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  • Dropdowns Should be the UI of Last Resort

    LukeW | Digital Product Design + Strategy
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    All too often mobile forms make use of dropdown menus for input when simpler or more appropriate controls would work better. Here's several alternatives to dropdowns to consider in your designs and why. Expectations impact conversion No one likes filling in forms. And the longer or more complicated a form seems, the less likely we are to jump in and start filling in the blanks -especially on small screens with imprecise inputs (like our fingers). While there's two extra fields in the "painful" version above, the primary difference between these two flight booking forms is how they ask…
  • Touch-Free Interactions as an Innovative Approach to Audience Engagement

    UX Magazine
    Oleh Hasoshyn, Mike Chalyi
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    July 28, 2015Human-computer interaction via human machine interface (HMI)—using touch-sensing devices, such as keyboards, buttons, sliders and touchpads—is something we have been accustomed to since the beginning of the computer era. Today, touch-free technologies are gaining more and more attention, taking user experience to a completely new level of engagement. Thanks to Microsoft Kinect and Apple motion coprocessors, touchless interaction through body gesture recognition has been introduced into multiple industries, bringing in a fresh perspective on the human–computer interaction…
  • Site Flows vs. User Flows: When to Use Which

    UX Movement
    anthony
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    Designing the user experience of a website involves more than figuring out what goes on each page. It’s also about figuring out how those pages flow together. If you don’t plan your page flow, you could run into problems when you start to design.You could:Forget to design certain pages of a site processForget to design call-to-actions that link certain pages togetherNot know where certain pages belong in the site hierarchyNot know which pages should link to each otherNot know which pages users should navigate to complete a taskIf you’ve ever experienced any of these problems, you should…
  • 12 thoughts on creativity

    User Vision » Articles
    Abi Reynolds
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Creativity has been a hot topic at two UX conferences I attended recently here in the UK and in the US. It seems that as UX Professionals in an ever increasing complex world we can get caught up in everyday life and dealing with ‘business as usual’. Sometimes it can be hard to tap into our creative selves and come up with new ideas and perspectives on how to approach our work. So what did I learn about how can we invite more creativity into our lives? Make time for creativity. Figure out when you feel the most creative during the day and allow yourself time to be creative during that…
  • Wearables: enhancing or exploiting our personal data?

    The UX Booth
    Zack Rutherford
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Professor Thad Starner believes wearables can be used for the betterment of mankind, to accent and improve memory, understanding, and enjoyment of the world. But not everyone is so enthusiastic. Wearable technology can also be used for exploitative purposes; to harvest private data, stripping humanity of its anonymity and individuality by reducing people to carefully cataloged numerical data. UX designers are caught in the middle of the storm, responsible for striking an ethical balance. Professor Starner is well qualified to make a statement about wearables; for one thing, he is probably the…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • "Is it too early for me to start a pay-per-click campaign?"

    Nathan Kontny
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    A Redditor asks: My SaaS product is done. We have a customer who we reached out to locally. I’ve got a freelance writer (via Reddit!) who is working on creating an email course to educate and inform potential customers. Until that is done there is nowhere for me to collect email addresses and start warming them up. However, I do have pricing and plans and the sign up is fully implemented. Is it worth creating a couple ads to start generating some traffic yet? Or is it going to be a complete waste of time until I have that ecourse and am able to collect email addresses? If I do create…
  • A mountain of salt for the Apple Watch satisfaction numbers

    Noah
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    We’ve talked a lot about the Apple Watch internally, and even thought a bit about how Basecamp might work on it. A number of Basecampers have gotten Apple Watches, and reviews have been mixed; some people returned their watch, others wear it every single day. Our unscientific, non-representative sentiment runs probably 50/50 satisfied/dissatisfied with the watch. A study reporting high levels of customer satisfaction with the Apple Watch made the round of news sites last week, from the New York Times to Fortune to re/code. The same study was also mentioned by Tim Cook on the most recent…
  • How an idea comes together for me

    Jason Fried
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    First the idea hits. Then I think about it some more and it takes a direction. As I work through the direction, I’ll see another direction. Usually relatively similar, but different enough that it demands its own exploration. As I dig in into the problem, more layers and possibilities reveal themselves. Sometimes they point in entirely different directions. Some seem like big possibilities, others seem smaller. As I keep exploring, some more options emerge. Some independent of the ones I’ve already explored, but others branch off from an existing exploration. As I keep sketching…
  • Cheesecake, the Chicago Way

    Wailin Wong
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    The latest episode of The Distance visits Chicago institution Eli’s Cheesecake, which produces the equivalent of 20,000 cheesecakes a day. What goes into a Chicago-style cheesecake? How about a 1,500-pound Chicago-style cheesecake? Listen to the episode to find out. And if you like the show, you can subscribe to The Distance via iTunes or the podcast app of your choice. We’ll be back in two weeks with another episode about a long-standing business.
  • What are people reading on SvN lately?

    Noah
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Size of bubbles corresponds to share of total SvN web readership, January 2014 through June 2015.
 
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    ZURB

  • How The Next Web Redesign Puts Content First

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    (From left to right: CEO and Co-founder Boris Veldhuijzen and Lead Designer Alexander Griffioen) It's always thrilling to find others who share our passion for design and aren't afraid to take risks. We've worked relentlessly since 1998 to establish ourselves as leaders in the industry and are constantly looking for new ways to improve and take design further. Our Foundation family of open source frameworks has helped push the web forward, University has trained thousands of designers around the globe, 300 of the most innovative companies in the world have partnered with us to build better…
  • Designers: Use'em or Lose'em!

    17 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Design is hot. Companies have realized that good design is good for business, that technology alone isn't enough to get customers excited, and that today's consumers have come to expect a smart and delightful experience in every product they touch. Designers are a hot commodity these days. Companies are going all-in, scooping up talent so their competitors won't. The stakes have never been higher. However, it's clear that not many companies seem to know how to play their hand and they just haven't figured out what do with their design teams. Product managers are still at the helm, doing most…
  • The 'I' in Team

    14 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The origin of the English word 'team' comes from a word that referred to a group of draft animals all working together to pull something forward. Back in ye olden days, the best 'teams' were animals that were the same species, the same size and moving in the same direction. But that doesn't really work when it comes to humans. Teams are made up of different people with different skills, weaknesses, goals, values, etc. How do all these individuals work together to do something more complicated than pull a plough, something like say, designing and building a successful product? Companies,…
  • Starting the Summer Off Right: Meet Our New ZURBians!

