4 Jan 2017
4 Jan 2017
11 Nov 2016
18 Oct 2016
The best clients are the ones that trust our expertise and seek our input on ideas, but aren’t afraid to poke holes when needed. They collaborate on ideas without pushing their needs over those of their users. They also make time when needed. But I’d argue luck has nothing to do with having a great client. Rather, it’s how you enable them to be great. And as a designer, that’s an important part of my role in a project.
18 Oct 2016
Are you considering hiring a web designer or agency to help you with your web project? That’s great! But how are you making your decision? Considering there are plenty of options, from freelancer to design house to full service agency, here are a few things to look for when considering who to hire.
27 Sep 2016
25 Aug 2016
1 Aug 2016
When summertime comes, it’s a chance to get outside – barbecues, picnics, swimming, hiking, camping. And for many, it also means summer music festivals. Festivals of all genres and interests are organized every year around the world and are inseparable from the technology that makes it all happen. And it’s not just the technology that appears at the festival (like jumbo screens and holograms of dead artists). It’s also how we connect to the festival, before and during the event, that completes the experience. From schedules, to buying tickets, this is a comparison of the online experience of a few well-known (and some unknown) festivals.
24 Jun 2016
For those who are in the process of buying a house, receiving your region’s multiple listing service (RMLS) via email is a common way of getting real time updates on houses that match your criteria. This post examines some of the issues I’ve experienced first hand using this information, and some solutions that might make the experience a little more enjoyable.
10 Jun 2016
The designers and front-end developers at Planet Argon started transitioning from Fireworks to Sketch in early 2015. I can do most of what I want to do in the Sketch quickly, efficiently, and intuitively. There are, however, a handful of Fireworks features that I would love the Sketch developers to emulate.
2 Jun 2016
27 Apr 2016
I have a confession.
Please don’t place blame or judge too harshly - and hear me out.
My name is Annie, and I overuse lightboxes.
12 Apr 2016
This list is for both the developer who could use some help navigating the world of design and the designer who is always on the hunt for a new weapon to add to their arsenal.
2 Mar 2016
Although there are regulations and complicated processes to contend with, is designing useful health care apps so different from designing other types of applications? Other industries, services, and companies are increasingly embracing technology and improving user experiences every day. And yet the management of our health and wellbeing seems to be quite far behind.
Is it such a unique field that we can’t apply any of our design expertise? I don’t believe so, and here’s why...
5 Feb 2016
3 Nov 2015
6 Mar 2014
What makes people passionate, pure and simple, is great experiences. If they have great experience with your product and they have great experiences with your service, they’re going to be passionate about your brand, they’re going to be committed to it. That’s how you build that kind of commitment.
4 Mar 2014
Several months ago, our team left Campfire and entered HipChat for all internal conversations project, team, or cute kitten related. There are a few great things about using HipChat, but one of my favorite’s as a designer is this; adding a swatch of any HEX code. This feature not only provides my teammate with the code to add for a color, but also provides more context when we are collaborating. It’s a small thing, but sometimes, the small things just make life a little better.
What are the small things you like about the tools you use?
3 Mar 2014
4 Feb 2014
This is why facebook stopped emailing copies of notifications to people’s inboxes by default: they learned that emailing people less about what’s happening in the app actually keeps them coming back more.
1 Aug 2013
McMenamins is a regional establishment that runs several restaurants, bars, music venues, theaters and more that are all steeped in history. The McMenamins homepage on their website was on it way to becoming a relic of a by-gone era. That is when we stepped in to pull this popular page out of the history books and into the present.
17 Jul 2013
11 Jul 2013
IxDA is a global network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design and the Portland chapter usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month. July’s event focused on microinteractions, and we were fortunate to have the author of the recently published book on the topic, Dan Saffer, discuss these ‘small moments that add up to a delightful customer experience’.
2 Jul 2013
Back at the end of May, I went to the 2013 Webvisions Conference. I had decided that I would use the conference as an opportunity to take some “Sketchnotes” and post them to the blog as my contribution of what I learned at WVs this year. My post last month was on “The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever”. This month, I have 2 new sketch notes that I have uploaded. .
18 Jun 2013
When I first came on staff as a User Experience Designer at Planet Argon, one of my very first projects was to take our responsive site, Brainstormr and bring it into the mobile world by building an iPhone application for it. My experience designing Brainstormr was the first time I had gotten an opportunity to do a Mobile Application design and I jumped at the opportunity. There was a lot of research and learning involved, but it was totally worth it, and now i am proud to say my first application design came out a success. Here are a few things I learned along the way.
4 Jun 2013
It had been about 6 or 7 years since I went to my last Webvisions Conference in Portland, so I was really excited to go this year since the web has evolved and really changed a lot since then. Planet Argon bought me a pass for Thursday and Friday, and I heard lots of great talks over the two days. Some were on The Agile and Lean UX Methods and working well with your team, some were on how to explain things better and how to develop a curiosity that will take you through your whole career. More technical talks were about things like video on the web, API’s, or building dynamic prototypes.
Among all these different topics and speakers, I had one consistency that helped me retain all the information better (and probably communicate it better to other people on the web too).
It was by taking what I have learned at the conference and sketch-noting the talks.