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Home/Tag: Boxes and Arrows

An Out of the Box Rebranding

2020-02-20T03:05:32+01:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Just before the 2020 new year, we decided it was a good time to refresh the Boxes and Arrows brand identity, a time to start a fresh decade with a fresh logo. And, after a few weeks at the drawing board, we’re liking the results.    To us, the new, dynamic, and pleasingly symmetrical icon—a [...]

Focus on Usage Maturity: Part I

2020-02-20T03:05:30+01:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Designing for All Users by Starting at the Beginning Far too often, products are designed to meet the needs of the typical user. As a user experience researcher, I’m always cautious about defining the “typical user” for any of the digital or physical products I work on. My UX research has included work on business [...]

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2020-02-20T03:05:28+01:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

In the spring of 2002, Christina Wodtke and David Bloxom had a three-buck-chuck infused afternoon and came up with Boxes and Arrows. That kid is now 17 and, like a teenager heading off to college, Boxes and Arrows — and, more importantly, its staff of three — is going to take a little time to [...]

Don’t Send Personal Messages Through LinkedIn (Unless You Want People to Hate You)

2020-02-20T03:05:17+01:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Looking through my parents’ storage boxes, I found letters that my mother and father sent one another prior to my existence. This unfathomable world was decades away from mobile phones, public internet connectivity, and social networking. Along with explanations of humorous or ordinary everyday episodes and proclamations of love, the letters included doodles, crossed out [...]

Do You Know Your Users?

2019-01-23T03:04:58+01:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

You think you’re just like everyone else. You think your thoughts, opinions, values, and habits are just the same as other people. Psychology calls this the false consensus bias1 because we assume much more commonality than reality warrants. False consensus bias contributes to making bad decisions when we design software. Alan Cooper noted this type [...]

Designing for Meaningful Social Interactions

2018-12-19T03:05:22+01:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

The age of cheap “like”-hunting needs to come to an end. It all started innocently enough with likes and tweets. Then in a few years, we suddenly ended up with governments scoring people and masses manipulated into meaningless activities to generate more ad revenue. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Now the time [...]

UX Design Careers in 2018 and Beyond: The Future of the UX Designer

2018-11-14T03:05:05+01:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

At the time of this writing, a search for UX design jobs on job finder Glassdoor reveals almost 20,000 open positions in the United States alone. By another source, the number is 24,000, with a 22% projected growth rate in the next ten years. Salaries vary between USD$60,000 to $127,000 annually, with the median salary [...]