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Archive: edUi 2014

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1

Richmond, Virginia

What is UX Anyway?

This video from Matthew Magain at UX Mastery is brilliant! He explains not only what UX Design is, but also why you should learn more about it, regardless of your job title.

5 Redesign Tips from the Virginia Historical Society

In May 2012, we at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) began a journey to redesign our website. The past website served its purpose for more than ten years, but was beginning to show signs of its age. Many people described our past site as small, confusing, and beige. Beige? Hmmm, that doesn’t sound good. Continue reading »

No, I am Not a Web Designer!

Despite being hired as a “Web Designer”, I knew that my tasks would be manifold when I started working for the university. Job titles in higher education are often more of a formality. It was interesting to see how others perceived my work. Coworkers approached me after sending out a survey, asking: “Why do you do user tests? I thought you just design the website?!” I tried to explain... Continue reading »

Mobile for Dinosaurs

Jeff Parks from Follow the UX Leader has a conversation with Warren Craghead about how to develop a mobile strategy for dinosaur (large, established, institutional) web sites with a small team and limited technical resources. Warren Craghead Warren Craghead has worked for the past 17 years as a designer and … Continue reading »

As the Magazine Web Page Turns

Lynn Bell and John Rhea of the Curry School at UVA discuss the latest phase in taking their Alumni Magazine from print to digital. They've chucked their issue-based thinking and moved to a more frequent publication schedule, streamlined their home page and adopted the mantra “Contribute. Participate. Engage.” The result is a stunning example of how to engage alumni online. Continue reading »

Affordable User Research

What’s the one thing all of the higher education institutions have in common? Decreasing budgets that often leave us with a slim to nonexistent budget for our user research. How to do studies without money? How to entice people without incentives? Here are some tips from Conny Liegl, a fellow UX designer working at the Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University. Continue reading »

Will Mobile Experience Fix the Web?

By Susan T. Evans User experience matters. It mattered when the web was young and it still does. Who doesn’t at least give lip service to usability? The overused phrase, “It needs to be more intuitive” is right up there with “Actions speak louder than words.” Mobile content delivery will … Continue reading »

Salary Guide for UX Professionals

This salary guide for UX pros from Onward Search is pretty informative. Highlights: Northern Virginia/DC is one of the top 10 markets for UX professionals, Average salaries for UX/UI developers is solidly in the $70-$100k range. Continue reading »

When is a mobile app appropriate?

What content belongs in a mobile application and when is a mobile (or responsive) website more appropriate? Five years after the App Store’s debut, this debate doesn’t seem any closer to a resolution. Many people love the idea of their institution having an app because of the cultural cache it … Continue reading »

What’s standing in your way?

UX folks can’t get enough of workshops. Whenever we get asked what kind of sessions we want at conferences, we always answer “Workshops!” and “Hands-on activities!” Why? Because of the sad fact that a lot of us don’t get to do much beyond wireframes. Continue reading »
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