We use the term ‘Minimum Viable Product’ in conversation across various teams (product, design, development, etc). Though the original intention of the ‘MVP’ is meant to be used as a tool for iterative product development, we as designers have attached a negative connotation for good reason. In the past, we’ve seen an ‘MVP’ stay an ‘MVP’ because of shifting business priorities, difficulties in changing what’s been created, etc.
Each team also has a different idea of what is minimally viable. This ties into our definition of done. But can we deliver a minimum viable product with maximum viable design?
— Erin Tozour, Art Director - Magento.com
Tonima Das, one of the best hires I ever made.
A tale of caution: How Yahoo squandered Flickr -
I have tagged this “Best Practices” only to highlight that it is best practice to avoid everything Yahoo did. The tale of what happened to Flickr makes you think of how different the internet could look if it had been managed differently.
The Imagine 2012 conference was a huge success. It was completely sold out. We implemented a social wall that displayed tagged twitter pictures in real time. This provided an image feed from the conference floor, for those who were not able to attend.
One of the better visual representations of the distinction between Product, User Interface, and the notoriously slippery User Experience.
How to Shape your UX Job -
Patrick Neeman is the Director of User Experience with Jobvite. Patrick runs the UX Drinking Game, and also runs a blog, Usability Counts, that covers topics such as User Experience, Social Media, and Web Marketing.
Just launched an update to the Magento Connect menu. The previous navigation loaded the big “suckerfish” full width drop down immediately. In practice, the navigation was obscuring the content.
The solution we came up with was to have the menu load only when a user “dwelled” on a top level menu. Only then does the sub-menu load. Started with a 1.3 sec delay, now dropping it to 0.75 sec.
Really proud of the customization of Google Site Search that we just launched on Magento.com. The team worked hard to customize the raw XML feed from Google (not as flexible as you might think) and replace the clunky search experience we had previously.
Some cool features:
My team rocks.
The UX of Plans and Pricing -
This is a good article on “Plans & Pricing” that is very specific to SaaS solutions. Really worth a read for both Marketing folks and Designers.
Thanks to my UX bro Jon Fox for the link.
Sometimes Paper prototyping can help solve a lot of problems. This session helped me determine that the management of a gift registry (as a separate experience from the creation and management of wishlists) was not necessary in a mobile experience.
More sticky notes! Faster!