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  • Adding a DuckDuckGo search box to your blog

    Muffin Research Labs
    Stuart Colville
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I wanted to add a search to this blog. First I looked at adding a google site search. However, it's a script-based approach and it adds a ton of generated markup to the page. I then found that DuckDuckGo have a search widget. The immediate downside was that this is included via an iframe. However, I then found this snippet at the bottom of the page. You can also make and style your own box like our founder has on his blog (that one has a blue button, for example). Excellent I can do this cruft free. Here's the markup: This adds the basic form and a few options. To see the parameters you can…
  • ReadyMag: Publish Your Digital Story

    UX Movement
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    There are websites that offer information and ones that tell a story. What do you want your website to do? Most sites that try to tell a story don’t do it well because they use a traditional page layout that’s hard to follow.ReadyMag allows you to publish your own digital stories without any knowledge of coding or design. Your story is displayed in a single-page carousel layout that makes it easy for readers to follow.It uses the full-width of the page to display content. The page is clutterless with no sidebars or navigation bars to distract the reader. The carousel arrow takes the…
  • Keys to a Successful Digital Strategy: CapTech Ventures

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    By Bill Rattner Published: October 20, 2014 “One of the major benefits of a modern digital strategy is its innate ability to centralize an organization’s numerous different operational facets. For any business, interdepartmental accountability is key to streamlined operations….” One of the major benefits of a modern digital strategy is its innate ability to centralize an organization’s numerous different operational facets. In other words, it gives us the ability to avoid the fragmented approach that we often encounter in the world of 21st century business. Why…
  • Links for light reading (30/10/14)

    Max Design
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    HTML5 HTML5 a W3C Recommendation – Accessibility FTW! Celebrating HTML5 Recommendation with the W3C The ride to 5 Understanding How HTML5 Validation Works CSS Mastering the :nth-child Hover Effect Ideas Floating Action Buttons Considerations The Anti-hero of CSS Layout – “display:table” General Google Web Designer Beta RGB challenge remarkable – Markdown parser, done right. 10 Awesome HTML & CSS UI Kits you can’t afford to miss as a web designer UX The Guide To UX Design Process & Documentation Designing for Large Screen Smartphones Designing…
  • Tips for Guerrilla Research with Teenagers

    UX Magazine
    Nirish Shakya
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    October 29, 2014As user researchers and designers, we spend a lot of time talking to people. In most projects, we talk to adults: clients, colleagues, and users who buy the kinds of products and services we’re designing. Some projects are a little different, and require talking to younger users who require a different set of rules. Namely: teenagers. How can you make your research session as productive and comfortable as possible for yourself and for your teenage participant?I'm a consultant at Webcredible, and we’ve been working as a user experience and design partner with UCAS…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • The Distance: Fantasy Costumes

    Wailin Wong
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes. You’ll find those items at Fantasy Costumes in Chicago too, but the store has a singular, massive inventory that’s the result of being in business year-round for 45 years. To visit Fantasy Costumes is to browse a museum of pop culture phenomena where everything is for sale or rent—a Garth wig from Wayne’s World (excellent!),…
  • Basecamp Meetup: October 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Twice a year everyone who works at Basecamp comes to our Chicago office for a week to work and catch up with each other. Last week was our Fall meetup. Here’s what happened: Shaun had a BBQ at his house for out-of town guests We welcomed 3 new employees: Conor, Eileen, and Sylvia Noah talked about customer demographics We had a company dinner at Half Acre Brewery JZ, Nick, and Zach talked about the Basecamp for iOS app Mig recapped last summer’s internship program James, Joan, Kristin, Natalie, and Sylvia shared customer feedback The Distance team planned the future of the…
  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing?— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
  • iPad Spinners

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
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    Boxes and Arrows

  • Teaching/Learning UX: Considerations for Academic-Industry Partnerships

    Guiseppe Getto
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Higher education is poised to help produce the next generation of user experience designers, but we can’t do it alone. In the wake of Fred Beecher’s recent “Ending the UX Designer Drought” and studies by Onward Search, UserTesting, and the Nielsen Norman Group, it is clear that the UX market is booming and that UX designers enjoy a high level of job satisfaction. It is also clear that too few UX professionals exist to meet current demand. And while apprenticeship programs like Fred’s can help meet much of this demand, those of us in higher ed who have hitched our research, teaching,…
  • UX Researcher: A User’s Manual

    Victor Yocco
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    This article is a guide on what to expect, and how to get the most from your UX researcher–a user manual, if you will. You will invest a lot in your researcher and you deserve the greatest return. You should have high expectations for this critical component of your UX team, and following the recommendations presented in this article will help maximize your return. A long and prosperous future Congratulations on hiring a user experience design researcher!  When maintained correctly, a full time researcher will give you many years of strategic insight and validation, eliciting oohs and…
  • Redesign Democracy: Dare to Think Big

