The Power and Problems of Provisional Personas in UX design

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Personas are an oft used and highly touted communication and usability tool. They can help summarize what you know about the user, highlight pain points, and point out potential opportunities to customize your products for your users. In sum, they keep product development focused on your target market, rather than the world at large.

Ben Henick

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Ben Henick Former Copy Chief Birthplace: New York, New York, United States Employer: Ben Henick Title/Role: Web Author At-Large Personal Web site/Portfolio: http://www.io.com/persist1/ Memorable Quotes: “…good, effective design is really the only way to transcend the Standard Operating Procedure of the Web and turn it into a unique experience… on the order of a novel … Read more

3D PopArt 2.0 for Adobe Illustrator

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3D PopArt 2.0 for Adobe Illustrator Got something to say? Share your comments on this topic with other web professionals In: Reviews > Product Reviews By Jesse Nieminen Published on January 29, 2003 Here’s a useful little plugin for Illustrator 10 users who need to apply 3D extrusions to their objects. Prior to Illustrator 10, … Read more

Christina Wodtke

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Christina Wodtke Former Information Architecture Advisor Birthplace: Evanston, IL Employer: Yahoo! Title/Role: “Information Architect” Personal Web site/Portfolio: eleganthack.com boxesandarrows.com Memorable Quotes: “Fluffy tail! Fluffy tail!” Digital Web Articles Mind your phraseology! Published on August 13, 2002 Eat Me, Drink Me, Push Me: In which the subtle arts of the interface are examined. Published on December … Read more

Adam Greenfield

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Adam Greenfield Got something to say? Share your comments on this topic with other web professionals In: Interviews By Meryl K. Evans Published on April 17, 2002 Editor’s Note: This interview of Adam Greenfield is four years out of date. We are planning a follow-up interview with him on what he has been up to … Read more

Craig Saila

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Craig Saila Former CSS Developer Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Employer: Bell Globemedia Interactive Title/Role: Web Producer, Finance Sites Personal Web site/Portfolio: saila.com Memorable Quotes: “Whatever you do, please don’t ‘click here’.” Digital Web Articles Christopher Schmitt Published on January 29, 2003 Andrew B. King Published on May 15, 2003 Mark Newhouse Published on June 17, … Read more

Adding Value through Search Engine Optimization

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Adding Value through Search Engine Optimization Got something to say? Share your comments on this topic with other web professionals In: Columns > The $ & Sense of IT By Alan K’necht Published on June 12, 2003 To ensure that the companies you work for (as full-time employees, consultants, or contractors) succeed, you must ensure … Read more

Ian Lloyd

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Ian Lloyd Contributing Writer Birthplace: Southampton, UK Employer: Nationwide Building Society, UK Title/Role: Senior Internet Designer Personal Web site/Portfolio: My VW air-cooled fetish My photography ‘bit on the side’ Personal blog Accessify (web accessiblity site) Memorable Quotes: “Beefcake” @media 2006 Digital Web Articles CSS Styling for Print and Other Media Published on November 20, 2006 … Read more

Adobe After Effects 5.5

Adobe After Effects 5.5 Got something to say? Share your comments on this topic with other web professionals In: Reviews > Product Reviews By Jesse Nieminen Published on June 11, 2002 Building on the solid foundation of version 5, Adobe After Effects includes several enhancements and new features that will be of interest to animators … Read more

Jeffrey Zeldman

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Jeffrey Zeldman Contributing Writer, Interviewee, and Former Contributing Editor Birthplace: United States Employer: Happy Cog Productions Title/Role: Principal Personal Web site/Portfolio: zeldman.com Memorable Quotes: “While some of us were sitting around with curly fries hanging out of our mouths, the Revolution happened. And it wasn’t even televised.” Digital Web Articles 99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete … Read more

Adobe Photoshop 5.5

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Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Got something to say? Share your comments on this topic with other web professionals In: Reviews > Product Reviews By Jesse Nieminen Published on August 28, 2001 For several years now, I’ve been working with Photoshop, and am happy to report that the folks at Adobe continue to keep this relationship vibrant … Read more

