number of dancers who were also designers and developers. Thinking on this further, I believe there are a few key habits that designers can hone through, or borrow from, dancing. Attention to Every Detail […]

Design Thinking Toolkit, Activity 2 – Story Mapping

Welcome to our series on Design Thinking methods and activities. You’ll find a full list of posts in this series at the end of the page. Story Mapping Primary Goal To get a detailed understanding of the user’s experience. When To Use Any time a new initiative is started. This includes revisiting this activity any time […]

If Your Users Are Unhappy, It’s Broken

Developers are constantly making new tools that make it easier for us to get our own job done. There’s always a shiny new framework to try around the corner with a rich and well-documented API. There’s a faster, more idiomatic language coming up that’s just about to break the big 1.0 release. There’s a new software […]

Creating Accessible Interface Designs for Seniors

It’s a well-known fact that many people in the older generation has been struggling with new technologies. For those of us that work in the software or design industries, it’s easy to take technology for granted. Most of us are “digital natives” — we grew up with electronics, and it can be difficult to set […]

Using the MDA Framework as an Approach to Game Design

Recently I found myself faced with a new design challenge: to create a digital game interface that uses differentiating hardware and software components to facilitate a fun and social game play experience. I looked for a framework to help me deconstruct the various aspects of the game into collaborative conversations I can have with client-side […]

“What’s a Browser?” – Remembering the Non-Tech-Savvy User

“You work with computers, don’t you?” That simple, innocent-enough question — when asked by a family member or friend — gives no hint about the trouble about to rain upon your head. You just know you’re going to spend the next few hours battling to get their computer to work. I was asked that question […]