Archive for May, 2014

Favoriting is evolving. What used to be stars and thumbs up are now hearts and checkmarks. Two specific redesigns caught my attention recently: Spotify and Trulia. Both companies offer what I believe to be a premium user experience, yet they have changed their users’ mental model around favoriting – a move that left me first… Read more

Everyone talks about the required hard skills it takes to succeed in the world of user experience. HTML5, a background in ethnographic research, and the ability to create prototypes—these are not trivial skills and are a must for any UX team. But nobody tells you the soft skills required to succeed on that same team.… Read more

I’ve worked as a project manager for nearly 20 years, and during that time I’ve had the pleasure of working with several firms and agencies in the Northwest. For the past year, I have been working here at Blink UX. Blink UX is a user experience research and design firm specializing in digital products. What… Read more

Blinkers Tim, Jessica, and Kristina all decided to spend a Saturday in May at Benaroya Hall knee deep in t-shirts and wristbands, surrounded by inspired young women. How did this happen? They chose to volunteer at Girls Can Do, an event designed to encourage young women to have big dreams and pursue them, for their… Read more

Today is National Bike to Work Day 2014 and here at Blink UX, several of us have made a dedicated effort to explore alternative transportation options all month long. Biking into work, of course, is a favorite.  Some of us ride every day, some of us are brand new to the effort, but all of… Read more

Some airline apps can truly help make travel a breeze, and others are a bit more turbulent. So what differentiates a great app from a mediocre one? Here are my five tips for success. Read more

Recently, Karen Clark Cole and Blink UX were named to the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 7th Annual 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies award list. I sat down with Karen to learn more about her involvement with WPO and what it meant to her to win this award. — Amy L. Dickson What is your involvement with the Women… Read more

The concept of making our software accessible to those with various disabilities has been well evangelized, yet not broadly implemented. Hopefully, your organization has some form of quality assurance related to accessibility. Whether or not they do, there are a few quick and easy tests you can do to make sure your UX designs are… Read more

Comixology is the #1 way to read comic books digitally. Many competitors have come and gone, but when Marvel and DC embraced the company and started using the Comixology technology in their apps, Comixology was essentially crowned the victor. Comixology’s rise over the years eventually, and perhaps inevitably, led to the purchase by Amazon. The… Read more

Running a fast-growing, world-respected consulting firm requires extreme focus on people. As CEO of Blink UX, one of my top priorities is being personally involved in hiring and growing the best User Experience professionals in the country. As a consulting firm, the company is the people—quite literally. Our company is made up of brilliant and creative minds… Read more