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  • When to Override Native UI Components

    Baymard Institute
    Jamie Appleseed
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    Drop-downs are an example of a native UI component that may in certain circumstances benefit from a custom implementation (when it provides the user with significant presentational or interactive enhancements). In a few rare instances, we find that it is acceptable to override the standard UI components provided natively by browsers and instead implement custom UI components. During our usability tests, we generally find the default native UI components to be very user-friendly. Meanwhile, custom designed UI components tend to be a lot more hit and miss. In fact, our testing often finds…
  • Pinterest Mobile Radial Menus

    Konigi
    jibbajabba
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Pinterest's mobile app displays a radial menu if you tap on an image. The menu items are for functions that are also available using the icons and buttons in the top of the UI for allowing you to pin, like, or send the image. Number of screens:  0 URL:  http://www.pinterest.com/ Video Embed Code:  <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jeGkxfY_UOM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> http://www.pinterest.com/
  • Most E-Commerce Sites Need 'Price Per Unit' (98% Get it Wrong)

    Baymard Institute
    Jamie Appleseed
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    This is the first in a series of articles based on research findings from our e-commerce product list usability study. When users compare the different products available to them, price is obviously a major factor. E-commerce sites are well-aware of this and make the product price in each list item abundantly clear so it’s easy for users to read and scan. Yet sometimes highly similar products are sold in different quantities and it turns out that these products actually have two price points that are important to the user: the total product price and the unit price. Unfortunately, 98%…
  • 4 Techniques of Successful UX Executives

    UX Magazine
    Tracey Lovejoy, Gayna Williams
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    March 24, 2015Designer Marcela is feeling like a failure. She’s been iterating on a design for the last three months. She and her team did up-front research. They mocked up multiple directions, tested them in an agile environment, and have come to a point of being confident of their design direction.She just presented the direction to her engineering partners and they dismissed it all. She countered and showed how other directions diminished the user experience. She fought the good fight, yet at the end of the meeting the decision was made to stay with the previous direction, meaning…
  • Mystical guidelines for creating great user experiences

    Boxes and Arrows
    Tal Bloom
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Jewish Torah teaches that the Creator created our world through ten utterances–for example, “let there be light.” The Jewish mystical tradition explains that these utterances correspond with ten stages in the process of creation. Every creative process in the world ultimately follows this progression, because it is really a part of the continual unfolding of the world itself, in which we are co-creators. This article aims to present an overview of the mystical process of creation and principal of co-creation and to illustrate how it can guide bringing digital product…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Our favorite stuff

    Emily Triplett Lentz
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    A few weeks ago, via Know Your Company , we asked folks at Basecamp what brand-name items they couldn’t live without. (We have strong feelings about yogurt, and Chicagoans are extremely serious about their skin care regimens.) Here’s what everyone said: Emily Triplett Lentz, Support: Ha! I’m sure I could live without my favorite stuff. But I’m glad I don’t have to. Hearos earplugs. I’m a light sleeper, so I’ve tried lots of different kinds. These expand fully and block a lot of noise. I probably get at least an hour or two more of sleep with them in.
  • The Coffee Test

    Shaun
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Some of the folks at our Chicago office drink a lot of coffee and have been known to have strong opinions on the quality. So I decided to see if they actually preferred the taste of really good coffee over a cup of something a bit more generic.
  • Taking off the developer goggles

    Jason Z.
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One of the very best things about working at Basecamp is “Everyone on support (EOS)”. That’s our policy where everyone on the team—no matter what their normal job is—spends one day per month as a customer support agent. Each time my turn comes around I marvel at the truly excellent service our team provides every single day in what is a very tough job. Our team’s ratings and response time are insanely good even with dead weight like me pulling down their averages one day a month. I have no idea how they all remain so positive in a role where it feels like all day you’re saying…
  • Reproducible research isn't just for academia

    Noah
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    My wonderful coworkers here at Basecamp have discovered a surefire way to make my head explode. All you have to do is post a link in Campfire to a piece of flimsily sourced “data journalism” that’s hard to believe (like the notion that the top decile of American drinkers consume a mean of 10 drinks per day, every single day of the year). Bonus points are earned for things that have ridiculous infographics and/or provide absolutely no source or methodology. Since I started my career by analyzing Census data, things about demographics are extra special catnip. This is a fun…
  • Welcome Jay Ohms, programmer

    Jason Z.
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Today we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Basecamp team: Jay Ohms joins us as our lucky 13th programmer. He’ll be working with our mobile team on Basecamp for Android. Android enthusiasts will know Jay as the one part of the duo behind Press, the popular Android RSS reader. Press arrived at a time when great design was hard to find on the platform. Jay’s focus on quality and eye for detail made Press a favorite and caught our attention, too. After spending a week working with our Chicago-based Android team on a trial project we knew Jay, who also happens to live in…
 
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    Boxes and Arrows

  • Creativity Must Guide the Data-Driven Design Process

    Rameet Chawla
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Collecting data about design is easy in the digital world. We no longer have to conduct in-person experiments to track pedestrians’ behavior in an airport terminal or the movement of eyeballs across a page. New digital technologies allow us to easily measure almost anything, and apps, social media platforms, websites, and email programs come with built-in tools to track data. And, as of late, data-driven design has become increasingly popular. As a designer, you no longer need to convince your clients of your design’s “elegance,” “simplicity,” or “beauty.” Instead of those…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Web Site Optimization—Part 3

    Charles Shimooka
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Web site optimization has become an essential capability in today’s conversion-driven web teams. In Part 1 of this series, we introduced the topic as well as discussed key goals and philosophies. In Part 2, I presented a detailed and customizable process. In this final article, we’ll cover communication planning and how to select the appropriate team and tools to do the job. Communication For many organizations, communicating the status of your optimization tests is an essential practice. Imagine if your team has just launched an A/B test on your company’s homepage, only…
  • Mystical guidelines for creating great user experiences

    Tal Bloom
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Jewish Torah teaches that the Creator created our world through ten utterances–for example, “let there be light.” The Jewish mystical tradition explains that these utterances correspond with ten stages in the process of creation. Every creative process in the world ultimately follows this progression, because it is really a part of the continual unfolding of the world itself, in which we are co-creators. This article aims to present an overview of the mystical process of creation and principal of co-creation and to illustrate how it can guide bringing digital product…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Web Site Optimization—Part 2

    Charles Shimooka
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the previous article we talked about why site optimization is important and presented a few important goals and philosophies to impart on your team. I’d like to switch gears now and talk about more tactical stuff, namely, process. Optimization process Establishing a well-formed, formal optimization process is beneficial for the following reasons. It organizes the workflow and sets clear expectations for completion. Establishes quality control standards to reduce bugs/errors. Adds legitimacy to the whole operation so that if questioned by stakeholders, you can explain the logic…
  • Enhancing the Mind-Meld

    Mark Richman
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Which version of the ‘suspended account’ dashboard page do you prefer? Version A       Version B     Perhaps you don’t really care. Each one gets the job done in a clear and obvious way. However, as the UX architect of the ‘overview’ page for a huge telecom leader, it was my job to tell the team which treatment we’d be using. I was a freelancer with only four months tenure on this job, and in a company as large, diverse, and complex as this one, four months isn’t a very long time. There are a ton of things to learn—how their…
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  • Stories Not Screens

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    It's no secret that web design has its roots in print. In the early days of the web, the influence of print on web design was pretty inescapable. Websites were essentially virtual brochures, static pages with little or no interactivity. Designers were still learning the potential of this new medium and the technology had to mature. Slowly but surely, the differences between print design and web design became evident. But many designers are still thinking of their designs in terms of screens and images. At one of our recent Soapbox events, Braden Kowitz, Design Partner at Google Ventures…
  • Putting Together the Bricks and Pieces of Foundation's Components

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Wouldn't it be nice if websites were created like Legos? Those little bricks and pieces are great because you can use the included patterns and make something stylish, or mix all your pieces together to create a truly custom masterpiece. All you need are lots of useful pieces to choose from and a vision. You can design something beautiful, or make a crazy and amazing contraption. Unfortunately the web doesn't quite work like that. Maybe in the future it will. Until then, we're working toward a vision with Foundation — to include the pieces you need to put together amazing creations.
  • Design for Influence

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    It's an amazing time of change for design organizations, whether you work in a design agency or in-house team. Design is hot. But design organizations are not without their problems. In my previous post on agencies, we addressed the challenges and the upside design service firms face. Companies are repeating the same bad habits that they've learned from their design agency counterparts. As an industry we're leaving a lot on the table as our collective stock rises in organizations. Companies' knee-jerk reaction to become design centric have left many design organizations scrambling to figure…
  • Stop Designing So Much

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Designers have an urge, an aching, for creating something unique. Whether we're following current trends or bringing back the well-forgotten past, we're trying to outdo ourselves or each other, to combine elements just so, hoping to make our peers [secretly] wish they'd thought of that design solution. And sometimes, our search for that design epiphany can send us on a goose chase for frivolous, unnecessary visual elements and interactions, which leave our work muddled and confused. Busy, complex design can be quite brilliant too. Being able to balance a ton of seemingly unrelated elements is…
  • Shoppers Don't Want Your M-Dot Site

