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  • Gardens, Not Graves

    A List Apart: The Full Feed
    The fine folks at A List Apart
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The stream—that great glut of ideas, opinions, updates, and ephemera that pours through us every day—is the dominant way we organize content. It makes sense; the stream’s popularity springs from the days of the early social web, when a huge number of users posted all types of content on unpredictable schedules. The simplest way to show updates to new readers focused on reverse chronology and small, discrete chunks, as sorting by newness called for content quick to both produce and digest. This approach saw wide adoption in blogs, social networks, notification systems, etc., and ever…
  • Building a Rapport with Kids for User Testing

    UX Magazine
    Nick Shim
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    July 28, 2014Design processes often include regular play testing sessions to better understand how users respond to a product at varying stages of development. It's a familiar situation for researchers, but testing participants come into something of a foreign land, where strangers are watching their every move. For this reason, the simple subtleties of rapport building are often the secret ingredient to getting great data.The goal of rapport building is to mitigate the feeling of being watched and judged so that test subjects feel comfortable enough to play games or try an app as they…
  • This week's sponsor: The Digital PM Summit

    A List Apart: The Full Feed
    The fine folks at A List Apart
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The Digital PM Summit is the event for folks who manage digital projects. Attend the Summit October 6-7 in Austin, TX.
  • User Experience Research at Scale

    Boxes and Arrows
    Nick Cawthon
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    An important part of any user experience department should be a consistent outreach effort to users both familiar and unfamiliar. Yet, it is hard to both establish and sustain a continued voice amongst the business of our schedules. Recruiting, screening, and scheduling daily or weekly one-on-one walkthroughs can be daunting for someone in a small department having more than just user research responsibilities, and the investment of time eventually outweighs the returns as both the number of participants and size of the company grow. This article is targeted at user experience practitioners…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Signal vs. Noise
    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
 
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    Boxes and Arrows

  • User Experience Research at Scale

    Nick Cawthon
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    An important part of any user experience department should be a consistent outreach effort to users both familiar and unfamiliar. Yet, it is hard to both establish and sustain a continued voice amongst the business of our schedules. Recruiting, screening, and scheduling daily or weekly one-on-one walkthroughs can be daunting for someone in a small department having more than just user research responsibilities, and the investment of time eventually outweighs the returns as both the number of participants and size of the company grow. This article is targeted at user experience practitioners…
  • Honing Your Research Skills Through Ad-hoc Contextual Inquiry

    Will Hacker
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It’s common in our field to hear that we don’t get enough time to regularly practice all the types of research available to us, and that’s often true, given tight project deadlines and limited resources. But one form of user research–contextual inquiry–can be practiced regularly just by watching people use the things around them and asking a few questions. I started thinking about this after a recent experience returning a rental car to a national brand at the Phoenix, Arizona, airport. My experience was something like this: I pulled into the appropriate lane and an…
  • Creating Your Personal Mission Statement

    Louis Rosenfeld
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    You’re weird. In a good way, but weird nonetheless. Weird in the sense that people outside of work likely have absolutely no clue what it is you do. Maybe many at work as well. For me, this weirdness manifests itself at parties. Inevitably, a new acquaintance asks me what I do. Beads of sweat form on my forehead. My eyes dart around, desperately seeking my far more articulate wife, Mary Jean. I find her, ask her to explain me, and flee. If you’re in UX or a related field, congrats: You probably have more work than you can manage in a time when many people are underemployed. But…
  • Forms: The Complete Guide—Part 4

    Martin Polley
    27 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    In which we take a look at selection-dependent inputs, and see that they’re a lot more simple to put together than they look. Forms. They’re often the bane of users’ online lives. But it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon. So its up to us, UX designers, to make them as smooth and easy to use as possible for our users while still reaching the best business outcomes. If we prototype our forms, we can get them in front of users earlier and get feedback sooner, which we can use to iterate our designs. Previous posts in this series covered form layout and alignment, input…
  • How to Make a Concept Model

    Christina Wodtke
    5 May 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I can draw. I went to art school. I studied painting until I fell out with the abstract expressionists and switched to photography. But I can draw. What I cannot do is diagram. I always wanted to. I have models in my head all the time of how things work. But when it comes time to make a visual model of those ideas, I can’t figure out to to represent them. I find myself resorting to pre-existing models like four-squares or the Sierpinski triangle (I dig fractals.) For example: Other than the oh-god-my-eyes color choices, my social architecture diagram has deeper problems. For example,…
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    ZURB

  • Mobilizing Nonprofits Through Design Thinking: Announcing ZURB Wired 2014!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    We're gearing up for our seventh ZURB Wired event, where we work alongside a nonprofit to get over a design hump. The catch: everything has to be done in a 24 hour time crunch. We've worked with a number of nonprofits over our 16 years. We've noticed that an inspiring mission wasn't always enough to propel a nonprofit to success. For nonprofits, that mission is half the battle. The other half, however, is volunteers. Volunteers come and go, like the ebb of a river, because life gets in the way. Nonprofits are constantly competing for a volunteer's free time. There are a dozen distractions…
  • 'Happyimadesignr' Joins the ZURBians

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    A 'happyimadesignr' isn't a strange creature from a strange land. It's actually the screen name of our latest designer, who joined us this week. So without further ado, let's introduce — Jennifer Tang, Designer The nickname of 'happyimadesignr' came about after Jennifer designed her first website, and it perfectly describes the excitement and satisfaction she felt in that moment. And while she's designed other things, her passion is for interaction design and the web. That makes her the perfect addition to our wacky team at ZURB. Believe it or not, Jennifer did have a life before ZURB.
  • The PRD is Dead, Long Live the Prototype!

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Every product begins with an idea. A lot of things can inspire ideas, but there's always a hint of assumption in every idea. It's a little arrogant, but product teams assume a lot of things at the initial discovery stage of their process — that they know that a problem exists and, worse yet, that they know how to solve it. That initial spark is necessary to start building up momentum in the design process. But bad things start to happen when teams don't budge from these initial assumptions. More Like PRDon't, Amirite? We talked in previous blog posts about the dreaded PRD. But we were…
  • Responsive Ads, Make More Money in More Places

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Hey Mad Men, advertising on the web hasn't totally kept up with the web's shift to responsive design. A campaign may include a handful of ads that work on set screen sizes (phone, tablet, desktop), but they aren't truly fluid and responsive. Additionally, if a designer needs to edit the content of an ad, it has to be changed on each ad size being delivered. Today on Playground we're launching a proof-of-concept for responsive HTML ads. Our demo ads deliver as a single, compressed HTML file, and sit well within the IAB's standards for file size. A single file means less hassle for ad…
  • A Product Design Question a Day: Introducing Tavern

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    We found the Tavern through the Forrst When we decided to turn Forrst upside-down, we knew that we could no longer keep calling it Forrst. This new iteration would be a place where designers could discuss and debate product design questions to improve their product design skills. We needed a new name, something that reflected this purpose and still fit within the theme of Forrst. With that in mind, we decided on Tavern — a place where designers could come, stay and deliberate a particular question of the day. After a month of successfully testing the site with a small group, we're…
 
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    Accessites.org

  • 21 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am

    Marco Battilana
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
  • Nine Accessible Steps To Search Engine Optimisation

    Mel Pedley
    15 Mar 2010 | 5:54 am
    <img class="right" src="http://accessites.org/site/post-img/seo.png" width="250" height="200" alt="" /> There are many design considerations when creating or re-designing a Web site. <ul> <li>Corporate branding.</li> <li>Providing quality content for your visitors. </li> <li>Ensuring that the site is accessible via a range of different devices to users with varying needs.</li> </ul> However, all of this is going to be pretty pointless unless people have a reasonable chance of finding your…
  • Web Perfectionist

    Phil Smears
    24 Feb 2010 | 11:15 am
    <a href="http://www.webperfectionist.com/" title="Web Perfectionist site"><img class="right border" src="http://accessites.org/site/site-img/web-perfectionist.png" alt="Visit the Web Perfectionist site" width="200" height="120" /></a> The <a href="http://www.webperfectionist.com/">Web Perfectionist</a> site was designed by <span lang="ru">Irina Ponomareva</span> to be clean, elegant, easy to use and accessible to all. We found it to be a very solid, well coded,…
  • We’ll Miss You, Jack

    Mel Pedley
    18 Jan 2010 | 6:05 am
    <img class="right" src="http://accessites.org/site/post-img/jack-pickard.jpg" width="250" height="200" alt="" /> We were both shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Jack Pickard at the weekend. Jack was a part of Accessites.org from its earliest days and, although he had taken a back seat from active Team Access duty more recently, he was still there, in the background, ready to lend a hand if needed. We've lost a great colleague with a wicked sense of humour and the Web has lost a talented developer. Our thoughts and…
  • Law Office of Lainey Feingold

