Speaking & Writing.
For some reason, people keep asking me to write articles for them. It's like they think I know what I'm talking about!
- The World of UX Anti-Patterns
Webdesign Tuts+, May 2013
As a user of the web, from time to time you may find certain things which are really annoying. Perhaps something about a login form, navigation, or a web application in general, makes it difficult for you to complete a given task. Why has someone designed and built something in this way?
- Harnessing Social Media for Rapid Usability Testing
Webdesign Tuts+, October 2012
There are many ways of performing usability tests – all of which will get you feedback, allow you to make alterations and gradually iterate until you have a solution. But these methods often take time. Let’s look at an alternative process which will speed things up tenfold: leveraging social media.
- Showcase of Creative Navigation Menus: Good and Bad Examples
Smashing Magazine, April 2011
- How to Create a Modern Ribbon Banner Navigation Bar with Pure HTML/CSS3
Webdesign Tuts+, April 2011
As CSS3 becomes more robust and is more widely supported, the options for fun modern design elements that can be created without graphics are virtually limitless! For a recent project, I decided to see if I could create a centered ribbon banner with pure CSS3. This tutorial will walk you through how it was done.
- Designing Memorable Websites: Showcase of Creative Designs
Smashing Magazine, November 2010
One of the main goals of having a website, whether it be a portfolio website or a business website, is to declare your presence on the Web. There are thousands upon thousands of websites out there; it’s pretty well established that you are competing for your audience’s interest and attention. To this end, it’s important to make those few seconds count when making a first impression.
- Showcase of Dark Designs- Shine and Be the Main Focus Pelfusion, October 2010
- Showcase of Interesting Navigation Designs
Smashing Magazine, September 2010
Everyone is always looking for interesting and effective ways to organize their website and allow users to move about and find things. But there’s a fine line between unexpected and unusable. Three points to consider in any navigation scheme are consistency, user expectations and contextual clues.
Screencasts & Video.
- Is School Preparing Me for a UX Career?
A panel discussion co-hosted by ASIS&T and TriUXPA.
- Getting Started with Usability Testing September 2012
An easy and accessible way to conduct usability testing is to engage your users with social media. Social media is a powerful tool for recruiting testers, getting feedback, and encouraging ongoing conversations. This talk will outline some tools and techniques for getting started with social usability.
- Fundamentals of UX Design
Description: User experience design can be a tricky process to master, as any designer turned usability tester can tell you. Sarah Kahn, UX Engineer for Adzerk, is here to demystify user experience and walk you through the process! Get the insider’s guide to working with clients, getting user feedback, and much more. Sarah brings her industry experience and teaches you the basic theories of usability, including:
- Fundamental concepts of user interface
- The anatomy of a webpage
- How to find out who your users are
- Create user profiles
- Identify usability problems and prioritize solutions
- How to design and run usability testing
- Getting useful feedback from your users
- Information Architecture and interaction
- Using wireframing, understanding methodology, getting buy-in
- And more!
- Runtime Expectations Episode #15 January 202
Conference Talk Slides.
Curriculum and Teaching.
- Intro to UX
Developed for Girl Develop It under an open source license.
I've taught this as a 3-part class a handful of times for the RDU chapter. It's been forked and is being used in other chapters as well. Currently under review for addition to GDI Core.