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Incompetence, inertia, or dark UX at Havasupai?

It took me 2 hours of clicking and refreshing to book a camping permit at Havasupai, also known as Havasu Falls, for my partner and a friend (I was out as soon as I heard the words “10-mile hike”). Permits usually sell out for the following year on the day they become available. It’s a bit like Black Friday for hardcore nature lovers.

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Book review: Design for Real Life

I recently had the pleasure of discussing Design for Real Life by Eric Meyer and Sara Wachter-Boettcher with a local UX book club.

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My take on a Craigslist redesign

Aspiring designers are often encouraged to build their portfolio with their own speculative redesigns of existing websites or apps. Craigslist is a frequent target for such redesigns, and it’s easy to see why. 

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UX review: Virgin America

I mentioned in a previous post that I’m taking a course on Visual Design from the fine folks at Skillcrush. One of our first assignments was to take a look at Virgin America’s website and give our opinion of the site’s UX.

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Book review: Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

It’s not a book about UX per se, but I think a lot of the ideas in Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg can apply to UX.

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Why you gotta push Google Fonts, WordPress?

WordPress really, really, really wants you to use Google Fonts. It actually wants you to use a small subset of Google Fonts, but without much hassle, you can set it up to where you can choose from their entire font library.

But what if you don’t want to use Google Fonts?

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Check out CodePen (and freeCodeCamp while you’re at it)

CodePen is a site where you can play with HTML, CSS, and Javascript in the browser. One of the nice things about it is you can set it up to load various common libraries automatically, such as Bootstrap and jQuery. It’s free to sign up, although they have paid options available. Here’s a link to a portfolio site I made using CodePen. By the way, if you have any feedback on that, feel free to leave it in the comments! All I ask that you keep any criticism constructive.