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When your work and life excite you, it’s hard to keep it to yourself. Our blog is just part of a larger discussion we’re having on Twitter, Facebook, and in communities all over the web.

Melinda Miller

In what is now an annual tradition, Pixonauts gathered for our last staff meeting of the year and celebrated 2018. In addition to a slideshow recapping our year with both laughter (oh, the GIFs and Slack spoofs!) and serious reflections (Kleenex, anyone?), we recognized members of the Pixo team who exemplify our values. .

Lindsey Gates-Markel

How we replaced our print holiday card with a website, 1,400 LED lights, and support for an invaluable community resource The holidays and New Year inevitably get everyone reflecting on what went well, what didn’t, and how we can improve. So it’s no surprise that when a few Pixo colleagues went out to lunch in early December, the conversation turned not only to ways we can improve Pixo, but to ways we can send big love to our community as well. They decided to focus on the traditional holiday card — something we’ve sent out as a signal of goodwill for years — and turn it on its head.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Online election guide — We Choose Our Future — won for best UX The second annual PygHack — a 24-hour hackathon at Research Park — took place in September. Just like last year, Pixo had a few hands in the hack. We staffed a table with consultants (and candy!) while the hack took place, and afterward, we judged the final hacks and awarded a Pixo Prize for best user experience (UX).

Lindsey Gates-Markel

And maybe, IDK, transform your entire organization! No problems whatsoever and no missing pieces at all Recently, visual designer Tyler and I sat down with our CEO, Lori. She’d asked for an update on a web redesign project he and I had been blissfully working on. I had done weeks of discovery full of interviews and visits and had filled a wireframe with content design.

Brian Walters

Symfony moved into version 4 last November. One of the best patterns embraced by the newest major version of this venerable framework is Autowiring — basically a term for Dependency Injection that uses PHP type-hinting. What is Dependency Injection? A fine place to start! To summarize Dependency Injection as simply as possible: When a class needs another class, the framework should provide it.

Jason Berg

“The only thing professionally better than being blessed to lead Pixo for 20 years is being able to confidently hand Pixo over to competent, like-minded colleagues. ” — Lori Gold Patterson With that, Lori Gold Patterson, Pixo’s co-founder and CEO, announced to our team that she will be transitioning leadership at Pixo to directors Jason Berg and Melinda Miller. Melinda and Jason work closely with our clients from the very beginning to the very end of every major project so, while they have a lot to learn, they get our core business.

Allie Ofisher

Data Visualizations While it’s common practice at Pixo to check color contrast for optimal readability, we don’t always prioritize comparing each color’s distinction from one another. But color distinction becomes a high priority when designing data visualizations, which rely on the variations between color to represent different categories of information. Designers might strive to make this color distinction clear for viewers who perceive colors in a similar way, yet this “one size fits all” approach doesn’t take into account all color vision experiences.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Allie Ofisher

Try this note-taking and prioritization tool The most overwhelming thing when conducting multiple user tests is knowing what to do with all of the insights. As a UX Designer at Pixo, I use a mishmash of techniques to help our team make smart choices when deciding where to put our efforts after a usability test. I eventually created a Google Sheets template (Make a copy for yourself and try it out!) to help me prep for, conduct, and evaluate the results of usability tests.

Julia Pollack

As a new UX designer, every book I pick up is loaded with advice and ideas I never even knew to look for before I entered the profession. Josh Clark’s Designing for Touch is a snappy introduction to direct user screen interaction design. The text manages to take a look at best practices while simultaneously keeping an open mind about changing industry standards.

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