What engages someone who lives in NYC? The WUD build up continues

As part of our epic World Usability Day promotion for 2014, and because this year’s theme is ‘engagement’, we’ve invited our partners to send us images of things they’ve been finding engaging in their daily lives. Today we hear from Jordyn Lee, marketing associate for Crazy Egg. Crazy Egg are offering the lucky WUD competition winner a lifetime’s subscription to their service. I don’t…

A short insight into life in Mountain View

As part of our epic World Usability Day promotion for 2014, and because this year’s theme is ‘engagement’, we’ve invited our partners to send us images of things they’ve been finding engaging in their daily lives. Today we hear from Jerry Cao, a content strategist for UXPin.

Lou Rosenfeld and the sweet, sweet pull of analytics

As part of our epic World Usability Day promotion for 2014, and because this year’s theme is ‘engagement’, we’ve invited our partners to send us images of things they’ve been finding engaging in their daily lives. Today we get to hear from the legendary Lou Rosenfeld — information architect extraordinaire, and founder of Rosenfeld Media which, among other things, produces…

UX Design in practise — upcoming ebook analyzes Yelp’s desktop website

We’re collaborating on an ebook about the UX Design Process. It’ll be a great chance to see our tools in practise, and to learn how to connect the dots between research and design.

Moderated Card Sorts VS Online Card Sorts — why you need both

Have you ever suggested doing an online card sort and been told no ‘because the conversation in the room is the most valuable part of a card sort’? I have. Repeatedly. I decided it was time someone actually tested that theory. So when the opportunity came up at work, I jumped on the chance to run this experiment. My research task…

What things engage you on a daily basis?

For our World Usability Day competition this year, we’re going to ask people to send us photos of what they find engaging. To give you an idea of what we mean (and just for fun), three of us at Optimal Workshop have shared our own photos of things we found engaging yesterday.

Excellent! A new card sorting course from U1 Group

Card sorting as an effective user-testing methodology has been explored and discussed by some of our industry’s top names, including Jakob Nielson and Donna Spencer. Now U1Group, a Melbourne-based digital experience consultancy, have contributed their voice to the conversation. They’ve released a course on Udemy titled Developing an Information Architecture with Card Sorting — and they’re offering Optimal Workshop’s readers a…

$800, 67 loans, 31 countries

Kiva is a fantastic non-profit organization that enables people to lend money to others in need. UX Punk (before being acquired by Optimal Workshop) kicked off their support by lending $800. And checking in 3 years later, Sarah is amazed at what that money has achieved.

Development update from Optimal Workshop

You may have noticed we’ve been gradually rolling out design and usability improvements over the past couple of months. Most notably, Chalkmark has a new image uploader and Treejack has a new tree editor. What you won’t have seen are the huge, behind-the-scenes changes that have been taking place at the same time. We’re actually in the midst of making…

Chalkmark rolls out a new animation video

We would like to welcome you to the new Pixar production (not true), directed by Steven Spielberg (not true) and starring Sarah Jessica Parker (also not true) in this year’s awesome blockbuster — First Click Testing with Chalkmark. Treejack and OptimalSort had their fun getting animated last year. Now, it’s Chalkmark’s turn for some colorful love. Let us know what you think…