Portfolios are silver, LIVE design is gold.

If you’ve spent any time hiring User Experience Designers chances are that they’ve shown you some examples of their work in a portfolio with the following disclaimer: don’t look at the website though, it’s terrible. We’re currently operating with this tacit agreement that you can do great design ‘in theory’ but that it’s not our fault if that design never makes it to market. Or…

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Opportunities lost – AlphaGov

I’m sure that many of you will have heard about the very worthy Alpha.gov.uk project, the first prototype of which was released earlier this month. If you’re a user experience practitioner, this should particularly interesting to you. By way of a quick background, the AlphaGov project was formed in response to findings from a report by Martha Lane Fox, Revolution not Evolution into Government online…

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Drupal contributor sentiment survey

As you may know, I’m working with the Drupal community on a (voluntary) Social Architecture Project called the Prairie Initiative. We’re looking to tune up Drupal’s collaboration tools so that it’s an easier, more efficient and more collaborative place for all the different disciplines that Drupal needs to be great. If you’ve got any experience attempting to, considering or actually contributing to Drupal, I’d really…

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UX Survey – what we care about when we’re taking a new job

I’m taking a couple of surveys to explore our priorities and experiences hiring and being hired as UXers. If you’re a UXer: Come tell me what you think about when you think about taking a new job. If you hire UXers:  Here’s a survey for you This came out of an interesting exchange on Twitter the other day with a colleague who posted a Tweet…

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