When you hear the word research, what comes to mind?

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Maybe it’s something like this? A person entrenched in a lab doing some mad scientist stuff? (No offense to the pictured scientist, I’m sure she’s performing some groundbreaking research in the picture on the left).

Well my friends, I am here to explain that not all research requires being holed up in a lab.

Meryl knows what I’m talking about.

User Research (in a UX sense) is “the process of understanding the impact of design on an audience” according to Mike Kuniavsky.

User research is very versatile:


Welcome back! This is article two of my series that covers topics to help form a foundational UX knowledge base. If you missed it, you can find the first article on Interaction Design here!

Information Architecture is a process in which conceptual models and designs are used to organize, structure and label content in an effective and sustainable manner.

He gets it!

If you didn’t get it, or want some more in-depth information, keep on reading. I hope to provide a brief overview of some of the goals and components.

5 Goals of Information Architecture

The goal of information architecture could be summarized with my opening statement, but that doesn’t really feel like a satisfactory answer. Here’s 5 in-depth goals of what Information Architecture can accomplish (in a digital context):

  1. Help users find information and complete tasks
  2. Help users understand…

Interaction Design = The design of the interaction between users and products.

Sweet, well that was easy. If you’re reading this you’re now ready to be a pro!

Work it, Brad!

Just kidding, it goes a bit deeper than that, so please keep reading!
This article is my attempt to give an overview of Interaction Design with some details, but hopefully not enough to be overwhelming.

Let’s start with some basic vocab and expand from there:

  1. Interaction = the flow between an action and a reaction
  2. Design = the creation of something tangible

So, putting those together I guess we…


If you follow me, you’ll know that I posted an article highlighting my awesome cohort from the General Assembly UX Design Immersive program. If you don’t follow me…well, what are you waiting for?

Nah, just playing don’t feel obligated to follow me, I’m just a person out here speaking my mind.

Anyways…I’ve reflected a lot on how to put my own UX story out there, but I feel it is still incomplete. For now, here’s my basic profile:

A handsome man with a great beard is seen wearing a General Assembly hat and giving a thumbs up.
A handsome man with a great beard is seen wearing a General Assembly hat and giving a thumbs up.
Oof, should’ve trimmed the beard for this pic. Oh well.

Christian Pirnie

Current Location North Attleboro, MA Why UX? Honestly, I found UX by accident. One of my mom’s coworkers recommended I look into…


UXDIR 6/29 Graduation Day photo!

I recently graduated from General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive Remote program. It was a 3 month bootcamp where my classmates and I took a dive into the principles of UX Design and the UX Design process. It was truly an experience to remember, and I was able to meet some great people (who also happen to be great researchers, designers and thinkers). As the class was ending, I decided to take on the task of creating a class profile, as a way to capture the thoughts of my classmates as they embark on their journeys beyond the class.

Through…


A man wearing a blue button up dress shirt is holding a pen and writing on paper
A man wearing a blue button up dress shirt is holding a pen and writing on paper

It finally happened. I had a terrible real world research experience. I knew that it was bound to occur at some point in my UX career, but I didn’t think it would happen this quickly.

I literally just finished my User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI for short) Remote Program at General Assembly on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 and here I am writing this article about a series of events that happened during the following week.

Allow me to set the scene:

Although I am an official graduate of the UXDI program, I still consider myself a student, because our last project is what’s called a passion…


Warning: There is an incoming wall of text.

Okay, so quick show of hands…how many people out there have read “The Butter Battle Book” by Dr. Seuss? Oh right, I won’t be able to see your hands, so you can put them down now I suppose. Well, for those who may not know about it, here’s a brief history (I’ll be spoiling the ending, so if you haven’t read it, I’d go do that now unless you don’t care. Actually, I’d recommend you go read it anyways to refresh yourself with the story before reading this):

The butter battle book by Dr. Seuss. A character holding a flag with an image of bread with butter.
The butter battle book by Dr. Seuss. A character holding a flag with an image of bread with butter.

The Butter Battle Book…


I love games, and I’ve been gaming ever since my brother and I got a Super Nintendo back in the 90s. Well, now that I think about it, my brother got it and I just kind of used it…a lot. There were fights. Anyways, moving on…

As I’ve gotten older and have more responsibilities, I don’t have time to sit down and immerse myself in a typical console or PC game the way I could when I was younger. Luckily, smartphones and tablets are a thing, so mobile gaming has taken over as my primary area of focus. …

Christian Pirnie

Open minded + curious UX Designer. I like taking deeper dives to understand and summarize topics so that other people don’t have to do as much work (hopefully).

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