Jeff Lash

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Jeff Lash Former Columnist Birthplace: Springfield, MA, USA Employer: Elsevier Title/Role: Product Director, MD Consult Personal Web site/Portfolio: jefflash.com Memorable Quotes: “No one wants a website. A website is just a way to help someone get whatever it is that they really want.” Digital Web Articles Three Ways to Improve External Search Engine Usability Published … Read more

Adobe Photoshop 7

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Adobe Photoshop 7 Got something to say? Share your comments on this topic with other web professionals In: Reviews > Product Reviews By Jesse Nieminen Published on July 30, 2002 I was wowed by Photoshop 6’s numerous improvements, and had figured that it might be quite some time before we saw another version packed with … Read more

We Speak People Sure, Design for Web and Mobile

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We Speak People Sure, design for Web and mobile is what we do, but we recognize that the experience of actual people is central to success. We’re passionate and hard working experts who help our clients make their technology easier for people to use. We get technology, but we speak people. Learn more about us … Read more

Jesse Nieminen

Jesse Nieminen Former Product Review Editor and Cover Artist Birthplace: Upper Michigan, United States Employer: http://www.sleepwalk.net/ Title/Role: Principal Personal Web site/Portfolio: http://www.sleepwalk.net/ Memorable Quotes: “Sometimes I feel like a hitman” Digital Web Articles Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Published on August 28, 2001 MetaCreations Painter 6.0 Published on August 28, 2001 Adobe After Effects 4.1 Published on … Read more

Animosity for Animus

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Animosity for Animus Got something to say? Share your comments on this topic with other web professionals In: Columns > DigiSect By Stephen Van Doren Published on March 5, 2001 What? A strong dislike or hatred of animal fat. What? Animal fat. The stuff you cut off of a steak to enjoy the meal–the stuff … Read more

Matthew Pennell

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Matthew Pennell Former Editor in Chief Birthplace: Hertford, UK Employer: Booking.com Title/Role: Senior Web Designer Personal Web site/Portfolio: The Watchmaker Project Memorable Quotes: “Sure, I’d like to learn Ruby on Rails, but my head is full.” Digital Web Articles Pro JavaScript Techniques Published on December 26, 2006 Book Review: Bulletproof Ajax Published on April /files/includes/10.css, … Read more

Digital Web Magazine

Search Install the Mozilla Firefox Digital Web Search Plugin. Or, grab it from Mycroft at Mozilla Development. Your search for “Annual Readership Survey” matched 167 pages: News: Winter Break Yes it’s Wednesday and you are probably coming here to look for the new… Page: Reader Survey Results January 2005 – December 2005 Demographics Age Gender … Read more

Meryl K. Evans

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Meryl K. Evans Contributing Editor Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX Employer: meryl.net Title/Role: Content Maven: writer * editor * researcher Personal Web site/Portfolio: meryl.net Memorable Quotes: “Content is a great way to build relationships, personal and professional.” Digital Web Articles Hugh Forrest Published on February 3, 2002 Geoffrey Hiller Published on March 19, 2002 Adam Greenfield … Read more

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Search Your search for “Annual Readership Survey” matched 148 pages: News: Favorite Color Cameron Adams is holding a survey that he hopes will settle the dispute about… News: Ezines, mags, zines, and blogs, oh my Today’s topic within the web community seems to be publishing. In specific… News: 15 April 2002, 8:36 AM NetDiver.net releases … Read more

Molly E. Holzschlag

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Molly E. Holzschlag Former Associate Editor Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States Employer: Molly.Com, Inc Title/Role: President Personal Web site/Portfolio: http://www.molly.com/ Memorable Quotes: “Working as a Web designer demands a sense of compromise. I call it ‘Control Freak Zen Master.’ You learn to control whatever you can about your designs–and the moment you can no … Read more

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Search Install the Mozilla Firefox Digital Web Search Plugin. Or, grab it from Mycroft at Mozilla Development. Your search for “Annual Readership Survey” matched 167 pages: Article: Chris Hofmann Clearing Up the Confusion Change Is Good What The Future Holds Clearing Up… Article: Fresh Styles for Web Designers: Eye Candy from the Underground The Fresh … Read more