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    Imagine for a sec that you're an ecommerce retailer. It's Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States and the cornerstone sales day of brick-and-mortar stores. But you get a huge spike of traffic and someone snags a $25,000 clutch from a mobile device. Which is exactly what happened one Black Friday for One King's Lane. That one incident pushed One King's Lane to focus on perfecting their mobile shopping experience. As Doug Mack, then-CEO of One King's Lane, said: Your business model either leans on mobile or it doesn't. At the time, 30% of One King's Lane traffic came from…
 
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    UX Magazine

  • Transforming the Public Sector, One Experience at a Time

    Josh Tyson | UX Magazine
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    March 27, 2015For a lot of parents in the U.S., the school choice process has just about wrapped up for the 2015/2016 school year. Depending on which state and district parents live in and what goals they have for their child’s education, this can be an extremely taxing ordeal.Most parents strive to control the forces that will affect kids' their lives—in this case, which public school they will attend—but the process comes with very specific instructions and piles of confusing school report cards.It’s precisely the kind of experience that gives the public sector a bad…
  • QuickPanel: Insight at Scale

    Steve Portigal
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    March 25, 2015Understanding enterprise “users” means observing and learning from people who are extremely distributed and specialized. Many—from CIOs to purchasing agents to call center reps—aren’t end users. At the same time, the enterprise may be hosting an abundance of diffuse, distributed data about these people. That’s why “insight at scale” is one of the upcoming Enterprise UX 2015 conference’s four main themes.As the theme’s leader, I interviewed my three speakers—Kelly Goto, Chris Chapo, and Christian Rohrer—to get their take on how to do the right research and…
  • 4 Techniques of Successful UX Executives

    Tracey Lovejoy, Gayna Williams
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    March 24, 2015Designer Marcela is feeling like a failure. She’s been iterating on a design for the last three months. She and her team did up-front research. They mocked up multiple directions, tested them in an agile environment, and have come to a point of being confident of their design direction.She just presented the direction to her engineering partners and they dismissed it all. She countered and showed how other directions diminished the user experience. She fought the good fight, yet at the end of the meeting the decision was made to stay with the previous direction, meaning…
  • Coming to Terms with Intangible Design

    Thomas Wendt
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    March 21, 2015“To apply a phenomenological approach to design is to focus at the dual question of how design, as a medium of meaning formation, both relates to and possibly changes the constituents of experience.”—Mads Nygaard FolkmannMy interest in phenomenology dates back about a decade. I was introduced to the field as an undergraduate and thought it was an interesting way of thinking about big, lofty questions like “what does it mean to be?” It wasn’t until a few years later, after becoming involved experience design that I returned to phenomenology as a way of understanding…
  • A Spark of Inspiration Creates the Foundation for an Innovative Experience

    Josh Tyson | UX Magazine
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    March 19, 2015One of the most popular articles we’ve published in UX Mag advocates that experience designers would be wise to get in the headspace of traditional architects. The reasons for this are clear: like experience designers, architects are balancing aesthetics with usability—solving problems by crafting solutions that embody balance.We’re also often aiming for the same Vitruvian Virtues—solidity, utility, and beauty—as our brick and mortar-bearing brethren. But our process looks a little different. Typically, an architect gets every detail perfect on paper before a bulldozer…
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    UXmatters

  • What Enterprise Software Users Really Want, If They Are Candid with Themselves

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:44 am
    By Baruch Sachs Published: March 23, 2015 “I’ve been seeing lots of instances where customers and users are telling UX designers in specific detail what it is they want out of their experience with software—and … designers … creating experiences around what they say.” Perhaps it’s the fresh-faced optimism of the new-ish year, but lately, I’ve been seeing lots of instances where customers and users are telling UX designers in specific detail what it is they want out of their experience with software—and we, as UX designers, believing them.
  • Should Your Entire Product Team Observe Usability Testing?

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    By Janet M. Six Published: March 23, 2015 Send your questions to Ask UXmatters and get answers from some of the top professionals in UX. In this edition of Ask UXmatters, our panel of UX experts provides a wide variety of responses that UX professionals might make to a client who declares that the rest of the product team need not observe usability testing. You have the go-ahead from your client to conduct usability testing, but he tells you that other members of the product team don’t need to observe the test sessions. What should you do? Fire the client? Make the business case?
  • From Page to Stage to Screen: Designing an Omni-Channel Experience

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    By Traci Lepore Published: March 23, 2015 “The key to successful transitions across media or channels is to consider how to use each individual medium or channel to best communicate the story.” When I heard that a movie version of Into the Woods was coming out, I was so excited! I loved the musical and figured the story was strong enough that it couldn’t be a bad movie. And, honestly, it didn’t matter, because I am enough of a fan that I was going to see it—no matter what. Plus, with Meryl Streep as the witch, how could they go wrong? Of course, I saw the movie…
  • The Benefits of Being Vertically Agnostic

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:29 am
    By David Mierke Published: March 23, 2015 “Jack of all trades, master of none.” “Taking a design-driven, vertically agnostic approach to business can be a powerful way of bringing perspective and understanding to projects, companies, and even entire industries.” This common saying typically refers to someone who has a wide range of interests, but minimal knowledge of each of them. While some might think that referring to a person in this way could be a compliment—a nod to a Renaissance man like Da Vinci or Michelangelo, what about a business? Would it be…
  • The Value of a Good Service Experience for School Admissions

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    By Laura Keller Published: March 23, 2015 “While parents now have more education options than ever before, the result is a complicated education system that causes anxiety and confusion.” I have lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, for almost ten years. My now-husband and I moved here primarily for easy access to Manhattan and Brooklyn, which are a quick train ride away. But we also saw much potential in this second-largest city in New Jersey. While the neighboring metropolis dwarfs Jersey City, our city has its own respectable share of restaurants and bars; plus we appreciated its…
 
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • On Our Radar: Self-Centered Edition

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Okay, we admit it: it’s all about us. From steps to sleep to social activities, we’re counting every kind of personal data you can think of. But what’s all that data add up to? How could we look at it—and ourselves—differently? This week, we’re asking ourselves—and our self—the tough questions.  My so-called lifelog While waiting for an invite from gyrosco.pe, which promises to help me lead a healthier and happier life by harnessing my personal data, I started reading about life resource planning: the idea that we can administer every aspect of our lives…
  • Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: The Illusion of Free

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our data is out of our control. We might (wisely or unwisely) choose to publicly share our statuses, personal information, media and locations, or we might choose to only share this data with our friends. But it’s just an illusion of choice—however we share, we’re exposing ourselves to a wide audience. We have so much more to worry about than future employers seeing photos of us when we’ve had too much to drink. Corporations hold a lot of information about us. They store the stuff we share on their sites and apps, and provide us with data storage for our emails, files, and much more.
  • This week's sponsor: Inbound.org

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Thanks to Inbound.org for sponsoring A List Apart this week! Check out their community where inbound designers, developers, and marketers come together to connect, learn, and grow.
  • Matt Griffin on How We Work: Readable Wearables

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    A few weeks ago we added our first wearable to the Bearded device lab, and it was an eye-opening experience. The same day that Apple showcased the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, a Samsung Gear S showed up at our door. This device is a large smartwatch with pixel dimensions slightly greater than the iPhone 3GS. It has Opera Mini and its own cellular and wifi connections, so it functions as a standalone web interface. So will people use their watch-like devices for browsing the web? Though some may scoff at the idea (and believe me, there’s been plenty of scoffing), stranger things have…
  • Don’t Forget About Contrast

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Several years ago I wanted to get an external monitor to go along with the laptop my work provided. I was a remote worker and decided to buy one myself that I could hang on to even if I left that job. But I was also a bit cheap. I drooled over the Apple Cinema displays, but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money. Enter the big-box electronics store and their wide range of displays. I stood in front of one, decided on a size, and purchased it. I bought an LG that seemed “good enough” for my need for more screen real estate for windows of code, browsers, and dev tools. To be quite…
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    LukeW | Digital Product Design + Strategy

  • On the Wrist...

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The always on, always connected nature of smartphones made the Internet accessible everywhere and anytime. This dramatically changed our relationship with software. Apps became more personal, social, and relevant to our daily lives. All because of a change in form factor: from desk/lap to palm-sized screens. So what happens when networked screens show up on our wrist? In today's multi-device world, switching between phones, laptops, and other connected devices is increasingly common place. Desktops take over during working hours, tablets come out at night, and smartphones cover everything in…
  • Design is Valued. Now What?

