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A Practical Guide to User Experience Insights

Monthly Archives: December 2014

Meet our New Customer, the Content Marketing Manager

Changes in our Customer Mix Reflect the Seismic Changes Happening to the Business World Is the rapidly changing digital world changing who you serve?  It is certainly changing ours.  But that is nothing new.  Usability Sciences has been around for 25 years.  Our “customer” has appeared in many guises over that span.  The key, for… read more

Grounding? Oh, No, Not In Our House.

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of user experience testing is that it protects product or website designers against “grounding” – the tendency (from which none of us are immune) to see the world in self-referential terms.  This recently hit home in a way that was both attention-getting and encouraging. One of our sales folks posted… read more

The Futurama Principle of User Experience

The animated show Futurama, from Simpsons-creator Matt Groening, brought us absurd comedy and heartbreaking sadness, with nuggets of wisdom throughout. One such tidbit, which generally applies to life, philosophy, and other lofty ideas, has also seemed to me to be very fitting in this field of user experience. In the episode “Godfellas”, God tells Bender,… read more

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