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How to make Jetpack Publicize Work with WP Job Manager Job Listings

It can be extremely disappointing when you get your job site up using WP Job Manager and you find out that the WordPress plugin module, JetPack Publicize does not work with the custom post type- Job listing. I obviously looked to the plugin support page for help and asked this on the forum. Mike Jolley, […]

My Work: Standard Chartered Bank, UAE wins World’s Best Consumer Internet Bank Award 2013 for UAE

At Possible, as the UX lead for the Standard Chartered Global Revamp project, I planned, coordinated and executed user research, information architecture, content strategy and interaction design activities to create a unified information architecture and interaction design strategy and implemented it for Standard Chartered’s country websites across the globe both for desktop and mobile. I […]

Guidelines for Aligning Data in Tables for Great Table Usability

Status: Work in progress (what is this?) I have had the privilege to work across the User-Centered Design (UCD) process on banking websites and web applications such as Business Information Systems (BIS) and Management Information Systems (MIS). All of these are obviously data-intensive and it is crucial that data representation in both table and graphical […]

Working With Globally Distributed Teams or Clients: Tips for Effective Audio Conferences

Status: Work in progress (what is this?) Besides having worked in multicultural offices, I’ve worked with clients and internal teams located across the globe. Here are a few simple tips that you will find useful for participating and conducting audio conferences effectively. This is work in progress so feel free to comment and add your […]

When to Use Tables and When to Use Graphs

Status: Work in progress [what is this?] I’ve done a fair amount of work in interaction deisgn for data visualization in MI (management Information) and BI (Business Information) systems, mostly around setting graaphical data representation and interaction guidelines for such applications. One of the most basic things which people get wrong again and again is […]

Guidelines for Sending Screenshots of Web Application and Website Pages for Usability Reviews

Status: Work in progress (what is this?) Whether it is your clients or development team, it’s important to explicitly specify screenshot requirements rather than assuming the other party to provide screenshots in the right way. This ensures an efficient usability review that is not unnecessarily impacted by files being sent and resent all the time. […]

UI Pattern Libraries for the Enterprise- What. Why. How & the Difference From a Style Guide

Status: Work in progress [what is this?] What is a UI pattern? If you break a website or application down from a user interface perspective, you will end up with a bunch of user interface components that are used again and again throughout it. A user interface pattern is called so because that pattern can […]

A New Cone Trees Communication Style

Status: Work in progress Why? I’d like to announce a change in my communication style for Cone Trees. It’s probably something that does not exist at the moment, not that I am aware of. I’ve been busy with work and writing music and spending time with loved ones which has had me writing a lot […]

Video- Khoi Vinh on Grids for Web Design

In this short video, Khoi Vinh, the ex-Design Director at NYTimes.com for 4½ years, talks about using grids for web design to bring order, logic and law as a framework while boosting its aesthetic power at the same time. He talks about how comic books inspired him to work with grids. Khoi Vinh is author […]

Video- Designing by Understanding Human Perception and Cognition

In this session, Alex Faaborg provides an in-depth look at human perception and cognition, and its implications for interactive and visual design. The human brain is purely treated as an information processing machine, and the audience will be taught its attributes, its advantages, its limitations, and generally how to hack it. While the content will […]