    22 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    From an outsourced last step to the forefront of strategy, the value of design has undergone a transformation in the software industry. Today's UI designers have a new set of challenges born of increased pressure and expectations. Companies want design to act as a source of product leadership but can't make the organizational changes/sacrifices required to enable it.— Luke Wroblewski (@lukew) February 17, 2015 Given the perceived value of design in today's software industry, many companies are putting it at the top of their agenda. They want designers to deliver the impact they see in…
  • Showing Passwords on Log-In Screens

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    In 2012 I outlined why we should let people see their password when logging in to an application -especially on mobile devices. Now two years later with many large scale implementations released, here’s a compendium of why and how to show passwords and what’s coming next. Why Show Passwords? Passwords have long been riddled with usability issues. Because of overly complex security requirements (a minimum number of characters, some punctuation, the birthdate of at least one French king) and difficult to use input fields, password entry often results in frustrated customers and lost…
  • MTV's Responsive Design Boosts Metrics on Mobile & Beyond

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Web team at MTV recently redesigned several of their properties using responsive Web design techniques. They were kind enough to share the impact their work had on mobile visits, time spent and more. MTV Shows Redesign The responsive redesign of MTV's show pages had a tremendous impact on mobile engagement. +92% mobile visits +55% mobile page views per visit +297% mobile time spent per visit -11% exit rates (across all devices) +246% social referrals Certain data points, when broken down to the device level, indicated that tablets and desktops were more alike in user behavior than mobile…
  • 2014 Retrospective

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    As the year comes to a close, it's time for my annual round-up of the most read articles I published this year. In order of popularity, the top five articles from 2014 are... UX How-Tos with Luke Wroblewski 26 three to five minutes videos by me covering all aspects of mobile and multi-device design. Mobile & Multi-Device Design: Lessons Learned My new book compiles the articles I published over the past two years about Polar’s mobile and multi-device design decisions. It's filled with nuanced user interface design details and big-picture thinking on software design for PCs, tablets, TVs,…
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    Andy Budd::Blogography Articles

  • On Habit and Self Reliance

    andybudd
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    I learnt to dive the PADI way, safe in the knowledge that my “buddy” would be there to help if I needed them. So if I was struggling to get my fins on they’d steady me, if I got caught in some fishing line they’d untangle me, and in the unlikely event that I ran out of air, we could breath from the same source. The “buddy system” provides a great comfort blanket and makes recreational diving that much safer. Society often feels like part of a giant buddy system. If something goes wrong there’s usually somebody nearby to help you, whether it’s a…
  • The Death of the Agency Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    andybudd
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    If I lived and worked in San Fransisco, the current “death of the agency” debate may have slightly more poignancy than it does in the UK. San Francisco and the wider Silicon Valley is undoubtedly living through a huge tech bubble, and has been for some time. The slew of new tech businesses quickly hoovered up the local talent, before starting to ship them in from around the country and the rest of the world. This includes dozens of Brits I know who have left these shores for a better life in California. The tech giants have started to reach their local hiring event horizon, which…
  • My Concerns about Value Pricing

    andybudd
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    While I think the argument for value pricing has a logical constancy, and sounds great in theory, I worry how it will end up being applied in practice. My main concern is the effect this approach will have on the practice of design and our relationship with clients, although I have a number of practical concerns as well. The ultimate goal of value pricing is to tie the amount you charge to the value you deliver, rather than the time you’ve spent. After all, the argument goes, the client only really cares about achieving their goals, and not the time you spent getting there. Clients…
  • Introduction to Value Pricing

    andybudd
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I think most designers would agree that design has a huge amount to offer businesses in terms of differentiating products, solving complex problems and delivering increased value to consumers. I think most designers would also agree that this ability is often ignored or seriously undervalued by those same businesses. Value pricing is an attempt to redress the balance by pricing work based on the value it delivers to clients rather than the time it takes to create. The argument goes that the value of a logo, like the Coca-cola logo, is often worth more than the hours that went into its…
  • Craggy Island: The climbing gym that hates boulderers?

    andybudd
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Over that last year I’ve got really into bouldering. I’m not especially good, but I enjoy the mental and physical challenge of solving bouldering problems over the tedium of a regular gym. I tried rope climbing once, but wasn’t keen on all the equipment or the need to climb in pairs. So I much prefer the freedom and flexibility that comes with bouldering. When a work trip took me to Guildford, I decided to head down the evening before and check out Craggy Island. I’ve met a few people who climb there and highly recommend it, so I was looking forward to my bouldering…
 
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Progressive Enhancement FTW with Aaron Gustafson

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    IN EPISODE № 130 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), I interview long-time web standards evangelist Aaron Gustafson, author of Adaptive Web Design, on web design then and now; why Flipboard’s 60fps web launch is anti-web and anti-user; design versus art; and the 2nd Edition of Aaron’s book, coming from New Riders this year. Enjoy Episode № 130 of The Big Web Show. Show Links A Bit About Aaron Gustafson Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement Responsive Issues Community Group Easy Designs – Web Design,…
  • Marchgasm!

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    I’VE BEEN BUSY this month: Updated! Writing the Book on Web Design, Jeffrey Zeldman interview, Communication Arts Insights, March 24, 2015. “This is the beauty of a design career: you have the opportunity to create what you feel is missing from the world.” Zen and the Art of Wearable Markup, by Jeffrey Zeldman, The Pastry Box Project, March 21, 2015. Should my pants understand HTML? (My first Pastry Box piece!) You, Inc: Going from Developer to Web agency (interview with Jeffrey Zeldman), by Jeff Pflueger, Pantheon, March 20, 2015. Career tips. Interview: Jeffrey Zeldman, PSD To…
  • I’m an Entrepreneur, And You Can Too: FounderDating cofounder Jessica Alter on Big Web Show № 129

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    TODAY’S BIG WEB SHOW guest is Jessica Alter (@jalter), Cofounder & Chief Connector of FounderDating, “a Linkedin for entrepreneurs.” Jessica and I discuss growing an online community while maintaining quality and avoiding spam and anti-patterns; how to become an advisor or cofounder; the biggest mistake budding entrepreneurs make; getting to your first customers; why the people side of things—experiential information—is more important than ever (and more important than fundraising); and how listeners can empower themselves to become entrepreneurs. Sponsored by DreamHost and An…
  • The Arc of a Design Career: Khoi Vinh on The Big Web Show № 128

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    KHOI VINH IS my guest in Episode № 128 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”). Khoi is a web and graphic designer, blogger, and former design director for The New York Times, where he worked from January 2006 until July 2010. Prior to that, Khoi co-founded and was design director for Behavior, a New York digital design studio. He is the author of  How They Got There: Interviews With Digital Designers About Their Careers (coming in 2015) and Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design (New Riders, 2010), and was a leading proponent of bringing grid-based…
  • Big Web Show № 127: Those Who Can Teach with Jared Spool

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    IN EPISODE № 127 of The Big Web Show, Jared Spool of User Interface Engineering and I discuss the goals and workings of Center Centre, a new school Jared cofounded with Dr Leslie Jensen Inman to create the next generation of industry-ready UX designers. Topics include “teaching students to learn,” what schools can and can’t do, working with partner companies, “Project Insanity,” and designing a program to make students industry-ready. WEBSITES & URLS MENTIONED Center Centre User Interface Engineering @jmspool @UIE @CenterCentre UX Mobile Immersion Unicorn Institute Brain…
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    Keith Instone

  • UX Shop Talk

    Presenter
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    AttachmentSize Preliminary slides - actual slides may vary3.1 MB Blog topics: UX Career DevelopmentI am giving a talk on Thursday (3/26) at the Mad Ave Collective, part of their Shop Talk series. My topic is "User experience concepts, skills and methods for strategic creatives". My basic agenda: My life as a User Experience Freelance Consultant Who we are: Strategic Creatives UX Concepts, Skills & Methods that you can use to do your current job better How to "learn me some of that UX" Links to things I plan to mention: Example customer experience map The Creative Professional Core…
  • IVLA 2014 Conference talk

    Presenter
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Blog topics: Visual literacyWay back in November, I did another talk about user experience and visual literacy. This time I partnered with Mike Osswald. We led a session entitled "Visual literacy in a business context" (aka "Design and visual literacy") at the IVLA 2014 conference, right here in Toledo. Slides on Slideshare Video recording on WGTE's KnowledgeStream and on The Art Museum's YouTube channel (Did I really wave my hands that much??) Mike did a great job putting the slides together, even tweaking them for the 9-screen display we had. Slide 28 shows that well, and also serves…
  • Visual Literacy & User Experience

    Presenter
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    AttachmentSize UX Thursday, Visual Literacy & UX, slides and speaker notes8.22 MB Blog topics: UX Career DevelopmentVisual literacyI will be presenting "Visual literacy: Expanding how we practice UX" at UX Thursday in Detroit on June 26th. The official blurb about the talk: Visual literacy, traditionally applied to educational settings, has become important for users to make sense of digital media. Keith Instone will share the how and why behind his research and the ways he applies what he’s learning about visual literacy to UX. You'll hear how this exploration is making him a…
  • UX Tips Toledo region conference, April 24

    Toledoan
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Blog topics: UXTRI am organizing another Rosenfeld Summit virtual conference in the Toledo area. After doing a survey of local folks early in 2013 and finding that "virtual training" was the top need, I organized the 31 UX Tips virtual conference in May of 2013. I have also encouraged others to host Rosenfeld virtual events in the area. It is a good way to get the local community together, enjoy top-notch speakers, at a very low cost. I still need sponsors for the April 24 event. Let me know if you are interested, or if you want to recommend a company for me to contact.
  • User Experience Research-Practice Interaction

    Presenter
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    Blog topics: uxrpiHere is the presentation that I did at the Connecting Dots conference on Saturday, March 15th. User Experience Research-Practice Interaction (at Connecting Dots) from Keith Instone The presentation was based on the paper that I wrote for the conference, plus what I learned during the first day+ of the conference. I added and deleted things once I was there.
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    Max Design

  • Links for light reading (26/03/15)

