The Bus, Pine Bluff Distillery, Pine Bluff, Wyoming. Photo by C.R. Beasley

I sat in bed while my wife helped my 5-year-old use the portable cassette toilet in our newly renovated shuttle bus. We had stopped in Albuquerque at a relative’s house after long-hauling from Chicago. When my son was finished, my wife reached out for the handle to flush.

“Maybe you should open it outside first, we went through a huge elevation change…” was all I got out.

There was a loud pop.

In slow motion, I saw the evil toilet plaster my son’s urine across their horrified faces. My wife started crying. My son screamed. …


The Problem

The user works in graphic design. While critiquing a design in a mobile app, their phone abruptly turns off. When they restart the phone, they reopen the app.

The Solution

I needed to write a message that the user will read upon reopening the app. I started with the basics. What do the users need to know?

Their work was saved

They can return to the doc

They can safely go somewhere else

What steps (if any) do they need to take to recover their content?

What if they can’t recover the content?

The Constraints

Headline: 40 Characters Max

Body: 140 Characters Max

Button(s)…


If you live in Chicagoland or New York, you may have heard of this crazy game called Platform Tennis. Basically, it’s a small tennis court enveloped by chicken wire and it’s a mix between tennis and racketball that you can play outdoors in the winter.

The Problem

Every year from September to March, thousands of players from a hundred clubs travel all over Chicagoland to play platform tennis matches. Every week roughly 2,000 people travel across the city to play matches.

The logistics of these matches are challenging. Players need match schedules, directions to the paddle huts, weather forecasts, match times, whether…


Anonymized location data of people who attended Sturgis 2020, before the event. (Images and Data Courtesy of Xmode Social)

This is a great list but...$6,000 a month? My fingers might snap off at $70 per 500 words...


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McSweeneys.net keeps a running tally on Trump’s transgressions called Lest We Forget the Horrors: A Catalogue of Trump’s Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions and Crimes.

At press time, there are 842 entries, compiled as recent as July 31, 2020. There are so many offenses, the web developers had to put in a site map to help navigate them.

The “misdeeds” are categorized by an atrocity key, which marks offenses with different colored dots — red for sexual offenses, black (ironically?) for white supremacy, racism, and homophobia, yellow for obstruction of justice, and so on. …


Should you go for more winners when you play? The data tells another story.

On the paddle court, a player’s biggest weapon is consistency. It seems stupid to say this, but being consistent over style (big forehands, crazy spin) wins matches.

Part of being consistent is keeping track of what shots you miss,what shots you make, and which shots are winners, so you can make adjustments during a match. One of the hardest skills for a player to develop is tracking that data in real-time.

Part of being consistent is keeping track of what shots you miss, what shots you make and which shots are winners.

If you know the high percentage data patterns…


A User Journey.

Read Part One.

Personas

We developed a persona for the user/viewer of our videos. Youtube’s analytics revealed that 55% of viewers watched the videos on their desktops, mainly during the day and mainly the day after their league matches. 27.3% watched on their mobile screens.

55% of viewers watched the videos on their desktops, mainly during the day and mainly the day after their league matches. 27.3% watched on their mobile screens.

User Research

We we paid attention to what videos they watched and gleaned information from their viewing patterns. Here’s where the UX process comes in. …


User Experience is usually reserved for software, physical products, websites and the corresponding features within. How does the UX process fit in with video?

The first question to get out of the way is Does video UX even exist?

I guess what we need to do is answer this question. UX as a profession is hard enough to define as it is. According to Nielsen Norman Group, “user experience encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products.”

According to Nielsen Norman Group, “user experience encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products.”

To chip away at our answer, lets define what Video UX is not:

  • It is not the marketing…

C.R. Beasley

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