Looking at process in User Experience

In my last post, I talked about my quest into the world of User Experience (UX). Process is at the core of any endeavor, and most certainly UX. As a graphic designer, I’ve been intrigued to see how process looks in this area. As users, when we encounter interfaces, we often are left to our…More

Brainstorming Alone

A nice article at How Design outlining a 9-step process to brainstorming alone. Here are the first six (6). You can find all via the link at the end. Brainstorming alone often feels, to paraphrase Churchill, like standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself by the handles. It can be a lonely and…More

Multimedia Content and Form Class Today

Student peer commenting on the final project. I have begun to integrate a peer commenting exercise in my classes as a valuable tool to help students “get out of their boxes” and expand their perspectives by engaging each other around the projects and work. This exercise is received well and students truly become engaged and…More

What Visual Designers Can Learn From Biggie Smalls | from the design mind blog

I found this post by¬†Andreas Markdalen (twitter.com/youthprojects) on Frog Design’s The Visual Design Dept. blog on design mind quite interesting. Here he discusses how design and design thinking can benefit from Chris Wallace’s (aka Biggie Smalls) creative process in constructing his raps. In his post, Markdalen outlines five areas that designers can use to create…More

Designing for Mobile Devices (via AIGASF)

Designing for Mobile | AIGA SF Interactive Chats View more presentations from aigasf Great presentation by the SF Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists last week. The demand for design for mobile platforms is growing at a lightening speed. There is a great need for those of us teaching in Multimedia Studies programs…More

Thanking Steve Jobs for “thinking differently”

Okay, here’s my tribute to the genius of Steve Jobs and thanking him for being a pentacle of the “think different” principle. By creating the Apple Macintosh computer, he and Steve Wozniak changed my life, turning me into a geeky girl, and moving me into the world of graphic design, which I easily added to…More

Design is About Solving Problems | Design Informer

One of my Twitter colleagues, Jan Jursa of Information Architecture Television (@IATV on Twitter) shared this interesting post by James Young on Design Informer (See link below) and I thought I would share it. It is always good to step back and reassess where one is in respect to the design process. This is a…More