    Blair Millen
    5 Nov 2009 | 11:45 am
    <a href="http://lflegal.com/" title="Law Office of Lainey Feingold site"><img class="right border" src="http://accessites.org/site/site-img/lflegal.png" alt="Visit Law Office of Lainey Feingold site" height="120" width="200" /></a> <a href="http://lflegal.com/">Law Office of Lainey Feingold</a>, the business site of disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold, was designed by Mike Cherim specifically to conform to the level of AAA under the <a class="gloss"…
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    UX Magazine

  • A Call for Quality:Applying agile the right way at the right time

    Zack Naylor
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    July 29, 2014Quality, like love or beauty, can often be in the eye of the beholder. It’s subjective to suggest that something has quality, yet, as designers, we strive for that very subjectivity in every product and service we create. The concerning thing, however, is that our industry as a whole has recently shifted focus to how quickly and efficiently we can arrive at such designs, showing less concern for quality.I’ve heard and been a part of many conversations in recent past extolling the virtues of being “lean” and doing agile UX. These discussions have often led to very useful…
  • Building a Rapport with Kids for User Testing

    Nick Shim
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    July 28, 2014Design processes often include regular play testing sessions to better understand how users respond to a product at varying stages of development. It's a familiar situation for researchers, but testing participants come into something of a foreign land, where strangers are watching their every move. For this reason, the simple subtleties of rapport building are often the secret ingredient to getting great data.The goal of rapport building is to mitigate the feeling of being watched and judged so that test subjects feel comfortable enough to play games or try an app as they…
  • Win This Book! Design for Kids

    UX Magazine Staff
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    July 25, 2014Last week, Debra Levin Gelman shared an excerpt from her new Rosenfeld Media book, Design for Kids. Today, we're launching a contest to give away five copies. Answer the following question to enter.What is the most remarkable thing that you've learned about experience design by watching or interacting with a kid?To give us your answer, visit our newsletter subscription page, fill out the required fields, enter your response to the question at the bottom of the form, and click "Subscribe to list." If you already subscribe to our newsletter, send an email with your answer…
  • Creating Outstanding Experiences for Digital Natives

    Saskia Schippers, Meike Mak
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    July 24, 2014Digital Natives are people who have grown up using technology from early childhood. Their mother tongue is the digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet. These young people, usually between 15 and 25 years old, differ from Digital Immigrants (those born before 1985) in their perceptions of interactive products and the way they behave when using them.Their heavy use of interactive products makes them experienced and skilled users, but on balance the question arises: are Digital Natives as tech-savvy as they’ve been portrayed? And what do you need to consider…
  • Persona Power :Integrating the hero’s journey as part of the user-centered design process

    Shlomo Goltz
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    July 23, 2014If you aren’t convinced that personas are useful, you are not alone. There are many prominent and outspoken members of the design community, such as Steve Portigal and Jason Fried, who feel that personas are unnecessary. They make compelling arguments, but they also rule out the use of personas entirely, which I feel is too strong a stance. (A nuanced analysis of their anti-persona perspectives is beyond the scope of this article, but is definitely worth exploring.)Like any other tool in your utility belt, personas have times when they are extremely powerful, and other times…
 
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    UXmatters

  • Don’t Just Manage, Transform! Part 2

    pabini@uxmatters.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    By Baruch Sachs Published: July 21, 2014 “All too often, organizations miss opportunities to integrate User Experience into projects effectively, preventing the success of User Experience on large, digital-transformation software projects.” In my last column, I wrote about the challenges of undertaking a truly transformative software development project within a large enterprise and how it’s sometimes a struggle for User Experience to find the right role within an organization. All too often, organizations miss opportunities to integrate User Experience into projects effectively,…
  • The Power of Attitude and Tone: Why “Yes, and” Matters

    pabini@uxmatters.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    By Traci Lepore Published: July 21, 2014 “We work in such collaborative environments. We follow agile or lean methods. So the strength of our work relies heavily on the strength of the team. As the UX people on any team, we play a critical role in bridging different sides of the story together.” We’ve all experienced some negative moments—when we don’t think we can achieve some goal or a challenge seems too hard to take on. Or maybe, we just feel like we’re in a slump and are finding it hard to stay motivated. It’s easy to let moments like these get the best of us. Sometimes,…
  • How We Stopped Bleeding Users by Changing the User Experience of Our Signup Process

    pabini@uxmatters.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    By Daria Shualy Published: July 21, 2014 “Early in a startup, you need to acquire your customers for free. Later on, you can spend on customer acquisition.”—Fred Wilson “When you’re spending your own time—your most valuable asset—you want to make every hour count. So you find yourself measuring each and every effort, constantly making tweaks and improvements to get better results.” This statement is true for two reasons: The first is that, as a startup, you are usually short on funding. The second is that not spending money on customer acquisition helps you to be very focused.
  • UX STRAT 2014: Focusing on UX Strategy

    pabini@uxmatters.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    By Paul Bryan Published: July 21, 2014 “Early-bird registration ends on July 31, 2014, so register now to save.” The field of UX strategy has been growing rapidly over the past couple of years, as a specialty within the broader field of user experience. In the past year, postings of jobs that specify UX strategy as a key competency and specialized UX Strategist roles have become increasingly frequent. Events, workshops, and classes whose focus is the topic of UX strategy have been springing up to meet the growing need for education and professional growth in this area. In just a few short…
  • Design for Kids: Digital Products for Playing and Learning

    pabini@uxmatters.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    By Debra Gelman Published: July 21, 2014 This is a sample chapter from the new Rosenfeld Media book Design for Kids: Digital Products for Playing and Learning. ©2013 Rosenfeld Media. Chapter 2: Playing and Learning At a 4-year-old’s birthday party, I had an interesting conversation with two different parents about their children’s iPad use versus their TV watching. I asked about the rules these parents had in place regarding screen time for their kids. One mother strongly objected to any “playing” on the iPad for her child. Instead, she let her son—a very…
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • Gardens, Not Graves

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The stream—that great glut of ideas, opinions, updates, and ephemera that pours through us every day—is the dominant way we organize content. It makes sense; the stream’s popularity springs from the days of the early social web, when a huge number of users posted all types of content on unpredictable schedules. The simplest way to show updates to new readers focused on reverse chronology and small, discrete chunks, as sorting by newness called for content quick to both produce and digest. This approach saw wide adoption in blogs, social networks, notification systems, etc., and ever…
  • Radio-Controlled Web Design

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Interactive user interfaces are a necessity in our responsive world. Smaller screens constrain the amount of content that can be displayed at any given time, so we need techniques to keep navigation and secondary information out of the way until they’re needed. From tabs and modal overlays to hidden navigation, we’ve created many powerful design patterns that show and hide content using JavaScript. JavaScript comes with its own mobile challenges, though. Network speeds and data plans vary wildly, and every byte we deliver has an impact on the render speed of our pages or applications.
  • This week's sponsor: The Digital PM Summit

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The Digital PM Summit is the event for folks who manage digital projects. Attend the Summit October 6-7 in Austin, TX.
  • Matt Griffin on How We Work: Being Profitable

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    When I recently read Geoff Dimasi’s excellent article I thought: this is great—values-based business decisions in an efficient fashion. But I had another thought, too: where, in that equation, is the money? If I’m honest with myself, I’ve always felt that on some level it’s wrong to be profitable. That making money on top of your costs somehow equates to bilking your clients. I know, awesome trait for a business owner, right? Because here’s the thing: a business can’t last forever skating on the edge of viability. And that’s what not being profitable means. This is a lesson I…
  • Ten CSS One-Liners to Replace Native Apps

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Håkon Wium Lie is the father of CSS, the CTO of Opera, and a pioneer advocate for web standards. Earlier this year, we published his blog post, “CSS Regions Considered Harmful.” When Håkon speaks, whether we always agree or not, we listen. Today, Håkon introduces CSS Figures and argues their case. Tablets and mobile devices require us to rethink web design. Moused scrollbars will be replaced by paged gestures, and figures will float in multi-column layouts. Can this be expressed in CSS? Paged designs, floating figures, and multi-column layout are widely used on mobile devices today.
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    LukeW | Digital Product Design + Strategy

  • Breaking Development: Content-first UX Design

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In her presentation at Breaking Development in Nashville TN, Steph Hay talked about the role of developing on-going conversations in digital experiences. Here's my notes from her talk on Content-first UX Design. Content-first design: start the design process by writing content. Your experience and process will be better. Does your design feel like a conversation? Content-first UX design isn't about the design or the device. It's about the conversations going from point A to B. Start with the words & use those to drive the design. Think about the hero's journey in user experience design.
  • Breaking Development: The Future of Responsive Images

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In his presentation at Breaking Development in Nashville TN, Mat Marquis walked through the history of developing a responsive images solution for the Web and the solution coming to browsers soon. Here's my notes from his talk Interactions and Mobile Devices. Responsive Web design is made up of three things: a flexible grid, media queries, and flexible images & media. But as developers we've also made responsive design synonymous with large web sites. One of the most common critiques against responsive Web design is that it creates large (file size) Web sites, thereby slowing Web pages down.
  • Video: How to Reduce E-Mail Input Errors

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Without a correct email address, organizations often can't communicate with their users. No wonder they try lots of different ways to ensure email inputs are correct. But which of these techniques actually work? Find out in this quick 3 minute video on how to reduce email input errors. This video is part of my User Experience How-To series sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone.
  • Video: How to Communicate Primary Actions

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Not all actions are created equally. When they enable the most important activities in a flow or app, UI elements need to look the part. In this quick 4 minute video I outline why and how to effectively communicate these "primary" actions. This video is part of my User Experience How-To series sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone.
  • Video: How to Make Form Input Faster

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Filling in forms is mostly arduous and slow work. So how can we use design to make it faster & easier -especially on today's increasingly mobile and touch-based world? In this quick 5 minute video I highlight several techniques that can help. This video is part of my User Experience How-To series sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone.
 