    Russ Weakley
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    CSS Some More Inspiration for Text Input Effects Introducing Primer Primer – The CSS toolkit and guidelines that power GitHub CSS3 Multi-column Layouts General Numeric Inputs – A Comparison of Browser Defaults SVG Animations Using CSS and Snap.svg grunt-respimg – A responsive image workflow for optimizing and resizing your images Typography Cheatsheet Animation Principles for the Web We need more moms in web design and development SASS/LESS Cubic Bezier representation in Sass UX Assessing Mobile Usability With Google Webmaster Tools Browser Input Events: Can We Do Better Than…
  • Links for light reading (20/03/15)

    Russ Weakley
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    CSS In pieces – stunning CSS3 site CSS Grid Layout Module Level 1 – W3C Working Draft, 17 March 2015 All your base, are belong to us — or what base size do em-based media queries use? Immutable CSS The illusion of life Media Queries: Width vs. Device Width Scoping CSS Animations to Media Queries flexible.gs – Flexible Grid System General Probably Use initial-scale=1 Future Friendly Fruition Regular Expressions for the Rest of Us A Few Different Ways To Use SVG Sprites In Animation The Command Line for Web Design: Powering Up Front End Code Working with Web Notifications…
  • Links for light reading (12/03/15)

    Russ Weakley
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    CSS Atomic CSS on Steroids I like how percentage background-position works Can CSS Be Too Modular? Inlining critical CSS for first-time visits The Truth About !important Understanding CSS Grid Systems from the Ground Up CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3 (CSS3 UI) – W3C Working Draft, 10 March 2015 General Designing Pattern Flexibility Future Friendly Fruition Improving Responsive Images with the Picture Element Automating Style Guide-Driven Development Streamline your Git workflow with Tower 5 sites that have nailed responsive web design Transform your illustration into smart SVG…
  • Links for light reading (6/03/15)

    Russ Weakley
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    CSS Quantity Queries for CSS Harnessing Flexbox For Today’s Web Apps I like how percentage background-position works flexbox in 5 minutes CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3 (CSS3 UI) – W3C Working Draft, 24 February 2015 Scoping CSS Animations to Media Queries New book: HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World: 2nd Edition New Book: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks General Where Atomic Design Fell Short Color Contrast for Better Readability Browser Trends March 2015: Renewed Interest in Opera? Tools for modern front-end workflow: Yeoman, Grunt and Bower 5 Golden Rules For…
  • Links for light reading (27/02/15)

    Russ Weakley
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    CSS CSS3 for Web Designers – second edition Font smoothing explained HTML and CSS Examples of Material Design in Action General Dropdown Menus with More Forgiving Mouse Movement Paths The Specialist-Generalist Balance Help Make MODX Accessible Bower and Grunt: match made in heaven Bootstrap 3 Succinctly: Changed Components Features 10 Great Tools for Testing Your Website on Mobile Devices Web Design Trend Showcase: Super Gradients Working with Web Notifications using PubNub’s Realtime Data Stream Modular Approach: Website Design Based on Grid-Style Layout Using Schema.org with…
 
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    Muffin Research Labs

  • OSX: Remove scrollbars that appear when using a mouse

    Stuart Colville
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    I've just switched to using a mouse instead of a trackpad on the mac as I get pain in an old broken finger from using the trackpad especially if I've been using the laptop's trackpad directly. What was odd was the second I switched to a mouse I noticed that Tweetdeck suddenly had large light scrollbars. Particularly noticeable with the dark theme. Fortunately the solution lay in the General preferences pane. All that's needed is to change "Show scroll bars" to "When scrolling" instead of "Automatically based on mouse or trackpad. And with that it's back to what I was used to.
  • JS: Creating instances without new

    Stuart Colville
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    During a code review recently I was looking at some code that was using the new keyword to create an instance e.g: var inst = new MyConstructor(); The context object when new isn't used The code contained a safeguard to bail if the new keyword wasn't used. Which is a good idea because if the the new keyword is omitted, the context will be window. This outputs: "[object Window]" "[object Object]" Making a flexible constructor To move away from the need to require new we ended up changing the constructor to allow instance creation both with and without new. This meant that we could create our…
  • Taming SlimerJS

    Stuart Colville
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:04 am
    We've been using CasperJS for E2E testing on Marketplace projects for quite some time. Run alongside unittests, E2E testing allows us to provide coverage for specific UI details and to make sure that users flows operate as expected. It also can be used for writing regression tests for complex interactions. By default CasperJS uses PhantomJS (headless webkit) as the browser engine that loads the site under test. Given the audience for the Firefox Marketplace is (by a huge majority) mainly Gecko browsers, we've wanted to add SlimerJS as an engine to our CasperJS test runs for a while. In theory…
  • Tips for getting the most out of irc

    Stuart Colville
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:33 am
    Having been remoting for the best part of 5 years I've come to use irc alot as a primary means of communication for work. Along the way I've learnt a few things that made a difference to how I use irc and allowed me to get the most out of it. Be on irc if it's a part of the culture If your role is non-technical it can be easy to not take part in irc e.g. I've heard in the past people dismiss as "just for geeks" :). However, if irc is a big part of how the company communicates, it's important for everyone to get involved. Especially if remoties form any part of the work force they'll…
  • Firefox sees Charles Proxy CA certificate as expired

    Stuart Colville
    6 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    Using current versions of Firefox with Charles Proxy you might run into a problem where Firefox see Charles' own CA certificate as expired when you try to install it. After talking to some colleagues at Mozilla the cause is due to the way that Firefox validates certs. The more recent versions of Firefox only allow certs with start dates after the unix epoch (1st January 1970). As the Charles CA cert has a start year of 1899 it's seen as expired when you try to import it. The easiest way to workaround it is to generate your own CA certificate and use that instead. I've already filed a bug…
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    Putting people first

  • Sharp methodological critiques on current Big Data practices

    Experientia
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Two methodological critiques on Big Data that caught our attention: In the Financial Times, economist and journalist Tim Harford points out that sampling bias and statistical errors are, if anything, magnified in Big Data research, and that theory-free analysis of mere correlations is inevitably fragile. “Recall big data’s four articles of faith. Uncanny accuracy is easy to overrate if we simply ignore false positives, as with Target’s pregnancy predictor. The claim that causation has been “knocked off its pedestal” is fine if we are making predictions in a stable environment…
  • Gov.uk’s open policy making toolkit – practical guidance on ethnography and more

    Experientia
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    The Gov.uk open policy making toolkit is a practical guide to techniques that can help you make better policy. The toolkit, which brings together the latest techniques to improve making and delivering policy, is based on the principles of open policy making – to be open to new techniques, new evidence and new expertise so we can make better policy and implement more effectively. It was created for civil servants, but it will also be of interest to others involved in making policy. The toolkit contains practical advice and examples from the Policy Lab – a demonstrator project that is…
  • Sensemaking in organizations: Reflections on Karl Weick and social theory

    Experientia
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    Over the past couple of decades, a small number of psychologists, communication theorists, and organizational scientists have articulated ideas of sensemaking into theories, frames, and methods that we can and probably should incorporate into our work, writes Laura A. McNamara, an organizational anthropologist and Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Sensemaking is more than a term of art, she says. It’s an elegant, subtle, and richly descriptive body of thinking about human perception, cognition, and action, as well as social interaction, institutional…
  • How would drivers’ habits change in self-driving cars?

    Experientia
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    University of North Texas students, guided by Professor Christina Wasson and highly acclaimed corporate anthropologist Dr. Brigitte Jordan of Nissan’s Research Center in Silicon Valley to find out how people use their cars. The project entitled “The Social Life of the Car” involved observing participants during driving and conducting interviews with them about their use of cars. Brigitte Jordan believes that the most significant contribution of the project may be the fact that student researchers collected data on how people actually drive, a topic of high significance for…
  • Ethnographic research drives IKEA’s global success

    Experientia
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    In a long Fortune Magazine article on IKEA’s successful global expansion, author Beth Kowitt devotes quite a few paragraphs to the importance of qualitative, ethnographic research: “Today research is at the heart of Ikea’s expansion. “The more far away we go from our culture, the more we need to understand, learn, and adapt,” says Mikael Ydholm, who heads research. Rather than focus on differences between cultures, it’s his job to figure out where they intersect. […] One way Ikea researchers get around this is by taking a firsthand look themselves. The company…
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    Reaction!

  • Gone Fishin'

    13 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Sooooo, we're currently in the process of redesigning our trusty website. ("About ruddy time," we hear you say. "Cobbler's children/lack of shoes", we retort...rather embarrassedly.) Anyway, as part of this much-needed overhaul, we're going to take some time to consider Reaction's place within our wider business. During this time, we'll be posting infrequently. So please subscribe to our RSS feed to be notified the moment that we publish something new. (Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter too!) In the meantime, if you have any feedback, we'd love to hear it.
  • Proper Pillow Plus

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    Proper Pillow Plus is a smart pillow that monitors your sleep patterns. (Customers who pre-ordered this item also pre-ordered a smart mattress...probably.)
  • Making the Invisible Visible

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    Created by Tribal Worldwide London and Marshmallow Laser Feast, Making the Invisible Visible is an ad campaign/installation/infoviz that reveals the hidden data captured by the new Volkswagen Passat:
  • VeinViewer

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    VeinViewer is a medical product that uses "harmless near infrared light to see through your skin and show a picture of your veins directly on the surface". (We first featured it back in 2006. Looks like it's come a long way since...) [via Laughing Squid]
  • Japan's Disposable Workers

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    MediaStorm takes a look at Japan's "net cafe refugees" - aka "temporary employees who cannot afford to rent their own apartments and must therefore live in internet cafes instead". (Sheesh! What type of society are we creating?!?)
 
