user experience: keys to success

There’s more than a bit of poetic symmetry in the juxtaposition of user experience to the domain of customer experience.

Arnolfini Portrait — Jan van Eyck, 1434

User experience (or, simply UX) is a mise en abyme, a story within a story. At once, UX both informs and frames our nature of our solutions. Consider, for a moment, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, as the Flemish Renaissance master cleverly employs a convex mirror to reveal a small figure (some say it is the artist, himself) entering the room from behind the spectator.

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