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Why You Shouldn't Hire A Designer/Developer Hybrid

Why You Shouldn’t Hire A Designer/Developer Hybrid

Career sites are littered with “UX/UI Developer” or “User Experience Designer/Developer” positions, which include a mish-mash of UX, visual design, and development responsibilities, often written as a confusing set of job duties and qualifications that don’t mesh very well together. As a user experience professional, I’ve learned to avoid these positions like the plague. As…

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Why You Should Never Ignore Qualitative Data

Why You Should Never Ignore Qualitative Data

I recently started listening to Jared Spool’s UIE Podcast during my morning commute into the office. It’s perfect fodder for your brain to munch on when you have nothing better to do, so I wholly recommend it. A few days into listening, I came across Jared’s podcast with Erika Hall about team based research. In…

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Focusing on apps, now playing on AppleTV

Focusing on apps, now playing on AppleTV

Apps are now playing on the new AppleTV. The apps use the same familiar tools and frameworks as apps for the iPhone, but there is one major difference: navigation. The AppleTV remote allows you to move in four general directions for controls: up, down, right and left. Think of this like navigating an old computer…

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5 Questions to Ask Before Designing a GIF

5 Questions to Ask Before Designing a GIF

In the world of user experience and product design, animations are quickly becoming the new status quo. For example, Google’s Material Design Guidelines are ripe with animation philosophy and animations showing desired interaction patterns. Prototyping services like InVision are pushing animated GIFs as the answer to displaying transitions between user interface states. Visit any design…

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Baby Steps to Lean UX

Baby Steps to Lean UX

The world of software product development is complex. With so many moving pieces — idea validation, user research, market research, development planning, etc. — your product can get caught up and spit back out. This complex environment presents product teams with many challenges: Knowing that you are building a useful, marketable product for your customers….

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UXCamp DC 2013 Recap

UXCamp DC 2013 Recap

We were proud to be a Gold Sponsor for this year’s MobileUX Camp DC, held September 14 in Washington, DC. Modus staff attending the event included our new Director of UX, Jimmy Chandler, who was also one of the event’s co-organizers. This was our third consecutive year participating in and sponsoring MobileUX Camp DC. Highlights…

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Business of UX Video

UXCamp Redux: Business of UX Preso

I had the pleasure of doing a ‘lightning round’ version of my Business of UX presentation from UXCamp 2012 last week at the very cool nClud in DC. Checkout the presentation, and watch the video:

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