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Ben Rowe

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Ben Rowe
03 Dec 2012

Make sure you check out uxmas.com, a great little Christmas project that we launched on Friday.

Every day at 8.00am (Australian EST) throughout December in the lead-up to Christmas, a bauble is opened to reveal a new 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 know what you’re going to get.

It's only day three - but so far we've received an incredible amount of interest in the project worldwide. Thousands of visitors to the site, and hundreds following our @merryuxmas twitter account. 

It's been an exciting project to work on, and a chance give back to the UX community during the festive season. Working alongside our friends at UXmastery and Supereight Studio, it has also been a great collaborative effort. 

Make sure you head over to UXmas.com and let us know what you think.

Here's the back story.

We'd had the vague idea of putting together a UX-related advent calendar at Thirst Studios for a while. After a little brainstroming, we came up with the UXmas name.  We raced to check if uxmas.com was available. And it was! The pun was too good to pass up, so that's where it all began.

Turns out our friends at UXmastery had been thinking of doing something similar. We floated the idea past them, and that's when things got really interesting. UX Mastery specialise in educational content for UX Designers, and are well connected with many big names in the UX community.  So this gave us an incredible opportunity to souce content from some heavy hitters.

One problem though - it was November 23. We had just a week to pull together a website, and the content. An incredibly tight timeframe. We had to move quickly.

UX Mastery got to work leveraging their network, and within days we had well renowned  UX authors and speakers coming on board left, right and centre to donate content to our crazy idea at the drop of a hat. It was amazing.

At the same, we set to work designing and building the website. Something that we're proud of, especially considering the short time frame.

Having our friends at Supereight Studio provide the illustrations certainly helped. We knew they'd put together some great Christmas illustrations last year which would be perfect for the baubles on the home page. We gave them a call and were delighted to hear they'd be happy to let us use them.

Of course, the site would be nothing without the contributions from our amazing authors, who were obliging enough to submit their content to us at only a few days' notice. For this we are extremely grateful. We can't tell you who the upcoming contributors are just yet, but you're in for a treat. Plenty of treats, in fact!



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