‘House of Cards’ Text Message Display

In an episode of “House of Cards” (Netflix’s original series), Kevin Spacey’s character texts someone, and it’s displayed it in a way I’ve never seen a TV show display a text message before. Usually I’d expect to see a shot of an iPhone displaying texts from some made up operating system. But in this scene, […]

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The Future of ‘Google Glass’

The above video from Google (which I found at the bottom of this article) about “Google Glass”  is an exciting look into the future of augmented reality; however, I don’t really see this technology becoming mainstream until these glasses can be offered alongside contact lenses with the same functionality. That being said, I could totally see myself using […]

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God bless Meetup for this. Yeah, it’s good to know that I got my email (or username) correct so I don’t have to frantically enter every email, username, password possibility I can think of.

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GIF: Responsive Design

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A Weekend With Shaq

It’s true: One of our Catalyte UX-ers presented at the same conference as Shaq this weekend. Yep. Tune in later this week for a follow-up post (i.e., an explanation). And, for the hell of it, come up with a caption for this photo of the two of them and tweet it at us (@CatalystGrp).

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Best Practices for Website Security

Poorly designed interfaces cry out to user experience designers for help. One common trouble spot is website security—convoluted password rules, hard-to-answer personal verification questions, and the like. Unfortunately, web designers are making the same security mistakes over and over again. Why does all of this matter? The answer is simple: the harder it is for […]

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Opinion: The New ‘Yahoo!’ Homepage Design

Here’s my review of the new Yahoo! homepage: I think it’s great. Score: 8.5 / 10 THE GOOD Structure works: left navigation, feature stories, trending module, a tabbed feed Right rail content is subtle and clearly segmented The center well and feed tabs continue to scroll when the right rail fixes Center column scales wider […]

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A Thought on “How to Sell Your UX Design Solution to Clients”

In reference to the Smashing Magazine article, “How to Sell Your UX Design Solution to Clients”: I think clients can be any or none of the “personas” the author outlines, but I really do like the article’s closing thoughts: “We spend so much time on defining our users and building products that will meet their […]

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Discussion: Is Brainstorming All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

After revisiting a 2012 New Yorker article that highlights potential flaws embedded in the act of brainstorming, a few Catalytes discussed the article’s view, as well as how to optimize the value of the design ideation phase: MEREDITH: The most interesting part of it, for me, is whether it’s more productive to say “anything goes” or […]

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Pet-centric Designs Worth Seeing

Human-centered design is great and all, but let’s not forget about other (cuter) species. In honor of our furry friends, we offer two pet-centric design pieces worth checking out: When art and cats combine … (From the Huffington Post: “Famous Album Covers Recreated Using Kittens”) Infographic: Cat and Dog Petting Charts (From NormalMan on Reddit)

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