Book mockup

New Book Title

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a UX book titled “Tanks, Flowers, and the French” does not resonate with book publishers. The title was always provisional, but I developed an affection for it over time. However, time changes everything – so do publishers.

The book is now titled “UX Fundamentals for Non-UX Professionals: User Experience Principles for Managers, Writers, Designers, and Developers” While not as inspired, the new title is likely more practical and ultimately more applicable to the book’s intended audience. That’s the most important part.

You can pre-order the book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book should be released toward year’s end.

Hawaii photo

Error Correction

The Washington Post reported the cause of the Hawaii missile alert: a poorly design application interface. Upon selection of a drop-down menu item, a user broadcasted the alert “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Fortunately, it was a false alarm. However, it unnecessarily panicked thousands of Hawaiian residents and tourists – a few of us stateside as well.

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Hot stickers

Hot Stickers

Hot stickers are both a form of voting and room control. When used as a form of voting, we ask each workshop participant to place a single hot sticker on the one topic he or she deems to be most important within a given exercise. For example, we could list all the benefits of a product, then ask participants to vote on the benefit they felt was the most important. Continue reading →