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4 Nov 2013 - 12:46pm
Douglas Radecki

UX Meet up in San Luis Obispo

Hi everyone,

     I am seeing if there are any IXDA memebers in the Central Coast. I have been part of the UX meet ups and hoping to see more people attending. MINDBODY is planning one for December, so if there are any IXDA members living in the area, please join the UX group on 

     Hope to see some IXDA memebers joing us!

-Douglas Radecki

4 Nov 2013 - 11:31am

Getting into UX research

Hi everyone,

I'm a recent psych graduate and I'm wondering how people have transitioned from academic research in the social sciences to UX research. To those who have done it, what are the similarities and differences between the two areas of research (in terms of skills required, working environment, work life, etc.)? What were the steps you took to break into UX research? I'm thinking of applying to HCI masters programs like CMU, DePaul, and UMich. Are there other schools I should consider if I'd only like to be conducting UX research?

4 Nov 2013 - 9:05am

Where HTML Prototyping Comes into Its Own: Adding Interactivity

Hi folks,

Arguably the best thing about prototyping in HTML is that you can make things interactive, something you just can't do with static deliverables like wireframes.

If you want to learn how to make an HTML prototype interactive, I just published a post that explains how:

The Four Minute Prototype: Adding Interactivity

I hope you enjoy it. And I'd be very happy to hear any comments or questions.


3 Nov 2013 - 1:44pm

UX Weekly, Take 2

UX Weekly is on its 44th edition, but I've been tinkering with what it's trying to accomplish, and how to accomplish it. 

The newsletter is subscribeable at, and my thinking for it is available on my blog.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, opinions, critiques, and recommendations.

Just to get you interested:

2 Nov 2013 - 2:37pm

Two new graduate programs at CCA

While I'm at it, and because so many of our students come from this community, we've launched two new Design MBA programs at CCA for those who want to extend their skills and experience into changing government and imagining the future:

MBA in Public Policy Design

MBA in Strategic Foresight

2 Nov 2013 - 2:32pm
12 weeks ago
1 reply

Book Launch Party for Brenda Laurel's Computers as Theatre, 2nd Edition

For those of you in the San Francisco are this week, the DMBA program is honored to present a party for Brenda Laurel’s book release. This book is both a classic and as timely as ever.

31 Oct 2013 - 7:01pm
45 weeks ago
1 reply

Breaking into the UX field - Going to DePaul


I was recently admitted to the HCI master's program at DePaul and would like to get some input from people in the field. I am totally new to UX. I have 10 years of work experience.

30 Oct 2013 - 2:48pm
46 weeks ago
3 replies

How to find and select a design firm

Thanks in part to some of the advice and suggestions from this discussion list, my company is ready to engage a design firm to do some work on one of our web applications. We're looking for UX and visual design. How do y'all recommend finding a firm and evaluating whether they're a good fit for our culture and product?

29 Oct 2013 - 2:23pm
Melanie St.James

Mature UX in University IT/Library groups

Hi, I'm looking for universities with mature UX on the "business" side  (instead of academic side), which will probably be in IT or in Libraries. So far, I found one:

University of Michigan
Library Information Technology: User Experience Department
"Our efforts are focused on interface design (interaction design & visual design), user research, assessment (usability, web use statistics analysis), content strategy, and web accessibility".

Thanks for any pointers.

29 Oct 2013 - 7:01am
44 weeks ago
3 replies
Preston McCauley

Looking for research, articles, case studies before and after on social registration vs non-social account registration


I'm trying to dig up some articles / research on improved registration conversions before implementing quick social registrations (facebook, google, yahoo,etc..) on long forms. If you do have such data would love a link or would love to hear about your personal experience.

In particular I am most interested in registration on sites that require more information than just password, email.



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