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Web & Flow: The List

Nov 20th, 2009 4 comments

Wikipedia Usability Study, pt. 2

Nov 18th, 2009 No comments yet

Wikipedia Usability Project

Summer ’09 Update

Sep 2nd, 2009 No comments yet

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Above: pieces to the remote puzzle exercise at our Escape The Lab workshop. You got this update from Bolt | Peters, a research firm in SF, because you know us, have attended an event, or use the Ethnio mothership.

Top Ten UX Mistakes on Consumer Websites

Aug 19th, 2009 9 comments

Building a consumer website is tough, because there are so many competing demands: design, marketing, implementation and operations—the list goes on. It’s all a ridiculous mess, and so it’s easy to forget that it all boils down to the human beings who will actually be the ones buying things on your site. Here are ten mistakes we’ve noticed dozens of companies (not to mention a handful of clients) make time and again with their websites:

Escape The Lab – Aug. 26

Aug 3rd, 2009 No comments yet

Want to learn remote research? Bolt | Peters is hosting a one-day workshop on August 26th, and you’re invited. Give us a day and we can teach you all the rocket surgery you need to conduct qualitative studies the real-time, native environment way.

First New BP Site in Seven Years

Jul 13th, 2009 No comments yet

I think it’s a badge of honor for web consulting companies to not update their public sites sometimes. It says “hey we’re busy working on your problems, we don’t have time to work on our own.” That’s certainly been the case with boltpeters.com for the last seven years; with some new home pages and design tweaks, it’s basically been the same hand-coded HTML that we put together in 2002. Well, finally, we’ve updated the site. Hope you like it. Definitely drop a line to let us know if it offends every fiber in your body, or otherwise.

The Sound of 200 Jakob Nielsens

May 21st, 2009 1 comment

This year at SXSW we used a unique handout to engage the audience:

And Now, Computers… for WOMEN!

May 12th, 2009 16 comments

Hear that? It’s the sound of the glass ceiling shattering into a million pieces—because now, for the first time in HERhisstory, Dell has made their computers accessible not only to men, but to female people!

Design, UX, and Literature

Apr 29th, 2009 No comments yet

Sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling writes a piece for ACM’s Interactions magazine about the relationship between design and literature.

IxDA SF: When UX Research is Evil (Apr. 28)

Apr 21st, 2009 1 comment

Next week, our own Nate Bolt will be battling with UX luminaries Mark Trammell, Peter Merholz, and Jared Spool, on a panel discussion about “When UX Research is Evil”.

UX Poetry

Apr 2nd, 2009 4 comments

Congratulations. You may have just clicked on our first-ever (maybe the first ever) UX poem. What do you think?  I guess I’m outing myself as a poet too.  Hi!   The BP homepage was a challenge from Nate to write about our work, hopefully the first of many.

Marty Neumeier’s Awesome “Designful Company” Talk at MX09

Mar 3rd, 2009 2 comments

Marty Neumeier gave a pretty awesome talk today at Adaptive Path’s MX Conference based on his book, The Designful Company. His intro was engaging right off the bat, so like any talk I think is about to be inspiring, I started taking lots of notes. This is them, and please offer corrections or feedback if I’ve screwed something up.

“Researching Games the UX Way” on Boxes and Arrows

Jan 22nd, 2009 No comments yet

We’ve got a new article about our Spore research study up on Boxes and Arrows; check it out!

Inauguration Edition

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

We dedicate this edition of our newsletter to the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama. Our own Kate Nartker commemorates the occasion with a felt Obama logo:

B|P is The Truth

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

Just a reminder: in addition to publishing cute newsletters, we also do kick-ass UX work that settles arguments, gets design priorities straight, dramatically increases conversion, and gives you an excuse to eat popcorn and Junior Mints in the office while watching sessions. You should totally call us.

No Such Thing as a Free Ethnio

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

We’re finally starting to charge money for Ethnio live recruiting. Lots more details in the full blog post, available right down here:

User Experience Blitz

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet


No time or budget to put on a full-scale user research project in this crap-fiesta of an economic downturn? No problem! We can intercept real-life customers, cut through the bullsh*t, and help with concrete design changes based on behavioral research – all in a casual, one-day study.with serious results.

Stop… Panel Time. SXSW ’09.

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

Thanks to your votes, our panel was picked! Nate‘s on it, so go to SXSW this year and heckle him. There should be quite a lively debate with Mark Trammell from Digg, Andy Budd from Clearleft, Juliette Melton from Lumos Labs, and Carla Borsoi from Ask.com.

Boxes and Arrows Article

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

If you’re curious about how B|P applied our user experience focus and HCI principles to the Spore player research project, then our upcoming article inBoxes and Arrows will be for you—watch for it early next week.

B|P Down 30%, Sales Cycle Tripled!

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

That’s right: we said it. Bolt | Peters biz is down by about 30% from this time last year, and setting projects up is taking about three times as long. Now, since we showed you ours, will you show us yours? Take our anonymous mini-survey, ‘cuz we’re all dying to get a better idea of just what the state of the tech industry is like lately. If you just want to cheat and see what everybody else is saying, you can do that, but deep down in your heart you’ll know you peeked.

Seven Years. One Party.

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

If you’ll be around San Francisco on Thursday, February 26th, mark your calendar for our seven-year birthday party! Dig the invite on Upcoming orFacebook. There will be a full(-ish) bar, tasty snacks, and a local soul/jazz quartet fronted by the illmatic Joe Bagale.

User Research Friday Goes Legit

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

Holy moly! We were floored by the amount of enthusiasm for URF 2008. Nearly 200 people joined us at the Mighty Gallery & Bar in San Francisco to enjoy drinks, bacon-flavored chocolates, and a stellar line-up of speakers. The audience twittered, took pictures, shmoozed, and generally had a great time —Cooper Journal and Core77 wrote up their experiences. It was such a success that we’re planning an ’09 edition, as well as possibly another one in Portland. If you have a great suggestion for a topic or presenter, email us!

Remote Research: The Book

Jan 14th, 2009 No comments yet

Finally, everybody can stop chattering at parties about the lack of deep, knowledgeable books about remote research methods. What, that’s never happened to you? Well, we’re writing one anyway. Rosenfeld Media has signed Nate & Tony (not pictured below, we swear) to co-author the book, which is due out in late 2009. Check the Rosenfeld site for more info.

Ethnio and The Money Situation

Jan 13th, 2009 1 comment

ethnio update

“Tough Economic Times” – the Quiz!

Dec 8th, 2008 4 comments

Remember June 2000? Over in Silicon Valley, there seemed to be a sort of nervous-but-not-panicked vibe in the air: “Everyone else’s company is going to hell, but we seem to be doing alright.” Then the internet bubble burst and everyone shed fat tears of milk!