    10 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ah summer. BBQ's, sunny weather, watermelon, sparklers, the beach and vacations are just a few of the things that make this a magical season. But we're also incredibly excited about all of the big projects we're working on these summer months that are sure to take ZURB to the next level. To help us tackle these challenges and achieve our goals, we're happy to announce two new designers to the team. Without further ado, we'd like for you to help us welcome... Kevin Chu: Designer Kevin is a California native, growing up in both the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. From early on, Kevin's been…
  • Change the Way People Design

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Six years ago we embarked on our first defined mission with a general sense of direction and cautious optimism. It was ambitious and pushed us to where we are today- an amazing design company that turned the idea of a consultancy upside down. We had the foresight to understand that solving digital design problems required more than just delivering some assets. Nothing about the mission was easy, but we did it. As a leader I was committed to making it happen for ZURB. Today we're publishing our new mission. It's equally ambitious, but backed by the knowhow of seventeen years of design…
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    UX Magazine

  • Does the Red Light Mean the AC Is On or Off? #wtfUX

    Josh Tyson | UX Magazine
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    July 30, 2015Automotive UX does not have the best reputation. Sure, there have been some wins, and carmakers like Tesla have put interface design front-and-center, but curious problems persist. We've got another bout of quizzical automotive interfacing for you courtesy of Deborah Sommers."After giving up being a car owner for the convenience of rentals and city cars, one of the challenges has been finding the buttons for all the little things like tuner, volume, and—in particular—air conditioning...read more By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine…
  • How to Game Friction for Better UX

    Clint Schnee
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    July 29, 2015No one likes friction. Friction slows things down and makes us work harder. Sometimes it makes sparks fly. Bright minds have been busy for centuries fighting it everywhere: from the first wheel to fighter jets and high-speed trains (and, more recently, the Hyperloop). Too much friction can cause our best inventions to burst into flames.In the world of experience design, we're just as busy fighting friction. But just like friction can help us in the physical world—to stop your car at a red light for example—there are times when we need friction in user experience.We just…
  • Touch-Free Interactions as an Innovative Approach to Audience Engagement

    Oleh Hasoshyn, Mike Chalyi
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    July 28, 2015Human-computer interaction via human machine interface (HMI)—using touch-sensing devices, such as keyboards, buttons, sliders and touchpads—is something we have been accustomed to since the beginning of the computer era. Today, touch-free technologies are gaining more and more attention, taking user experience to a completely new level of engagement. Thanks to Microsoft Kinect and Apple motion coprocessors, touchless interaction through body gesture recognition has been introduced into multiple industries, bringing in a fresh perspective on the human–computer interaction…
  • The Environmental Cues that Affect our Online Decisions

    Liraz Margalit
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    July 27, 2015Why do people tend to read a particular article on a news site while skipping another? When browsing through dozens of recipes on the web, what compels people to choose one over the other? What are the odds you’ll finish reading this article?To understand the psychology driving human behavior, it’s important to note that incidental variables affect the way visitors evaluate a product more than one might imagine. Often, browsers are not aware of the environmental cues affecting their online decision-making. If asked, website visitors will generally explain their decisions as…
  • The Adolescent Semantics of Excel #wtfUX

    Josh Tyson | UX Magazine
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    July 23, 2015This piping hot slice of wtfUX comes to us from Kevin Cropper, a project manager with the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. He's running Microsoft Office 2013 on Windows 7 Enterprise and encounters this semantically stilted error message when opening Excel."Is it possible the file was moved, renamed or deleted?" he reiterates. "Typically, I’d want to answer that with something like 'Yes, it is possible,' or 'No, it is right there.' But is 'OK' a viable alternative? Maybe if you are a non-committal teenager speaking to your parent."Cropper says…
 
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    UXmatters

  • Inspiration for UX Design from the Arts and Sciences

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    By Janet M. Six Published: July 20, 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 discusses some other professions that have inspired their UX design work. Our experts have taken inspiration from such diverse fields as music, dance, philosophy, theater, and gastronomy. Have you taken inspiration from another profession and applied it in your UX design practice? If so, please share the source of your inspiration in the comments. Read on to learn about some of our experts’…
  • Simplify Your UX Through Reduction

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    By Brady Bonus Published: July 20, 2015 “Creating a simple experience that looks easy, feels easy, and actually is easy is quite complicated.” Creating a simple user experience requires a method. It’s not enough to say that you’ll create a simple design, that you’ll design like Apple, or that you’ll just remove enough stuff until it feels right. Creating a simple experience that looks easy, feels easy, and actually is easy is quite complicated. My search for a framework for simple design started when I began studying the work of John Maeda, a computer…
  • Why the Work Doesn’t Stop When the Lights Go Down

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    By Traci Lepore Published: July 20, 2015 “The story begins anew with each and every interaction you engage in when on stage—and the same is true in UX design.” Rehearsals are over. You have survived tech week. The dress rehearsal has happened.  Now its opening night: the lights go down, the audience quiets, and the show begins. But that doesn’t mean the work is over. In fact, it is only beginning. While this may sound a little strange to you, it’s true. There are many factors that go into a live performance that can be difficult to manage or anticipate ahead of…
  • When a Design Does Not Hold Up in Actual Usage

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    By Baruch Sachs Published: July 20, 2015 “Sometimes … a design is found wanting in actual usage … [and] there are still significant user-adoption issues after the design gets implemented.” Sitting where we do within a consulting organization for a software vendor, my team and I often feel like mediators between two warring factions. On one side, we have Design and, on the other side, user’s actual usage of an application. Sometimes, both meld fantastically well. In such cases, the design is almost always well thought out, slick, and crafty. At other times,…
  • Product Review: Lucidchart

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    By Arun Joseph Martin Published: July 20, 2015 “An online diagramming and collaboration tool, Lucidchart lets you create flowcharts, process diagrams, mindmaps, and wireframes.” As UX professionals, we use different diagramming tools to create a variety of diagrams that articulate our UX designs. We must share these diagrams with our collaborators and stakeholders, who may be in remote locations, to receive their feedback. Most diagramming tools are either desktop or cloud applications, with some collaboration options. Just a few tools, including Lucidchart, offer us the…
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • Ask Dr. Web with Jeffrey Zeldman: If Ever I Should Leave You: Job Hunting For Web Designers and Developers

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    In our last installment, we discussed what to do when your boss is satisfied with third-party code that would make Stalin yak. This time out, we’ll discuss when, why, and how to quit your job. When is the right time to leave your first job for something new? How do you know you’re ready to take the plunge? Wet Behind The Ears Dear Wet Behind: From frying an egg to proposing marriage, you can never know for sure when it’s the right time to do anything—let alone anything as momentous as leaving your first job. First, search your heart: most times, you already know what you want to…
  • This week's sponsor: Squarespace

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Make a beautiful website with our sponsor, Squarespace. Keep it simple, or customize your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with the Developer Platform—you can even get all your content through the JSON API. Get started today.
  • 2015 Summer Reading Issue

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Summer is halfway over. Have you hid out for a day of reading yet? Grab a shady spot and a picnic blanket (or just park it in front of the nearest AC unit), turn off your notifications, and unwrap this tasty treat: our 2015 summer reader. Refresh your mind, heart, and spirit with this curated list of articles, videos, and other goodies from the recent past—from A List Apart and across the web. Which web do we want? Is the web “a place to connect knowledge, people, and cats,” or do “hordes threaten all that we have built for one another”? Where will native-versus-web fights end up?
  • Mark Llobrera · Professional Amateurs: Memory Management

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    When I was starting out as a web designer, one of my chief joys was simply observing how my mentors went about their job—the way they prepared for projects, the way they organized their work. I knew that it would take a while for my skills to catch up to theirs, but I had an inkling that developing a foundation of good work habits was something that would stay with me throughout my career. Many of those habits centered around creating a personal system for organizing all the associated bits and pieces that contributed to the actual code I wrote. These days as I mentor Bluecadet’s dev…
  • This week's sponsor: Bushel

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    If you manage and protect Apple devices at work, our sponsor Bushel is here to help make it easier.
 
