Posts in ‘design’

Development update from Optimal Workshop (we think you’ll love it)

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…

Why UX Australia was awesome — and responses to our survey question about UX tedium!

We packed our bags with pants, toothpaste, snake spray, promotional stand-up banners, business cards, and our Optimal Workshop hoodies and T-shirts. It took us less than 4 hours to get from Wellington to Sydney where the awesome UX Australia 2014 conference was held. We got to listen to some of the coolest speakers and thinkers around the world like Eric Reiss, Boon…

Doodle-y doodle-y doo, deedle-y deedle-y dee

Most people don’t grow up valuing drawing and doodling as primary ways of generating ideas and absorbing information. Reading, writing, and listening are the skills most valued at school, and opportunities to sketch ideas and plans at work are rare unless you go looking for them. But the relegation of drawing to the sidelines of work is changing thanks to…

22 examples of evil design

Chris Nodder’s book ‘Evil by Design’ struck a chord in the minds of both designers and laypeople by discussing how designers can tap into the seven deadly sins that hold humans in thrall. Don Norman explains in the Foreword why design should be based on evil: ‘Simple: Starting with evil means starting with real human behavior. This doesn’t mean the…

Some UX and design gloriousness from the web

Out of the heaving mass of compelling content that is the web, some blogs, sites, and apps push us towards new ways of thinking, or amuse us with their original perspective. Here’s three pieces we’ve come across lately, for your entertainment and education.