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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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Soft Wear

Apparel, as a product type, is a tricky beast to sell.  In 2010, American households spent on average $1700.00 on apparel and related products. Just during the two Fashion Week events per year, 20 million dollars is pumped into the NYC economy. The amount of money spent marketing fashion is staggering; Vogue’s September issue alone […]

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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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Tools for My Fellow Designers

There are a number of tools and shortcuts available for folks in the UX field to capitalize on, making their lives easier day to day. Here are three I use to speed up my workflow and make things easier on myself when it comes time to get down to business. Air Display As more teams […]

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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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Putting Your Website on a Diet

Every Wednesday here at agencyState we have a design review with our VP. While he claims to be an engineer and defers on passing judgement on most aspects of design, he does bring a pair of fresh eyes to all of our work. One of his common opening lines is, “in a world where every […]

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Spotlight: Rauschenberg

    Robert Rauschenberg born as Milton Ernest Rauschenberg in October of 1925, his Combine work in the 50s was referred to as Neo-Dadaist or as Rauschenberg referred to it as working “in the gap between art and life”, a term that Jasper Johns also was known to use. Rauschenberg came to be known as […]

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  What is stealing an idea? Is it merely getting inspiration from something else, if so then as designers are we all guilty? Wait! This just can’t be – right? Some say, as long as you alter the idea then it’s yours. Ok yes I agree with that, but to what degree? Is there a […]

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Dear Apple iOS

Dear Apple, Your “modal” window abuse is KILLING ME. It is disruptive. It is abusive. It is lacking in value. It is an example of how “standards-based design” can work against a good user experience. I cite John Grimes statement about UI design and interfaces: “Time abuse is the worst form of abuse there is.” […]

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Value of UX Resources

I run a large UX org, we bring great value to our company, it can be seen everyday in our companies bottom line. You can see it in the improved conversion on the site, increase in registered customers and the CSAT numbers. Due to the fact that we continue to grow and at a very […]

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