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Designer vs Developer

1 Mar 2010

Designer vs Developer

Was going through some of our photo archives and found this gem.

designer: Allison Beckwith
developer: Graeme Nelson

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Narrative forms

25 Feb 2010

I was curious how it would perform against a traditional form. Would people be more inclined to complete it because of the narrative format? Or would the unfamiliar presentation format confuse people?

Luke Wroblewski from "Mad Libs" Style Form Increases Conversion 25-40%

An interesting approach to form design that we might want to explore ourselves.

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Hoops in the park

18 Feb 2010

Hoops in the park

Our new studio is located directly across the street from a few basketball half-courts. The sun has come out over the past few days and we’ve been taking advantage of this. If you’re in the Pearl District, you might discover a few of us playing 2v2 matches and HORSE in the afternoons.

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Meet Ryan

16 Feb 2010

Meet Ryan

Ryan Gensel has recently joined our design team. He’s already begun posting on our blog and you’ll find him featured on episode 4 of the Planet Argon Podcast.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Ryan in the near future.

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As to Science

16 Feb 2010

We may well define it for our purpose as “methodical thinking directed toward finding regulative connections between our sensual experiences.” Science, in the immediate, produces knowledge and, indirectly, means of action. It leads to methodical action if definite goals are set up in advance. For the function of setting up goals and passing statements of value transcends its domain. While it is true that science, to the extent of it’s grasp of causative connections, may reach important conclusions as to the compatibility and incompatibility of goals and evaluations, the independent and fundamental definitions regarding goals and values remain beyond science’s reach.

Albert Einstein Ideas and Opinions p. 58 (1948)

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The Overlapping Disciplines of User Experience

15 Feb 2010

The Overlapping Disciplines of User Experience

It’s about the joining of the different disciplines, and not particularly a discipline in and of itself. While the best designers have an awareness of the disciplines that surround and overlap theirs, to be considered an experience designer would necessarily require management and coordination between the disciplines to ensure holistic products. This is an essential skill for making the best products, of course, but I would guess this is often a temporary role that designers move into during key points in the design process from a starting point of one of the other disciplines. Without the “raw materials” of the disciplines that make up UX, UX would be empty indeed. Source

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Gruber on the confused masses

13 Feb 2010

ReadWriteWeb has a weblog post that ranks highly in Google’s search results for “Facebook login”. The comments on the post are filled with complaints from confused people who think that this is the new Facebook login page.

It’s funny, yes, but it’s a fascinating glimpse at just how confused many people are about how web sites and browsers work. They don’t use bookmarks, they don’t type “facebook.com” in the location field. They just Google for whatever they’re looking for and assume the first result is correct. All this argument over whether the iPad is too simple — if anything it’s probably still too complex.

John Gruber from Daring Fireball: Facebook login

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Ping Pong

13 Feb 2010

Ping Pong

We love to play ping pong. We don’t compete with each other. We just get up and head to the table. We’ll volley for a bit, talk about the project we’re working, and go back to our desk feeling refreshed.

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