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Summary: The latest insights from User Interface Engineering on the world of design. Shows include the SpoolCast, Userability and Usability Tools Podcast.

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  • Artist: Jared M. Spool and User Interface Engineering (UIE)
  • Copyright: 2006-2011


 Sharron Rush and Whitney Quesenbery – Accessibility Easy Checks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:38

Sharron Rush heads the Easy Checks project at the Web Accessibility Initiative. These simple steps help you get an idea of whether a site meets some of the basics for good accessibility, without any special technology or tools. She joins Whitney Quesenbery for this episode of A Podcast for Everyone to answer some of these questions.

 Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery – Introducing A Podcast for Everyone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:38

In this premiere episode of A Podcast for Everyone, Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery speak with UIE's Adam Churchill about the book that inspired the podcast, and give a preview of what they will be talking about in upcoming episodes.

 Chris Farnum – Wireframing Strategies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:35

The notion that “wireframes are dead” has been coming up every so often over the past few years. In truth, wireframes are still a valuable way for teams to communicate. Building up scenarios through state changes helps to both show and define a user’s journey through your design.

 Stephanie Lemieux – Using Taxonomy to Manage Content Sprawl | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:52

Ultimately, your content is the reason users visit your site. Taxonomy can build a structure underneath that content, making it much more dynamic. By employing a layer of taxonomy, your CMS can better understand the relationships between the content. This allows you to easily surface related content, dynamically display bits of information, and improve your users’ experience.

 Stephen Hay – Responsive Web Design Workflow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:36

The web is no longer fixed width. Designs are more malleable than ever because of fluid grids, media queries, and everything else that comes with responsive web design. This makes using static photoshop comps as a deliverable unmanageable. Design workflows inevitably have to change and adapt as the way we design for the web evolves.

 Brad Frost – Creating Responsive Interfaces | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:07

Frameworks and design patterns are no strangers in the world of web design. As responsive web design becomes common practice, making sure these templates work across every imaginable screen and device is trickier. There have been attempts to break down page elements in separate modules, but you often never see it fully assembled.

 Jason Grigsby – Responsive Web Design with Mobile in Mind | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:39

With the mobile web, specifically m dot sites increasingly becoming a thing of the past, responsive web design has become common practice. The ability for your site to display across screen sizes and devices, reduces development time and allows for one design to work anywhere. However, this shouldn’t signal a shift away from mobile-first thinking.

 Nate Schutta – Coding Mobile Prototypes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:07

The “designer who can code” has been dubbed the elusive unicorn of the UX realm. But more important than being equally good at both skill sets is being able to communicate with the other side. If designers understand even a little bit about code it breaks down silos within the team. Greater communication leads to shared understanding. This collaborative environment allows for faster iteration and better design.

 Aaron Gustafson – Designing Across Devices with Progressive Enhancement | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:36

Responsive web design seems to come up in every other discussion or article about UX these days. And rightfully so as it’s an elegant way to make sure your design adapts to the multitude of devices on the market. But with the Internet of Things looming, it’s becoming more than just the visuals of your site that are of major concern. How your content displays on a car dashboard, “can a watch handle this page weight?”, or “is this refrigerator JavaScript enabled?” are not unrealistic issues moving forward.

 Jeff Gothelf – Axe Requirements-driven Product Design Live! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:05

There’s a traditional way of building a product. Normally there’s a huge time investment made as you come up with the idea, design, build and re-build until it’s released. At this point you’re hoping this solution solves the users’ problems, and also that it doesn’t crash and burn. And if it does fail, there’s going to be some hell to pay.

 Ben Callahan – Structuring Your Workflow for Responsive Web Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:12

As responsive web design becomes more prevalent, our approach to designing for the web is changing. With former assumptions, as dismissive as they may have been, that the web was a fixed width, it was easier to have a more linear workflow. With the need for the web to reconfigure and adapt to different devices and displays, designers and developers need to adapt to changing workflows.

 Dana Chisnell – Gaining Design Insights from Your Research Recruiting Process | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:03

Getting great participants for usability studies can provide invaluable insights for your design process. But if you aren’t doing your own recruiting, you could be missing out on additional important information. Dana Chisnell has learned that the best way to find great participants is to think of recruiting as bonus user research.

 Karen McGrane – Mobile Strategies for Your Content | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:50

Ensuring that your site is responsive or adaptive is becoming essential to your mobile design strategy. With the plethora of devices available, users want to be able to access your site on whichever one they’re using. The days of the separate mobile site are gone. But as your design is reflowing to display perfectly across devices, what’s happening to your content?

 Cyd Harrell – The Challenges of Usability Testing Mobile Apps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:09

As much as we may like to pretend, there is nothing natural about usability testing. There’s always a level of concentration involved that likely wouldn’t be present in a natural setting. This “unnaturalness” is magnified when testing mobile applications. Users have to focus on things like posture and how they’re holding the device while trying to interact with it realistically.

 Jason Ulaszek & Brian Winters – From Research to Experience Roadmaps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:53

Nowadays, design is an increasingly important business tool. As Jared Spool reminds us, Apple is one of the largest companies in the world, largely based upon continually engaging in good design. A great user experience can be a differentiator in the business landscape. For Jason Ulaszek, a good design starts with good research to guide and direct the organization’s decisions.


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