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    Information Architects

  • Putting Thought Into Things

    Oliver Reichenstein
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    To get a good perspective on our clients and their users, we start our projects with research. We go mobile first because it naturally gives prioritization, and we want all the content first so we can design in the browser. The process is so clear in conference speeches and weblog posts that it is already a stereotype. “If everyone followed this path, web sites would all be top quality!”, we say. If. Unfortunately, for most of us who do it on a daily basis, the reality of web design follows a different stereotype: Make a tree structure Photoshop the Home, Section, and Article pages Hack…
  • Writer Pro

    Oliver Reichenstein
    20 Dec 2013 | 3:48 am
    After four years and over 1 Million downloads of iA Writer, we’ve introduced something new. Writer Pro is a writing suite that boldly goes where no other writing app has gone before. The reception has been phenomenal. Writer Pro is dominating the App Store Rankings around the globe. In order to cope with the amount of questions, we’ve written about how and why Writer Pro works. 1. Workflow 1.1. How does it work? Inspired by Hans Blumenberg’s mind-bending book “Sources, Streams, Icebergs” (Quellen, Ströme, Eisberge), we referred to the writing process through the metaphor of a river…
  • Logo, Bullshit & Co., Inc.

    Oliver Reichenstein
    5 Sep 2013 | 6:33 am
    Everybody likes logos. Everybody wants their own logo. Everybody wants to make their own logo. Everybody has a computer and some fonts. Anybody can make a logo. What makes designers think they are so special? Anybody can make a logo. No doubt. It’s not complicated. Just try a couple of fonts and colors, choose the one you like, then change the font a little so it becomes special. Make it look nice. Blog about it, showing those magic construction lines1. You can do it. All it needs is a little time, a computer, someone that knows how to use Illustrator, and taste, maybe. Everybody has taste,…
  • Learning to See

    Oliver Reichenstein
    19 Mar 2013 | 10:44 am
    Learning to design is learning to see, an adventure that gets more and more captivating the further you go. A love letter to my profession… Our mind is not a camera. Seeing is not a passive act. We see what we expect to see, or, as Anaïs Nin put it so beautifully: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” The idea that our perception is as much a result of what we are able to know as of what we expect to find is not new. Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is based on this insight: “Up to now it has been assumed that all our cognition must conform to the…
  • Bringing Responsiveness to Apps

    Oliver Reichenstein
    5 Nov 2012 | 6:12 am
    iA Writer for Mac is the first native text editor that uses a responsive design. Why did it take so long? The main request we’ve heard for iA Writer for Mac from customers is the ability to change font size. This would be a simple feature to add, but we just didn’t give in. Why? Why so arrogant? While some critiques suggested Writer’s typography was due to our aesthetic arrogance, this is not true. The reasons why Writer had only one typeface and font size were: One of the main distractions of other text editors is fumbling with fonts. Despite varying preferences and a legacy of…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Design Problem

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    FOUND on a school restroom door. If you don’t turn the little latch to the right when you exit, the door automatically locks behind you, and nobody else can use the restroom. Instead of fixing the door, they made a sign.
  • Online Training to Make Sites and Apps Accessible

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    ACCESSIBILITY IS LIKE the weather: everyone talks about it, but not enough of us do anything about it. Austin-based Knowbility is one of the few groups in the world with the commitment and expertise to change this. If enough of us fund their new IndieGogo project, they’ll gain the resources they need to create online modules that teach the world how to make our sites work for people with disabilities. This is a cause any web designer or developer should be able to get behind. I love the web because it is democratic, agnostic, and empowering. Progressive enhancement, responsive design, and…
  • Original Hip Hop Art

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    WHY THE INTERNET was invented: this single-page, no-frills website presents a trove of original, old-school hip hop party posters mainly designed by Buddy Esquire and Phase 2, and featuring legendary rappers before they got famous. Word to your mother. Hat tip: Fred Gates Design.
  • Netdiver returns

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    PIONEERING design ‘zine Netdiver is back, baby! Founded by my friend and colleague Carole Guevin in 1998, Netdiver was one of the first web ‘zines to seriously explore and promote design and design culture on the web. In its pages, you would discover pretty much everything exciting that was happening in web and digital design, photography, industrial design, and digital filmmaking. Sites as fine (and as different) as Swissmiss and The Great Discontent can trace more than a strand of their DNA back to Netdiver and its creator. Like many of the great zines and blogs from the first…
  • The Color Purple

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    WHEN my daughter was little, she used to ask me my favorite color. I was a grownup, and could only supply a grownup’s answer: “I love the way light looks in late afternoon,” I might say. Or, “Red and black can make powerful statements in graphic design.” Grownups don’t have favorite colors. But children do. Rebecca Meyer had a favorite color. It was purple. A color that might be expressed in the hexadecimal language of web design as #663399. As many of you know, Eric and Kat Meyer lost their daughter Rebecca to cancer on Saturday. Rebecca Alison Meyer was a ray of light. She was…
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    Putting people firstPutting people first

  • On the importance of forgetting

    Experientia
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget, writes Natasha Lomas in a thoughtful piece on Techcrunch. “There’s a problem with total recall. It doesn’t allow us as a society to forget. And that means, paradoxically, we lose something. Perfect memory engenders individual paralysis — because any legacy of personal failure is not allowed to…
  • Applying insights from behavioral economics to policy design

    Experientia
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Applying insights from behavioral economics to policy design Brigitte C. Madrian NBER Working paper July 2014 The premise of this article is that an understanding of psychology and other social science disciplines can inform the effectiveness of the economic tools traditionally deployed in carrying out the functions of government, which include remedying market failures, redistributing income, and collecting tax revenue. An understanding of psychology can also lead to the development of different policy tools that better motivate desired behavior change or that are more cost-effective than…
  • Qualitative self-tracking and the Qualified Self

    Experientia
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Mark Carrigan, sociologist, academic technologist and research assistant at the Centre for Social Ontology, is intellectually drawn to the Quantified Self because “it’s a fascinating example of the intensification of reflexivity in contemporary society”. Most interesting in his reflective blog post is his attempt at a definition of qualitative self-tracking: Using mobile technology to recurrently record qualities of experience or environment, as well as reflections upon them, with the intention of archiving aspects of personal life that would otherwise be lost, in a way…
  • Social wearables, as seen by the NYT R&D Group

    Experientia
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Noah Feehan of the New York Times Research & Development group explores the concept of social wearables: objects that explicitly leverage their visibility or invisibility to create social affordances. “Wearables that engage with the world around me, and particularly with the people around me, are few and far between right now, but I think that as we move from low-level sensor fusion (gait analysis, GPS breadcrumbs) to more nuanced, semantically-rich signals (Curriculum, anticipatory systems), we’ll be able to author more synchronous and in-context experiences; we will have moved…
  • The touch-screen generation

    Experientia
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    Young children — even toddlers — are spending more and more time with digital technology. Hanna Rosin wonders what will it mean for their development? “As technology becomes ubiquitous in our lives, American parents are becoming more, not less, wary of what it might be doing to their children. Technological competence and sophistication have not, for parents, translated into comfort and ease. They have merely created yet another sphere that parents feel they have to navigate in exactly the right way. On the one hand, parents want their children to swim expertly in the digital stream…
 
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  • The Concert Programmer

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Andrew Sorenson live-codes music at OSCON (using Extempore): [via waxy.org]
  • 80s Computer Hacking

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Found Item Clothing presents a supercut of "the silliest, best and iconic hacking scenes from the big screen":
  • Paris, Archi'llusion

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Claire&Max invite you to "imagine all the buildings and monuments of Paris with only one or two floors":
  • Rising Colorspace

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Created by Sonice Development, Rising Colorspace is a site-specific installation (at Metropol Park in Berlin) that scales walls, painting them as it goes: [via CreativeApplications.net]
  • May September

