Wednesday, October 3, 2012

AddThis Election 2012



As I've mentioned many times, we love exploring data at AddThis. It drives our design work, and provides the foundation for our business. Today we were excited to release a new election 2012 compilation page today highlighting the ongoing data analysis we're doing to explore the role of social media in the race for the White House. We wanted to launch this compilation in time for tonight's first debate – so be sure to check back tomorrow for follow-up analysis.

In the meantime, check out the example above showing a breakdown by county where either President Obama or Senator Romney received the most social mentions yesterday, October 2nd. There will be much more to explore over the next month as we get closer to November 6th. Fascinating stuff.

Kudos to the whole team – Jeff Wong, Foo, Steve Piercy, and particularly Greg Cypes who is developing our data visualizations.

Visit the AddThis Election 2012 page


Thursday, September 20, 2012

NoVA UX Meetup: Agile UX


Last night we held our first full NoVA UX meetup at AddThis HQ to discuss Agile UX. We were fortunate to be joined by a panel of ux and development pros:
  • Kit Unger, who manages user experience at Three Pillar Global
  • Kevin Doyle, a UX lead at Living Social
  • Dylan Greene, a dev lead at OPower and co-founder of Doodle or Die!
  • Nick Whitmoyer, founder of Whitmoyer and organizer of Refresh DC
Our panel fielded questions about how Agile and Agile UX works, their experiences managing creative projects in their organizations, and how Agile UX can be applied to consultancy work. We were glad to see a strong turnout of around 40 other UX, visual design and development professionals, and look forward to seeing everyone again on October 24th, when we'll be talking about responsive design.






Thursday, September 13, 2012

New AddThis sharing today!



We're incredibly excited to roll out a new sharing experience today for AddThis. We've been working on this update for a long time, and there are a bunch of new features and subtle design enhancements that we hope you'll find make sharing easier and more fun than ever before.

The most obvious change is our new vertical menu. One of our top goals at AddThis is to make sharing as fast and simple as possible. While other tools become more complex, we thought it was important to simplify.

Even better, now you and your site's visitors can connect Twitter and Facebook accounts, and share even faster from those services:


Love Pinterest? We do too. AddThis offers complete Pinterest support so your site's pictures can realize their social potential:


Read more about these features over at the AddThis blog.  Or, give the new AddThis sharing experience a try by sharing this blog post below. As always, we'd love to hear what you think – and thanks for using AddThis!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Moving into new AddThis headquarters

Yesterday was the big reveal of the new AddThis HQ for the whole VA team. Everyone's excited to start working in our new space on Monday... here're some pics from yesterday's tour. Kudos to Jeff, Robert, Lorri, Carol, Will and all the other folks who worked so hard to create an awesome space for AddThis to continue to grow.

Entry:



Conference room:



Soon to be our wall of network data:



Working area:



Cafe (also the new home of the NoVA UX meetups):



Cafe serving area, with our CTO Stewart Allen first in line for lunch...:







Monday, August 13, 2012

Call for panelists: Agile UX

I recently organized a new meetup for User Experience professionals in the Northern Virginia and DC metro area called Nova UX. For our September 19th get-together, I'm organizing a panel discussion about Agile User Experience, or to quote Ratcliffe and McNeill's popular Agile Experience Design, looking at "the digital product development life cycle in the context of the agile project framework and look at how we can inject design into the process."

We'll be exploring questions such as:

  • what is this Agile UX thing? 
  • how does it compare to other design processes? pros and cons? 
  • is it "better"? is it something I should try? why? 
  • what are some example of teams using this process, and what have they learned? 

If you have experience either participating in or leading a creative team working within an agile framework and would like to participate on this panel, I'd love to hear from you. If on the other hand you completely disagree with the agile approach to design, I'd love to hear from you too! My goal is to have a rich discussion with specific ideas attendees can take away and think about with their teams.

If you're interested in being on the panel, please send me an email at jim at addthis.com with a quick description of who you are, what you do, and your experience with design process management.

Thanks! Looking forward to an exciting discussion.

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