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    LukeW | Digital Product Design + Strategy

  • Redesigning the Apple Watch UI

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    After wearing my Apple watch daily for the past two+ months, I've found myself wishing for a simpler interaction model for moving between content and apps. Here's what I'd propose and why. The vast majority of my interactions with the Apple Watch involve notifications. I get a light tap on my wrist, raise my arm, and get a bit of useful information. This awareness of what's happening helps me stay connected to the real World and is the primary reason I enjoy wearing a smartwatch. Thanks to "long look" notifications, I'm also able to take action on some notifications —mostly to triage things…
  • Dropdowns Should be the UI of Last Resort

    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    All too often mobile forms make use of dropdown menus for input when simpler or more appropriate controls would work better. Here's several alternatives to dropdowns to consider in your designs and why. Expectations impact conversion No one likes filling in forms. And the longer or more complicated a form seems, the less likely we are to jump in and start filling in the blanks -especially on small screens with imprecise inputs (like our fingers). While there's two extra fields in the "painful" version above, the primary difference between these two flight booking forms is how they ask…
  • Video: Multi-Device Output, Input, and Posture

    18 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Conversions@Google published a complete video recording of my two and a half hour seminar last month (April 2015 in Dublin) on designing for mobile and across devices. In part one I walk through the growth of connected screens and how to design software that works well across a wide variety of devices from mobile to TVs and beyond. In particular I focus on output (what can show up on a screen), input (what people can put into our screens), and posture (how people interact with the output and input of a screen). In part two I answer audience questions and cover screen-less devices, responsive…
  • On the Wrist: Android Wear vs. Apple Watch

    17 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    On PCs (or smartphones, or TVs) computer operating systems have a lot of user interface elements and conventions in common. So it's really the differences in each OS that define their unique personalities. Wearables are no different as my recent companions between Android Wear and Apple Watch help illustrate. Both operating systems contain an extensive but "hidden" interface layer. That is, there's lots of controls and features available but they require knowledge of touch gestures, audio commands, or hardware to operate. In practice I've personally found it hard to keep all these invisible…
  • The Invisible Interface

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Hang around software companies long enough and you'll certainly hear someone proclaim "the best interface is invisible." While this adage seems inevitable, today's device ecosystem makes it clear we may not be there yet. When there's no graphical user interface (icons, labels, etc.) in a product to guide us, our memory becomes the UI. That is, we need to remember the hidden voice and gesture commands that operate our devices. And these controls are likely to differ per device making the task even harder. Consider the number of gesture interfaces on today's smartwatch home screens. A swipe in…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • If Ever I Should Leave You: Job Hunting For Web Designers & Developers

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Stagnation is fine for some jobs—when I was a dishwasher at The Earth Kitchen vegetarian restaurant, I enjoyed shutting off my brain and focusing on the rhythmic scrubbing of burnt pans, the slosh and swirl of peas and carrots in a soapy drain—but professionals, particularly web professionals, are either learning and growing or, like the love between Annie Hall and Alvy Singer, becoming a dead shark. If you’ve stopped learning on the job, it’s past time to look around. Source: If Ever I Should Leave You: Job Hunting For Web Designers and Developers · An A List Apart Column
  • The Designer As Writer and Public Speaker

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    I’M ALWAYS telling my colleagues and students that a designer who wants to make a difference and enjoy a long career must master writing and public speaking. I’ve seen way too many designers with far greater natural gifts than I possess struggle in early, mid-, and late career, because, despite their great talent and the thoughtful rigor of their work, they lack the practiced, confident communications ability that every designer needs to sell their best work. Few designers currently working better exemplify the designer-as-communicator than Mike Monteiro, co-founder of Mule Design…
  • Publishing Versus Performance: Our Struggle for the Soul of the Web

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    MY SOUL is in twain. Two principles on which clued-in web folk heartily agree are coming more and more often into conflict—a conflict most recently thrust into relief by discussions around the brilliant Vox Media team, publishers of The Verge. The two principles are: Building performant websites is not only a key differentiator that separates successful sites from those which don’t get read; it’s also an ethical obligation, whose fulfillment falls mainly on developers, but can only happen with the buy-in of the whole team, from marketing to editorial, from advertising to design.
  • A List Apart Summer Reading

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    SUMMER is halfway over. Have you hid out for a day of reading yet? Grab a shady spot and a picnic blanket (or just park it in front of the nearest AC unit), turn off your notifications, and unwrap this tasty treat: our 2015 summer reader. Refresh your mind, heart, and spirit with this curated list of articles, videos, and other goodies from the recent past—from A List Apart and across the web. Our 2015 compilation of articles, blogs, and other gems from across the web: perfect summer reading, poolside and beyond. Source: 2015 Summer Reading Issue · An A List Apart Article
  • Co-Design, Not Redesign, by Kevin M. Hoffman – An Event Apart Video

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    MOVE from the nightmare of design by committee to the joys of design collaboration. In this 60-minute video captured live at An Event Apart Orlando: Special Edition, Kevin M. Hoffman explains how service design thinking, lean approaches to user experience, and co-design processes offer an alternative to the usual (expensive) design project frustrations, and deliver experiences to delight your users. Source: An Event Apart News: Co-Design, Not Redesign, by Kevin M. Hoffman – An Event Apart Video
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    Max Design

  • Links for light reading (27/7/15)

    Russ Weakley
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    CSS CSS is Alive and Well Say Goodbye to Vendor Prefixes Creating Better CSS Styleguide – A tool to make creating and maintaining styleguides easy CSS Grid Layout at CSS Day ‘Focusing’ on the Web Today General Smashing Book #5 Is Here, And It’s Hot Like Smoking Barrels. Hero Image Custom Metrics W3C Geofencing Api Spec Ready For Comment and Contribution 10 ways to optimise images for better performance Video: Inspecting Network Requests with Chrome Dev Tools New Book: On Web Development The Anatomy of Great Website Design that Google Loves How an idea comes together…
  • Links for light reading (16/7/15)

    Russ Weakley
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    CSS Understanding Block Formatting Contexts in CSS Print Stylesheet Approaches: Blacklist vs Whitelist 13 tips for making responsive web design multi-lingual Video: Using CSS Stats to Remove Bloated CSS 12 Little-Known CSS Facts (The Sequel) Quantity Ordering With CSS CSS Counter Styles Level 3 – W3C Candidate Recommendation, 11 June 2015 CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3 (CSS3 UI) – W3C Candidate Recommendation, 7 July 2015 CSS Values and Units Module Level 3 – W3C Candidate Recommendation, 11 June 2015 General Sitepoint Versioning material – HTML5 UI design…
  • Links for light reading (21/6/15)

    Russ Weakley
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    CSS Conical gradients, today! Contextual Styling: UI Components, Nesting, and Implementation Detail Useful Flexbox Technique: Alignment Shifting Wrapping The Making Of “In Pieces”: Designing an Interactive Exhibition With CSS Clip Paths 5 things every web designer needs to know about CSS General On being overwhelmed with our fast paced industry High Performance Images: Beautiful Shouldn’t Mean Slow Introducing srcset, our first step towards fully responsive images in Microsoft Edge When Responsive Images Get Ugly Bringing Sanity and Order to Device Testing Not Really Single Page Apps 5…
  • Links for light reading (7/6/15)

