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UX Designers: Masters of Everything, Definers of Nothing

As said, promising new initiative focusing on UX.

“I’m a UX Designer, and with a strong understanding and working knowledge of interaction design, information architecture, information design, industrial design, visual interface design, user assistance design, and user-centered design, I’m able to research, design, and prototype new user experiences. While using a holistic multidisciplinary approach, I rapidly iterate on new ideas from concept to completion. Testing and designing not only the physical dimension of digital products, but using a powerful set of learned methods to design and perfect the emotional one.”

(Mike Stefanko a.k.a. @EssentialUX ~ Essential UX)
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Gastronomy: A source of inspiration for user experience design

“Today, I delivered my presentation at the EuroIA 2010 in Paris on the relation between my two passions: gastronomy and user experience design. Gastronomy: A source of inspiration for user experience design. “A crazy topic with a scary video clip of a positive eating experience”, I said in my impersonation as Lars Von Trier!” (Composing Cook ~ FoodUX)

Favorite UX & Technology Blogs

“When I presented this question to the Ask UXmatters panel of experts, I had expected to have much overlap among their responses. However, as you can see, our experts’ favorites include a great variety of blogs and other news sources.” (UXmatters)

52 Weeks of UX

“This is the first rule of UX. Everything a designer does affects the user experience. From the purposeful addition of a design element to the negligent omission of crucial messaging, every decision is molding the future of the people we design for.” (Joshua Porter and Joshua Brewer)

Passion at work: Blogging practices of knowledge workers

“From the beginning of my PhD research, I was interested in explaining the complexities of knowledge work that could not be simplified to ‘creating, sharing and applying knowledge’, and in exploring interplays between an organisational authority and personal passions at one’s workplace.” (Lilia Efimova – Mathemagenic)

Navigating the blogosphere: Towards a genre-based typology of weblogs

“The personal weblog is a continuously evolving genre of online communication in which bloggers and readers create diverse social spaces for conversation and self–expression. This article addresses a conceptual gap in the literature, namely how to distinguish the personal weblog from other types of weblogs. The author develops a typological framework for classification of weblogs in three dimensions: content, directionality, and style, and uses the typological space to propose a working definition of the personal weblog and discuss it as a distinct sub–genre.” – (Stine Lomborg – FirstMonday 14.5)

Conceptology

“The Web is evolving. From an emerging but static, passive library of information to a sharing, talking, recommending, networking, creating, customized, personalized community with a long tail to a more relevant, measurable, helpful, fun, trustworthy, mobile and social place. The industry needs people that are multi-skilled and versed in strategy, creative and technology.” (Karri Ojanen)

DD4D: Data Designed for Decisions

“Data tells the stories of our lives and societies, but it needs intermediaries to find it, to visualise it, to communicate it, to help understand it and act on it. In a joint conference the International Institute for Information Design and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development take up the subject from their respective positions, exploring how people interact with (statistical) data. How can data help people understand, and how does understanding help people to take action?” (International Institute for Information Design)

The CMS Myth

“Many organizations now rushing to adopt web content management systems (CMS) to support their online strategies think it’s the silver bullet to solve their website challenges and power content-rich applications. But web developers, online marketers and other front-line web pros speak of a fundamental disconnect in the promise of CMS vs. reality. Industry research and harsh anecdotal evidence indicate that 50% or more CMS projects ‘fail’ in some way: botched implementations, soaring project costs, launch delays, ruined SEO and more. Therein lays the central tenet of The CMS Myth: When it comes to web content management success, it’s not just about the technology. In reality, CMS success hinges on your plan, your people, and your process behind your web content management initiative.” (About The CMS Myth)

Blogging Practices: An Analytical Framework

“This article proposes a general model to analyze and compare different uses of the blog format. Based on ideas from sociological structuration theory, as well as on existing blog research, it argues that individual usage episodes are framed by three structural dimensions of rules, relations, and code, which in turn are constantly (re)produced in social action. As a result, ‘communities of blogging practices’ emerge—that is, groups of people who share certain routines and expectations about the use of blogs as a tool for information, identity, and relationship management. This analytical framework can be the basis for systematic comparative and longitudinal studies that will further understanding of similarities and differences in blogging practices.” (Jan Schmidt – Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 12.4)

What if Jakob Nielsen had a blog?

“Some have criticised Jakob Nielsen for having an ugly site and people have wondered if useit.com would benefit from a design makeover. Well I have got tired of waiting for Jakob to start a blog version of useit.com so I decided to build it myself.” (Chris McEvoy) – Appears to be a little outdated though, but still interesting enough to be mentioned.

A Blogger’s Blog: Exploring the Definition of a Medium

“While blogging is piquing the interest of mainstream media, youth, academic researchers, and entrepreneurial Silicon Valley, only a fraction of Internet users read blogs and many do not even know what the term means. (…)” (Danah BoydReconstruction 6.4)

Speedbird: Clean living under difficult circumstances

“To me the Speedbird symbolizes many things: the lost glamour of travel, the high Modernist moment in design and architecture, and above all, a time when Western culture still believed in a future.” (Adam Greenfield – About Speedbird)