Saturday, August 31, 2013

I can hear the theme song now

Travel down the road and back again
Your heart is true
You're a pal and a confidant
And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see
the biggest gift would be
from me
and the card attached would say ...

Favorite picture from a quickie competitor review:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Flat icons for the UX designer

I can't believe, given how often I've had to reinstall Omnigraffle, I haven't yet talked about the icon stencil I always use. OK without further ado, here it is; my favorite UX Omnigraffle stencils.

Webalys Icons - Using placeholders for icons is annoying when you have a good idea about what you want, but don't want to spend the time creating it to get your point across. Especially given the fact that crisp, flat, and modern icons have evolved to become symbols.

Webalys offers a generous icon pack for free as .ai, .eps, .pdf, and through, Omnigraffle .graffle. Hope it's useful. Download 'em here.
Some examples of icons up close

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Engaged at work by being happy

Positive psychology is very captivating, why? Um, if you don't know I'm not going to tell you. 

But! If you haven't heard of positive psychology, check out wikipedia's definition 

a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving individuals, families, and communities."[1] Positive psychologists seek "to find and nurture genius and talent" and "to make normal life more fulfilling",[2] rather than merely treating mental illness.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Have you met Vi Hart?

I can't imagine jamming as much coolness in 30 minutes. Even describing this video is a mouth full but, but, big breath in: Drawing, storytelling, music, math, copyright, meaning, context, emotion, structure, innovation, ideas, singing, colors, creativity, shapes, talent, wow, Fuck Yeah!

Monday, August 5, 2013

More information, more personal, more engaged

I love employee of the month awards.

It's personal and makes me feel like these monolithic companies aren't run by penny counting machines.

Look, Kenita, Randy, & Arceli have done some great work for the San Francisco Airport. Great enough to get cartoon versions of themselves on a placard. Awesome!

Cue dramatic music.

The user experience designer in me sees potential for even more!

Music swells....what if you told me even more? Like a story of what she/he did that was so awesome or a customer quote on why they're so awesome?