    Russ Weakley
    6 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    CSS Viewport Vs Percentage Units Color Filters Can Turn Your Gray Skies Blue 4 ways to use modern CSS with old browsers CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3 (CSS3 UI) – W3C Working Draft, 19 May 2015 General The Effective Designer How Mobile Friendly Is Your Design? 12 Tips to Follow Doc?Blockr – Sublime text package 2Mb Web Pages: Who’s to Blame? The Web is not Poor Man’s Native Please Update Picturefill Bringing Sanity and Order to Device Testing UX Crafting a Design Persona Fitting After Effects Into A UX Workflow 5 Simple UX Principles to Guide your Product Design…
  • Links for light reading (29/5/15)

    Russ Weakley
    28 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    CSS Migrating to Flexbox by Cutting the Mustard CSS Ruler The End of Global CSS On writing real CSS (again) How to Use Media Queries in Responsive Web Design General Just right for me 20 Docs and Guides for Front-End Developers (No. 4) Screensiz.es Sort git Branches by Date Benton Modern, A Case Study On Art-Directed Responsive Web Typography The Art Of The SVG Filter And Why It Is Awesome XTemplate – A Simple Javascript library to manage HTML Fragments templates Web Standards: We’re F’ing It Up UX Interface Experience Maps How To Create UX Personas Designing For Explicit…
 
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    Muffin Research Labs

  • Back to the future: ES6 + React

    Stuart Colville
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    I've just recently finished shaving about a billion yaks * to convert a React app over to use ES6 modules and classes so we can start living in the future that is ES6 with a sprinkling of ES7. * Might not be true Transpiling back to the present We're using babel via webpack to transpile our ES6+ code into ES5. Babel exposes the various stages of ECMAScript proposals so you can choose whatever stages are appropriate for your project. For example Stage 0 will give you the most features, but that will include things like strawman proposals that may never actually see the light of day. For our…
  • Running tests on Sauce Labs via Travis

    Stuart Colville
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    For the Payments Team's front-end projects we've just landed support for running the front-end unit tests using Sauce Labs. About Sauce Labs In case you've never heard of Sauce Labs (unlikely!) they provide access to a multitude of browser/platform combinations via vms so you can run your automated test suite (or do manual testing) and get comprehensive cross browser coverage fairly easily. Open source projects can get an 'Open Sauce' account for free. You can find out more on the 'Open Sauce' account here. Once you sign-up you will have a username and access key that are used to get access…
  • SVG credit-card provider icons

    Stuart Colville
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Recently I've been working on a UI for credit-card payments. As part of this we needed some credit-card icons to show the card type as the user types in the number to the input field. In looking for existing iconography I either couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, or the license terms were unknown. In the end I built up a small set of icons using a mix of Sketch and InkScape and provided them as svg on github. You can see a preview of all the current icons here. The repository is at https://github.com/muffinresearch/payment-icons (MPL 2.0). Contributions If you want to contribute…
  • Tips for building a dev-env with docker

    Stuart Colville
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Using docker and docker-compose to run a development environment can be a good way to have all your services connected and running together. I'm going to assume you've got a basic understanding of docker and how it works if not there's a good overview of what docker is here. We're currently using docker-compose alongside docker to tie together several services for the Mozilla payments development environment. Having used docker-compose (née fig) on the marketplace development environment. We learnt a lot about what did and didn't work. Two of the biggest issues we hit were: Dependencies and…
  • 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.
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    Putting people first

  • Nissan’s place-based design process

    Experientia
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Megan Neese is a senior manager in the Future Lab at Nissan Motor Ltd., a cross-functional team tasked with uncovering new business opportunities for the future of automotive. In an article for EPIC, she explains how product companies are undergoing an identity crisis, as products become smarter, their nature changes, and even the definition of the industry that they service blurs. This new system of systems brings with it a series of fundamental questions: What industry are we in? Who are our customers? What are our core competencies? A seemingly straightforward product development process…
  • [Report] Design for Service Innovation & Development

    Experientia
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    Design for Service Innovation & Development: Final Report Edited by y Daniela Sangiorgi, Alison Prendiville, Jeyon Jung and Eun Yu May 2015 DeSID (Design for Service Innovation and Development) is a six-month scoping study funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research council) into the different ways that Service Design contributes to service innovation. The output is a rich picture of how designers operate in practice and contribute to wider and on going service development processes; including the way their engagement with their clients and the specific project conditions highly…
  • Service Design in Consumer Banking: the challenges and opportunities

    Experientia
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    Last month the people from Irish UX consultancy Frontend Design looked at the UX revolution in healthcare and how changes in that sector are moving towards putting the customer at the centre of the service. The banking sector is experiencing similar upheaval at the moment and facing similar challenges. In this month’s article, we look at six design problems specific to banks and how these challenges offer opportunities to re-imagine banking as a service. 1. Losing the personal touch 2. Neglecting the Total Customer Journey 3. Departmental silos 4. The compliance barrier 5. Missing the…
  • [Book] Excited to announce the new book by John Thackara

    Experientia
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    How to thrive in the next economy by John Thackara Thames & Hudson August 2015, 192pp Abstract Drawing on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, I describe how communities the world over are creating a replacement, leave-things-better economy from the ground up. Each chapter is about creative ways to tackle timeless needs that matter: restoring the land, sharing water, making homes, journeying, growing food, designing clothes, journeying, and caring for each other. I write of soil restorers and river keepers; seed savers and de-pavers; cloud commuters and…
  • New qualitative research on video consumption by UK youth

    Experientia
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:26 am
    TV viewing (live, playback and Broadcaster VOD services) dominates the video viewing of all ages; however 16-24s have a more varied video diet, with TV accounting for two thirds of their total video viewing compared to the UK average of 81%. Whilst it’s great to know how young people are using video, this only tells a small part of the story. We’re bombarded with the word ‘millennials’ – but this is a meaningless term for a diverse bunch. Today’s 20 year old could be in education and living at home with mum or dad or they could be married and working full-time with a kid or two.
 
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    Veerle's blog

  • Revenue recognition

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Editorial Illustration for Economia Magazine.via aron vellekoop
  • Bike Riding by Adam Quest

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    Love the spokes!via Adam Quest
  • Roos van Dijk

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Painting by artist Roos van Dijk.via booooooom
  • Shapes of Miami

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Miami Tower, American Airlines Arena, Southeast Financial Center, Planetarium at Miami Science Museum, 50 Biscayne, Marinablue, Freedom Tower.via Yoni Alter
  • Royal Mail Mads Berg

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Travel by sea with a nostalgic twist.via Mads Berg
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    UIE Brain Sparks

  • A UX Advantage Podcast with Karen McGrane: Shifting To Continuous Deployment

    Sean Carmichael
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    [ Transcript Available ] The speed of Agile delivery fundamentally changes the work process and puts new demands on the design cycle. What happens when the notion of deadline dates is replaced with a continual stream of experience enhancements by everyone in the organization? That is just one of the questions being addressed at the UX Advantage conference. Karen McGrane and Jared Spool will be your hosts as they have meaningful conversations on a series of topics with top design executives. In this podcast, Karen tackles the UX Advantage topic, Shifting to Continuous Deployment. Join us in…
  • July Free Resources – Articles & Podcasts

