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Nominate Realtor.com for the “Best Mobile Application”

posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Realtor iPhone App

Join me and nominate http://realtor.com for the Best Mobile Application 2012 Crunchie! http://is.gd/4dfAcu

REALTOR.com® has more listings, better photos and updates listing information more often than any other mobile real estate app.

  • Over 5 million high resolution property photos for retina displays and wi-fi
  • Draw your own custom search area right on the map! (also known as Area Highlighter)
  • Search nearby homes for sale, open houses and recently sold homes with one touch
  • Use Area Scout to see average values update as you move
  • Most listings updated every 15 minutes. All the rest updated at least once a day.
  • Sign-in to save searches and listings. Access them again on your mobile phone or online.

Nominate http://realtor.com for the Best Mobile Application 2012 Crunchie!

Viva la Pencil!

posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 5:03 pm

After 20 years doing various forms of design, I still start every project with pencil and paper. Sure, I have become more digital in my process; however, my first few dozen ideas happen very quickly and on paper. Failing fast in the first few hours of a project sure beats toiling over pixels too early in the design cycle. Dot paper, graph paper, swiping tabloid sheets from the printer, or coffee-stained notebooks… I use them all to capture ideas. I have even created a few PDFs that have specific elements specific to wireframing… but they were never exactly what I wanted.

I was delighted when a member of my staff sent around an email to Sneakpeekit. They’ve done a great job of doing what I never quite spent enough time perfecting…

“An idea is like a flash: it comes to mind like a meteor but can quickly vanish. Any good graphic designer catches it on paper before it goes away. As a matter of fact, professional designers often start planning a website concept sketching drafts on sheets of squared paper. For this purpose Sneakpeekit© provides the suitable wireframe tools for quick sketches and pixel-perfect grids for a detailed design.” – Sneakapeekit Website

Check out Sneakpeekit and go back to the future.

The PANDR Colour Tool

posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 8:24 am

Well, it looks like I need to take a closer look at my color palette here on willhavebeen. It turns out I am using some pretty similar colors… I see CSS optimization in my future.

Drag the Colour Bookmark link to your toolbar to find out the colour palette of the website you’re currently on. Then simply: copy, paste and use the colours you choose.

Check your palette using the PANDR Colour Tool. (You can also just enter your URL)

Bridging Emotion and Motivation in Design

posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

While not a recent article, I really enjoyed Emotional Design with A.C.T. over at BoxesAndArrows. We spend a lot of time trying to “delight” the user; however, get into a discussion about making an emotional connection with the user and your business counter-parts will likely look at you as if you are on crack.

Pleasurable products are attractive and make us feel good. Attractive people can have the same effect. Usable products are easy to interact with and easy to understand. Good conversationalists are the same. Useful products fulfill our needs in a way that leaves us emotionally satisfied in the long term. Long-term relationships can fulfill our physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. -Trevor van Gorp

Bridging behavior with motivation and behavior makes total sense. While a good designer likely does this organically, it is a good read seeing it all broken down.

Get Your Quant On

posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 7:34 am

Ten Guidelines for Quantitative Measurement of UXBeing the champion of Qualitative Research is an age old tradition for a User Experience designer… heck, it is a right of passage. Still, the idea that we don’t dig into Quantitative research is pure poppycock. That said, if you are a little metrics-shy, it might be worth heading over to UX Magazine and checking out their article, “Ten Guidelines for Quantitative Measurement of UX” They do a pretty good job of adding the context around a metric. For instance, driving users to a specific page may drive up page-views, but if your end game is a lead-gen click, you’d be better served to find the most efficient way to get the user engaging with your call-to-action. Metric-nerds will, of course, point out that there are monetization opportunities along the way, and we shouldn’t discount them, but you get my point.

Most UX designers use qualitative research—typically in the form of usability tests—to guide their decision-making. However, using quantitative data to measure user experience can be a very different proposition. Over the last two years our UX team at Vanguard has developed some tools and techniques to help us use quantitative data effectively. We’ve had some successes, we’ve had some failures, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and we’ve developed ten key guidelines that you might find useful. – Richard Dalton of Vanguard

I live in metrics everyday — it is part of the DNA of how I design and how I guide my team. Even so, it is a pretty good read. Much of it is common sense, but there should be a nugget or two for UX designers at any level.

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