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Information Architecture Technology

Throwing technology at the problem (and users)

Jeff Carr on why enterprise IT solutions are often seen as (but aren’t) the silver bullet solution

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Usability UX

Teenage Usability and Higher Education

The media portrays teens as competent computer jockeys. In reality, teen overconfidence combined with developing cognitive abilities means they often give up quickly and blame the website’s design.

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Interaction Design

Neglecting to iterate equals misguided optimism

It’s not iteration if you only do it once

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Information Architecture

Five Hat Racks, The LATCH Principle

An irreducible truth in information classification, architecture and design.

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Content Strategy

Content Models: iteration to realisability

No [content] model is supposed to survive the first contact with real content, but they need to survive future contact.

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Interaction Design

The simple is not always best, but the best is always simple

Simplicity in design is always necessary, but not at the expense of usability and purpose.

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UX

UX isn’t magic

James O’Brien reminds us that we, as UXrs, are not rocket scientists

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User Research

Blending web analytics with user testing

Web analytics can transform user behaviour from a puzzle to a mystery [which can be] easily solved from watching and asking a few users.

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Content Strategy Interaction Design

Social content curation vs. social media buttons

Oliver Reichenstein on why bolt-on third-party sharing widgets are not effective at integrating social content/media

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Content Strategy Interaction Design

Web Design is 95% Typography

Oliver Reichenstein reminding us that most of many web user interface’s is text and typography