    Adam Churchill
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Recent Articles The New Design Leader Emphasizes Leadership by Jared SpoolUser research is the most effective tool for bringing the user into every conversation. Smart design leaders prioritize their team’s user research capability above design skills. Understanding the user and their needs will drive great design. Hiring UX Experts Versus Giving Your Team Their Own UX Skills by Jared SpoolBringing on someone with skills and training the rest of the team in those skills are not mutually exclusive activities. In fact, they are quite synergistic. The UX Expert can act as a coach and…
  • UI20: Detailed Descriptions on All 8 UI20 Workshops

    Lauren Cramer
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Explore the UI20 daylong workshops in great detail Monday, November 2 workshops Scenario-Driven Design by Kim Goodwin Prevent endless design debates and feature creep with a shared understanding. Service Design by Marc Stickdorn Design for every touchpoint across your customer’s entire journey. Building Scalable Design Systems and Style Guides by Nathan Curtis Build a cohesive cross-product experience with defined standards and workflows. UX and Product Roadmaps by Bruce McCarthy Learn structured processes for product strategy, priorities, and roadmaps.
  • A UX Advantage Podcast with Karen McGrane: Why Marc Rettig?

    Sean Carmichael
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    [ Transcript Available ] There are always burning questions about how to get organizations to be more design-centric and what better way to learn than from someone who has done it. Marc Rettig has been helping organizations make the transition for 30 years. In this podcast, Karen McGrane shares why he was chosen as one of the keynote speakers for UX Advantage. Join us in Baltimore August 18-19 for UX Advantage. For more information, visit uxadvantage.com. Recorded: July, 2015 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ←This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast…
  • UIE Newsletter: The New Design Leader Emphasizes Leadership

    Jared Spool
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    In this week’s article, I discuss the changing roles of a design leader, whose focus should be more on leadership than on design. Here’s an excerpt from the article: As we learn more about the current cohort of design leaders—the ones who are making their organizations more competitive through design—we find they are nothing like this mythical ideal super-designer. Their superpowers aren’t turning everything they touch into beautiful works to be idolized. Instead, they focus more on leadership than on design. That isn’t to say they ignore design, rather that great design is the…
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    Cone Trees

  • Designers vs Developers- Coming together to build the best RIAs

    ConeTrees
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    What is the fastest way to get from a product idea to a rich internet application? By breaking down the communication barriers between designers and developers. This talk takes a quick look at how to build a shared vocabulary and use prototyping to bypass extensive wireframes and development specs.
  • Breaking Down a User Experience (UX) Plan- Components

    ConeTrees
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Status: Work in progress (what is this?) Why is having a UX plan important? Having worked for years in UX and having lead many UX projects over time, I can tell you that one of the first steps in a UX project is to put out your UX plan. A UX plan is important because: You externalize by writing things down which allows you to detail out what was in your mind better. There is no plan until it is on paper. Stakeholders such as the business leads and project manager need to know what UX activities (also why and how long) are meant to be a part of the project so there can be consensus…
  • LearnAR

    ConeTrees
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    LearnAR is a new learning tool that brings investigative, interactive and independent learning to life using Augmented Reality. It is a pack of ten curriculum resources for teachers and students to explore by combining the real world with virtual content using a web cam. The resource pack consists of interactive learning activities across English, maths, science, RE, physical education and languages that bring a wow-factor to the curriculum.
  • See->Sort->Sketch : Pen & Paper Tools to get from Research to Design

    ConeTrees
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    In the world of user experience, learning about your customers is key to making great stuff. But design research reports are dense and boring. Unlock the power of sketching and pen and paper tools to create research outputs that are vibrant, sticky and that reflect personality, human perspective and that move seamlessly into design.
  • You’re a Rock Star: Building Thought Leadership Through Social Networking

    ConeTrees
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:41 am
    This presentation attempts to inform you on how you can use social networking to build thought leadership.
 
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - HFI Connect

  • CXA Spotlight: Krista Kostuch

    Human Factors International
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    From English Teacher to UX Champion "There was more in the realm of user experience I needed to learn that not even hands-on experience could teach me. There were best practices, methods, techniques, tools and everything else that I wanted to know how and when to apply.” Read the entire article
  • CUA of the Month: July 2015 - CJ Cuccaro

    Human Factors International
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Switching From Programmer to Usability Mental Model "My advice for those who want to enter this field of usability: do as much up front learning as possible. Work on core soft skills like presenting, selling, analyzing, and organizing. Look into the HFI certification programs. No need for a full degree, get the CUA from HFI. The cost savings compared to a degree is significant and you will get what you need to be successful.” Read the entire article
  • UXPA Conference in San Diego, June 22-25

    Human Factors International
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Human Factors International looks forward to meeting you at UXPA 2015 in San Diego, June 22-25, at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort. CEO and Founder Eric Schaffer will be attending the conference along with Global President Jay More and Global Chief of Technical Staff Apala Lahiri. Come to our booth and meet Mary Michaels, our Global Director of Training, and Business Director Jonathan Sinton. Come and check out our Exclusive UXPA Special offers and try out the user experience of Virtual Reality on the Samsung Gear VR Headset at our booth. We look forward to seeing you at UXPA!
  • CUA of the Month - June 2015: Stacy Sherman

    Human Factors International
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The Drive toward Optimization Excellence "My passion is digital marketing and conversion optimization. I love my job because everything is measurable in the digital space, and I can make intelligent business decisions based on data versus opinion.” Read the entire article
  • CUA of the Month - May 2015: Kendra Keogh

    Human Factors International
    1 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bridging the UX/Development Gap "I have always wanted my development to be closer to the user. I really need for my work to make an impact and to be meaningful. The closer I can get to the people who use it, the more satisfying it is for me. I actually feel like I am doing something that matters to a person, rather than just working with technology.” Read the entire article
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    The UX Booth

  • Wearables: enhancing or exploiting our personal data?

    Zack Rutherford
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Professor Thad Starner believes wearables can be used for the betterment of mankind, to accent and improve memory, understanding, and enjoyment of the world. But not everyone is so enthusiastic. Wearable technology can also be used for exploitative purposes; to harvest private data, stripping humanity of its anonymity and individuality by reducing people to carefully cataloged numerical data. UX designers are caught in the middle of the storm, responsible for striking an ethical balance. Professor Starner is well qualified to make a statement about wearables; for one thing, he is probably the…
  • Hermeneutics for Designers

    Sjors Timmer
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    “To understand the whole of a book it is necessary to grasp its individual words and sentences, but those words and sentences only have meaning within the larger context of the book, hence interpretation must be a matter of constant revision: revising one’s sense of the whole as one grasps the individual parts, and revising one’s sense of the parts as the meaning of the whole emerges.” -Paul Kidder – Professor of Philosophy in Gadamer for Architects The process Paul Kidder identifies in Gadamer for Architects is known as the “hermeneutic circle.” Central…
  • Connected Experiences are Compelling Experiences

    Dan LeBoeuf
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Cameron’s phone buzzes with a familiar alert, telling him his morning alarm will sound off in exactly 8 hours. He places his phone on the charger and settles in. A swipe and tap on his smartwatch fades the lights, and initializes his watch to monitor sleep movement and noises. Morning comes, and the app detects that Cameron has entered a light level of sleep, so it triggers the lights to fade in, mimicking sunrise. A gentle vibration on Cameron’s wrist alerts him to get up. He taps the phone, signaling he’s awake. With a few clever integrations, Cameron is empowered to…
  • Improve Conversions with Better Personalization

