Web Applications and Content Strategy

As users perform more and more task based actions online, content strategy is even more important then ever. Content strategy isn't just writing for the web, and UI design isn't just for task performance either, although it may frequently be a measurable interactivity factor. More new sites popping up are web apps, rather than business billboards as they have been in the past. Even business sites need a fresh content stream to keep users caring about their brand's relevancy.

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Transferring Vector from Fireworks to Sketch

I've been loving everything I can see Sketch can do for some time now, and while I love using it when I can, there are still some mobile design layouts and UI elements that were originally made in Fireworks that I go to a lot to build onto for project needs. Anything new I try to create in Sketch, but I still have to crank open FW to complete my workflow at times.

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This freaks me out

Every time I need to manage or organize my bookmarks in Firefox, I'm so nervous to click this. I always think it's going to LAUNCH ALL of my bookmarks...

Firefox

Firefox Show All Bookmarks

Chrome is more clear

Chrome Bookmark Manager Chrome Open All Bookmarks]

Custom Icon Webfont Generation

Our UX team has decided to start using icon fonts for more and more mobile design, but some of the designs have been waiting for development before that ultimate decision was made. We purchased some icon webfonts to begin designing with - some matched the same vector sets we bought to use previously - but for now there were still some custom vector icons I had made to fit our needs beforehand and this will still need to happen moving forward. 

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Internet and Rural Life

Although I see many times where the rise and enormous growth of the internet and mobile make it more and more difficult to disconnect, my lifestyle has been effected in other ways. In fact, the growth and commonality in which the internet has entwined into our lives has made it easier for me to lead a rural lifestyle away from the city.

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Treehouse for Seasoned Pros

The term "seasoned pro" and skill sets vary greatly depending on who you talk to, but this is my experience. Although I am senior level designer, I have to say that my Treehouse subscription has been worth more than I had expected. When I first logged in after receiving a promo on membership cost, I admit to have felt that there wasn't much for a UI designer and front end developer between basics (through responsive design) and programming (especially related to mobile design), but I was wrong.

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Cloud computing

What lessons can we learn from the mobile landscape that can help the future of desktop/tablet operating systems in the future? 

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OS UX = UI

Facebook Home has got me thinking.

Soon, we won't be designing UI. We will be designing with UX even more in the forefront than pretty UI aesthetics.

Will software design soon become OS design? Is there a huge difference now anyway?

Native vs. Mobile First

Native Apps vs Web Apps have been debated to death. Every use case is different, let alone company, site, or task. Can the Mobile First theory help bring the two into a more comprehensive experience?

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User Experience Design in the freelance market

With the exception of a few super savvy companies and progressive teams inside groups that are investing in this specialized skill, do you feel that from the perspective of gaining clients for UX professionals it makes sense yet to market yourself as a user experience designer? Perhaps it is my locale, but I find that most clients looking for this type of work don't quite know it as that, and therefore aren't researching such terms.

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Rewriting my traditional web design process

Getting away from static mockups. Challenging myself to go from prototypes (Axure) to creating beautiful UI elements (Fireworks) with a service like typecast for finalizing details. This allows content to dictate more of the layout in a real time environment which is the live scenario. Ideally, once this mockup is tested and approved, it's ready to launch as-is.

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Device screen sizes

With the 17" Macbook Pro going away (already gone) and now the iPad screen size scaling back, it made me think about screen sizes and where product designers get their user needs from. Yes, I realize other manufacturers are making other decisions and everyone is trying to stay ahead and on top of what users want.

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Album Art Digital Evolution

Wonder if the traditional square CD cover art digitized will evolve with digital music models. Song artwork? Song video? Song video with lyrics? There has been lots of innovation around the creation and delivery of music digitally, but this is one piece that has come along for the ride. Surely the experience has more potential!

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