Author Archives: Elizabeth

15 September 2009

Submission to IxD10: (Re)Designing Researcher-Practitioner Interaction

I’ve just submitted one of my two proposals to the Interaction ‘10 conference. Here’s what I submitted: Title: (Re)Designing Researcher-Practitioner Interaction Abstract Do you wish you knew more about what research was available to help guide your interaction design decisions? Do you have the feeling that it’s out there but you aren’t sure where to find it or [...]
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8 August 2009

Serendipitous juxtapositions of tweets

Every once in a while, two unrelated tweets appear next to each other in my Twitter stream and lead me to chortle or even guffaw at the accidental meaning that their juxtaposition creates. Here are some examples. (Note: The second tweet appears above the first.) FaceFeatures Now who would say that to a friend? The objective Never realized Alice [...]
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31 July 2009

User Experience Tweeps

Note: This list has become too big for the blog, so I’ve moved it to the main site, under Resources. You’ll find it here:
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14 July 2009

Lorem Ipsum, Anguish Languish — or realistic text?

“Hoe-cake, murder,” resplendent Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, an tickle ladle basking an stuttered oft. Today I tweeted* the above quote from my favorite playful work on the English language: “Ladle Rat Rotten Hut” , from Anguish Languish, the 1950s work by Howard L. Chace. That tweet generated brief Twitter conversations regarding the use of dummy text [...]
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29 June 2009

My funniest moment in usability testing

As a consultant in interaction design and usability assessment, I conduct a fair amount of usability testing . The kind of testing I do generally involves preparing test scenarios in advance, because my clients and I want to make sure we test the aspects of greatest interest and concern, and that we test them the [...]
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27 June 2009

The Unbearable Rightness of Catastrophizing

Most people think of catastrophizing as a way of thinking that healthy people avoid. The online dictionaries agree. Wiktionary, for example, defines the act as “to regard a bad situation as if it were disastrous or catastrophic”; Go-Dictionary has it as “to envisage a situation as being worse than it is”. Clearly they’re seeing it [...]
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12 June 2009

Sharing your photos without losing control of them

I received my first camera for Christmas at age 12, got serious about photography at 24, and went digital in 2002. I’ve had a stock photography web site for over ten years, but it has turned out to be more a labor of love than of profit making. And with all the photo sharing going [...]
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15 May 2009

In praise of online communities

How many online communities do you participate in? I have trouble counting mine, separating the technology or service (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email servers) from the communities that come together via those services. But no matter how I look at it, I count mine about a dozen. Some are personal, some are professional, and some (mainly [...]
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7 May 2009

Help eBay buyers find your other auctions

Do you sell on eBay? Do you ever put up two or more related items at the same time? If so, consider linking your items to each other. This will make it easier for buyers to find all of your items — much easier for them than clicking “View seller’s other items” when they have [...]
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23 April 2009

Don’t ask why

Or, Everything I know about guiding conversations I learned from psychotherapy Conversations play a critical role throughout user-centered design, from requirements elicitation to usability test debriefing to issue resolution. And when our objective is to be objective — to avoid biasing the information we collect and the responses we receive — it behooves us to pay close [...]
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