Responsive vs. Adaptive Design: Reframing the Conversation

Responsive design has been around for years. It is a design methodology that allows the content on a web page to shift layouts as the browser window is resized, even down to mobile devices. This practice uses the same code by adding in media queries to call a different CSS or allows the individual content …

Information Architecture and the Sofa

Imagine you just moved into a new apartment. You have an amazing sofa and a big screen TV. You've envisioned exactly how you're going to set up your living room. It will be awesome. Your friends and family will come over and be in awe at the beautiful way you've designed your new space. But …

4 UX Myths

1. Content Should Be Above the Fold In the mid-90s the internet was new to most people and scrolling was a new concept people had a hard time wrapping their minds around. But now it's second nature for most people. You no longer need to squish everything into the top of your page anymore. This …

Theory and Practice of Information Architecture

Theory pursued in the absence of a dialogue with practice, turns inward on itself leading to the ever circular systems of abstractions that lead only to other abstractions. Practice without an inquiry into theory becomes a purely commercial activity where the only value that gets assessed is value to the marketplace.

New Challenges for First-Time Managers

Congratulations! You've been promoted. Now what? In your previous role you were a rockstar. They saw something in you and you've been asked to lead the next generation of leaders. As a new manager you will make mistakes and face new challenges, no doubt about it. However, a little preparation can help you through these common, new challenges. 1. It's Lonely …

Understanding Content and Context

Contexnt

If you've spent anytime researching or working with Information Architecture (IA), you have certainly come across this venn diagram. It shows that IA is at the convergence of content, context and the user. Rosenfeld and Morville referred to this as the “information ecology”. Context is the business goals, funding, politics, culture, technology, resources and constraints Content is documents, signage and data …

Patterns of Effective Teams

"Some teams are orders of magnitude more effective than others, turning around business solutions in days or even hours. Their secret is a combination of smart technology choices, great development habits and a powerful team dynamic. In this talk Dan describes a number of patterns of behaviour that he's identified working with some great teams, …

The Power of Storytelling for the User Journey

Storytelling is a great tool to help you understand the user journey. Every user is the hero in his or her own story. Every visit to your site or app starts as a story with a goal and inciting incident, crisis, climax and an end. How we craft the user journey through the site will depend on …

Top 5 Tips for Self-Mastery

In Robert Greene's book Mastery he describes 3 steps in your journey to becoming a master of your craft: learning, practicing and mastering. Each step must be done intensively and deliberately. Along your journey, no matter the step, you will need to exercise these 5 tips to fully achieve mastery of both self and your craft. 1. …

7 Habits of Unsuccessful People

No one ever sets out to be unsuccessful, it just seems to happen along the way. You may think it was just bad luck or the economy or a series of random events, but it's not. If you truly want to be successful stop doing the following behaviors of unsuccessful people. 1. Blame Others for …