    Maya Nix
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    For my niece’s sixth birthday, I decided to buy her a pair of kids’ Converse on Zappos. I’ve been window shopping for her on Zappos for months, and today I was greeted by kids-focused shopping recommendations! Not only did I buy the Converse sneakers I originally sought out, but also the denim shorts that Zappos recommended. Honestly, I would have bought the Converse sneakers anyway. But my order doubled thanks to successful personalization. Why is this story relevant to a UX Designer who may or may not be into mini Converse shoes? Because, let me repeat this, my order doubled thanks to…
  • Styling Forms Accessibly

    Amanda Cheung
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    I was waiting at a bus stop when I realized that the person next to me was using sign language over FaceTime on her phone. I had never thought about how video calling benefitted communication for hearing-impaired people. There is so much that accessibility enables. As a UX developer, I try to incorporate accessibility needs as much as I can when I build websites and web applications so I always enjoy seeing everyday considerations. According to Wikipedia, web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites by, people…
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    UX Passion

  • Designing for emotions – UX design principles

    Vibor Cipan
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    This content is syndicated from UX Passion. The Internet is no longer a rational space driven by facts and reality. With the emergence of social media and constant connectivity, the Internet is quickly taking on a character of its own, but fluxing and changing daily. In order to keep up with the constantly changing worldwide web, business owners need their websites to quickly and efficiently bring customers in. The use of user experience (UX) designing for emotions enables businesses to take their websites to the next level in today’s growing Internet world. The Importance: Why even…
  • UX, web design and web development news: Jul 4 – Jul 10

    Vibor Cipan
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    This content is syndicated from UX Passion. This news digest marks our fourth edition! And we want to say big THANK YOU for all your support, valuabale comments and suggestions on what to include in our web design and web development news. We encourage you to stay in touch with us on Twitter (@UXPassion) or on our UX Passion Facebook page. Our web design and web development news are published there daily! Your weekly overview of UX, web design and web development news Plenty of news in this digest – so in case you missed some of them – here’s your chance to catch-up with UX,…
  • TOP 5 usability mistakes when doing the usability tests with users

    Darko Čengija
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    This content is syndicated from UX Passion. There is a number of posts on our website already describing how to plan the tests with users, how to perform the tests, how to measure, etc. What we haven’t yet wrote about is what are the most common usability mistakes that people do when testing users and evaluating usability of your product or service.. Not every mistake appears every time, of course, and there are also other ways to screw up your tests. Top 5 usability mistakes we are listing here represent the most common usability testing mistakes that also can have a significant effect…
  • UX, web design and web development news: Jun 27 – Jul 3

    Vibor Cipan
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:49 am
    This content is syndicated from UX Passion. Our third weekly web design news is here. As always, we tried to gather some interesting posts from around the web and we hope that you’ll find them useful and interesting. We also hope that you are finding ways to enjoy summer (if you live on a Northern hemisphere) or have fun during winter if you are south of equator. As we always suggest – you might also want to stay in touch with us on Twitter (@UXPassion) or on our UX Passion Facebook page. Our web design and web development news are published there daily! Your weekly overview of…
  • UX, web design and web development news: Jun 22 – Jun 26

    Vibor Cipan
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:56 am
    This content is syndicated from UX Passion. We are back in our second week with the bunch of interesting design news and posts we collected around the web. While this week was a bit slower than previous one (We are guessing that summer is kickin’ in), there are still bunch of interesting news to share and things to learn. Enjoy! While you are around – you might also want to stay in touch with us on Twitter (@UXPassion) or on our UX Passion Facebook page. We publish our web design and web development news there daily! Your weekly overview of UX, web design and web development news…
 
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    User Vision » Articles

  • 12 thoughts on creativity

    Abi Reynolds
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Creativity has been a hot topic at two UX conferences I attended recently here in the UK and in the US. It seems that as UX Professionals in an ever increasing complex world we can get caught up in everyday life and dealing with ‘business as usual’. Sometimes it can be hard to tap into our creative selves and come up with new ideas and perspectives on how to approach our work. So what did I learn about how can we invite more creativity into our lives? Make time for creativity. Figure out when you feel the most creative during the day and allow yourself time to be creative during that…
  • UX Song of the Month: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

    Chris Rourke
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    This month’s entry to the UX playlist is courtesy of Gemma Barnes who suggested this song during our mini competition at the UX Scotland conference. Gemma observed the song implies an issue with information architecture – how content is structured, organised and labelled on websites and software. It was back in 1987 on their Joshua Tree album that U2 lost something and started singing about it in the gospel-inspired hit song. Hopefully they have found it by now especially after their huge efforts scaling city walls, climbing the highest mountains and kissing honey lips according to…
  • UX Strat Europe 2015 – UX meets business strategy

    Chris Rourke
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    In June I attended the inspiring, informative and enjoyable UX Strategy conference in Amsterdam. This European conference was organised by Paul Bryan after several successful installments of the UX Strategy Conference and Masterclasses in the USA.  Like the earlier ones, the goal of this conference was to explore the intersection of business strategy, customer experience, product design, and service design. It was a refreshingly different UX conference.  Although references were occasionally made to tactical methods such as usability testing or prototyping, the focus was firmly kept on the…
  • Very Exclusive – User Experience Review

    Nicola Dunlop
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    This article has been published in May 2015 edition of Internet Retailing The high-end retail website veryexclusive.co.uk allows customers to pay off their purchases through monthly instalments. Such an approach is more commonly associated with the likes of big purchases; buying a car or investing in a house, and so may be considered unorthodox when applied to clothes. The following piece reviews the customer journey of finding ladies swimwear with specific consideration around how the pay monthly feature is accounted for during the process. With summer fast approaching and ambitions of a…
  • Accessibility – always the bridesmaid, never the bride

    Gayle Whittaker
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Web accessibility is the practice of making websites usable to people of all abilities and disabilities. Yet somehow accessibility is commonly overlooked and is often not considered, or not deemed important to the implementation of a website. This then causes bigger issues, such as financial costs, to put right the forgotten requirement. At User Vision we raised the accessibility profile as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day by inviting people to our breakfast briefing on Designing Accessible Web Experiences. We discussed how businesses needed to come together as a team on…
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    UX Movement

