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 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…

Publications edited by Chris Kobar

Judiciously jocular and subtly strange dalliances and delights.

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Juice Boxes

Creating Digital Experiences

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


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…


When to take the path less traveled


When I am first presented with a new project, the first thing I do after discovery is put on my “designer hat” and start imagining the interface I am going to create. With the client’s goals in mind, as well as everything else I’ve learned during discovery, I usually browse the Web for creative inspiration, poring over examples on Dribbble, Pinterest…


Dear Jeff Bezos

Hire me to make the Washington Post better


First, let me congratulate you on your purchase of the Washington Post. You are now the owner of one of the world’s most esteemed news publishers. Naturally, I have no idea what your plans are for the newspaper,” but I am optimistic that, given your own history, good things will come of your acquisition. I…


Video killed more than the radio star


To say that video as a medium has taken-off in the past decade, is certainly an understatement. The success of YouTube alone is just one very tiny…