Word Clouds in Four Steps: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Word clouds — a form of “tag clouds” — are visual representations of the prominent word choices in a selected text. The relative importance of a term is indicated by the weight of the font: the more often it appeared in the original source, the larger the word appears in the graphic “cloud.” This “Web 2.0” graphic novelty was created by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield in 2004, and used widely on sites such as Flickr, Del.icio.us and Technorati.Continue Reading »

Waterfall vs Agile: Which Framework Should You Use For Your Project?

Everything is constantly changing in the tech world – it’s becoming more of our everyday world. On the other hand, deciding a product in the tech world to invest is giving users a hard time. The same can be said for UX project frameworks. Choosing a project framework is often the most difficult part for those who are in the field of UX.Continue Reading »

Redesigning the CUNY Graduate Center Library’s Website: A Design Story

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The CUNY Graduate Center (GC) Library is in the process of revamping its digital presence. In order to do this in a way that centers the user’s experience, a careful examination of user behaviors, desires, knowledge, and expectations is required.

My design team, Team Buttons, set out to research the library’s target users in all of these aspects in order to provide the GC Library with the best possible high-fidelity prototypes to help guide the library’s website design process for desktop and mobile interfaces.… Continue Reading »

Issues Evident in Contemporary Internet & Social Media Research

This blog is part of the series Usability in the Real World: Ethics in Usability Research

Abstract: While there are many cases for a ‘unified code’, the information science and technology industry hardly has centralized ethics codes. There are two, significant explanations that intend to offer the possibilities for the absence of the so-called ‘unified code’.Continue Reading »

Good Intentions ≠ Good Research: Identifying & combating cognitive bias in usability research

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Ignorance is not bliss

There’s an old saying you might have heard. It goes something like this: “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Usually, this is said after a series of betrayals by a friend, a family member, or a loved one. But could it reach into UX research as well?… Continue Reading »

What is the role of UX design: A conversation with a UX designer

I interviewed a UX designer recently. He has been in UX field for many years both in China and UX. He was kind enough to speak with me about his experience and design philosophy and also give me some ideas of how to finding a internship in UX field.

Tell me how you entered the field of user experience design?Continue Reading »

UX and Happiness: An Interview with Pamela Pavliscak

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Pamela Pavliscak is a design researcher who specializes in emotional intelligence and positive design. She is the founder of Change Sciences, a research think tank that investigates the way people experience technology in order to ensure that client companies provide the most positive experiences possible. She is currently writing a book, Designing for Happiness, to be published later this year.… Continue Reading »