the IdeasBlog

ux, ui, ia, usability by @theYouEyeGuy

On this Website …


Hi.  I’m John Vaughan.  I’ve worked in the UX / UI / Usability / Media arena for a bunch of years.

  • My resume (Portfolio, Skills, Personal)
  • the Craft (Understanding UX, Roles, Tasks, Techniques)
  • Ideas (Design Thinking, the SocialNet, Metaphors)
  • The Archive (Graduate Papers, Conferences, Solutions, Collateral)

This site is about Ideas.

I’ve collected a bunch of my bloggy thoughts, opinions, and articles on a variety of UX (and non-UX) topics here:




Design Thinking is sometimes described as the intersection of feasibilityviability, and desirability. It can take various forms as a solutions-oriented process on The Continuum of Creative Ideation


The social connection is why we’re here.

  • Convergence
  • Collaboration
  • Cross-Pollination


quote-it-may-be-that-universal-history-is-the-history-of-the-different-intonations-given-a-jorge-luis-borges-35-19-561Sometimes we see a discontinuity between the form of screen pages and the interactive function of the service itself. Perhaps this lack of integration between style and content is partly a result of the metaphors we use.

Metaphors Transcend the Moment


Some of these articles here have migrated from my “professional website” (it was getting too crowded).  Many have also been previously posted on LinkedIn, Quora, FaceBook, or other socialNets.

This site is very much a work-in-progress, both in terms of the content that’s posted here and in terms of the structure and interrelationship of the materials and their sites. Please bear with me…


On my professional Website…

sitelogoThe links below take you to the resume-related info about me that’s on my website.  It’s a more conventional here’s-what-I’ve-done-in-my-career thing:


My Resume

fullstack-unicorn-ninjaThe Full-stack Unicorn Ninja is multi-skilled, cross-disciplinary, and able to take a project through to completion.

Value-added:  The topics on my resume are actively linked to appropriate pages on my website.  Seamless Self-Service.


My Portfolio

Sresponsive-fight-nightpans 30+ years and 100+ clients and engagements.

  • Convergence
  • The Web gets down to Business
  • Transactional Surge
  • Before We Called It the Web
  • The New Synthesis



ani-showcaseHere are a few ways of looking at what I do:

  • Domain Experience Showcase
  • Tasks & Deliverables
  • Clickable Demosites
  • the Gallery


the FastTrack

qmark-watermarkHere’s your accessible cheat-sheet for my site:

  • Quick Connections (overview)
  • Domain Experience (tagCloud)
  • FAQ’s (framing questions)
  • A Few Ground Rules (for Recruiters)


It’s all about Convergence and Cross-Pollination



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