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    Rob Ley's May September transforms the new car park at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis into "an interactive, synthetic terrain...that offers observers a different visual experience depending on their vantage point and the pace at which they are moving through the site":
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  • Sketch Toolbox

    Khoi
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you want to get a sense of how vibrant the community around Bohemian Coding’s Sketch is, take a look at the plethora of plugins being written by independent developers to supplement the app’s core functionality. They’re a small but growing number, and full of creativity and ingenuity. Some of my favorites are RenameIt, which… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Tex in Flight

    Khoi
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
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  • From Paper to Screen

    Khoi
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    This graduate video project from French designer Thibault de Fournas is a brief visual recounting of the transition of typography from paper to cinema screen. At just over two minutes, it doesn’t pretend to be comprehensive. Nevertheless it’s lovely. + Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Instant Lab

    Khoi
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Impossible Project has built an unlikely (if not, um, impossible) business on top of the ashes of the iconic but now defunct Polaroid empire. Their reconstituted version of Polaroid’s instant film has been commercially available—and has sold well—for some time now. They also operate a studio in New York City where customers can get… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
  • Google Catches Itself in the Mirror

    Khoi
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    This is a brilliant if spooky Tumblr from artist Mario Santamaria that exposes a meta-layer of the Google Art Project, which documents artworks, galleries and ornate buildings around the world. Santamaria has collated instances wherein Google’s camera captures its own image in the mirror. The hint of self-awareness, even if illusory, is surprisingly terrifying, perhaps… Advertise on Subtraction.com.
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    Veerle's blog

  • 40 Eats

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Washington Post’s Weekend section illustration for their annual 40 Eats feature.via Jessica Hische
  • Small imperfections

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    ‘Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy’ Louis CK.via Owen Davey
  • Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Ecto-1

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    Holy smokes this Ghostbusters car by DKNG is sooooo beautiful!via DKNG
  • Library Journal

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Cover for Library Journal,via Owen Davey
  • Chelsea Flower Show

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    Love how the face and the mustache are done.via Neil Stevens
 
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    The Usability Post

  • Choreographing

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Paul Stamatiou on the role of motion in modern design: Times are changing. Things like page transitions will still exist but involve more of the elements on each page. You’ll begin choreographing. In the next few years consideration for motion will be required to be a good citizen of your desktop/mobile/wearable/auto/couch platform. It will be an expected part of the design process just like people will begin to expect this level of activity and character in software. Motion is becoming an essential component of design, and with the recent transition to a minimalist aesthetic across…
  • Interface Moss

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A rolling stone gathers no moss.1 Publilius Syrus When software in a particular category stops rapidly evolving and its interface begins to develop along a set of accepted patterns, designers begin to decorate. Decoration is a luxury, it is something you can only afford to do once the functionality of the thing you are working on has been implemented to a high degree. It is in the period of gradual evolution and established interaction norms that designers begin to decorate, begin to focus on small aesthetic details for the visual experience alone. Prolonged times of slow evolution lead to…
  • Hollow Icons

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Curt Arledge ran a user test to find out whether hollow icons perform any different to solid icons. Hollow icons are an icon aesthetic popularized by iOS7 — icons that are composed of thin lines rather than filled in shapes. It was previously theorized that this icon style required more cognitive processing, and thus would perform worse than typical solid icons. Arledge found no significant variation between the icon styles. One combination performed worse than others: white hollow icons on a black background. Others performed similarly, irrespective of whether the icon was on a white…
  • Design Trend Predictors

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Joel Unger approaches the blurry, semi-transparent window aesthetic, recently introduced in iOS7 and now making its way to OS X Yosemite, from the standpoint of evolutionary biology. He argues that the reasons for this latest trend, as well as other trends, are: 1) the visual effect is relatively rare, and 2) the effect is expensive to achieve (in this case expensive in terms of graphics processing power). Both of these go hand in hand given that what is expensive to achieve is probably also going to be rare, at least for the period it still remains expensive. While these two things are…
  • The Share Icon

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Min Ming Lo analyzes the various designs of the share icon currently in use. He concludes: The best icon is not the one that is the simplest, nor the one that makes the most sense. Instead, the best icon is one with which most users are already familiar. An effective icon is one that requires minimum effort for the user to translate that symbol to an action. I think part of the problem with coming up with a good share icon is that the concept of sharing physical items doesn’t directly map onto the concept of sharing digital resources, which oftentimes simply involves posting a link on a…
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    UIE Brain Sparks

  • 9 Glowing Remarks You’d Like Your Boss to Say About You

    Jared Spool
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Wow! You just significantly enhanced the user experience of our site. You did an amazing job facilitating discussions around our goals, roles, and responsibilities. Creating those scenarios helped identify and resolve many of our design issues. And mapping out the conversation we want with our customers and designing around that was brilliant. The way the site now shows data is very impressive. It is clear, concise, and easy to understand. You really captured the nuances of the microinteractions with our users. Some how you conveyed the right importance and hierarchies for the site through…
  • “Nice Guy Discount” of $300 on UI19 through Sunday, July 27

    Lauren Cramer
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Did you miss out on the lower rate for the User Interface 19 Conference? Well it’s not too late. Register between now (Friday, July 25) and Sunday, July 27 midnight ET and you’ll still pay $1,695. It’s a $300 savings. No promotion codes needed. If you’re thinking of joining us for the UI19 Conference October 27-29 in Boston, now is the time to register. Five Reasons to Attend UI19  1. The best UX experts share critical skills, tools, & techniques  You’ll choose two daylong workshops that dive deep into topics necessary to create delightful user experiences.
  • UIEtips: Designing Microinteractions

    Jared Spool
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Microinteractions can truly delight the user or go completely unnoticed and be void of an actual interaction. In today’s article, we look back on an interview with Jared Spool and Dan Saffer on what microinteractions are and how they can completely change the user experience. Last year’s Designing for Microinteractions workshop from Dan was the highest rated workshop. We’re excited to have him back again October 29 in Boston at UI19. Learn what it takes to make effective microinteractions. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Jared: In this day and age, anybody…
  • Minimizing Design Risk with The Minimal Viable Product (MVP)

    Adam Churchill
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    If your team has been practicing some form of Agile or Scrum, it likely has a loose definition of a MVP. The question is, are you launching MVPs at the end of each sprint, or are you launching “whatever we fit into a 2-week sprint cycle?” If your iteration planning tends to focus on timelines, feature sets, and estimates – rather than on the value to the customer of whatever you’re building – then join us on August 14. Attend this seminar if you: Want your products to get more use–and maybe spawn new products, too Are tired of endless sprints that still take months or…
  • UI19 – Save $300 When You Register by July 24

    Lauren Cramer
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    The daylong workshops at the User Interface 19 Conference in Boston, October 27-29 give you skills and techniques to up your UX game. You’ll leave knowing how to: Get more information from users Design products faster Communicate more holistically within your group Become more flexible and collaborative   Explore the detailed workshop descriptions   Mobile design Luke Wroblewski Design process Leah Buley Service-design thinking Marc Stickdorn Content-first design Steph Hay User scenarios Kim Goodwin Designing with type Tim Brown Microinteractions Dan Saffer Data visualization…
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  • Obtenga el máximo beneficio de Hoteles en el DF México

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Todоѕ lоѕ hоtеlеs en el df Méxiсо al iguаl quе tоdоs los оtroѕ hоtelеѕ еn tоdо еl mundо еxpеrіmеntan dоѕ tеmроradаs turístісаs аltа у baја. En сualquіеr momеnto, рrоpіеtаrіоs del hotеl tіenеn quе trаbајar duro pаra…
  • Sugerencias sobre elegir Hoteles

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    A oсаѕіonеs, la fаtigа y lа fаltа dе tіеmрo еntrе otrоs faсtоrеs quе cоnfоrmar соn еl primer hоtel еn еl quе еnсоntrаmоѕ. Pоr еѕta razón, eѕ mејоr pоr tomаrѕe el tiеmрo рarа plаnіfісar сadа detаllе рosiblе. Deѕdе еl…
  • Elementos a considerar al elegir el mejor Urólogo

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    Urólogо еѕ un tiрo dе eѕpeciаlіѕtа еn mеdісina que tіеne lа preрaraсіón еѕрeсífica y la informaсіón dеl dіаgnóstісо у еl trаtаmіеnto dе lоs рroblemaѕ idеntіfіcadoѕ cоn el tractо urinarіо еn аmbоѕ сhicos y muјerеs dе tоdаѕ…
  • Punto por lejos el más pertinente para pensar antes de seleccionar un Oftalmólogo

    admin
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Son muсhаѕ lаѕ etаpaѕ de la vida еn lа quе hаy que acudіr а cita con еl oftаlmólоgo pаrа un exаmеn minuсioѕo de lоs oјoѕ. Tan рrоnto cоmo un rеcién nacidо еs rеvіѕаdо у еvaluаdo рor suѕ dосtorеs, у eѕtоѕ nоtаn que algо nо аndа bіen соn ѕuѕ…
  • Consejos sobre cómo conseguir the n’t psicólogo cualificado y asequible

    admin
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Supрoѕ quе ustеd еstá en buѕca dе not рsісólogo bravissіmo еntrenаdо y mіnuѕ еxрeriеnсіа spea vez quierа penѕаr vіsіtаn SupеrPаgіnaѕ. Aquí obtеndrá unа nómіnа сomplеtа ѕіgnіfiant algunos ѕіgnifіаnt lоѕ рrinсipal рrofеѕіonalеs p ѕаlud dоnt…
 
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    90 Percent of Everything - by Harry Brignull

  • So you want to be a UX freelancer?

