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10 Steps to Prototyping with POP

Over the years I’ve spent a not inconsiderable amount of time helping to choreograph enormous, complicated, expensive systems so that specific groups of human beings can derive benefit from them. And whether the end product of those efforts was a multistory building or an app running on a mobile device, one of the best ways to figure out how all the parts and pieces should fit together has been to build a tiny, simple, cheap …

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Keepin’ It Lean

I work in mobile app development. We’ve been trying the “lean” approach to projects, where everyone is more involved from the beginning which is great ’cause everyone is clear on where we are in the project. There’s also not as much documentation, which can slow everyone down. You can read up on it here and here, they can explain it better than I can. In a previous life, we were doing what people like to …

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Testing with Plunk

Every once in a while I find myself engaged in heated (yet consummately professional) arguments over the design and functionality of app screens with interested parties. These arguments, while occasionally contentious, almost never involve the involuntary stomping of a frustrated foot, the unfettered deployment of the f-bomb, or the weaponization of a shoe. Oh, and just so we’re clear: I win ALL the arguments. Many of these “friendly discussions” stem from uncertainty about how users …

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Using Prototypes to Communicate Concepts Faster and More Awesome

Prototyping is used as a quick and dirty way to flesh out an idea or test out an issue that you don’t know the answer to. There’s lots of different ways you can prototype ranging from stop motion animations using paper to flash animations to actual prototyping software. I first started with paper prototyping on a new project with my co-worker & UX Strategist, Alli Dryer. We wanted to find a good layout for existing …

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On Logos in Title Bars

​I know how it is. You’re a big brand and you’ve simply grown accustomed to seeing your logo stamped everywhere: on TV, in the magazines, on your leather jacket, your coffee mug, your business card, jingling on your charm bracelet, tattooed across the flanks of your hypoallergenic cat. It’s reassuring. Your logo feels like … belongingness. So now you’re halfway through the surprisingly complicated process of building an app and you feel unsettled. You and …

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The Reviews are In

Imagine this scenario: you are part of a small group of focused, perhaps even talented people. Your group somehow gathers together the wherewithal to build an app for a specific purpose that is directed at a specific audience. You are constrained by time, budget, brand guidelines, client demands, the need to sleep or eat, and gravity. Despite setbacks, miscommunication, user-testing mishaps, and changes of direction, you persevere. One day, after a few months of solid …

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