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Show me the data visualization?!

Data Visualization is something Pathfinder grapples with regularly in our medical and healthcare software development projects.  Often times, you know you have great data, data that could help your customers really improve the way they work.  But, this data is largely locked away in database tables or at best behind fairly cryptic charts.   The challenge is often simple enough, present this great
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Using Constraints to Brainstorm Simple Designs for Mobile Apps

While a mobile app may do a lot of things, it’s essential to design the app so it feels simple to the user at any moment during its use. But how do you generate ideas that will make an app simple? Try the following approach. List the top ten features you want in your app. These should be the most important things that characterize your app. If you have more than ten that’s OK, but try to come up with at least ten. On
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How to Integrate Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development

I gave a talk at the Chicago Product Management Association together with Pathfinder Software’s Amy Willis and Reid MacTavish on the lessons we’ve learned in integrating Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development. Here are the slides from the talk – a video recording will follow soon.
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Your Logo Is Making Me Sick

Consider this the opening volley in our campaign for Lean Branding, the argument that branding has to follow the same course as customer and product development. More on this later. First a good argument on why you shouldn’t just plaster your brand over any and every aspect of your app or webapp. Jonathan Anderson has a great post over at UX Magazine entitled Your Logo Is Making Me Sick. In it he argues that us
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Designing for a purpose

Interaction with today’s touch interfaces feels numb and yet it seems that device manufacturers are steadily adopting that design solution. I deeply empathize with Bret Victor’s description of “picture under the glass” effect in his article “A brief rant about the future of interaction design“. I’d like to inquire about the motivs behind why did the “picture” end
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Lean + UX + Agile Workshop on January 20th

We’re doing a 3 hour workshop on how to integrate Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development on January 20th. This is a more in depth workshop that extends the sold out one hour workshop we gave at the Chicago Product Management and Association in November. Lean Startup, Pragmatic Marketing, User Experience Design and Agile Development are all approaches to improve your odds of creating successf
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Digital Dentistry

I was at the dentist this morning. When they went to take x-rays of my teeth, it started as usual, with the lead bib to reduce radiation. The technician stuck the uncomfortable contraption in my mouth to hold the film in place, stepped away, zappo, and came back to move it to the next position. That’s when things stopped being usual. The first thing that struck me was that she looked over my shoulder back toward her
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Want to Design New Software Products? Pathfinder is Hiring User Experience Designers

Pathfinder Software are looking for talented and team-oriented user experience designers who want to design commercial software products. We do a lot of exciting work for both start-ups who have never launched a product and established firms looking to launch something new or redesign an existing product, in industries ranging from medicine and education to consumer services. We have built a strong reputation as the
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Lean User Experience: UX at Startup Speed

Bob Moll, Pathfinder Software’s Lead User Experience Designer, and I gave a talk on Lean User Experience at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle on June 30th. User Experience is critical to the success of a software product: Well designed apps get used and recommended, poorly designed ones get discarded. But traditional user experience is slow and expensive and doesn’t get high quality products to market faster. This is d
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Lean User Experience at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle

Bob Moll, Pathfinder Software’s Lead User Experience Designer, and Bernhard Kappe, Pathfinder’s CEO are giving a talk on Lean User Experience at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle on June 30th. User Experience is critical to the success of a software product: Well designed apps get used and recommended, poorly designed ones get discarded. But traditional user experience is slow and expensive and doesn’
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