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    Subtraction.com + Feed

  • Instagram’s Endangered Ephemera

    Khoi
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Over at The New Yorker, architecture and design writer Alexandra Lange writes about the phenomenon of Instagram accounts that capture design ephemera like matchbooks, clothing labels, postage stamps, machine badges and more. These examples of tiny graphic-design ephemera are brought to our full attention in obsessive, single-serving Instagram accounts. This is not the Instagram of…
  • Women of SCOTUS in LEGO

    Khoi
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    This is a homebrewed proposal from editor Maia Weinstock for a set of LEGO toys based on the female justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Weinstock submitted the idea to LEGO, but it was rejected in accordance with the company’s rule against politics or…
  • TIE Fighter

    Khoi
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    I hesitate to post this here because in general I don’t endorse my generation’s excessive devotion to the Star Wars franchise. I enjoy the original films and characters, but the nearly religious devotion that they inspire in others is lost on me. That said, this short tribute to Star Wars from animator Paul “OtaKing” Johnson…
  • Fantastical 2

    Khoi
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    For the past few weeks I’ve been using beta versions of Flexbit’s Fantastical 2. It sports a handsome new interface with a dark left pane that flanks a light reworking of the standard iCal day/week/month/year view. There’s also a natural language engine for freeform creation of new events—these are becoming standard for calendar software, but…
  • Typewolf’s Typography Cheat Sheet

    Khoi
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Jeremiah Shoaf put a ton of work into assembling this comprehensive single-page overview of most everything you need to know to get the finer points of typography right—including keyboard shortcuts for Mac and Windows, HTML entities, FAQs about when to use certain characters, and even a downloadable, 1-page PDF that you can print out as…
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    Veerle's blog

  • Bus stop

    Veerle Pieters
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Lovely.via Giordano Poloni
  • Fire In The Sky

    Veerle Pieters
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Magical!via Conor MacNeill
  • Mrs. Roboto

    Veerle Pieters
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Meet Mrs. Roboto.via Allan Peters
  • Velo

    Veerle Pieters
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    Great looking poster inspired by a velodrome.via Graphical Shop
  • Aaron Eiland

    Veerle Pieters
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    What a strong expression you have there Mr. Roboto.via Allan Peters
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    UIE Brain Sparks

  • Animation, an April 2 Virtual Seminar with Rachel Nabors

    Adam Churchill
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    Animation often gets a bad rap for being nothing more than decorative, sometimes in poor taste. But, it turns out that animation can add value to the digital world by making interactions more intuitive, interesting, and seductive. In Improve UX With Animation, Rachel Nabors, animation ambassador and founder of Tin Magpie, is excited to show you how animation can benefit user experience. Theories that make the case for animation Six principles to take animations from good to great Best practices that enhance an interface Your process and where animation fits Learn the guiding principles of…
  • UIETips: Five Ways to Animate Responsibly

    Jared Spool
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    In today’s UIEtips, we’re reprinting and article from Rachel Nabors, originally published in 24 Ways. Want to know more about how to put animation to work for your interface and its users? Join us April 2, when Rachel presents Improve UX With Animation. “Here’s an excerpt from the article:” Sadly, animation is considered decorative by the bulk of the web development community. UI designers and interaction developers know better, of course. But when I’m teaching a workshop on animation for interaction, I know that my students face an uphill battle against decision…
  • We’re After Our Next Amazing Web Developer Intern

    Adam Churchill
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    We’re looking for an amazing Web Developer Intern for a paid, 6-month internship. It starts in May 2015 in our offices just north of Boston. Fast Forward Six Months… We’d like to thank you for doing a fantastic job as our 2015 Spring/Summer Web Developer Intern. You’ve excelled at maintaining, editing, and documenting our stable of web properties. You spent much of your time creating all of our outbound HTML emails, and managed those campaigns through MailChimp. Your site development skills are top-notch, as you worked closely with our web team to improve our online subscription…
  • 20% off UXIM Plus 5 Other Reasons to Attend

    Jared Spool
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Conquer your mobile design challenges Attending the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Salt Lake City, UT April 13–15 will be one of the best mobile UX training events you have ever attended. Here are 5 reasons why. Register by March 26 to Save 20%. Use Promotion Code 20OFF This code works whether you sign up for 1, 2 or three days. The more days you attend, the more you save. Full Day Workshops That Give You Concrete Skills to Use Immediately Responsive web design, native apps, experiencing mapping, adaptive design, atomic design, and responsive workflows are all topics…
  • 1 Day, 6 Talks, 2 Keynotes – All on Mobile Design at the UXIM Mobile Conference

    Lauren Cramer
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    If You Can Only Attend 1 Day – Come for the Featured Talks Glean new ideas and insights guaranteed to shape how you think about mobile design. Where you ask? At the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Salt Lake City, April 13-15. Featured Talks and Keynotes Jason Grigsby Adapting to Different Form of Input How do we design for the plethora of dynamic inputs available to the user? Theresa Neil Rethinking Mobile Tutorials Learn the underlying principles behind the patterns that work best when designing mobile tutorials Aaron Gustafson, Jenn Lukas There Are No Buts in…
 
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    Cone Trees

  • Wireframes for the Wicked

    Abhay Rautela
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    Three experienced designers share their tried and true tips for making wireframes really work. They talk about how to sketch a wireframe on the fly to demonstrate an idea and how to create a standalone wireframe deliverable; when to show a concept and when to describe nitty-gritty detail; how to make a narrative wireframe and how to make a specification wireframe. All with plenty of examples.
  • How to make Jetpack Publicize Work with WP Job Manager Job Listings

    Abhay Rautela
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:23 pm
    It can be extremely disappointing when you get your job site up using WP Job Manager and you find out that the WordPress plugin module, JetPack Publicize does not work with the custom post type- Job listing. I obviously looked to the plugin support page for help and asked this on the forum. Mike Jolley, the creator of the plugin pointed me to some useful information and I worked my way up from there. It was a bit frustrating because I am not a developer. None the less, the information was useful and I figured it out in the end. And now since I’ve done it, I don’t see a need for…
  • My Work: Standard Chartered Bank, UAE wins World’s Best Consumer Internet Bank Award 2013 for UAE

    Abhay Rautela
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:05 am
    At Possible, as the UX lead for the Standard Chartered Global Revamp project, I planned, coordinated and executed user research, information architecture, content strategy and interaction design activities to create a unified information architecture and interaction design strategy and implemented it for Standard Chartered’s country websites across the globe both for desktop and mobile. I worked on envisioning and realising a fully responsive, device agnostic and social media integrated internet banking country websites with more intuitive and user-friendly interface that facilitate…
  • Guidelines for Aligning Data in Tables for Great Table Usability

    Abhay Rautela
    28 May 2014 | 2:52 am
    Status: Work in progress (what is this?) I have had the privilege to work across the User-Centered Design (UCD) process on banking websites and web applications such as Business Information Systems (BIS) and Management Information Systems (MIS). All of these are obviously data-intensive and it is crucial that data representation in both table and graphical representation formats be not only defined but complete. Here are my guidelines for aligning data in tables that will help you design tables that are both quickly comprehendible and through optimal alignment of data. Aligning table header…
  • Working With Globally Distributed Teams or Clients: Tips for Effective Audio Conferences

    Abhay Rautela
    14 May 2014 | 2:12 am
    Status: Work in progress (what is this?) Besides having worked in multicultural offices, I’ve worked with clients and internal teams located across the globe. Here are a few simple tips that you will find useful for participating and conducting audio conferences effectively. This is work in progress so feel free to comment and add your own tips. If you are the facilitator, ask who has joined the call after somebody joins in the beginning of the meeting. If the meeting is in progress, wait for the person speaking at that time to complete a logical chunk of information before you ask for who…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - HFI Connect

  • CUA of the Month - March 2015: Jeff Werness

    Human Factors International
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Building Full UX Power Jeff Werness is HFI's CUA of the Month for March 2015. “There has been a fundamental shift from treating digital as a new advertising medium to digital being intrinsic to the human conversation. A big change occurred when we started to move into digital and understand that it is all about giving the customers what they want and need, whether they expressed it or not.” Read the entire article
  • User Experience Design Newsletter - February 2015

    Human Factors International
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Five, ten, or twenty-five – How many test participants? During design, UX teams do formative testing – focusing on qualitative data and learning enough to move the design forward. But how many participants are needed to have confidence in the test results? That debate’s been going for a quarter-century. Read the full article: http://ow.ly/JQa0e
  • CUA of the Month - February 2015: James Green

    Human Factors International
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The UX Heart of Accessibility James Green, Senior Director of Usability and Accessibility at Visa, is HFI's CUA of the Month for February 2015. James says: “Removing obstacles is what draws me to improving UX, and also to accessibility where the stakes are higher: the problems we’re solving often go beyond making it easier to do something to making it possible.” Read the entire article
  • User Experience Design Newsletter - January, 2015