    Harry Brignull
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    People sometimes ask me for advice about getting into User Experience freelancing. Is it enjoyable? Is it worth it? Is it good money? The fact is, the answer to all these things entirely depends on you and the way you choose to run your business. Let me explain… Are you experienced? To be a UX practitioner as an employee, you only need to be good at UX. To do it as a freelancer, you need more skills. Most importantly, you also need to be able to cope with difficult business situations without panicking. What do you do when a client tries to get you do work you don’t agree with? How do you…
  • User Experience and Jobs To be Done

    Harry Brignull
    25 May 2014 | 4:42 am
    In the field of UX, we’re all pretty familiar with the concept of behavioural personas, but not everyone is aware of the parallels between this and Clayton Christensen’s “Jobs To Be Done” theory which became famous in his 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma. He explains it quite nicely in this Press Publish interview: Here I am. I have characteristics that slot me into demographic segments. I just turned 60. I’m 6 feet 8. We just sent our youngest daughter off to Columbia. I have all kinds of characteristics. But none of these characteristics or attributes have yet caused me…
  • Create your own Mac-based usability testing lab with viewing room

    Harry Brignull
    17 Jan 2014 | 5:07 am
    I’m currently consulting at The Telegraph where I’ve set up a new usability testing lab for the UX team here (by the way, they’re hiring at the moment). It’s a nice, simple lab set-up and I thought I’d share the details with you. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to usability testing labs. The UX team at The Telegraph is Mac-based, which puts Techsmith’s Morae out of the question. Telestream’s Wirecast would be a decent Mac alternative, but it was really unreliable on the MacBooks I tested it on, putting it out of the picture. After some…
  • Top posts of 2013

    Harry Brignull
    27 Dec 2013 | 1:12 am
    2013 has been an intense year for me, having left Clearleft in April to start my own business as an independent UX consultant. I’ve got to say, I’ve been loving every minute of it. When you’re running your own business the risk makes everything so much more interesting and exciting. Pitches are more exhilarating, debriefs are more satifying – even the admin work like running your CRM and doing your book-keeping has a certain edge to it. The downside is that I haven’t had much time to blog, something I plan to set right next year. Here’s a round up of the most…
  • Dark Patterns and Sports Direct on BBC Watchdog

    Harry Brignull
    21 Oct 2013 | 2:47 am
    This is probably of greatest interest to UK readers, but the sneak into basket dark pattern was featured on BBC Watchdog last week. This dark pattern is going to become illegal in the UK next summer, as our implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive (2011) finally comes into action. Sports Direct, National Express, Skype and Monarch were all singled out as offenders. Sports Direct sneak a mug and/or magazine into your basket when you checkout. Their response was “Following feedback from our customers, we have simplified the process to remove the magazine from an online…
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    Konigi

  • What If DJ Controllers Had Built In Screens?

    jibbajabba
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    This is a cool design challenge that showed up on DJ Tech Tools' blog to mock up DJ controllers. DJ gear vendor Numark is reported to be releasing a controller with a screen. That's kind of interesting, because it could potentially let digital DJs that use them close their computer screen and focus on performing. While there are CDJs that already have color LCDs to preview deck track information, midi controllers are largely comprised of faders, buttons, knobs, toggle switches, jog wheels, and touch sensitive strips. At most they provide color LED feedback behind translucent silicon buttons,…
  • Experimenting with the IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard

    jibbajabba
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I got an IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard System ($149 retail price) to demo and did a first little experiment. The product consists of a video sensor and interactive pen. You have to have a projector as well. Here's a super rough demo I made for my team at Balsamiq to show how it would work using Balsamiq Mockups. IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard from konigi on Vimeo. While the demo is pretty rough given the 15 minutes I gave myself to set up and record with my phone, it's pretty interesting to consider the possibilities for whiteboarding with wireframing software, if you're so inclined. I used a…
  • Refresh Your Cache

    jibbajabba
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    I used to do a lot of technical support, and still do some occasionally. Refresh Your Cache is a simple guide to clearing browser cache that you can send to your customers rather than sleuthing platform and browser, because Shift-Refresh doesn't work all the time for all browsers. Via Ben in a backchannel. ;)
  • UI / UX Design Interviews on Medium

    jibbajabba
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Frank Rapacciuolo is writing a series of Interviews of User Interface & User Experience Designers in a collection at Medium. In the interviews he asks people about their background, what they tell people they do, what a typical work day looks like, and gets opinions on several UX topics including the impact of design on society and where they stand on jumping directly into visual design. Read the interviews at Medium. Via Leon @balsamiq
  • 99u Master Class: Irene Au on Mindfulness Techniques to Make You a Better Creative

    jibbajabba
    14 May 2014 | 9:59 am
    Irene Au was a design and user experience leader at Google, Yahoo, and Netscape. She's now a partner at Khosla Ventures, and has been focussing on her yoga instruction in the past few years. She led a session at the 99u Conference to discuss mindfulness mediation techniques for creatives. Au talked about different methods of mindfulness mediation practice. Mindfulness, in general, is a state of awareness or consciousness of the present moment. Mindfulness mediation comes from the Buddhist practice of controlling the mind, and uses awareness of the present as a form of meditation. Au talked…
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    The UX Booth

  • Progressive Content for Progressive Reduction

    Ben Barone-Nugent
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every new interface we come up with is also an exercise in instruction design. Designers typically leverage their user’s prior knowledge to create innovative experiences and help users learn how to navigate those those experiences. But how might we teach our users new, complex processes (or changes to their existing behavior) while still maintaining a simple UI? Last February Allan Grinshtein, an interaction designer at LayerVault, posited that because a user’s understanding of our application improves over time, our application’s interface should adapt. Others agree.
  • How to Define Visitors’ Eye Path to Lead Them to the Conversion Goal

    Matthew Kammerer
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Thanks to our sponsor, VWO. VWO has made publishing possible this month on UX Booth. Here’s an article from their blog: How to Define Visitors’ Eye Path to Lead Them to the Conversion Goal How you arrange information on a page determines where people look. Position page elements in the easiest sequence possible so that it intuitively leads visitors to the conversion goal. The ‘Fold’ Isn’t As Important As You Think It is important to remember that ‘above-the-fold’ space is the prime real estate of your website. While the best practice suggests that your call-to-action…
  • Facebook, Sentiment Analysis, and Emotional Contagion

    Kim Morrow
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Sentiment analysis and emotional contagion are nothing new, but Facebook’s recent research study, dubbed by the media the “emotion manipulation” study has launched heated debates regarding the accuracy of the research and the ethics of performing experiments on people without their knowledge or consent. Sentiment analysis is the study of positive and negative words in communication and has been employed in various fields, including traditional and social media marketing, brand analysis, poll predicting, and even dream analysis. In today’s big-data-driven world,…
  • Realizing Empathy, Part 2: Praxis

    Seung Chan Lim
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’d considered art to be the antithesis of design; the rationale being that art was self-indulgent whereas design was empathic. After spending four years studying both the visual and performing arts, however, I’ve come to realize that not only was empathy required in the creative process found in art, but its role was pronounced in a broader and more granular way than design. With this newfound understanding, I now hope to bring more of art in to design so as to reconsider both how we think of and practice design on a day-to-day basis. This is the second of…
  • Designing Sites for Nonprofits

    Myles Dannhausen
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Search “nonprofits and website usability” and Google will spit out dozens of great posts on user experience. What it won’t give you, however, is something that many cash and resource-strapped nonprofits value even higher – advice on how to manage the site. Where well-off companies might leave site management to a content strategist or IT director, nonprofits rely on us—the UX professionals building their sites—to find alternative solutions. After many discussions with people in the nonprofit sector, I’ve learned that developers and consultants tend to…
 
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    UX Passion - UX design agency

  • WIAD video talk: No one wants to use your product!

