This is an interview with Andy Budd, a user experience designer and partner at Clearleft. He runs the dConstruct and UX London conferences, created the Silverback usability testing application and wrote the book, CSS Mastery.
Q. Can you tell me about Clear:Left, the company you are the Managing Director for and what you do for them?
A. Clearleft are a little like an architecture company for the web. As well as designing how the site will look, we also work out the strategy, plan where everything is going to go and how each interaction is going to work. We do this though site maps, wireframes and prototypes, the blueprints and scale models of our profession.
We’re basically user centred designers so we build products that focus on the needs of the user. This may seem obvious but so few companies actually do this. Instead they build their sites based on what they think people want, or according to their own personal preferences and biases.
This is an interview with Andy Budd, a user experience designer and partner at Clearleft. He runs the dConstruct and UX London conferences, created the Silverback usability testing application and wrote the book, CSS Mastery.Continue Reading
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