  • Site Flows vs. User Flows: When to Use Which

    anthony
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    Designing the user experience of a website involves more than figuring out what goes on each page. It’s also about figuring out how those pages flow together. If you don’t plan your page flow, you could run into problems when you start to design.You could:Forget to design certain pages of a site processForget to design call-to-actions that link certain pages togetherNot know where certain pages belong in the site hierarchyNot know which pages should link to each otherNot know which pages users should navigate to complete a taskIf you’ve ever experienced any of these problems, you should…
  • WebDesignerNews.com: Curated Stories for Designers

    anthony
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Designers don’t just like to design, sometimes they like to read. But there are many design articles on the web that go unread because of the lack of exposure. That means you’re missing out on many articles that could give you the insight you need to become a better designer.WebDesignerNews.com is going to change all that. It’s going to help you keep your ear to the ground on what’s happening in the design world, so that you never miss a beat.You’ll find plenty of articles on different design topics all hand-curated by fellow designers. It has a voting system that allows you to see…
  • How Button Placement Standards Reinforce User Habits

    anthony
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    “It doesn’t matter where it’s placed as long as it’s there.” This is how many who don’t understand user experience think about buttons. In UX, every detail matters, especially button placement.Buttons work like door knobs. People wouldn’t be able to use doors efficiently if door knobs weren’t placed in a consistent area. But because they are, everyone with a hand can walk through doors without much thought. The placement standard of door knobs across doors creates an unconscious habit in people.Users are Creatures of HabitLike door knobs, buttons need placement standards.
  • Flow Patterns: Make Site Flows with Fine Visual Detail

    anthony
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    Every UX designer knows that site flows are a key part of the design process. They set the long-term vision for the site before graphics or code takes place.Traditional site flows of boxes and arrows aren’t detailed enough to paint a clear vision to others. You need visual site flows that show the basics of how a page will look. This gives your team a better idea of what you’ll design, so that you can better meet their expectations.Introducing Flow Patterns The best way to create visual site flows is to use Flow Patterns. This pro toolkit is loaded with 72 pages and 78…
  • Placeit: App Demo Video Templates for App Marketing

    anthony
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    Every app marketing strategy needs an app demo video. Showing your app being used in context can attract customers and get them to download it.This isn’t easy to do if you’re not a professional videographer. Placeit has figured out how you can create app demo videos and mockups of your apps without doing any video editing.They have 140 app demo video templates for different devices. You can choose between templates that tell a user story or ones of someone just using the app.All you do is choose a template, and record up to 1 minute of the app interaction you want to demo. Placeit will…
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    Cone Trees

  • Designers vs Developers- Coming together to build the best RIAs

    ConeTrees
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    What is the fastest way to get from a product idea to a rich internet application? By breaking down the communication barriers between designers and developers. This talk takes a quick look at how to build a shared vocabulary and use prototyping to bypass extensive wireframes and development specs.
  • Breaking Down a User Experience (UX) Plan- Components

    ConeTrees
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    Status: Work in progress (what is this?) Why is having a UX plan important? Having worked for years in UX and having lead many UX projects over time, I can tell you that one of the first steps in a UX project is to put out your UX plan. A UX plan is important because: You externalize by writing things down which allows you to detail out what was in your mind better. There is no plan until it is on paper. Stakeholders such as the business leads and project manager need to know what UX activities (also why and how long) are meant to be a part of the project so there can be consensus…
  • LearnAR

    ConeTrees
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    LearnAR is a new learning tool that brings investigative, interactive and independent learning to life using Augmented Reality. It is a pack of ten curriculum resources for teachers and students to explore by combining the real world with virtual content using a web cam. The resource pack consists of interactive learning activities across English, maths, science, RE, physical education and languages that bring a wow-factor to the curriculum.
  • See->Sort->Sketch : Pen & Paper Tools to get from Research to Design

    ConeTrees
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    In the world of user experience, learning about your customers is key to making great stuff. But design research reports are dense and boring. Unlock the power of sketching and pen and paper tools to create research outputs that are vibrant, sticky and that reflect personality, human perspective and that move seamlessly into design.
  • You’re a Rock Star: Building Thought Leadership Through Social Networking

    ConeTrees
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:41 am
    This presentation attempts to inform you on how you can use social networking to build thought leadership.
 
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    Substance

  • The Substance Field Guide to ESTO Portland 2015

    Stephen Landau
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    We are incredibly excited that Portland has been selected to host the U.S. Travel Association’s ESTO (Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations) conference this year, from August 23rd to 25th. With a number of Substance clients coming to town, as well as friends from a number of Destination Marketing Organizations from across the country, we’ve put together some of our favorite places to eat, drink, and go when you’re in Portland. We’ve tried to focus the list to places that are easy to get to (meaning walkable) from downtown, but there are so many places you…
  • The Responsibility of Working in the Travel & Tourism Industry

    Stephen Landau
    19 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    In 2014, $927.9 billion was spent directly by domestic and international travelers, generating $141.5 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments. Travel supports 15 million jobs in the U.S. — 8 million direct tourism jobs and 7 million indirect and induced jobs. U.S. Travel Association Travel Facts With travel being one of the greatest adventures we can experience, much of our work with Adventure Brands is in the travel and tourism industry. And judging from the numbers above, travel and tourism is a huge generator of jobs and revenue in the United States. When these…
  • Destinations Are More Than Lists of Resources

    Stephen Landau
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. Susan Sontag   Experiences are created through interactions with a destination, not through a listing page that shows every restaurant. Stories are written and memories are created from the experiences people have, not from pages of search results. We travel for work since much of our work has to do with travel. Sometimes these trips are around the corner or across the river, sometimes these trips are hours away by plane, crossing mountain ranges and thousands of miles. Most of these trips involve research, not only for what makes our…
  • Establishing Brand Loyalty in an Increasingly Brand Disloyal World

    Stephen Landau
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Only twenty-five percent of American respondents in a recent Ernst & Young study said that brand loyalty affected how they shopped. For established brands, this is a nightmare. You can never coast on past performance … and the price premium that a recognized brand can charge has shrunk. James Surowiecki, from “Twilight of the Brands” in the New Yorker (Feb. 17, 2014) If brand loyalty is created by what a brand stands for, here’s your opportunity to share your point of view with likeminded people who want to purchase a product, visit a destination, or have an…
  • Stories that Sell: Content Strategy for Adventure Brands – The Presentation

    Stephen Landau
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:42 pm
    This presentation was originally given on January 23, 2015, in front of an audience of about 140 attendees at Outdoor Retailer, as part of the Outdoor Retailer Education Sessions. The presentation format and flow have been modified slightly to better fit our site vs. the presentation slide + speaking format at Outdoor Retailer. Once video is online from the presentation, we will link to it from this post. What makes adventure brands different? The travel and tourism industry sells experiences (not products). In the travel and tourism industry, adventure brands are the destinations, hotels,…
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    The UX Bookmark

  • Wise mappping

    admin
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Wise mapping is a free online mind mapping editor. It lets you: share your mind maps with friends embed them in blogs import and export to Free mind Wise mappping The post Wise mappping appeared first on The UX Bookmark.
  • UX Strategy is different than UI strategy- Part I

    admin
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    Here is some big news: UX strategy is not UI strategy. This must be big news since the two seem identical in how they are practiced. There seems to be a fundamental flaw in our ability to make a difference between UX practice and UI practice. However, there does not seem to be a shortage of differences between defining the two that is covered and almost written to death (so I won’t cover it here if you are interested in that wikipedia is a fun to place to start). Yet when the rubber meets the road, most strategists, designers, usability engineers and other nefarious UX practitioners like…
  • MindMup

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    MindMup is a free, opensource, online mindmapping canvas. MindMup is: Zero friction: Access your data anywhere, from any device. Use their free cloud storage for public mindmaps. Store private mind maps on Google Drive, with detailed access and sharing control. No need to register, have accounts or remember passwords. User interface automatically adjusts to touch displays or desktops/laptops systems. On desktops, all map operations have keyboard shortcuts. On mobile devices, toolbars convert to touch menus and buttons become larger. You can hide all the menus and toolbars to get the most…
  • Text 2 Mindmap

