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End-to-End Experience Design When I started as an application designer in 2001, I worked really hard for my clients, whipping their applications into shape. I would conduct usability reviews and hands-on design sessions to overhaul the app, I’d agonize over each screen layout, review, test, revise, then buckle down with development until we pushed out the release. It was hard work and I was proud that I was a good designer. But I had tunnel vision. Now I can see that the product interface is only one part of the customer’s end-to-end experience. I suppose that's why we have moved away from just user interface design and into user experience design.
Five Ways to Animate Responsibly It’s been two years since I wrote about “Flashless Animation” on this very site. Since then, animation has steadily begun popping up on websites, from sleek app-like user interfaces to interactive magazine-like spreads. It’s an exciting time for web animation wonks, interaction developers, UXers, UI designers and a host of other acronyms! But in our rush to experiment with animation it seems that we’re having fewer conversations about whether or not we should use it, and more discussions about what we can do with it. We spend more time fretting over how to animate all the things at 60fps than we do devising ways to avoid incapacitating users with vestibular disorders. I love web animation.
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Frontend Guidelines Exercise I’m helping my client’s web development team establish some frontend guidelines as we roll up our sleeves to build a new website from the ground up. We’ve done a projects together in the past, but (naturally) they were on pretty pretty tight deadlines, so despite our best intentions the team’s code consistency fell by the wayside as we raced to the finish line project. Sound familiar?