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QualityConf 2015

I had an amazing time at QUALITYCONF. I will jump at any chance to sketchnote some great topics from engaging speakers, and QUALITYCONF did not disappoint. This DevFacto event happened from March 27 to 29 at Stone Ridge Mountain Resort in Canmore Alberta. Read more

The Value in Speaking the Right Language

It can take professionals a few years to find their voice. Younger developers often don’t have the experience or the confidence to speak at a conference, let alone guide a room of stakeholders through the complex process of building an application. Read more

Live Sketchnoting @ UX Camp YEG

I was asked to live sketchnote UX Camp, a day of user experience presentations put on by UX Edmonton. Having sketchnoted UX Camp last year, as well as events like ‘Reimagining Shaw Conference Centre’ recently, my acceptance of invitations like this is pretty quick now. It is fast becoming something I love doing, regardless of the stress involved in drawing at speed in front of a large group of people. Read more

The Art of Sketchnoting

Everyone can do it

I used to take notes in school, but they didn’t look like this. Well, maybe the margins did. Read more

Think Like Google X, Test Like Netflix

Do you test anything in your daily work? I do. I test prototypes with end users to ensure the developed ideas actually work for those using them. There are strong indicators lately that I need to take testing more seriously, especially when another piece of encouragement bubbled to the surface recently. Read more

Making Good Apps Great

Making an app is fairly easy. You have an idea, scribble some mockups on a napkin, spend a month or two hunched over your computer and then release it to the world. The overwhelming majority of apps are average or maybe even good. Taking it to the next level is much harder. What makes a good app great?

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What is a User Experience Designer?

“What do you do for a living?” People have been asking me this question at parties or family gatherings since I started working full-time around ten years ago. Read more

Storytelling in UX Design

Stories are everywhere

We might start our day consuming some news, move on to our inbox, and then sit down in a meeting. Most of these moments are presented to us as a story, and while that story might be more or less obvious in any given day, trust that our brain is looking for the plot on some level. Before humans had written language, we shared and stored information in the format of story. Whether we came wired that way or adapted to that thought pattern, the written word has only encouraged our brains to grow in that direction.

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Why Should I Care About Design Patterns?

I’ve occasionally come across developers who believe that the use of design patterns overcomplicates systems and results in code that is harder to understand. Read more