I wake up early, while the family is still asleep. A couple of hours in the morning is my personal ‘time off’ every day. …


Photo by Jeremy Paige

If somebody told me two years ago that I’d be joining a lending company as a Lean UX practitioner, I’d just laugh: this type of financial software was way far beyond my interests. Besides, being a ‘practitioner’, a methodologist, seemed to fit me like a saddle on a cow.

But…


A brief glance to tell whether a newspaper on a cafe table is tabloid or quality paper. A second to decide whether to explore an online service or look for another one. Before people have actually read your web page, its information architecture will shape their attitude.

This September I was lucky to attend an excellent talk on newspaper design and information architecture by Jasso Lamberg. And though Jasso hasn’t said a word on my own field, I ran out of napkins sketching and making notes on web apps design. …


Keyboard shortcuts are a powerful productivity booster widely used in desktop software. How can we apply them in web applications?

Some 20 years ago I was finishing my diploma. Home computer was by far a luxury, so I worked by nights in a friend’s office. The friend introduced me to a powerful Windows 3.11 Word with tons of great possibilities that made writing a sheer pleasure (comparing to a typewriter!)…

Sasha Maximova

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