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B|P Update WINTER|January 14, 2009
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Remote Research: The Book
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.

Remote Research Book

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User Research Friday Goes Legit
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!

Hear about the next one »



Seven Years. One Party.
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 or Facebook. There will be a full(-ish) bar, tasty snacks, and a local soul/jazz quartet fronted by the illmatic Joe Bagale.

More Party Info on Upcoming »



B|P Down 30%, Sales Cycle Tripled!
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.

Cast your votes here plz »



Boxes and Arrows Article
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 in Boxes and Arrows will be for you—watch for it early next week.

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Stop... Panel Time. SXSW '09.
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

Check out the panels »



User Experience Blitz

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.

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No Such Thing as a Free Ethnio
We're finally starting to charge money for Ethnio live recruiting. Lots more details in the full blog post, available right down here:

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B|P is The Truth
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.

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Inauguration Edition
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:

Obama in Felt

View the logo on flickr »


Truly Yours,
The Fine People of B|P