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“User Experience”

UI or UN? The Life of a Front-End Developer

Hello. My name is Ivan Wilson and I am a user interface (UI) developer for CDG. I’ll be a guest author on this blog, posting every month or so. When I first asked about contributing to the blog (and I’m still wondering whether it was a good idea to agree), I thought it would be helpful to explain exactly what I do. After all, outside the tech industry, front-end/ui developers are a somewhat unknown breed. UI Developers, in Plain English…

User Interface Inspiration

Call it inspiration from others, or learning by example, but user interface designers often get sparks of new ideas from looking at UI best practices. At CDG Interactive, for example, when creating design directions for a new web site interface, we’ll assemble mood boards for pure aesthetic inspiration, and research not only competitors of our clients, but sites in what we call “parallel industries.” So we were delighted to discover a new repository of ideas and UI best of breed…

Move off the Web and Onto the Desktop – Part 1

These days people are so obsessed with adding Web 2.0 elements to their website, and rightly so, that they forget about developing a well-rounded interactive marketing strategy.  Since I’m just as guilty of that as the next person, I thought I’d talk today about some lesser explore interactive options.  I’m actually hoping we can stop talking “Web 2.0” soon and just get back to talking about interactive — since that’s what Web 2.0 really is.  It’s really about making the…

Move off the Web and onto the Desktop Part 2

Widgets (think Southwest, or something simpler) Live chat with Concierge, Wedding Planner, or front desk staff (mobile implications)

Big Blue goes Virtual

It seems that even Big Blue, IBM, is getting into the virtual world act.  Reuters is reporting that IBM is set to jump into Second Life with a seriously huge commitment. Apparently IBM CEO, Samuel Palmisano, is even going to have a custom avatar that looks like him.  As much as I’d like for people to stop announcing that they are the “first something” in Second Life — this is an interesting first.    The question is will the Fortune…

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