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Author: Rich Spencer

Designing UX and the Art of Restoring a Volvo 240

Salesforce Platform

I am lying under my 30-year-old Volvo 240 studying the drive shaft and thinking about designing UX for enterprise software. This car began as a $500 solution for a second car 一 something for around town, running errands, going to the grocery store. What could be better than a classic Volvo brick? There’s a cardinal rule about restoring old cars. Take your best estimate and whatever amount you intend to reasonably spend… and then double…
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Front-Loading Washers, and the Importance of Context in User Experience Design

Salesforce Platform

In his classic book, The Design of Everyday Things, Donald Norman, director of The Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego, presents the argument that any failed user experience is the fault of bad design, not the fault of the user.  There was a time when I agreed with Donald Norman’s theory of user error = bad design. But that was before I owned a front-loading washing machine.  Context is key in user…
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Is the Zippo Lighter the Epitome of UX Design?

Advisory

As a UX designer, I’m always looking for points of reference, context, and analogy that will speak to my work. That’s why I keep a Zippo lighter on my desk. In my mind, the Zippo lighter is the epitome of good design and one of the best examples I know of pure UX genius. It defines a standard to which all enterprise software should aspire and uses all four core Salesforce design principles.  Salesforce design principles…
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