    Mladen Panić
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    Sometimes the solution to the problem is a smart tool, sometimes it’s a dumb tool which just helps us get the job done. But what’s next? The good A great example of such design is a knife. It is a great tool and we can use it to chop up our vegetables. But we don’t want to be chopping veggies, we just want them chopped up and ready for further processing. Another example would be a kettle, we use it to boil water for our tea or coffee. But we don’t want to be boiling water, we just want to get our hot drink! Goran Peuc @ WIAD 2014, Zagreb (Croatia) Both these tools are…
  • WIAD video talk: The Container Model

    Darko Čengija
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Where does the inspiration come from? The industrialization of our economy has created a need to transport goods. Each day tons of stuff need to be shipped from one place to another. Everything is shipped in containers, and it is generally agreed that these containers all follow certain standards, so that they can be easily stacked on top of one another, then arranged and moved when necessary. The guys from iA drew an analogy between putting together a webpage and putting containers on a train car. They came up with a model they now use for most of the projects they work on. What is the…
  • WIAD video talk: Navigating the Mobile World

    Antun Debak
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:06 am
    Increased amount of information and smaller screen sizes Earlier this year, Gartner published detailed statistics in which they stated that in 2013 people around the world bought six times as many mobile devices as they did personal computers (PCs and notebooks combined). Four years ago, Eric Schmidt said that every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation ‘til 2003. Today, we probably generate the same amount of information within just a few hours. In today’s world, the paradox we are facing is that the amount of information is increasing…
  • WIAD video talk: Foraging for creativity

    Jan Pleho
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:33 am
    Creativity comes directly from the self Throughout history, the definition of creativity has been changing. For ancient Greeks and Romans art was the making things according to rules. It contained no creativity. As for them “Genius”, mystical being had lived in walls of studio and gave them inspiration. In medieval times everything was focused on religion and for them “Creatio is God’s act of creatio ex nihilo” – creation from nothing. But in renaissance, for the first time it is said that we don’t have genius, instead we are the genius. Creativity is something within self. Tin…
  • UX Passion portfolio update: Spring 2014

    Vibor Cipan
    26 May 2014 | 2:24 am
    Some things never really go out of fashion (pun not intended) and certainly some of those things are our drive and passion to celebrate our customers’ success and our meaningful contribution to them, their customers and society in general. After all, it’s our mission to touch, inspire and influence people’s lives and that’s what we try to do. So, without further ado, here’s a selection of some of our new work. We teamed up with VIPnet to deliver their script subtitle theatre app, which delivered a second-screen experience to the theatre during the famous Dubrovnik summer games. Just…
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    User Vision » Articles

  • This isn’t just a website…

    Stephen Denning
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Marks & Spencer launched their new site to much fanfare earlier this year.  Driven partly by a need to move to a new in-house web platform, the new site delivered a fresh new design and featured greater integration with in-store technology and social media.  We reviewed the site when it first launched for Internet Retailing magazine and the outlook was positive. The design was enticing, products were well displayed and the site provided new ways to shop. However, the first financial quarter of the new site’s existence has probably not been what M&S would have hoped for. …
  • UX Scotland 2014

    Gayle Whittaker
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
          On the 19 and 20 June I attended my first UX Scotland conference at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh over the course of two sunny days. This was the second UX Scotland conference organised by Software Acumen that featured a fantastic programme of presentations, inspiring keynotes and lightning talks from experienced UX practitioners. Firstly, Joshua Marshall, Head of Accessibility at Government Digital Services, gave an inspiring keynote demonstrating Empathy as User Experience on how to make it work for everyone, accommodating all users. Joshua leads the work in making UK…
  • Marks and Spencer – User Experience Review

    Nicola Dunlop
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    This article is published in May 2014 issue of Internet retailing Marks and Spencer’s have recently launched their new website with the aim of inspiring customers through lifestyle related content and imagery. Home As a user wanting to purchase an outfit for an occasion, the homepage successfully delivers inspiration through positive imagery and clear call-to-actions. The carousel offers dynamic content which is seamlessly linked to the new Style and Living section. This section presents category and subcategory content, proving to be an inspirational starting point for all user types.
  • Breakfast Briefing : Mobile Diary Studies

    Nicola Dunlop
    28 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    What Is a Diary Study? A Diary Study is a form of human behaviour research which relies on users documenting personal experiences over a prolonged period of time. The aim of a diary study is to develop an understanding of natural human behaviour and formed habits over a set of days or weeks rather than a one-time experience with a product or service. Previously diary studies have been known to be physical kits which results in participants carrying around artefacts to documents their interactions and experiences. These artefacts could involve notepads, disposable cameras, camcorders, voice…
  • A Znappy way to pay – contactless payment

    Chris Rourke
    8 May 2014 | 4:08 am
    Contactless payment and wearable technology is a hot topic right now with numerous advances being brought to the public eye. I had the opportunity to go to a festival recently and try such a device out; the Znap payment system. Aside from going through London’s Tube turnstiles with my Oyster card, I’ve not really embraced the world of contactless payment. Maybe it’s a lack of trust or being slightly old fashioned but I still prefer card payments, where I enter my PIN and some semblance of a physical transaction occurs rather than tapping my card on a payment screen to be magically…
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    Cre8pc, by Kim Krause Berg

  • Create Peace

    cre8pc
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Time to birth a new site with an old domain.   Create.   Peace.       Coming Soon!
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    Cre8asiteforums.com - Forums, blog, jobs site for Sale on Flippa: Cre8asiteforums and Forums Blog 13 yrs old, web design/marketing community Flippa: Website cre8asiteforums.com is up for auction. Price negotiable for the right home.
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    20 Apr 2011 | 12:00 am
    WordPress Plugins for Security, SEO and Content Management | LiBeck Integrated Marketing Do you need to check a WordPress theme for hidden links? There's a plugin for that. Want help managing a group blog’s editorial and scheduling needs? There’s a plugin for that, too. Dear Well Rounded Web Designers: Come out, Come out, Wherever You Are Despite the poor economic news around the world, web site design and marketing help is still in high demand. What's lacking are people who know how to do it.
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    11 Mar 2011 | 12:00 am
    How to Get Money for College [Info-grahic] Trying to get money for college? Our info graphic an help you find out where to get college money from scholarships, grants, and loans.
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    7 Jan 2011 | 12:00 am
    Top SEO Women of 2011 2011 is here, and I know many of you have been trying to get your budgets, online presence and campaigns off the ground. I’d love to tell you it’s easy, but I’d be lying to you. Rather than pour a
 
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    UX Movement

  • UX T-Shirt: I Love UX

    anthony
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Do you love user experience? Nothing shows how much you love it more than this “I <3 UX” T-shirt. The shirt graphic features a light version of the original American Typewriter typeface used in the “I <3 NY” design. It also features a sexy shaped, ruby-red heart.  All letters are perfectly centered and aligned with pixel precision.Available for men and women as a T-shirt, tank top or hoodie. Reserve your shirt before the campaign ends!
  • 3 Tricks to Make Users Think Your App Loads Faster

    Andy Brattle
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When users are on the go, the best mobile app experience is a fast one. Although a mobile device’s connection speed is out of your control, you can still make it seem like your app loads lightning fast. Here are a few tricks to give users the impression that your app always loads fast even under a slow connection.Instant & Steady Progress BarsProgress bars tell users how long an action is taking, but they’re not always correct. You can disguise small delays in your progress bar by moving it instant and steady. The progress bar should never stop, otherwise users will think the app…
  • How Hamburger Menus Can Increase Your Conversion Rate

    anthony
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Did you know that your website navigation can affect your conversion rate? Several studies have found that minimizing navigation on sign up pages increases conversion rates.Removing Distractions Increased Conversion RateHow a Single A/B Test Increased ConversionsOne explanation for this is that less navigation means fewer distractions when users sign up. Visible text links can tempt users to click away from the page. Minimizing your navigation focuses the user’s attention on completing the form.Instead of minimizing, you could remove the navigation, but that would harm the user experience.
  • Sponsor: Web and Mobile Layout Tiles for Sitemaps

    anthony
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    A box with a page title and arrows pointing to other boxes isn’t a sitemap that communicates much information. It doesn’t allow others to visualize the page-to-page user experience you intend to design. But turning those sitemap boxes into page layout tiles can make it easier to collaborate with others on design ideas.Web Layout Tiles are two volumes of mini web page layouts for creating sitemaps that tell a story about the user experience on desktop devices.Each volume contains 50 unique tiles to choose from. It also includes sitemap arrows and annotations to help tell your story.Mobile…
  • Choosing the Right Tool for Remote User Testing

    Rakesh Vashi
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    There are many challenges to traditional user testing. You have to recruit users in your local area, bring them to a testing lab and moderate them throughout the test. Traditional user testing limits the pool of users you can choose from, takes a lot of money to set up, and eats up your precious time. But remote user testing can save you from this complicated mess.Advantages of Remote User TestingRemote user testing is where you test users doing tasks on your website or app from the comfort of their residence or office. Users can live in different states, countries and time zones yet still…
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    Baymard Institute

