Chris Kobar

UX + Product Designer. Sometimes I write stuff.


Your Horoscope for July

So long as you observe the Occidental Zodiac


Aries

Consider gum arabic. Dark-colored fruit is definitely a no-go until…


The Future of Design

Aaron Shapiro wrote an interesting bit of prognostication about the future of digital design in “The Next Big Thing in Design? Less Choice.” He argues that while contemporary design primarily aims to simplify the information and options presented to us so that we can better make our own choices about the products and services we purchase and use, tomorrow’s designers will…


It’s the experience, stupid

For the past decade I have been a cigar smoker. For me, that means that every week or so I have a cigar, typically while sitting outside a favorite Irish pub with…


It’s not just a FADD

In the past year our team at the US Courts has been embracing the concept of Agile as the panacea for delivering rapid and useful functionality to product customers. Of course, this is all really theoretical, as the unmovable constraints that exist within the federal bureaucracy, the constraints that exist within the minds of product owners and stakeholders, and the…

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Creating Digital Experiences

Letters to people that are published for the public to share, as well.


The Real Value of Wearables

Wearables. Yup. The time has finally arrived when childhood fantasies of wearable communication and computing devices has been made real. Every existing and would…


7D Product Design


For a time I have been wrestling with a way to help my colleagues and stakeholders better understand how design can and should be incorporated into the product design process. They have mostly already bought into the end-user benefit of design, delivering a better user experience. However, so long as how I do what I do remains largely a mystery to them, efficiency and…


The UX Design Process


As I’ve mentioned before, I am frequently referred to as “The UI Guy” by coworkers and on-site customers, which, as I explained, is a problem. This unofficial title is not only ambiguous, but it also suggests that I do far less than I actually do. Ultimately, this means I may not be utilized or valued appropriately, which hurts my customers, my coworkers, and, of course…


A Definition of User Experience Design

Over my long career I have had many job titles: web designer, webmaster, information architect, user interface designer, user interface developer, front-end developer and human factor engineer, to name the most common. I have also had a handful of less formal titles, including graphic designer, usability guy, UI guy and just plain old web guy. I’ve…


The UI guy

It is a fairly common thing for someone I work with, typically a manager or executive customer, and even many of my own colleagues, to introduce me to others as “the UI guy.” I don’t take affront to this, per se, as I can understand why I might be labeled as such by these individuals. However, it does indicate a significant problem that, despite the rising prominence and value of…


UX in a block of wood

Remember when you were a kid and you pretended that you were a spaceman, a princess, a pirate, or something else that made you feel happy? And remember how a simple…


My work in real life


I am working for the US Courts Administrative Office in Washington, DC, helping them transform some of their critical, but very outdated, applications into the 21st…