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    Text 2 Mind Map is a free simple online mindmap app. It also offers paid accounts. Text 2 Mindmap The post Text 2 Mindmap appeared first on The UX Bookmark.
  • FreeMind

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    FreeMind is a premier free cross-platform mind-mapping software written in Java. Download it and use on any operating system you like. The operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations. FreeMind The post FreeMind appeared first on The UX Bookmark.
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    My take on UX research and design

  • Addicted to user research

    usabilitygal
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    I was recently invited to a business meal and as I found my place and settled down, I waited with happy anticipation for the others to arrive on my table. A quick look at the name cards told me that my direct table mates to my right and left were both males and judging from a quick look round the room they were going to be middle aged or older. The gentleman to my right was the first to arrive, let’s imagine he was called John. John funnily enough did turn out to be middle aged but he was very clued up on technology, having run a social media agency in his past. He was a very…
  • Improving your research validity

    usabilitygal
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Research validity is incredibly important, without it you risk biasing and even invalidating your research efforts. Good validity = good research What is research validity? Validity refers to the quality of research. In short, the rigor or trustworthiness. Joppe (2000) provides the following explanation of validity: “Validity determines whether the research truly measures that which it was intended to measure or how truthful the research results are.” How can it go wrong? The main cause of poor research validity is caused by the interviewer and can be due to inexperience, poor interview…
  • Don’t use one way mirrors for ux research

    usabilitygal
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:07 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 I still love doing despite having conducted thousands of them over the last 10 years. When it comes to location, you can test almost anywhere but there’s one place that I now 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…
  • Attention: Factors and influencers

    usabilitygal
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
  • Which do you remember? Computers of the past

    usabilitygal
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    Attending the Manchester Science Festival was incredible. Not only were there computers, mobiles and televisions from decades gone by, but they were all in full working condition, which meant I could re-live some of the highs (space invaders) and lows (error messages and recovery) of my first experiences with computers. Did you have any of these computers? Did you play any of these games? Which was your favourite? Tweet me BBC Micro: Chuckie Egg (1983) I don’t remember this computer or Chuckie at all, but looking at the launch date of chuckie (1983) I was only a toddler so…
 
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  • Keep It Usable app wins award and goes to 10 Downing Street

    keepitusable
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    ClinTouch wins Outstanding Innovation award Designed in collaboration with Keep It Usable, ClinTouch was recently the subject of a meeting hosted by David Cameron’s senior health policy advisor at 10 Downing Street, to consider the impact that digital technology could have in improving the nation’s health. ClinTouch is an easy to use app that provides an innovative new way of supporting people with psychosis, enabling early intervention and significant cost reductions for the NHS. This revolutionary digital intervention, developed by Manchester University empowers self-management for…
  • A cash-less future? Insights from MoneyConf

    keepitusable
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:13 am
    Having just returned from MoneyConf, we’re feeling incredibly excited about the future of banking, currencies, payments and FinTech. The next 10 years will be a game changer for the banking and payments industries. It will also be a transformational time for consumers who will see the gradual disappearance of physical money, replaced with virtual wallets and mobile payments. Banks – Innovate or fail However if you work in a bank, you may have more cause for concern than excitement. Where other industries are innovating, some banks have only just woken up to the importance of…
  • How do you feel? Understanding emotions to craft satisfying experiences

    keepitusable
    27 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Digital platforms and technology allow us to do things quicker and easier. Well, that’s the theory. The reality can often be far from this. How many times have you been looking for information only to give up and visit a competitor site? Unfortunately, badly structured websites and complicated software are all too commonplace. We’ve been spoilt by the likes of Apple and expect this simple, effective and affective user experience across all our interactions with technology. Customers want experiences “that dazzle their senses, touch their hearts and stimulate their minds”…
  • Keep It Usable shortlisted for Online Business Award

    keepitusable
    12 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    We’re super excited to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for another award! This time it’s for the Online Business Award (Salford Business Awards), which recognises organisations that have effectively used technology to create a significant difference. Ricardo says “We’re very proud to have been shortlisted for the online award. We continually make a significant difference to our clients businesses, helping top brands within the UK and internationally to be more successful online. We use a unique combination of highly specialist skills coupled with our many years of experience to…
  • Call to Action Buttons: 5 Psychology tips to increase conversion 

    keepitusable
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    What are call to action buttons? When designing an interface, one of the main goals of the designer, is to ensure that the end user is able to clearly understand what they should do next and where each click will lead them. Call to action buttons are essential to this dynamic, as these buttons are what guide the user through the interface. The very name of the button, call to action, states there is a necessity for the person engaging with the interface to be stimulated to perform a task. In this case, the designer wants the user to press a button: to make it more enticing so that more…
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    All About CAD Conversion

  • Why Raster to Vector Conversion is Important

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    There are going to be times when you need multiple formats. Raster to vector conversion is not standardized, and it is not always possible to convert blueprints, photographs, and various other things into a vector format. However, there are going to be times when you need one format over another. It is always going to depend upon what specifically you need in a vector format. What are Raster Graphics?    Raster graphics are made of pixels.  Pixels are tiny little grid squares that are filled with color.  These little grid squares are packed tightly together to create an…
  • Temporary Drafting Services Help Your Design Team and Customers

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    Your design team is probably very proud of its products and not inclined to share drawings or its process with anyone outside the company - or maybe, not even outside of the engineering department. That's normal. But it's also normal to need to expand a product line quickly or to spend maddening hours redesigning or retrofitting existing products for certain customers or markets. That's when temporary drafting services can make everyone's job easier.  Designing on Impossible Deadlines Reliable outsource companies can provide dedicated engineers and architects who have experience in…
  • The Many reasons for Temporary Drafting Services

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    There are many reasons why a company might need temporary drafting services. Sometimes companies don't need drafting capabilities as part of their core business but have a need as part of a specific project. Many times a company has a one-off big project or sudden influx of business and they need to outsource some of their drafting work in order to keep up with everything until their project is complete. Other times they simply want to outsource their drafting needs in order to focus on their core business. Still, other times a company just needs to convert some files into a different type of…
  • Can You Outsource 3D CAD Modeling?

    Diane Mitol
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Can You Outsource 3D CAD Modeling? Before you hire a freelancer to pick up the extra tasks on that new 3D CAD Modeling job that needs done, you should consider the pros and cons of outsourcing your 3D CAD Modeling.  Is outsourcing a smart choice for your company?  If it is, do you want a freelancer; or a bona fide CAD outsource company?  Located in U.S.A?  Or offshore?  What should you pay?  How do you ensure the work is done right?  Let’s start at the beginning… First:  Decide What 3D CAD Services You Need There are many types of 3D CAD activities…
  • When do you Need to Outsource CAD Drafting?

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    The CAD drafting industry has developed both upward, in terms of new technologies and outward in terms of the range of industries served and the breadth of specialties. Not all shops can cover the full range of services they may need to complete complex designs. For example, one engineering firm that has a full complement of design technicians with fantastic experience in rendering mechanical parts made of metals is stymied when they come across a component that has to made out of wood. They discover that there are drafting and design professionals with vast experience in wood component…
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