    Human Factors International
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Design Science: Our 7 Favorite Papers of 2014 User experience practitioners understand how important it is to keep up to date on the latest research in our field. We are always on the lookout for ways to put research into practice. Read the complete newsletter: http://ow.ly/HXQkT
  • CUA of the Month - January 2015: Chris DeFields

    Human Factors International
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    UX Meets Digital Metrics Analytics Chris DeFields, a senior research analyst, is HFI's CUA of the Month for January. Linking UX to digital analytics metrics, Chris says: “Analytics data may suggest a problem, lead to additional needs analysis and usability studies, and eventually result in projects to enhance or build new web applications.” Read the entire article: http://ow.ly/HPUYZ
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    Konigi

  • Balsamiq Mockups Version 3 Released

    jibbajabba
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    We released version 3 of Balsamiq Mockups today! There's plenty to see including an updated interface, new file format (single packaged project files), better asset and symbols management, the addition of FontAwesome icons, and plenty of improvements under the surface. We point out some of the highlights in the video below. There's plenty more under the hood, and lots of new stuff on deck. You can read all about it in the announcement. It's a free update to existing users. Download it here. Special thanks to all of the great customers giving us feedback over the years, and particularly those…
  • Astropad: Use iPad as Mac Graphics Tablet

    jibbajabba
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    AstroPad turns your iPad into a Mac graphics tablet, mirroring a section of your Mac's screen when connected via WiFi or USB. Once connected you can sketch/draw on the tablet with an iPad stylus or finger. It will operate pretty much like a Wacom graphics tablet when you're using a Desktop graphics app with a drawing tool like Pixelmator, Photoshop, or Sketchbook Pro.
  • PAPERPROTO

    jibbajabba
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:11 pm
    PAPERPROTO is a 3D printable model to use for paper prototyping mobile applications, in the style of a story scroll. You can download the file or buy the model for printing on demand directly from Shapeways. Via Zeke Franco
  • Pinterest Mobile Radial Menus

    jibbajabba
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Pinterest's mobile app displays a radial menu if you tap on an image. The menu items are for functions that are also available using the icons and buttons in the top of the UI for allowing you to pin, like, or send the image. Number of screens:  0 URL:  http://www.pinterest.com/ Video Embed Code:  <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jeGkxfY_UOM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> http://www.pinterest.com/
  • Pinterest Tag Search and Suggestions

    jibbajabba
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    Pinterest's search feature shows tag and board suggestions in the auto-completion list. Select terms/tags to display, and a horizontal list (accordion) of correlating tags to refine or narrow your your search are displayed below the search box. Number of screens:  0 URL:  http://www.pinterest.com/ Video Embed Code:  <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JpIEOVTY-a8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> http://www.pinterest.com/
 
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    The UX Booth

  • What on Earth is ISO 9241?

    Paul Brooks
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In the classic film Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin asks a convenience store clerk, “Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?” The clerk had no idea, and Kevin ended up leaving the store in a panic. Kevin wanted to know if his toothbrush followed official standards. UX professionals can now tie their own work to an official standard, thanks to ISO 9241. UX professionals are always looking for ways to stand out and gain an advantage. Usually, they achieve this by incorporating new design trends or interactions into their practice. However,…
  • User Stories: A Foundation for UI Design

    Tom Brinton
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    The design team sits down to share the first round of mockups for a new client’s application. As the team members present their ideas, it becomes clear that everyone has distinctly different ideas about what the app is and how it should function. The meeting quickly turns into more of a discussion about who—rather than what—is right. Everyone is defending their designs, and no one is defending the user. Sound familiar? It’s times like this that we need to implement user stories. Today, many UI/UX professionals find themselves working in an Agile world. The Agile…
  • Put a Face on the Persona with GraphicStock

    Matthew Kammerer
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    This week, UX Booth is brought to you by GraphicStock, which provides unlimited downloads of stock images. Just the thing every UX designer needs to brighten dashboards with icons, mockups with buttons, and personas with faces. GraphicStock, like all of our sponsors, offers a valuable asset for UX Booth readers. The GraphicStock mission is “to provide high quality content that household brand names are proud to use, but at a price point that even the casual graphic design enthusiast can afford,” and that’s something we can all get behind. Interested? Get started today with a…
  • What UX Can Learn from Print

    Mike Straus
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    During the 2014 World Cup, the UK-based Club Penguin magazine released a themed issue featuring codes for unlockable in-game soccer gear, sports-related articles, and World Cup-related puzzles. Fans loved the engaging, community-centric content, and sales reflected their interest. Magazines that tell a cohesive story from cover to cover, like Club Penguin Magazine, are examples of UX design at its finest—where design creates a memorable experience that users love, and nothing feels out of place. Good UX design involves more than just creating a usable product. It involves planning,…
  • The Step Before Writing

    Bjørn Bergslien
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Twice in my career I have worked as a web editor. Both times I felt constant pressure from within the organization to simply publish content online—content that was nowhere near good enough to see the light of day. More recently, as a consultant, I have seen many web editors struggle with the exact same problem. They get run down with requests and demands from the organization to produce and publish content and, as a result, the quality suffers. But web editors and copywriters can overcome this push and still create content that resonates with their users. In 1970, 25 years before most…
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    User Vision » Articles

  • The User Experience Playlist

    Chris Rourke
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    We are creating a Playlist of UXcellent tunes that are about the wonderful world of User Experience. OK sometimes the link to UX through the title or lyrics is a bit tenuous, but we’re pretty sure that the songwriter must have been thinking about UX /usability/user research when they wrote these songs. We have a few UX-related toe tappers ranging from Julie Andrews to Ed Sheeran, which we will add to the list in the coming months. However, in the meantime if you have any ideas of songs that are somehow related to UX (our interpretation is very loose) we’d love to hear your…
  • World IA Day – the results are in!

    Emma Kirk
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    For the past four years the Information Architecture Institute has established World IA Day, a means of raising awareness and connecting Information Architects across the globe. Assessing, evaluating, researching and creating IA is a core offering from User Vision, and over our 15 years we have worked on some massive IA conundrums, including developing the first ever IA for Businesslink and Directgov (ground breaking work in the public sector at that stage), numerous Local Council websites, major retailers including Epson and Dell, and many leading banks including RBS and HSBC. Over the years…
  • Topshop – User Experience Review 2015

    Gayle Whittaker
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    This article was published in January 2015 Internet Retailing Magazine The Top Shop homepage is all about the festive season from what to wear to the Christmas party to what to buy as gifts. The free delivery offer on orders over £50 is clearly shown in the top banner and an animated lorry cleverly draws attention to a link where user can find the final order dates for Christmas. This proves that the retailer can be trusted to get your purchase to you in time for Christmas. In addition to the Christmas feature the homepage contains carousels for the latest season’s trends. These are nicely…
  • Take our World IA Day competition!

    Chris Rourke
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Here at User Vision we love information Architecture (IA).  In other words we hate getting lost in websites and software menus. We help clients prevent that problem through appropriate research such as card sorting, tree testing and other ways to understand the users’ mental model of the content, so that we can design the most intuitive navigation possible. February 21st is World Information Architecture Day, a day for celebrating all aspects of this key area of user experience.  It is organised by the Information Architecture Institute and features IA related events throughout the…
  • Designing Happiness

    Nicola Dunlop
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters Audrey Hepburn. Happiness is a mental state that is characterised by positive emotions. However, as designers, how can we experience happiness working within a technical landscape that is constantly evolving? What we identify as ‘happiness’ is set against our personal outlook, which changes over the course of time. And once we achieve happiness in one area of life we strive for it elsewhere, turning it into a new personal pursuit. To achieve happiness it is said your mind-set should be; ‘if you…
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    UX Movement

  • Free eBook: A Guide to Agile Usability Testing

    anthony
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    There’s no better way to get insight on your users than testing your user interface on them. Usability testing is a necessary part of the process, but it’s not always easy integrating it into an Agile project. This free eBook, “The Essential Guide to Integrating UX and Usability Testing in Agile”, offers some useful tips.The eBook explains how the Scrum method works, and how you can integrate UX with it. It dispels common myths on usability testing and offers tips for testing in an Agile process. You will get tips on how to do remote automated testing, and what metrics you should…
  • How One Button Can Speed Up Your ‘Forgot Password’ Flow

    anthony
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    No matter who you are, forgetting a password sometimes happens. That’s why most login forms offer a ‘Forgot Password’ link to reset the password. But the user flow of resetting a forgotten password isn’t as fast and helpful as it could be.When users click the ‘Forgot Password’ link, they’re prompted to enter the email address they used to sign up. Then they’re told a link to reset their password was sent to their email account. And the flow ends there. Users are left to complete the rest of the task on their own.The current user flow for resetting a forgotten password isn’t…
  • GraphicStock: A Library of Unlimited Graphics in Your Hands

    anthony
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    There comes a time on every project where a designer stops wireframing and starts styling the look and feel of the website. But this is hard to do without the right graphics. You might try to search for them on Google Images, but their selection is often limited and poor quality.This is where GraphicStock can help. They’re a library of over 13 million stock graphics that you can download at your disposal royalty-free. They’re subscription-based, so you’ll never get overcharged per graphic like on other sites.Whether you need illustrations, templates, textures, icons or patterns,…
  • Visual Website Optimizer: World’s Easiest A/B Testing Tool

    anthony
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Everyone wants a perfect design that brings in the highest conversion rates. But how do you get there? The answer is A/B testing. A/B testing allows you to show different designs to your users. You’re able to compare and see which design converts better and choose the best one.Visual Website Optimizer is the world’s easiest A/B testing tool. It’s easy to change the headline, button, image or any other element to create multiple variations of your website. It will divide your website traffic among all the variations and track which one works the best for you.No Coding NecessaryTo use…
  • T-Shirt: UX is Not UI

    anthony
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Many confuse UX with UI, but they are not the same. They are part of the same circle, but not the same side. This shirt represents the differences through iconography.IconsGridShirt
 
