Category Archives: uxdesign

UX Design – Generalist vs. Specialist

As a User Experience Consultancy, the UX Design role is the single most frequent position we hire for. Various online definitions state that UX Designers should be strategic thought leaders and play a very important role in creating a seamless user experience as it relates to a user’s journey throughout a site or product. This includes research, developing personas and designing various interaction points within an overall system. This of course is an all encompassing generalist type description, but sometimes like in life, there’s ideal and then there’s the reality of the situation, client or project. We find that in many … Continue reading

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In any environment, many critical decisions must be made when you are first designing and building your product. And with startups, tight budgets and aggressive timelines can force you to cut corners and quickly push out products that are not ready for launch. This can pose numerous issues later in your product’s lifecycle, which you cannot afford. Things like bad reviews, user drop off and dreaded re-engineering costs, schedule delays and scope creep are all things that can be mitigated by a good User Experience (UX) process and usability testing. Often UX design and testing are pushed out of the … Continue reading

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…attending UXPA’s international conference, that is. It wasn’t too long ago when I was writing about how awesome UXPA 2014 in London was going to be…and it was. The presenters, the keynotes, the attendees, and the location were all amazing. This June, UXPA 2015 will be held in San Diego California (Loews Coronado Resort, to be specific) and I could not be more excited. The theme for the conference is “simplicity” and the location we chose is the perfect match for that. Ocean on one side, bay on the other, beautiful outdoor spaces that are great for networking. My co-chair this … Continue reading

GoodGovUX’s Kickoff Event

After co-sponsoring a successful kickoff event at the Artisphere, we are extremely proud to be involved with such a great organization, GoodGovUX. If you weren’t able to make the conference, here is a quick set of talking points that we found insightful: – The Mission of GoodGovUX: To drive the adoption of a common set of UX best practices within the government and government contracting communities. – The term “UX” is defined in many ways, but more commonly: “UX is not on the screen. UX is in the mind.” “It’s pervasive. It’s in everything we do, not just on computers and smartphones.” … Continue reading

Have you heard the exciting news? Mediabarn is a proud sponsor of the GoodGovUX kick off event taking place on 2/24! If you’re interested in all things UX and how it can relate to government, be sure to check out this great opportunity to network and learn more about improving government products and digital research. Can’t make it? Follow @GoodGovUX to keep up with live updates and for information on upcoming events soon to be announced.

What is Wrong with Sandwiches?!!

The above title is what my 10 year old son yelled out of frustration as he watched his hamburger smothered in ketchup fall out of his hands, quickly landing on EVERYTHING. His blaming the burger, but not the hands that held it, made me chuckle. Obviously if the burger was designed differently this would not have happened, right? Or would he have dropped any kind of sandwich at that exact moment because his hands were not holding it correctly? A usability or user issue? I describe this incident as a very loose parallel to UX issues that we often see … Continue reading

Time for a Redesign?

How many years should you wait before redesigning your website? I get asked this question a lot. Truthfully, there’s no specific time period or magical formula that determine whether it’s a good time to freshen up your web presence, redesign from scratch or simply leave it as is. Certain factors play a big role in making that decision though, such as budget, time, and resources available. While it’s not an exact science, you can consider a few questions to help determine what might be the logical next step for your site. 1)     Do you have a lot of new content … Continue reading

Keep the Creativity Flowing

  We have all seen beautifully designed websites, cool looking apps and slick ads. When I look at these, I often admire how creative they are and how talented the designer(s) were that did the work. It got me wondering – what do designers do now to constantly maintain a level of enthusiasm, creativity and just sustain an overall energy that allows them to come up with great ideas and fantastic art? Waaaay back, and I do mean a really long time ago, when I was a graphic designer, I would occasionally feel “stuck” while working on a project – … Continue reading

As more of our clients develop sites and apps for mobile devices, we have seen an increased need to conduct usability testing on tablets and smartphones. Finding the right recording solution has been challenging, especially when compared to recording desktop usability sessions. For desktop usability, there are many different applications that allow us to capture screen interactions along with a picture-in-picture view of a participant’s face. When trying to apply this to mobile device testing, it’s particularly difficult to capture an accurate and clear video recording of the session. Although clients typically want to see the participant’s face, often it’s more … Continue reading

Design with Kids in Mind

School’s almost out for the summer! For most kids, this means more free time. Hopefully much of that time will be spent outside, but it’s likely that a majority of it will be inside, and online, as well. They’ll be downloading new games, playing old favorites, and checking out new sites – whether it’s for fun or education. The best online experiences will be the ones that stick and the ones they tell their friends about. Most kids seem to be on computers and tablets almost as soon as they can sit up and move a mouse or tap a … Continue reading