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Whiteboarding to design the voice ux for an Amazon Echo Alexa skill
5 Design Tools for Voice UX

The number of products with a voice component grows daily – just look at the recent announcements of Google Home, the Amazon Echo Dot, and Samsung’s acquisition of Viv. Yet it’s hard to find examples of design tools and artifacts in the voice UX space. Why We Need Voice Design Tools Great user experiences don’t… Read more

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BlinkThink: Gallery Opening and Speaker Series is Back October 2016!

Join us at Blink UX on Thursday, October 20 in the Seattle Waterfront area for two interesting presentations and an artist’s reception. We’ll feature the art of Virginia Hungate-Hawk and presentations from Becky Kelly of the Washington Environmental Council and Derek Eisel of Scope 5. These presentations will highlight the current environmental opportunities and challenges we face today. This event is free… Read more

#littlefoot episode 2: Liam and Littlefoot

I used this initial meeting between Liam and Littlefoot as an opportunity to collect data and observe interactions. Liam already had some knowledge about Littlefoot from his mom. She had already set a premise of what Littlefoot was and what he could do. In the limited time that Liam spent with Littlefoot there were multiple, interesting interactions that occurred. Read more

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Blinker Profiles: Serena Down

Blinkers are an interesting and dynamic group of people. Each Blinker is carefully selected to join the team because we understand how he or she will positively contribute to our culture and work. And while we do post Blinker Bios on our website, we thought we’d go a little further and profile our Blinkers on… Read more

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2017 SXSW PanelPicker – Voting Open!

This year we are excited to share our three interesting and unique submissions for SXSW 2017. PanelPicker is now open and you can vote for as many submissions as you would like. You can find more details about the PanelPicker process here. Alexa, Cortana, Siri & Viv: getting the UX right  by: Siri Mehus, Ph.D., Principal UX… Read more

Pokémon Go offers a fun way to experience AR everyday. Here we see a Goldeen in a glass of water.
Understanding the Pokémon GO phenomenon: Part 2

[This is the second part of a two-part post covering Pokémon GO. Part one can be read here.] The concept of augmented reality (AR) has been buzzing around for a while. However, there had yet to be a tangible, real world application of AR for the masses until recently. Enter Pokémon GO. The game has rapidly… Read more

Understanding the Pokémon GO phenomenon: Part 1

As you surely have heard by now, the smartphone-using world has been taken over by a certain addictive game based on a certain popular Nintendo franchise. Fellow Blinker Darshana and I are no exceptions. We chatted about our mutual love of Pokémon GO over lunch one day and discovered a very curious difference between us.… Read more

#littlefoot episode 1: Inspiration and Research

It was a sleepy Friday afternoon at work and I was at my desk fighting a severe case of weekenditis* when I got the e-mail notification. “You have a delivery waiting for you in the lobby.” I immediately knew what it was, jumped out of my chair with glee and excitedly shouted, “it’s here!” Jake, my deskmate,… Read more

eero unboxed: future meets reality

As a UX designer, I can’t help but evaluate the user experience of products I interact with. I recently moved into a new house and found myself in need of boosting the WiFi signal, so I purchased the highly reviewed WiFi system called eero. Unlike most other products in this space, the eero has pleasing, minimalist… Read more

The UX of Digital 3-D Interaction

People are already familiar with 2-D digital experiences. We interact with flat screens every day, ranging from smartphones and desktop computers to smart watches and televisions. Some experiences on flat screens, such as video games and movies, simulate depth, but the experience is fundamentally flat; images are shown on a two-dimensional plane. For most of… Read more

We’re Proud to Help “Make Seattle”

Seattle is an amazing place to live, work and play. At Blink, we’re proud to be a part of what makes Seattle tick, and recognize that there are so many great people, business and organizations that have their sights on elevating the region’s reputation across the USA and beyond. With that in mind, we wanted… Read more

Why UX Teams Need Diversity

The best UX professionals and teams have a variety of skills in their arsenals that they use to research, design, and communicate effective design decisions. Numerous studies confirm that diverse teams perform at a higher level and, in the multi-dimensional UX world, a complex and expansive range of skills is especially necessary. As an example,… Read more