Our very own Art Director & CTO, Luke Swenson, was able to catch up with Steve Portigal at the Los Angeles User Experience Meetup & IxDA organized by Crystal Ehrlich. Steve was able to give us (and you, our readers) a great deal of information about user research, and if you’re not sure just how important that research really is, his interview is more than worth a few minutes of your time. User research is probably one of the least understood aspects of business, particularly when it comes to user design, or even product value and utility. Steve points out that just because you can make something, that doesn’t immediately mean that it’s worth making. Does it answer the needs or problem of the ultimate end user? That’s one thing that user research excels at doing – ferreting out the answers to questions like “how does it help our users” and “what need does it fill for our users”. User design is, after all, about the users. View the full article on UXmag.com. Steve was very direct in his answers, especially on some of the most important topics out there today, and happily expanded on several vital points. Quite a few questions abound on exactly what types of user research even exist – Steve managed to pack a lot of information into his response. He was also particularly enlightening on when you should invest in user research. If you’d like to read the entire interview with Steve Portigal, you can catch it over at UX Magazine. You should also make sure to check out Steve’s book, Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights. Not only is it a great read, but it’s very illuminating when it comes to really digging into how to interview users and conduct research while asking the right kinds of questions.
Is User Research Important? Expert Steve Portigal Says So
Media Contour Now Regular Contributor For UX Magazine
Media Contour is proud to announce that we’ll be regular contributors to UX Magazine. Our series of interviews with industry leaders and innovators will be featured within the magazine. We’re incredibly grateful with such an honor, and very happy to be part of the UX Magazine family. If you’re not familiar with UX Mag, it’s an online magazine dedicated design excellence, usability, technological evolution, interface design and other areas.Our interview series has already included some big names. We have spoken with Jessica DuVerneay, Steve Portigal, Susan Weinschenk, Christopher Noessel, Alberta Soranzo and Maggie Hendrie and Don Norman thus far, and there are more slated. The interview series is geared for helping anyone with an interest in web design understand the ongoing evolution of technology, industry best practices, different techniques and tactics for achieving the right style and usability, and a great deal more. As the series progresses, it will include further topics, helping to ensure that readers are able to innovate with interactive design, improve responsive design skills and prepare for new technology coming down the pipe. Our interviews will feature regularly within the magazine’s pages (you can check out our interview with Steve Portigal and Don Norman). Of course, don’t read the magazine just for our interviews. There is plenty of other great content to inform, educate, illuminate and lead you to better results. If you have questions involving anything related to user design, chances are good that you’ll find several articles, news stories or op/ed pieces that offer insight and information. The magazine’s mission is “to be the destination for people and companies looking to understand the value of experience-orientation, and to learn the tactics and strategies behind successful user and customer experiences,” and we’re immensely proud to be a part of this worthy initiative.
Top 20 Best Web Developers by Expertise.com
Top Web Developers in Los Angeles 2022
Expertise.com scored 460 Web Developers in Los Angeles and Picked the Top 20: Media Contour is proud to have made that list. Congratulations team!
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Media Contour Wins Another Communicator Award For Its Design Of SWYT Culture
Los Angeles, Calif.- Los Angeles based web design firm, Media Contour, has won the gold Communicator award for its design work on www.swytculture.com. Media Contour’s work for SWYT Apparel (pronounced “sweet”), a Los Angeles-based girls footwear company, was ranked within the top 90% of submissions in the fashion and apparel category of over 6000 applicants. This is Media Contour’s 3rd Communicator Award and 10th award for overall web design in only 3 years. The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA). The IAVA describes itself as “an invitation-only member-based organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.” Current members include acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing ﬁrms such as: Time,Inc., rabble+rouser, Lockheed Martin, Pitney Bowes, Airtype Studio, and many others.Media Contour created an interactive lookbook page that features each of SWYT’s many designs in a quick, simple to use manner. Luke Swenson, the Media Contour’s Art Director and the designer of swytculture.com says “The lookbook serves as a fun way to present their different shoe patterns at trade shows and get customers excited about their product.” Small swatches of the shoes patterns are featured on the left allowing users to click through these swatches and see a larger version of each shoes style and pattern.“Everyone around the office is buzzing about the award,” says Matt Dandurand, CEO of Media Contour. “We put a lot of time and thought into how the SWYT project should look and feel. We wanted it to be bold and catching to the girls checking out the shoes but also practical and easy to use for those buying the shoes, whether it’s the kids or the parents.”Media Contour, is an award winning full service interactive studio specializing in both traditional website design and development. Based out of Los Angeles, Media Contour provides complete solutions for web design and programming, as well as branding, graphic design, print, and marketing services.