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Freshening up your budget: Mobile experiences matter, too

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the financial service Mint. It’s a free service that tracks all your accounts, bills, transactions and lets you set up budgets to stay on track. I was a big user several years ago but fell out of it in favor of more manual spreadsheets until recently. Getting… read more

The Hunt for Headphones

I’ve owned so many headphones over the years I can’t even begin to keep track of them all. Right now I probably have at least 5 pairs, some of which get used regularly, some of them never. However, no headphones have ever fully met my needs yet; they either leave me stuck with wires or… read more

What makes a great customer experience at an online pharmacy?

Last year I opened an online pharmacy account on several sites. Most of us who have only 1-2 prescriptions wouldn’t think having an online pharmacy account would make life easier. After all, when we need a medication refilled, we can just pick up the bottle and call the number of the pharmacy and read off… read more

My carrier is looking out for me

Ring, ring. I looked at my phone to see who was calling but didn’t recognize the number. Do I answer it?, I asked myself. Ring, ring. No, I’m not answering. Whoever it is can leave a message. Ring, ring. Maybe I should answer, maybe it’s important. Ring, ring. Okay, I’ll chance it. But it better… read more

Stakeholder Wars

Most companies today understand the value of testing early and testing often. However, there are many instances in which this is still not the case. This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when UX testing was not done earlier in the design process of a pharma website. Today, launching a new website has… read more

How does research fit in an Agile world?

The world seems to move a lot more quickly than it did even just a few years ago. The shiniest new gadget or hardware is seemingly obsolete almost as quickly as it hits the market. As for software, websites, apps? Between new tools, changes to an API, building for a new device, or keeping up… read more

Come Hear Us at “OD Sound Bites”

The DFW Organization Development Network is hosting “OD Sound Bites”, and Usability Sciences’ Scott Kincaid will be giving a presentation entitled, “Identifying the Blockers of Success.” The event is Thursday, March 9th at the University of Dallas (in Irving).  Come hear Scott’s presentation and take part in the Q&A that will follow. For more information,… read more

Wendy’s plans kiosks – Here’s our advice

When you’ve got a taste for a square hamburger and a Frosty, you’re probably going to Wendy’s. Now, the fast-food giant is planning on installing ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its locations. We’ve tested kiosks for fast-food clients in the United States and abroad. Our usability research has uncovered some problems, validated design decisions, and offered… read more

What I talked about at Ignite DFW

In January, I had the opportunity to present, “Bad User Experience is never done with Malice” at the local Dallas Ignite event. For those unfamiliar with this structure, each speaker is given 5 minutes to present 20 slides on a topic of their choice. While this alone doesn’t sound that difficult, there was an added… read more

Setting the Right “Taxpectations”

It’s that wonderful time of the year again – Tax Season. Depending on your situation, you either look forward to doing your taxes or dread the thought of filing them. Either way, if you do your own taxes online like I do, you’ll notice that the interface of the tax site you use seemingly changes… read more

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