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2015 Summer Photo Competition Photography is a powerful tool to celebrate seasons. Capture a moment, an emotion or visually tell a story of the first moments of Summer.     The Rules One submission per person. Submissions need to be your own. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced. Photos must be taken […]

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Recipe: A New UX Career, in 3 Years or Less

Let’s say…you read Sam Rhee’s recent post. You know, the one that nails what you need to do for UX interviews at Sears to be taken seriously. Then you thought to yourself, “Oh no! I’ve never worked in UX before. What would I possibly put in an online portfolio? How do I get anyone to take […]

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Sam’s 5 UX Pet Peeves

In my 1.5 million years in the Internet solutions industry, I have been everything from a business analyst to a Flash animator to a UXA to a creative director. I have done projects as mundane as a wedding blog (in exchange for a gift card, no less…never work for free, folks) and as grandiose and […]

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20 Questions with Robert Dietz, VP of UX

Microsoft to Nordstrom, Adobe to Smartwool, Robert Dietz brings more than 20 years of innovation and creativity to his role as Vice President of User Experience for Sears Holdings. Most recently, Robert spent 10 years at the helm of a Seattle based design + build agency before moving to Microsoft where he led UX teams […]

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Boring work is fun!

One of the first paying gigs I ever had was washing dishes at my parents’ church. It was one of those huge industrial kitchens where everything from the fridge to the counters was stainless steel. The dishwasher could do a load in about 60 seconds and when they come out they were so scalding hot […]

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Pretty Darn Powerful: How We Redesigned our PDP

At the heart of any retail endeavor are products. In 2012, a plan was hatched to overhaul the product description page template (or PDP) that serves Sears.com and Kmart.com. Today, the new PDP is a responsive design that serves upwards of 70 million products across 16 categories with even more to come. It is flexible enough […]

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Congratulations, Your Meeting is No Longer Boring!

  Here’s a list I cobbled together about refreshing the way meetings are run. Maybe this will help your team find new ways to be productive and present. Perhaps laptops will actually close. Hopefully eyes won’t. And your employees will not only be engaged but will look forward to the next time you send a […]

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Why I Want To Be More Like Tony Stark

  As we kick off a new year, we all naturally look forward, thinking more about the future. What kind of future are we building? When I say we, I’m not just asking about our team, or our company …but the digital industry …the web, mobile, tablets, desktop, the whole the ecosystem system we work in […]

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Subject & Object – It Takes Both to Tell the Story

There is a question that I ask of all UXA interviewees; it’s a question that I’ve been asked at almost every interview as well. “If there’s a conflict in opinion between the customer (or engineering or visual design) and UX over an interface element or workflow, how do you typically resolve the issue?” My boilerplate […]

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This Cube is Mine – Social Design Advice from Herman Miller

Man those Herman Miller chairs are pricy; you can plunk down a grand, easy.  What’s this Herman guy doing with all that green?  Is he chillin’ in a suite at the Vegas Bellagio, stripped down to his undies, rolling around in a pile of cash like Demi Moore in “Indecent Proposal?”  Well it turns out, […]

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