RJ Owen

RJ Owen

RJ Owen is a Senior Developer at Effective UI. RJ was the lead developer on projects for Dow Jones, Random House and the Discovery Channel and contributed to ebay Desktop and the Adobe Video Workshop. In late 2007 RJ was featured on the Scoble show discussing RIA development and is passionate about the way that software affects and can improve people's lives. He is certified as an Adobe Community expert in Flex and co-authored the O'Reilly shortcut "Flex 3 Early Evaluator." RJ runs a flex blog called A Better Experience and while it's not as popular as Rich's, it's still pretty good. RJ holds a degree in Physics and Computer Science, generally does well on standardized tests, and lives in Colorado with his wife Marty.

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"The Web is a Customer Service Medium" by Paul Ford

January 24 2011

I recently ran into an interesting article titled "The Web is a Customer Service Medium" in which the author (Paul Ford) makes a very compelling case that the Web is specifically "for" the purpose of letting people express their opinions. This article has really had me thinking the past few… read more

Book Review: Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton

January 24 2011

I recently read Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton and it's become one of my favorite books explaining the value of design to non-designers. Buxton wrote the book specifically with business audiences in mind and does an excellent job describing both the value and method of design. This is no… read more

The State of the Web 2010: Net Neutrality and the FCC

December 30 2010

If the Holiday season has had you too distracted to notice, the FCC made an important ruling that impacts net neutrality last week. The full text of the ruling (warning: big PDF) was only recently made available late last week and so in-depth analysis on the ruling has taken some… read more

The Mobile First Revolution

July 28 2010

Luke Wroblewski, or LukeW as he's known on the web, is a self-described "digital product design & strategy guy" who's been pushing the idea of designing for mobile interfaces first for a while now. He thinks that designing for mobile first works best because 1.) mobile is more important than… read more

Make it a Game - really?

June 05 2010

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard the phrase "make it a game" or "make it like a game" or "give it some game-like features" in my career, I'd be retiring in luxury next week. Games provide an important proving ground for interface methods that drive technology… read more

Make it a Game - really?

June 05 2010

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard the phrase "make it a game" or "make it like a game" or "give it some game-like features" in my career, I'd be retiring in luxury next week. Games provide an important proving ground for interface methods that drive technology… read more

iPad app Ideate promotes sketching, collaboration

April 02 2010

At my company we've always given out a piece of collateral that remains wildly popular with designers and developers: sketch pads containing basic web-design templates in the background. Ideate is an application that brings the sketching experience to the iPad in a way that is simple and provides just enough… read more

The Differences between Usability and User Experience

January 23 2010

The rapid growth of RIA technology into the lives of every day people just a few years ago has carried both the usability and user experience industries to a new high in popularity. The success of software (particularly on the web) has driven both of these terms into our vernacular,… read more

How To Get a Job

September 04 2009

You've been looking into the world of Rich Internet Applications for a while now but how do you make the jump? Whether you're a developer working in Java or C++ looking to get on the web or a designer working in an art department wanting to do more interactive, the… read more

Flash vs. Silverlight on Smashing Magazine

May 11 2009

Earlier this month Smashing Magazine posted a broad review of Flash and Silverlight. The review covers the way the two products handle things like animation, publishing to the desktop, scripting, small file sizes, socket connections, capturing web-cam content, etc. read more

Forget Best Practices

March 13 2009

I hear a lot of talk about "best practices" these days, and I'm sure you do too. As design has become a more visibly important differentiator for web development professionals and companies, understanding the "best way" to accomplish any given task has been a big deal, leading to a plethora… read more

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