Author Archives: Theo Mandel

Mandel Interviewed on Empire Broadcast Radio

I was recently interviewed on Empire Broadcast Radio. The interview is short but it was fun! Please take a few minutes to listen!


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Mandel named to the UsabilityTools “46 Usability Experts You Should Follow” list

I was just named to the UsabilityTools “46 Usability Experts You Should Follow” list. I’m honored and thrilled!! View the list here!

A Design Workflow Tutorial for UX Developers: Deliver Better UI/UX On Time

The relationship between UX designer and developer is continually evolving overlapping. Here’s a good article about what a UX developer can do to ensure that the product you have built is delivered in a timely manner without sacrificing the quality of the user interface and user experience. Topics include: Do You Have Everything You Need?Continue Reading

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update – What it means for Web Designers

Google recently announced that it will soon make big changes to its algorithm that elevates “mobile-friendliness” as a requirement for sites to perform well in its search rankings. As part of the announcement, starting April 21st, 2015, Google will not only start labeling sites as “mobile-friendly”, but if your site does not the Google standardsContinue Reading

User Experience vs. Marketing

“There is a difference between making a simple product and making a product simple.” ___________________________________________________________ “Marketing is about making people want things. Design is about making things that people want.” 5 things digital marketers should know about user experience

Great User Experience Quotes

Henry Dreyfuss’s “Designing for People” Henry Dreyfuss, an American industrial designer, wrote the classic text Designing for People in 1955. The cornerstone of his philosophy and thinking is captured in this quote from his article in The Harvard Business Review in 1950: “We bear in mind that the object being worked on is going toContinue Reading

Mandel to present “Using your UX Super Powers for Good or Evil” at UXPA 2015 Conference

UXPA 2015 will be held June 22-25 at the Loews Coronado Resort in beautiful Coronado, California. User experience (UX) and usability professionals from dozens of countries world-wide gather at this yearly international conference. The Conference Program is now available. Mandel will present “Using your UX Super Powers for Good or Evil” on June 23rd. ViewContinue Reading

At 90, She’s Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

NPR just posted this article about a 90-year-old woman recently hired as a designer at IDEO. What a great idea! As designers, our job is to understand and design for our intended audience. However, older designers may have problems identifying with younger users and younger designers may not really understand what elder users are goingContinue Reading

User Experience News: Traffic light lets you play Pong with person on other side – installed in Germany

User Experience design is all about creating enjoyable user experiences, either in software/hardware computer platforms or in real-world situations. Here’s a new experience designed to entertain people while keeping them safe from traffic! Back in 2012, a trio of interaction design students from HAWK University unveiled a concept for StreetPong, an interactive game of pongContinue Reading

“Using your UX super powers for good or evil” – Mandel’s IUE2014 conference presentation

June 11, 2014 US Airways Corporate Headquarters, Tempe, AZ Conference website For many years, I’ve written about and presented on the “Golden Rules” of UX design – where our UX design powers are used to do good things for users. This presentation focuses on the dark side of UX design – how UX design canContinue Reading

Mandel to present at IUE2014 Conference in Tempe, AZ – June 9-11

June 9-11, 2014 US Airways Corporate Headquarters, Tempe, AZ Spotlighting methods for dramatically improving today’s user experience This year’s conference will be held at the US Airways Corporate Headquarters, which is located in the heart of the Mill Avenue district. IUE 2014, the tenth annual conference brings you top industry speakers, practitioners, and authors toContinue Reading

Mandel featured Panelist at IxDA Phoenix 2013

IxDA Phoenix Design Week “Methods + Madness” Panel Monday, October 21, 2013 University of Phoenix Sperling Center Tempe, AZ Event Brochure  |  Storify Photos  |  Facebook Photos  |  Event Announcement   Theo Mandel was a featured panelist at IxDA Phoenix for Phoenix Design Week 2013’s Monday Night Event, the Method + Madness panel. This eventContinue Reading

Mandel’s IUE 2013 Presentations

Theo Mandel organized and presented at the ninth annual Internet User Experience conference (IUE 2013), April 2-3, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. Theo’s presentations were featured on SlideShare immediately after posting and have over 3,000 views to date. View Mandel’s presentations: Golden Rules of User Experience Design Designing Object-Oriented User Experiences

UX Conference in Phoenix this week!

Theo Mandel is one of the organizers and presenters at the ninth annual Internet User Experience conference – IUE 2013. The April 2-3 conference in Tempe, Arizona, highlights top industry speakers, practitioners, and authors to provide attendees with a complete package of Internet user experience design training, case studies, and real-world examples. Mandel’s sessions include: GoldenContinue Reading

Arizona World Usability Day – Video

Mandel organized the Arizona World Usability Day event on November 8, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The wildly successful event was captured on film and is now available on the World Usability Day YouTube Channel. Check out the Arizona WUD event on the World Usability Day website.

John Karlin, Father of Touch-Tone Dialing, Dies

An obituary in the New York Times highlight’s John Karlin’s historic influence on digital dialing. Karlin died on January 28 at the age of 94. Ed Israelski, a well-know human factors professional, was fortunate to work under Karlin at Bell Labs. Karlin designed the famous (or infamous) telephone keypad layout. He also conducted innovative researchContinue Reading

Who owns your UX philosophy?

“I’ve been in three board meetings in the last month where it was painfully apparent that there wasn’t a person in the company who owned the UX philosophy of the product. I’m explicitly saying “UX” (user experience) rather than “UI” (user interface) as each company had an excellent designer and the application looked great. ButContinue Reading

Tech hotshots: The rise of the UX expert

“As the digital world shrinks down to a screen the size of your hand, demand for user experience designers explodes.” The surge of mobile and tablet devices has placed more emphasis and need for user experience skills. UX practitioners have been promoting awareness and education of UX and usability for years, and it has paid off. ReadContinue Reading

“Connecting” Video on the future of Interaction Design and UX

Thought-provoking video on Vimeo about the future of our field – https://vimeo.com/52861634. The follow-on comments are just as interesting as the video. Here’s the summary: The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software isContinue Reading

Give Before You Get – Advice for the New Year

Great advice from a world-famous Boulder start-up mentor and founder, Brad Feld. Give Before You Get