Hi, my name is Travis Avery

I have been a User Experience Designer in the greater San Diego area since 2002.

My Skills

User Experience Design

User Research, Information Architecture, Usability, Interface, and Interaction Design.

Motion Graphics

Full Motion Video, 2D and 3D Animation, Kinetic Typography,and Video Editing.

Visual Design

High Fidelity Compositions, Page Layout, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Branding, and Iconography.

Desktop

Rich Internet Applications and Websites from Enterprise to Consumer levels.

Mobile

Native applications for phones and tablets, or responsive web methodologies.

Television

Game Design and Broadcast Video Production for large screen displays.

My Blog

Towel Day 2015 “Sub-Etha”

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“Sub-Etha” graphic for your computer, phone, tablet, tricorder, etc. Made to celebrate “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, and Towel Day 2015. Widescreen iPad iPhone This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Towel Day 2015 “Infinite Improbability”

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“Infinite Improbability” graphic for your computer, phone, tablet, tricorder, etc. Made to celebrate “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, and Towel Day 2015. Widescreen iPad iPhone This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Towel Day 2014

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I am sure many of you are will be disappointed, however this year I have nothing new for Towel Day. I want to say thank you to everyone and know I am grateful for the attention that doing these have given me for the past several years, and I always love hearing from all of...

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YOU ARE WELCOME HERE

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As things that we see as being traditionally nerdy become popularized, how do we distinguish those that jump on the bandwagon from those who originally sought refuge in fandom? This is a question that I have been hypocritical about in the past, however the only acceptable answer is: you don’t. Ever. I also think it...

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Twenty-Thirteen Update

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I am in now within my 29th year of existence on this planet and things are pretty good. I started a new job a little over a month ago and I am completely loving it. It holds the same pains that many places do within my industry, however at the end of the day I...

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Towel Day 2013 “Mostly Harmless”

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Belgium Man Belgium

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If you haven’t already, then you really should go check out today’s google doodle for Douglas Adam’s 61st Birthday.

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A Standing Workstation

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Knowing, and perhaps because of, the many proven health and ergonomic benefits of a standing workstation, I wanted to give one a try. My primary roadblock is that I cannot modify my current space at all; the cubicle and desk existing in my area must remain intact. However, a simple bar table can be centered...

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The Spectrum

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I have a few fundamental problems with color theory and how people are using it. I believe color theory is extremely important. There are proven physical and psychological effects that different hues have on people. The problem I have is more one of interpretation. There have been countless studies on this subject, however I have...

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Workspace Luminescence

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I have light sensitivity issues, and unfortunately it took me several years to figure out this little fun fact about myself. Early on in my life I stumped several optometrists, who all agreed there was something “wrong” with my eyesight, but none of them could figure out exactly what it was. As an adult I...

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Workspace

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I got a new job several months ago because of an ethics conflict I had with the senior management. Although I like my new job, moving from a lean start up vibe back to the beige cubicle walls and flickering florescent lights of a corporate office was a very difficult transition to make. Going back...

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Skeuomorphism

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I hold a few different sometimes conflicting feelings on Skeuomorphism as it relates to User Interface Design. I see people go back and forth on the debate itself. I don’t feel that Skeuomorphic Design is necessarily right or wrong; I have seen some good examples however they are few and far between. I think it...

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Simplicity vs Usability

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I keep going back and forth on my thoughts of form field labels and usability. I have read and understand the arguments against it, however I have yet to see what I feel are definitive metrics on form field labels being inside or outside of the text box. Here is my general philosophy on the...

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Ragequit Widgets

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This is a follow up to my last article, going along with both dashboards and sidebars, I feel that widgets have become extremely antiquated. Originally widgets were a very novel concept, however over time they have been downgraded to the level of a buzzword to be mentioned as a bullet point on a Power Point...

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Ragequit The Dashboard

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This is another editorial where I challenge myself to think of a better way of handling what I feel are problems in User Experience. During my career I have designed dozens upon dozens of product dashboards ranging from consumer portals, to customer control panels, with widgets, gadgets, gizmos, etc. The concept of a dashboard is...

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Processing Simplicity

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I have been in my career on and off again for nearly a decade now. I started by making games for cable TV set top boxes, creating countless versions and variations of checkers, chess, trivia, backgammon, and mini-golf, sudoku, etc. most of which never saw the light of day. When I first started, I didn’t...

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Processing Stupidity

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The general thought process behind those who believe that the user doesn’t know what they want, is that people are dumb. This type of ego, and the audacity that comes with, likes to think that we know best what the user needs. This type of thinking is short sighted at best. In fact we are...

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