There once was a dragon who fell in love with a unicorn. It birthed Bigfoot. Don’t ask. Yes, it was messy. Anyway. Bigfoot fell in love with that fake Bigfoot from “Harry and the Hendersons” and they had a baby and his name was John Snyder. Less hair, smaller stature, maybe the fake Bigfoot had been fooling around… whatever. The point is, that dude had a kid with a woman from a similarly unlikely background (only it involved legendary Samurai and the family that invented the process getting sesame seeds to stick to buns) and that kid is one of the authors of this blog, Ben. That’s who that guy is. And nope, he has abbbsssooollluutteeelllyy nothing to live up to.
Since that time Ben has lead a really (by comparison) normal life. He holds marketing and music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has been designing websites since 1996. If you’d like to reach out to Ben, you can do so here.
“Usability ain’t easy, but it sure is fun.” – Newman Lanier
That’s Newman for you, an eternal optimist. Newman’s one of those guys that’s been everywhere and done a bit of everything. He’s lived in Alaska, has been a Lieutenant in the military, a cab driver, and more and has STILL had the time to be a web designer since 1996. And that doesn’t even include the time spent at UNCW getting his Master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Design. And unlike that origin story above, this ain’t no bull.
Nowadays, Newman is a web designer by trade. If you’d like to reach out to Newman, you can do so here.
Ben and Newman got to be friends at UNCW and in summer of 2011 started talking about web usability. They decided to Voltron their abilities to learn what they could about web usability and to do so publicly. And that’s what you see on this blog. It’s a learning experiment. We’re committed to bringing you two articles and one podcast a week as we learn everything we can about web usability.
We’re glad you’re here.