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Video  |  UX

What are your users searching for?

17 Dec 2012

Great video to highlight how important it is to monitor how your users are searching for your products. Are there alternate spellings, abbreviations, and/or pop-culture slang that they might be searching for that you’re search indexes aren’t accounting for?

In many of our e-commerce projects, we’ve worked on a handful of solutions to address this. For example, a product like “LA Vacation” could be found under a number of possible searches:

  • Los Angeles
  • L.A.
  • SoCal
  • City of Angels

The great thing with most search index tools is that you can shove a lot of additional keywords without having to expose this to your users in some archaic list on the site.

Video  |  Studio

Xmas tree

30 Nov 2012

Short time-lapse of a few argonistas starting to decorate the 2012 studio tree.

Video  |  Studio

RIP Juan (and Skinny Pete)

16 Nov 2012

Juan was one of our closest friends. He was an important figure across the past three studio locations we’ve resided. Sadly, he’s no more.

While alive, Juan would never have agreed to allow us to share such an intimate moment with the public… but this is how we’ll always remember him. On his death bed, he whispered, “Tell them. No. Show them. Show them what I did. Let them learn from my mistakes.”

We invite you to meet all of our green friends.

Good bye, Juan. :*(

Quote  |  Misc

Avoid stupidity

17 Oct 2012

Try to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.

Peter Bevelin Seeking Wisdom

Quote

On Rephrasing Problems

3 Oct 2012

Phrasing your problem as a question immediately gets your mind working on solutions rather than on the pragmatics associated with the project. For example, “Find new markets for XYZ” can easily be rephrased as “How can we expose more potential customers to XYZ?”

Todd Henry from The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice

Rephrasing problems into questions (that have a clear objective) can have a drastic impact on the conversation we're having.

Quote  |  Leadership

Where are all the women?

1 Oct 2012

“I have a four-year-old daughter and I want her to think that anything is possible, that no career in out of bounds,” she says. “If any other comparable industry had a female workforce of only 17% there would be an outcry.”

Belinda Parmar, Lady Geek from Why are so few women working in technology?

Enjoyed this article... but got a chuckle from, ""Developers tend to be good, straightforward sorts with a refreshing lack of ego, who genuinely enjoy collaborating."

Link  |  Misc

Portland the best city in the country (for developers)?

25 Sep 2012

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