  • E-Commerce Sites Should Include Contextual Search Snippets (96% Get it Wrong)

    Christian Holst
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    This is the third in a series of articles on e-commerce search that draw on findings from our recent search usability report and benchmark. When testing the search experience of 19 large e-commerce sites, 57% of the test subjects were at some point during our study in doubt of why or how the search results were related to their search query. The subjects simply could not figure out why one or more of the search results had been deemed relevant by the search engine, because none of the data listed for those products appeared even remotely related to their search. It’s therefore important…
  • 8 Design Patterns for Autocomplete Suggestions

    Jamie Appleseed
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:08 pm
    This is the second in a series of articles on e-commerce search that draw on findings from our recent search usability report and benchmark. Autocomplete widgets have become somewhat of a web convention for e-commerce search, with 82% of the top grossing e-commerce sites offering up autocomplete suggestions to their users as they begin typing their search query. And Google has had autocomplete suggestions on by default since 2008. Clearly, autocomplete suggestions are common nowadays – but what should they look like and how should they work? During our recent usability study on e-commerce…
  • Deconstructing E-Commerce Search: The 12 Query Types

    Jamie Appleseed
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:12 pm
    This is the first in a series of articles on e-commerce search that draw on findings from our recent search usability report and benchmark. In this article we’ll introduce 12 types of search queries identified during our large-scale usability study of e-commerce search. While not exhaustive they reflect the main types of queries that users rely on when searching in an e-commerce context. During the usability study, the test subjects were observed to rely heavily on e-commerce search queries that included a theme, feature, relation, or symptom – yet most of 19 tested sites had poor…
  • E-Commerce Search Usability: Report & Benchmark

    Baymard Institute
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:30 pm
    When e-commerce search works, it can feel almost magical: you simply type in what you’re looking for and it’s served up in mere milliseconds. It’s fast, convenient, and super efficient – no wonder so many users prefer search over clicking around the site’s categories! Unfortunately, e-commerce search often doesn’t work that well… In Baymard Institute’s 4th large-scale usability study, we have researched the user’s search experience in an e-commerce context. And the results were not pretty. In fact, after months of user testing and benchmarking…
  • 6 Guidelines for Truncation Design

    Christian Holst
    21 May 2014 | 3:08 am
    Inline scroll areas cause a myriad of usability issues, and should therefore generally be avoided, as outlined in our previous article, Avoid Inline Scroll Areas. But this of course begs the question: what is the best way to deal with long lists of select values within a web page (e.g. a list of 10+ filtering values)? During our recent large scale usability studies of e-commerce navigation and e-commerce search, truncated lists performed better than displaying all available filtering values or using inline scroll areas – as long as a number of truncation design guidelines were met. In this…
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    Wireframes Magazine

  • Pidoco Special Offer: 50% Off Until August 15th

    Jakub
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    What if you could create a complete set of amazing wireframes in just a few hours? What if you could make these wireframes behave like an actual app so that users can click through them? And what if you could not only click through them, but also simulate touch and swipe gestures, page transitions and test how a mobile app reacts when the user tilts or turns their phone or changes their location? Berlin-based Pidoco has just released a set of new features which allow designers, analysts and UX folk to prototype a vast range of interactions in their wireframes in order to simulate realistic…
  • pentotype

    Jakub
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    pentotype is a new drawing software that lets you create clickable wireframes on your iPad or on your desktop with a graphics tablet. Since drawing sets virtually no limits, you can create any interface that you want, be it a website, a game, or a regular application with a custom UI. You can quickly share ideas with your team and see how the user will walk through your app. Drawing When you start a new project in pentotype, you’ll get an empty, infinite canvas. After inserting a new screen, either by selecting it from the side bar or just by drawing a rectangle, you can go ahead and draw…
  • Axure Flat UI Kit

    Jakub
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Although I don’t use Axure for prototyping, and I might have some particular views on flat design, this new Axure Flat UI Kit does look pretty slick at first glance. The controls within the template definitely seem to behave a lot smoother since I last remember how Axure looked over a year ago. Nice work. The UI Kit includes over 310+ interactive and beautifully crafted page elements, modules and complete templates. The UI Kit uses Axure’s powerful widget library. Create complex and interactive wire frames with a snap. Icons included. Have a look inside Credits: Marc-Oliver Gern
  • GoodUI DATASTORIES – Now Live

    Jakub
    2 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Ok, it’s finally live. We’re proud to announce that the wait is now over and the first issue of Datastories is here! We made sure to have the opening issue also be reflective of the first conversion test we ever did. We hope you’ll like it and can learn from it. What’s inside? Each month we’ll release one issue which will discuss: Repeatable Insights High Quality Results Data Test Setup With Code GoodUI Idea References Key Learnings Learn from our conversion optimization tests and use our insights on your projects to increase various metrics. Learn More About The…
  • My Sketchbook Color Coding

    Jakub
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    What, it’s been two years already? That’s how long it took me to fill in my dotted Leuchtturm notebook (German engineering at its finest) front to back. Since I’m starting a new one, I thought to devise a bit of a color coding system for my upcoming notes and just share it here. The colors I typically use to underline the very first page title. Here are the colors: Light Grey For Thoughts & Inspirations Sometimes I’ll hear or read something of interest from a podcast, article, or book and it gets coded this way. My own free-form personal random thoughts across…
 
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    The Usability Post

  • Choreographing

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Paul Stamatiou on the role of motion in modern design: Times are changing. Things like page transitions will still exist but involve more of the elements on each page. You’ll begin choreographing. In the next few years consideration for motion will be required to be a good citizen of your desktop/mobile/wearable/auto/couch platform. It will be an expected part of the design process just like people will begin to expect this level of activity and character in software. Motion is becoming an essential component of design, and with the recent transition to a minimalist aesthetic across…
  • Interface Moss

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A rolling stone gathers no moss.1 Publilius Syrus When software in a particular category stops rapidly evolving and its interface begins to develop along a set of accepted patterns, designers begin to decorate. Decoration is a luxury, it is something you can only afford to do once the functionality of the thing you are working on has been implemented to a high degree. It is in the period of gradual evolution and established interaction norms that designers begin to decorate, begin to focus on small aesthetic details for the visual experience alone. Prolonged times of slow evolution lead to…
  • Hollow Icons

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Curt Arledge ran a user test to find out whether hollow icons perform any different to solid icons. Hollow icons are an icon aesthetic popularized by iOS7 — icons that are composed of thin lines rather than filled in shapes. It was previously theorized that this icon style required more cognitive processing, and thus would perform worse than typical solid icons. Arledge found no significant variation between the icon styles. One combination performed worse than others: white hollow icons on a black background. Others performed similarly, irrespective of whether the icon was on a white…
  • Design Trend Predictors

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Joel Unger approaches the blurry, semi-transparent window aesthetic, recently introduced in iOS7 and now making its way to OS X Yosemite, from the standpoint of evolutionary biology. He argues that the reasons for this latest trend, as well as other trends, are: 1) the visual effect is relatively rare, and 2) the effect is expensive to achieve (in this case expensive in terms of graphics processing power). Both of these go hand in hand given that what is expensive to achieve is probably also going to be rare, at least for the period it still remains expensive. While these two things are…
  • The Share Icon

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Min Ming Lo analyzes the various designs of the share icon currently in use. He concludes: The best icon is not the one that is the simplest, nor the one that makes the most sense. Instead, the best icon is one with which most users are already familiar. An effective icon is one that requires minimum effort for the user to translate that symbol to an action. I think part of the problem with coming up with a good share icon is that the concept of sharing physical items doesn’t directly map onto the concept of sharing digital resources, which oftentimes simply involves posting a link on a…
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    The UX Bookmark

  • No More “No Shows” — How to Make Sure Your Research Participants Actually Show Up

