Category: Interaction Design

  • Unleash the Ingenuity: 6 Reasons Bartenders are Masters of Human-Centered Design

    Unleash the Ingenuity: 6 Reasons Bartenders are Masters of Human-Centered Design

    Bartenders are some of the most creative people in the world when it comes to designing and crafting delicious drinks. Bartending requires a deep understanding of customer needs, preferences, and behaviors – all essential elements of great design. Here are six reasons why bartenders are experts in human-centered design.

  • Video: umsi spotlight Designing AR for nasa

    Video: umsi spotlight Designing AR for nasa

  • I’m a Storyteller: Modeling Users, and Crafting Analogies for Better Design

    I’m a Storyteller: Modeling Users, and Crafting Analogies for Better Design

    I use analogies. I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect analogy to describe this phenomena or that. For example, how do you describe culture to someone?  If you go to the dictionary and recite: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group -(see: Dictionary.com (Links to an external […]

  • Prototyping w.me in XD

    Prototyping w.me in XD

    What isn’t a prototype? Even a finished product is a prototype of the next iteration or version. The key takeaway from the Le Bricolage section was how the designers cobbled things together to make a brilliant prototype of an innovative technology that doesn’t actually exist. At the end he also noted that in his view, […]

  • Ethnographic Archaeology: Iterative Prototyping in UX Research and Design

    Ethnographic Archaeology: Iterative Prototyping in UX Research and Design

    From the outset of the Stringer et al., paper I was a little put off by the mention that they had developed a form of UCD called, ‘curriculum-focused design’. In so far as curriculum is content, they just conducted user-research along with iterative prototyping. And I think this point is not beyond the authors otherwise […]

  • Empathy and Ethics in UX

    Empathy and Ethics in UX

    I don’t think we can have ethics without feminist ethics. However, let me preface this by saying that I mean intersectional feminism. Intersectional feminism asserts that all aspects of socio-political identities overlap. I was glad to see Alison Adam and Jacqueline Ofori-Amanfo dragging questionnaires and surveys just a little bit, while also advocating for ethnography and […]

  • Learning UX Design with the Interaction Design Foundation – a review

    Learning UX Design with the Interaction Design Foundation – a review

    In this post, I review one of my most trusted sources of information for UX courses and materials – the Interaction Design Foundation. The Interaction Design Foundation is one of my favorite websites and often the first place I go to when I turn to the internet to look up information about the user experience and interaction design.

  • Creating an A-Frame Lunar Analog Environment

    Creating an A-Frame Lunar Analog Environment

    As the resident UX researcher and human in the loop testing co-coordinator for CLAWS, it’s my responsibility to plan, facilitate, and analyze usability tests with real people to get feedback on our AR Toolkit for Lunar Astronauts and Scientists (ATLAS). Earlier this year, CLAWS participated in the NASA SUITS Challenge, the pandemic forced our school […]

  • What about Personas?

    What about Personas?

    As we were going over Personas in my Interaction Design course at UMSI, I began seeing some articles on the topic that I wanted to share to the class. Kill your Personas (Links to an external site.) – Microsoft Design Stop obsessing over user personas (Links to an external site.) – UX Collective The discussion we had on personas […]

  • Critique: Reflections on Taking Design Criticism Well

    Critique: Reflections on Taking Design Criticism Well

    When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a comic book artist. I could draw of course, but I knew I wasn’t skilled enough to really go for it. After I got my first computer with an internet connection, I started thinking about web and graphic design as I was fulfilling these roles for […]