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    Cone Trees

  • Wireframes for the Wicked

    Abhay Rautela
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    Three experienced designers share their tried and true tips for making wireframes really work. They talk about how to sketch a wireframe on the fly to demonstrate an idea and how to create a standalone wireframe deliverable; when to show a concept and when to describe nitty-gritty detail; how to make a narrative wireframe and how to make a specification wireframe. All with plenty of examples.
  • How to make Jetpack Publicize Work with WP Job Manager Job Listings

    Abhay Rautela
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:23 pm
    It can be extremely disappointing when you get your job site up using WP Job Manager and you find out that the WordPress plugin module, JetPack Publicize does not work with the custom post type- Job listing. I obviously looked to the plugin support page for help and asked this on the forum. Mike Jolley, the creator of the plugin pointed me to some useful information and I worked my way up from there. It was a bit frustrating because I am not a developer. None the less, the information was useful and I figured it out in the end. And now since I’ve done it, I don’t see a need for…
  • My Work: Standard Chartered Bank, UAE wins World’s Best Consumer Internet Bank Award 2013 for UAE

    Abhay Rautela
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:05 am
    At Possible, as the UX lead for the Standard Chartered Global Revamp project, I planned, coordinated and executed user research, information architecture, content strategy and interaction design activities to create a unified information architecture and interaction design strategy and implemented it for Standard Chartered’s country websites across the globe both for desktop and mobile. I worked on envisioning and realising a fully responsive, device agnostic and social media integrated internet banking country websites with more intuitive and user-friendly interface that facilitate…
  • Guidelines for Aligning Data in Tables for Great Table Usability

    Abhay Rautela
    28 May 2014 | 2:52 am
    Status: Work in progress (what is this?) I have had the privilege to work across the User-Centered Design (UCD) process on banking websites and web applications such as Business Information Systems (BIS) and Management Information Systems (MIS). All of these are obviously data-intensive and it is crucial that data representation in both table and graphical representation formats be not only defined but complete. Here are my guidelines for aligning data in tables that will help you design tables that are both quickly comprehendible and through optimal alignment of data. Aligning table header…
  • Working With Globally Distributed Teams or Clients: Tips for Effective Audio Conferences

    Abhay Rautela
    14 May 2014 | 2:12 am
    Status: Work in progress (what is this?) Besides having worked in multicultural offices, I’ve worked with clients and internal teams located across the globe. Here are a few simple tips that you will find useful for participating and conducting audio conferences effectively. This is work in progress so feel free to comment and add your own tips. If you are the facilitator, ask who has joined the call after somebody joins in the beginning of the meeting. If the meeting is in progress, wait for the person speaking at that time to complete a logical chunk of information before you ask for who…
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    Baymard Institute

  • Users' Perception of Product Ratings (New Qualitative & Quantitative Findings)

    Jamie Appleseed
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    This is the 2nd article in a series presenting some of our research findings from our e-commerce product list usability study. Product ratings can be incredibly helpful to users. During our research studies we’ve observed how the test subjects rely on ratings to gauge a product’s quality or value – especially in verticals where they lacks domain knowledge or have little prior product experience. However, for users to be able use product ratings this way two key pieces of information must be present: the average rating score (obviously) and the number of ratings that average is…
  • Most E-Commerce Sites Need 'Price Per Unit' (98% Get it Wrong)

    Jamie Appleseed
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    This is the first in a series of articles based on research findings from our e-commerce product list usability study. When users compare the different products available to them, price is obviously a major factor. E-commerce sites are well-aware of this and make the product price in each list item abundantly clear so it’s easy for users to read and scan. Yet sometimes highly similar products are sold in different quantities and it turns out that these products actually have two price points that are important to the user: the total product price and the unit price. Unfortunately, 98%…
  • E-Commerce Product List Usability: Report & Benchmark

    Baymard Institute
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Without the right tools, finding just the right product can be an almost impossible task for the user. E-commerce product lists and their filtering and sorting tools determine how easy or difficult it is for the user to browse the potentially thousands of products in categories and search results. At Baymard Institute we have therefore spent the last 9 months researching how users browse, filter and evaluate products in e-commerce search- and category-based product lists. Today we release these findings in a 500-page research report and an online benchmark database: E-Commerce Product List…
  • Improve Validation Errors with Adaptive Messages

    Jamie Appleseed
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:23 pm
    This is pretty much as bad as it gets. The user is just told their input is invalid with no hints as to why that is or how they can fix it. Form validation errors are inevitable. Yes, they can (and should) be minimized, but validation errors won’t ever be eliminated – they are a natural part of complex forms and user’s data input. The key question then is how to make it easy for the user to recover from form errors. In this article we’ll go over findings from our usability studies on how the wording of validation error messages largely determines the user’s error…
  • When to Override Native UI Components

    Jamie Appleseed
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    Drop-downs are an example of a native UI component that may in certain circumstances benefit from a custom implementation (when it provides the user with significant presentational or interactive enhancements). In a few rare instances, we find that it is acceptable to override the standard UI components provided natively by browsers and instead implement custom UI components. During our usability tests, we generally find the default native UI components to be very user-friendly. Meanwhile, custom designed UI components tend to be a lot more hit and miss. In fact, our testing often finds…
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    Users Know

  • 7 User Research Myths and Mistakes

    Laura Klein
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    I wrote a post over at O'Reilly's Radar blog about a few of the myths and mistakes surrounding quantitative and qualitative research.I can’t tell you how often I hear things from engineers like, “Oh, we don’t have to do user testing. We’ve got metrics.” Of course, you can almost forgive them when the designers are busy saying things like, “Why would we A/B test this new design? We know it’s better!”In the debate over whether to use qualitative or quantitative research methods, there is plenty of wrong to go around. So, let’s look at some of the myths surrounding qualitative…
  • Stop Accosting People in Coffee Shops - Use Guerrilla Research Wisely

    Laura Klein
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Entrepreneurs, please stop accosting people in coffee shops.I know that idiots like me have been telling you about the wonders of guerrilla user research. Some of us may even have included it in our books. Apparently, we were not clear enough about when testing something in a coffee shop is a reasonable option, since many of you have decided to do this to the exclusion of absolutely everything else.Stop accosting people in coffee shops. Guerrilla research can hurt your product. — Tweet ThisWhat Is Guerrilla Usability Testing?Let’s do a very quick recap. Guerrilla Research is what we…
  • Your Job Is Not to Write Code

    Laura Klein
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Dear Engineers,Your job is not to write code.I know. You think you were hired to write code. In fact, your entire interview process centered around how well you could write code. And I’m sure you do it really well.But it’s not your job.Your job is to improve our product for our users. If you want to get technical about it, your job is to improve our product for our users in a way that improves the key metrics of the company. But honestly, you don’t always have a lot of control over that second bit. You do, however, have an enormous amount of control over the first bit!Of course, if you…
  • What Happens Next?

    Laura Klein
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Today I’d like to talk about why that feature you’re building has taken twice as long to build as you thought it would and why it will be hard to use once you’ve shipped it. The problem is that you didn’t really think it through before you started coding.Before I jump in, I want to point out that this is not, in fact, an argument in favor of big, up front design, or an argument against Agile or Lean. Please believe that the technique I’m sharing here can very easily be used in any sort of environment.When you create an interaction for a product, you have to design more than what it…
  • Want Better UX? Change the Conversation.

