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An approach to learning at conferences

Whoop whoop! It’s conference time here in the Southern Hemisphere. Tomorrow four of our Optimal Workshop crew will be winging our way to sunny, salubrious Sydney for UX Australia for four days of workshoppy, presentationny goodness. The conference is run (and has been since 2009) by Donna Spencer, expert designer and author of three books, including the excellent Card Sorting: Designing…

Selling your design recommendations to clients and colleagues

If you’ve ever presented design findings or recommendations to clients or colleagues, then perhaps you’ve heard them say: “We don’t have the budget or resources for those improvements.” “The new executive project has higher priority.” “Let’s postpone that to Phase 2.” As an information architect, I‘ve presented recommendations many times. And I’ve crashed and burned more than once by doing…

‘Pay per survey’ plan now available

You’ve asked for it, and now you have it. If you have a survey to conduct and you’d like a fixed price per survey instead of subscription pricing you can now Pay Per Survey. This option is designed for those who: are sure they have a single survey to conduct and have no plans to iterate or repeat their survey in…

UX Resolutions (2014)

As New Year’s Day is nearly upon us, we decided to ask our beloved customer base (which is bursting with UX professionals) a simple question; ‘What are your aspirations for 2014?’ Let’s skip the ‘a fresh start…new beginnings’ content and jump straight onto what you peeps came here to read – UX resolutions. Throughout the coming year we hope to…

Quantifying the value of UX design – the interactive infographic

I was raised to believe that when you lost time you could never get it back. Time’s pretty precious. It’s the currency we spend to get things done. Seems to me, more often than not, things end up taking more time than expected. I’ve produced an interactive infographic to celebrate World Usability Day 2012 that illustrates how UX designers around…

A simple poke in the ribs

We haven’t posted anything here in quite some time and this seems like a strange place to start but we must start somewhere! In the lead up to xmas I got lazy with my timesheets. I just don’t even think of them anymore, apparently for weeks at a time.. [sorry Michelle] BUT all this is behind me. To establish a…