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    “No shows” stink. A few startups recently complained to the author that after diligently planning UX studies and recruiting a great batch of customers, some of their participants just didn’t show up. That’s incredibly frustrating, can be embarrassing in front of the team, and wastes everyone’s time. Here are a few habits that have dramatically reduced “no shows” at the author’s studies: Avoid scheduling interviews on Mondays or immediately before or after holidays Offer an incentive that’s big enough to motivate people to show up Don’t start recruiting too far in…
  • A Huge List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Here is a list of over a hundred accessibility evaluations tools, available on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility (WAI) site. You can have a look at the complete list or use the search to look for a tool you are interested in. Complete List of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools
  • A Framework for Implementing Web Analytics

    admin
    26 May 2014 | 8:43 pm
    In order to truly get the most value out of web analytics, it’s important to have a holistic approach to implementation. Web analytics is nothing new to digital marketers. In fact, most brands and agencies have been doing web analytics for years. If you’re one of those marketers, then ask yourself honestly the following questions: Do you know the purpose of looking at certain metrics? Do any of your web analytics reports tie to your business objectives? Do you have any insights after reading your Google Analytics or Omniture report? Do you know what actions to take after you read…
  • 10 Steps To Mapping The Customer Journey

    admin
    6 May 2014 | 8:12 am
    A customer journey map is a natural extension of the sales and marketing funnel  but has an impact beyond the marketing or sales teams.  It’s a document meant to unify fragmented efforts and, most importantly, identify points of friction and opportunities for improvement.  Finding and fixing the pain points in a customer’s journey isn’t just about damage control, it’s about the innovation that comes from fixing the pain. While you can map just about any sequence of events, a journey map is ideal for any process that has a lot of steps or opportunities…
  • The BBCi Redesign Process- Understanding, Concept & Build

    admin
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
    In setting out to redesign the BBCi homepage, the team knew they were tackling a hard task. Many people use and love their homepage, so they knew that any changes we make will evoke a strong reaction. They needed to balance the needs of these users with the needs of their own business. They needed to satisfy a large number of people with a range of different objectives, both inside and outside the BBC. Any solution required them to make decisions, but they believed that they had at least made informed choices to ensure a sensitive evolution of the page. They wanted to make a clear step change…
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    IDYeah had a Voice

  • Side Projects

    Vishal Mehta
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    DANCE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING. Which activity are you more likely to succeed in or feel happy about? One, where you know you have to be consistently delivering the goods over a long period of time, with people watching your work? Or one, where you have to do it once, with no one necessarily watching? Your professional project(s), for which you get paid, has the capacity of wearing you down. What infuses spark, rejuvenation, a reset, if you will; is your personal project(s). Imagine that little vacation, where there is no real schedule, no administration, no evaluating tasks on monetary…
  • Google Wishes Happy Birthday!

    Vishal Mehta
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Google Logo Experience By now, almost everyone who uses the Internet knows the custom experience Google provides with its logo. Festivals, political days, milestone days – Google celebrates it all, with a nice visual treatment on the logo. What I didn’t consider and realize is that Google can and will customize it to the individual user too! Today morning I got my first Birthday Wish – “Happy Birthday Vishal!”, from Google! Even if the page is customized only to give me an emotional rush, it does seem “live” and visible to the world. Thanks for making…
  • UX Keeps Them Coming Back For More

    Megan Wilson
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:23 pm
    UX Keeps Them Coming Back for More, Time and Again. Every website owner pays very close attention to conversion rates and how many people continue returning to their site. These two elements can typically make or break a site. There are several strategies you can do to make sure these conversions are helping your site. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to blaze past the competition and reap the benefits. Before you do anything, you need to think about your users — even the ones who haven’t actually become users yet. It’s vital to think about this important question:…
  • Flat Design Color Scheme – PSD

    Vishal Mehta
    7 Feb 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Flat Design Who invented the flat design colors that seem to dominate all the new designs that are cropping up? Well, I don’t know. But the colors are really complementary and it’s handy to have a quick resource that aids your design. The site: Flat UI Colors has done a neat thing by creating a 1-page palette in grid format. You can “click” and “copy” the HEX code or RGB code of the colors you like. This online resource is very useful; I appreciate the site owner(s) to have this up and available. What may also be useful if this palette is available in PSD…
  • Facebook Broken

    Vishal Mehta
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Page Not Found! A common web experience is hitting a ’404′ error or a page-not-found. Many companies have smartly used turnaround this erroneous behavior into an engagement tool; read my post full of examples here… I hit upon another witty and guiding 404 engagement – by Facebook. Notice the neat graphic of a broken thumb in its trademark “like” icon, suggesting the obvious. Also, to aid the navigation, Facebook provides 3 links at the bottom to go to a proper location instead. Check out other examples on how to engage when you’re not found!
 
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    user experience design, ux and usability blog - keepitusable

  • Keep It Usable beat hundreds of entrants to the DADI awards

    keepitusable
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    We’re excited to announce that we’ve made it as a finalist in the DADI Awards Usability category for our redesign of KOOTH.com. Katy Thomson of The Drum told us: We received over 550 entries this year so getting through to this stage really is a huge achievement. Your work has impressed the panel! You should be very proud of you and your team’s hard work. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with KOOTH, it’s the UKs most successful online mental health platform for young people. KOOTH.com provides online counselling to 10,000 young people with potentially…
  • Jaguar Land Rover reveal the car of the future

    keepitusable
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Jaguar Land Rover aim to reduce driver distraction and improve safety with a host of new technologies that make use of head-up displays and gesture control. Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are working on research projects that will give the driver better information to enhance the driving experience. “By presenting the highest quality imagery possible, a driver need only look at a display once. Showing virtual images that allow the driver to accurately judge speed and distance will enable better decision-making and offer real…
  • Hat-trick of client awards for Keep It Usable

    keepitusable
    14 May 2014 | 1:26 am
    We produce user experiences that make people sit up and take notice, that ruffle the feathers of your competitors and attract more customers to your brand. We don’t talk the talk, we walk the walk. Have a look for yourself: Kooth Shortlisted: Best User Experience Big Chip 2014 (winner announced in July) - Estimated 5 fold return on investment in just 1 year. - Increased sales and dramatic increase in enquiries. - Added value to service users of £300,000 per year. - Increased staff satisfaction and decreased training costs. “We’re delighted with our work and our partnership…
  • Free book: Designing for the web (rrp £29)

    keepitusable
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    We’ve  just discovered this incredible free design book. It looks super useful and is full of supporting visuals. This book was previously selling on Amazon for £29. A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web aims to teach you techniques for designing your website using the principles of graphic design. Featuring five sections, each covering a core aspect of graphic design: Getting Started, Research, Typography, Colour, and Layout. Learn solid graphic design theory that you can simply apply to your designs, making the difference from a good design to a great one. We’ve not had a…
  • A psychologists thoughts on Spritz and the future of digital reading

    keepitusable
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    How do you read these days? Do you read physical or digital books? Have you heard of Spritzing? Here, Lisa Duddington, Digital Psychologist at Keep It Usable, looks at how reading has changed and what the digital future holds. “I’m an avid reader, in fact my nickname is ‘the bookinator’. You can normally find me hanging out in the psychology section at Waterstones. For a long time, I just couldn’t see myself ever replacing phsyical books with digital versions. To me, part of the ‘user experience’ is looking through a book case of pretty, colourful covers, picking each one…
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    All About CAD Conversion

  • Is It Time to Start Printing in 3D?

    Diane Mitol
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Is It Time to Start Printing in 3D? For each and every design, it appears that 3D printing can increase the chances of a successful product.    In fact, over the past several years, 3D printing has grown from just an interesting idea to an evolving technology capable of doing far more than just adding an interesting twist to a CSI plot.  This rapidly advancing technology brings new real-world applications to light nearly every month.  Furthermore, in more prosaic fields, such as manufacturing, 3D printing has proven to enable more thorough design evaluations with more…
  • How to Hire Expert CAD Services

    Diane Mitol
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    How to Hire Expert CAD Services When you’re up against the wall with CAD requirements, but you’re not quite ready to take on the expense of additional in-house staff, hiring a CAD outsource service may be just the answer for you.  Often by going the outsource route, you can hire highly experienced professionals at much lower cost than in-house staff, and without the expense of setting up additional work stations and software seats for them to work on.  Businesses also use CAD outsource services for seasonal fluxes in business -- CAD outsourcing gives you access to a scalable…
  • BIM for FM

    Diane Mitol
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    BIM for FM Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the most important concepts in the building industry. In the United States, the Federal Government, via GSA, was instrumental in leading the construction industry into wide-spread adoption of BIM. In the UK, the government is set to require fully collaborative 3D BIM on all public sector projects by 2016. In fact, word-wide the acceptance of Building Information Modeling in the construction industry has become nearly standard. However, the view of it within the facilities management (FM) arena is still mixed. In fact, facilities…
  • Raster to Vector Conversion Basics

    Diane Mitol
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Raster to Vector Conversion Basics Before we can talk about converting raster to vector, we need to understand what each is. Starting at the very basic level…each describes a type of drawing or image. So, what exactly is a raster image and how does it differ from a vector image? And why do we need to convert raster to vector? First let’s look at the graphic arts. Basically, a photograph is a raster image, while a line drawing is a vector image. A raster image is made of up pixels (dots), each a different color, arranged to display an image, while a vector image is made up of paths…
  • Outsourcing Engineering Services – Pros and Cons

    Diane Mitol
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Outsourcing Engineering Services – Pros and Cons Overview The Outsourcing of Engineering Services has become more prevalent over the last decade than ever before, and this appears to be true across a wide swath of engineering and manufacturing organizations.  One of the key rationale behind this trend has been the perceived cost savings to be had by outsourcing rather than by maintaining an in-house staff.  Some surveys point to more frequent use of outsourcing in the United States, than in European countries, although this trend is showing signs of changing, with European…
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