    Laura Klein
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    If you’ve ever been a user experience designer, you’ve probably heard people say something like this when starting a new project:We want to make it delightful and easy to use.We need to do some user research.We want to improve our onboarding process.We think it needs a walkthrough for new users.We want a persona/photoshop mockup/wireframe/landing page/insert deliverable here.All of these statements are absolutely useless. Why? Because none of them help you decide what to work on or how to improve a product.So, the next time somebody introduces a UX project by asking for a specific…
 
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    The UX Bookmark

  • User-centred design and organisational maturity

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:37 pm
    For a web site to be successful its intended audience must find it easy to use. As this maxim finds increasing recognition organisations are asking: “What can we do to create a site that’s easy to use?” The answer for most, it seems, is usability testing. But usability testing is only one part of producing highly-usable sites: the most effective and reliable way to ensure fundamental usability is to follow a user-centred design process. And the success of this approach is largely dependent on the wider organisational attitude towards usability. The author discusses what lies beyond…
  • Personas Make Users Memorable for Product Team Members

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    A persona is a fictional, yet realistic, description of a typical or target user of the product. A persona is an archetype instead of an actual living human, but personas should be described as if they were real people. When based on user research, personas support user-centered design throughout a project’s life cycle by making characteristics of key user segments more salient. Personas work because designers and developers have the same tendency as all other people to be captivated more by concrete instances than by abstractions and generalizations. We need all product-team members to…
  • Fill Your Portfolio With Stories

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    On the trail of exploring our next career move, it’s likely we’ll need to show the path we’ve been on. As part of a design team, that usually means displaying our work. However, if we didn’t make proper arrangements before we took the job, it’s very likely we can’t show much of our work to anyone. Consultants, contractors, and full-time employees are usually covered (in the US at least, but most other places as well) by a “work for hire” agreement, which means that the people we work for own all the work product we produce. Wireframes, sketches, and other deliverables…
  • 234 Tips and Tricks for Recruiting Users as Participants in Usability Studies

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:20 am
    A well-managed recruiting program at an organization allows teams to quickly find quality participants for usability studies. This free 190-page report from the Norman Nielsen group gives you 234 guidelines on how to set up and manage a recruiting program. It also presents advice on when to outsource to a recruiting agency and when to use in-house recruiting. Topics covered Learn how to set up and manage a recruiting program to get the right users for usability studies Know when it’s appropriate to outsource to a recruiting agency or use in-house recruiting Planning for recruiting…
  • Colour Contrast Analyser

    admin
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    The Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA) helps you determine the legibility of text and the contrast of visual elements, such as graphical controls and visual indicators. This tool provides two useful core functionalities: It provides a pass/fail assessment against Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 color contrast success criteria. It simulates certain visual conditions such as including dichromatic color-blindness and cataracts, to demonstrate how your web content appears to people with less than 20/20 vision. The CCA is available for Windows and Mac, and in multiple languages…
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    UserZoom zooming in on the customer experience

  • Supercharge Your Data by Integrating Web Analytics with Your VoC Surveys

    UserZoom
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    If you are a User Experience or Marketing related professional, chances are you probably already know the value and necessity of collecting web analytics on your site. But have you considered supercharging your site traffic with a customer experience boost? When it comes to sharing where customers go on your website and what customers did there, web analytics are fantastic—but what about how their experience was? By integrating your web analytics with your Voice of Customer (VoC) program / UserZoom’s True Intent surveys, go beyond basic data and get the why behind your customer’s…
  • What an E-commerce Business can learn from Voice of the Customer

    UserZoom
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    E-commerce websites can take advantage of online Voice of the Customer (VoC) studies to obtain exclusive information about their users’ problems, level of satisfaction, shopping habits and profile. 5 things an e-commerce website can learn from an online VoC program   It is not just a question of price In the absence of information about their customers’ online behavior, many managers of e-commerce websites tend to reduce the reasons why someone leaves their website to product price and availability. However, it is not just a matter of price or stock. On e-commerce sites with a VoC…
  • Competitive UX Benchmark Studies: Win Customers by Staying Ahead of the Competition

    UserZoom
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Understanding how your site compares to your competitors’ is critical to winning customers, increasing conversion rates, and providing an impactful user experience that boosts your site’s credibility and loyalty to your brand. Today, customers are much more likely to buy from companies who provide better online user experiences than their competitors. This is true of consumers as well as for B2B. And it’s also now true of both desktop AND mobile experiences. Your site’s user experience is a powerful representation how your company values its customers. It’s no secret to the UX world…
  • Zooming in on the Future

    UserZoom
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:31 pm
    It’s never been a more exciting time for us here at UserZoom. We’ve hit a major growth spurt, only without all the gangly awkwardness. And while we would be happy to shout the news from the rooftops, we wanted to invite you to a behind the scenes look at why we’re so pumped for the year to come and the many that will follow. We’re practically bursting at the seams We’ve always taken pride in being at the front of the pack but this last year in particular has seen an explosion of growth in the US and abroad in nearly every aspect of our company – the technology, our services, and…
  • 5 Value-Packed Podcasts Every User Experience Enthusiast Should Subscribe to

    UserZoom
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    In the head-exploding blur of today’s information superhighway, it’s challenging to keep up with all the new ideas whirling by–especially in the field of User Experience. Although innovative content is consistently produced by brilliant and passionate UX thought leaders and is delivered to your inbox on a silver platter daily, it always seems that you just never have enough time to digest it all. In the field of UX, and really any field that’s high-tech related, it’s extremely important to stay up to speed on all the latest concepts, so you can stay ahead of the curve and unfold…
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    user experience design, ux and usability blog - keepitusable

  • Another award shortlist for Keep It Usable

    keepitusable
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve another award in our midst! This time it’s our founder, Lisa, who has been shortlisted for the North West Women in Business awards (WIBA) STEM category. STEM aims to recognise women who work in the traditionally male dominated areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Lisa says “I’m very proud to be representing women in the STEM category. There’s still an under representation of women in the digital and tech scene. Certain sectors I work in are highly male dominated and I would love to see…
  • 8 Technology trends you need to know for 2015

    keepitusable
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:25 am
    2015 is looking to be a really exciting year for innovation.  We get excited by new technology and the challenges that brings, especially with regards to designing for challenging smaller screens – how you can engage users and showcase information without sacrificing the experience? Here are some technologies and trends we’d recommend keeping your eye on in 2015. 1. Wearables Wearables are becoming big business and the growing trend will continue to thrive in 2015, particularly in fitness, fashion and health.  More affordable wearables are likely to hit the market and will…
  • The Biggest list of 35 FREE UX Books

    keepitusable
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:25 am
    We’ve pulled together the biggest list of free ux ebooks on the internet that will help you to design a better user experience / ux, conduct better user research and improve your usability. You won’t find a list this extensive anywhere else. Please share with your colleagues using the social links above and let us know on Twitter which books you liked the best. 1 UX Design for startups 2 Define app requirements within 20 minutes 3 Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell (patterns only) 4 Designing Mobile Interfaces by Steven Hoober and Eric Berkman 5 Designing for the…
  • Why you shouldn’t use one way mirrors for ux research

    keepitusable
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:48 am
    Do you use one way mirror labs? Do you value research that gets you the best results? Then you might want to re-consider using one way mirrors. Here’s why… Talking to users is fascinating! It’s something we absolutely love doing despite having conducted thousands of them! When it comes to location, you can test almost anywhere but there’s one place that we advise against, and that’s one way mirror labs. What is a one way mirror lab? A one way mirror lab (also known as two way) consists of two adjoining rooms with a mirror between them. One room is used to interview people and…
  • World Usability Day 2014

    keepitusable
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Happy World Usability Day! Yes today is that time of year when all usability practitioners reflect on another year of helping businesses to improve their user experience and making the lives of everyday people better. It’s a day when we can reflect on the improvements we’ve brought to the world. We’re a little like silent heroes, busily working away to make the average persons day a little easier and less frustrating, without them ever realising who we are, just how much we fight for good design on their behalf or the end difference we make to their lives. Great design…
 
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    All About CAD Conversion

  • The Good and Bad Sides of CAD Outsourcing

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    The Good and Bad Sides of CAD Outsourcing CAD outsourcing is a viable option for engineering firms for several reasons. However, is CAD work something better left to an in-house team? CAD programs can be learned via the Internet so in the past decade there has been a rise in companies dedicated to building 3D models. Since they are so readily available, let’s explore both the positive and negative sides of outsourcing CAD services. The positive:  Outsourcing CAD services can save engineering firms a lot of needed funds that could be used on other important necessities. CAD…
  • What Can 3D Scanning Do for You?

    Diane Mitol
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    What Can 3D Scanning Do for You? If you’re in manufacturing, engineering or nearly any type of product design, development or testing, 3D scanning can save you time, money and material.  How?  Tests show that using 3D scanning as part of the manufacturing process, you’ll achieve higher quality, better fitting parts, with lower manufacturing costs.   Some of our customers have told us that they’ve been able to reduce the cost of a typical manufacturing design cycle by as much as 75% by using 3D scanning. The Manufacturing Cycle Let’s consider the typical…
  • 3 Things to Keep in Mind for your Raster to Vector Conversion

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    As an engineer, you're likely to be aware of the difference between raster and vector images. We've covered it in one of our previous blog posts: raster images consist of pixels and dots, while vectors are essentially a series of graphs determined by mathematical functions and algorithms. The conundrum: all scanned and photographed images are of the raster variety, but as an engineer, the only way to scale and adjust an image is if it's a vector image.  That, in turn, brings up the issue of raster to vector conversion. Converting an image from raster to vector is not as…
  • The Technology of 3D Scanning

    Diane Mitol
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The Technology of 3D Scanning 3D scanning is a relatively new technology, but one that is rapidly becoming very popular.  With handheld 3D scanners costing less than $500 it’s no longer necessary to spend huge sums of money on 3D scanners.  The 3D scanner market has grown in proportion to the 3D printing industry and this growth has fueled the development of more low cost 3D scanners.  So, what are 3D scanners used for and how does this change the basic design process? One of the most efficient ways to generate a CAD model for reverse engineering is by using a 3D…
  • Converting Engineering Drawings Into CAD is Made Easy With SolidWorks Industrial Design

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Converting engineering drawings into CAD models is simpler than ever with improvements to technology over the last decade. CAD programs, such as SolidWorks Industrial Design, allow users to first sketch their ideas out on a blank white screen before modeling. Combining both a drawing application and a 3D modeling software accelerates the engineering process so that modellers can more quickly have their ideas turned into something tangible. A 3D model of a product can now be easily printed by giving the engineering company a real world example to show investors. A small-scale…
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