10 Things UX Geeks Want For Christmas

What to ask Santa?

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The days are getting shorter, the nights longer. The end of the year is approaching, but first we are going to have the best party ever: Christmas. Every year you had the same problem: what to ask Santa? Well, that’s over. Because we put together a list of 10 things that each UX geek wants to ask for Christmas.

Mental Notes

http://getmentalnotes.com/ – cost: $33.00

One of our Johnny rock stars, Stephen Anderson, came up with reference cards called Mental Notes. As he writes on his site “In the midst of a busy project it’s all too easy to forget the nuances that distinguish great products. Mental Notes brings together 50 insights from psychology into an easy reference and brainstorming tool.” Each card is a short, but directly applicable insight.

Notepod

http://notepod.net/ – cost: 3 for $17.95

Did you also attempt to design iPhone apps several times, only to find out that the stuff would never fit on a screen? That frustration is gone forever with Notepads. These are sketchbloks with the exact same dimensions as an iPhone. Isn’t it brilliant?

IdeaPaint

http://www.ideapaint.com/ – cost: $15.00

You can never have enough brainstorm space. And that’s a fact. IdeaPaint can help you get that extra space. It will turn a wall into a huge whiteboard, making it possible for you to scribble your ideas everywhere.

Pulse Smartpen

http://www.livescribe.com/ – cost: $169.95

Every time I go to a conference I write down all those brilliant quotes and ideas the speakers share with me. I even get enough energy to think I will use the text I wrote over and over again… but as soon as I am home reality kicks in and I have to go on with my life, not giving myself the time to digitize my new insights. With the Pulse Smartpen that could be history. This pen writes like any ordinary pen, but at the same time stores everything you wrote digitally. After the conference you can directly read your notes on the screen.

Flip Mino HD

http://www.theflip.com/ – cost: $199.99

As a real UX geek your daily life consists of observing people. How they behave, move, talk, respond… you want to know it all. And if you could record these moments you’d be able to show these user insights to your team. With the Flip Mino HD this is possible, in an extremely small package.

GUI Magnets

http://www.guimagnets.com/ – cost: $19.99

Tired of always drawing those dropdowns and buttons? With GUI Magnets you’ll be able to create prototypes on a whiteboard within seconds, and they’ll even look good. (Also very handy when you are brainstorming in the kitchen.)

Field Notes

http://fieldnotesbrand.com/ – cost: 3-pack $9.95

I always carry a small sketch book with me, ready to be dirtied with my ideas. Over time I tried big books, small, hard cover, soft cover, loads of pages, almost no pages, etc. In the end I came to the conclusion that small books like Field Notes are the best. You can take them everywhere, everytime. And they make me feel like an explorer.

TweetBottle

http://tweetbottle.com/ – cost: $24.95

With TweetBottle‘s you have a very hip waterbottle, and you are saving Earth by doing so.

Quote/Unquote bookends

http://aplusrstore.com/ – cost:

Each UX geek must have a huge collection of UX books, especially considering the great amount of books that came out this year. With the Quote/Unquote bookends you’ll be able to show your collection in style.

Sharpie markers

http://www.sharpie.com/ – cost: $2

What do I need to say about Sharpies? These aren’t pens… they are our magic wand. Without them we would be unable to draw our brilliant interactions. So make sure you get loads of these, mainly because they constantly get stolen by jealous colleagues.

Top image by: stephend9

Jeroen van Geel

Jeroen van Geel is founder/chief kahuna of Johnny Holland and the interaction director at Fabrique [brands, design & interaction], a Dutch multidisciplinary design agency. You can follow him on Twitter via @jeroenvangeel.

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  3. not really a x-mas present, but it has impressed most of the clients i’ve worked with

    http://bit.ly/7OZVTp

    It’s basically a flip-chart, but you can take it everywhere you go — it sticks to any surface. havent seen in outside germany.

  4. The whiteboard paint is a great idea, but difficult in practice. First, you need to paint the wall at least three times with this very expensive stuff to create a surface that is slick enough. Second, unless you’re wall is ABSOLUTELY flat, you’ll have problems erasing it – marker dust gets caught in small valleys. Granted, you can use a cloth to wipe it down, but it’s tough to get it really clean.

  5. My comments refer to plastered walls. Drywall is easier to convert into a workable whiteboard.

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    Note, the GUI magnets are $45, not $19.99.

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  11. The whiteboard paint is a great idea, but difficult in practice. First, you need to paint the wall at least three times with this very expensive stuff to create a surface that is slick enough. Second, unless you’re wall is ABSOLUTELY flat, you’ll have problems erasing it – marker dust gets caught in small valleys. Granted, you can use a cloth to wipe it down, but it’s tough to get it really clean.

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