UXmas: Advent calendar for UX designers

Published:  December 17, 2012
UXmas: Advent calendar for UX designers

Thought that Christmas advent calendars were just for kids? Think again!

Check out UXmas: a digital advent calendar for user experience designers. Every day throughout December in the lead-up to Christmas, a new door opens to reveal a ‘gift’ to the UX community. It could be an article, a video, a sketch, or something else. Just like a real advent calendar, you never quite know what you’re going to get.

UXmas is a joint effort from the teams at Thirst Studios and UX Mastery, with delightful illustrations provided by Supereight Studio.

As a disclaimer, I was involved in creating the project – we’d had the idea at UX Mastery for a while, but it wasn’t until we got an email from our friends at Thirst Studios that I started to really take it seriously. They’d had the exact same idea, and had taken it one step further by registering the uxmas.com domain, which we loved. With only one week to go before the start of December, we decided to team up and make it happen.

Benjamin Tollady, user experience director at Thirst Studios, explains: “We wanted to create the site as a way to give back to the UX community during the festive season. That, and the pun was too good to pass up! We knew the UX Mastery guys were pretty well connected with some big names in the UX world – folks whose books we’d read or who we’d seen speak at conferences – so it really was a perfect match.”

“We put the call out to as many UX people they could think of, asking the impossible: ‘Could you submit something to our project? We kind of need it tomorrow.’ Incredibly, lots of people stepped up and submitted some amazing stuff, covering topics from all over the UX spectrum.”

So far the website has published some video training by Jared Spool, a couple of short comics, career advice from Andy Budd, practical tips from Donna Spencer, a humorous opinion piece by Gerry Gaffney, exclusive book excerpts from SitePoint and Rosenfeld Media, and more.”

“The project has been a really nice, collaborative effort and we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from the community so far,” Tollady continues. “We’re planning to run the calendar again next year and hope to introduce even more great authors and interesting articles.”

Some of the best treats are being saved for last, so be sure to check in during this final countdown to Christmas Day. Ho ho ho!

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