    Dirk Knemeyer
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Why are you in UX? It probably isn’t to get rich. Yes, there is plenty of money in being a UX professional today. If you’re competent, you should be enjoying a very nice lifestyle. But we do this not for money–being on the business side would be far better at achieving that goal. We do it for creative reasons, expressive reasons, quality of life reasons, perhaps even altruistic reasons. Yet, despite the broader motivations we share for choosing our vocation, we are rarely the community that spawns big ideas. It is more likely to be the capitalist, the marketer, or even the…
  • Five Things They Didn’t Teach Me in School About Being a User Researcher

    Chelsey Glasson
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Graduate school taught me the basics of conducting user research, but it taught me little about what it’s like working as a user researcher in the wild. I don’t blame my school for this. There’s little publicly-available career information for user researchers, in large part because companies are still experimenting with how to best make use of our talents. That said, in the midst of companies experimenting with how to maximize user researchers, there are a few things I’ve learned specific to the role of user researcher that have held true across the diverse companies I’ve worked…
  • The Right Way to Do Lean Research

    Laura Klein
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    StartX, a nonprofit startup accelerator, recently devoted an entire day to the role of design in early-stage companies. One panel included Laura Klein, Todd Zaki-Warfel, Christina Wodtke, and Mike Long. Each panelist had made their mark on how design is done in start-ups: Laura wrote the influential O’Reilly book on UX for Lean Startups, and Todd penned the bestselling Rosenfeld Media Prototyping book. Christina has been cross-teaching design to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship to designers at institutions such as California College for the Arts, General Assembly, Copenhagen Institute of…
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  • A New ZURBian Comes Aboard to Learn the Ropes

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    We looked high and low, and after a long search (OK, maybe not too long) we found her: a fantastic Operations Administrator to keep the engines of our HQ purring so our team can focus on designing. So without further ado, say hello to … Nathalie Smith, Operations Administrator Our newest ZURBian was originally from nearby Los Gatos, and then Carmel, but spent most of her early years growing up in mysterious (and hot) Las Vegas. There she watched movies, went bowling, hiked through mountains, watched movies again — there's only so much a minor can do in "Sin City." Yep, she's our…
  • How to Be Amazing in Less Than 10 Seconds

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    You're a designer ready for the next big thing in your life. Maybe you just finished school or a boutique training course, or maybe you're ready to move on to a new adventure. Whatever your reason you're fresh on the market and you're ready to crush it! That's all well and good, potential employers like people who are excited. The problem is that excitement alone doesn't always get you very far. We've learned something from 16 years of hiring designers. And we have a few tips for you to amaze a person looking to hire their next designer. After all, you're just one drop in a sea of drops. You…
  • 5 Ways the Foundation Community is Crushing It

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Foundation recently turned three years old. It is hard to believe how much it's changed especially considering it was the first responsive design framework first built in Sass and modular mixin partials, and the first to take a mobile-first approach. The code has changed a ton, but one thing hasn't changed throughout this time. The level of dedication and passion the people who use Foundation has constantly impressed us. Some of the biggest improvements to the framework since we launched Foundation 5, now known as Foundation for Sites, have come from our community. Despite having over 7,790…
  • The Problem With Design Thinking Is That I Still Don't Know What Design Thinking Is

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Design is hot. Design executives are being tasked with being design-driven, but don't have the tools or processes to sustain this effort. They embrace design thinking, but it's unclear how their companies will embrace its ideas. VC's are telling founders to hire a design leader, but it's not clear who this mythical, unicorn person is who will drive the design approach across the company. It's entirely possible to grow this person in an organization, but not likely to be someone who comes in with magical fairy dust to make everything Apple-esque. Design thinking is a broad term with no…
  • Show Me the Responsibilities

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Cyndi Lauper was wrong when she said money changes everything. Well, wrong when it comes to designers. Of course, she probably wasn't talking about designers, but that's another story. When we surveyed designers on the reason they'd leave a job, we expected that money would be the number one answer. It wasn't. Designers said they'd bolt if there was no advancement. But what the heck did they mean by advancement? We did a follow up survey of 100 designers. Once again money took a backseat. The top answer was new skills training. Money came in number two, followed by more responsibilities.
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    UX Magazine

  • Tips for Guerrilla Research with Teenagers

    Nirish Shakya
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    October 29, 2014As user researchers and designers, we spend a lot of time talking to people. In most projects, we talk to adults: clients, colleagues, and users who buy the kinds of products and services we’re designing. Some projects are a little different, and require talking to younger users who require a different set of rules. Namely: teenagers. How can you make your research session as productive and comfortable as possible for yourself and for your teenage participant?I'm a consultant at Webcredible, and we’ve been working as a user experience and design partner with UCAS…
  • These 7 Ingredients Can Revitalize Customer Experience

    Elias Parker
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    October 28, 2014Most companies these days are getting downright scientific about their interactions with customers, pouring all kinds of money and manpower into managing expectations and outcomes. Unfortunately for everyone involved, these exchanges are often like nitroglycerin mixed with peroxide—that is to say, they blow up in everyone’s faces. Long hold times, sour customer service agents, and generally low expectations have combined to create a high rate of frustration and a low rate of success.Although there’s no magic (or scientific) formula for success, there are specific areas…
  • Best Practices for Medical App Development Go Beyond Standard UX

    Mithun Sridharan
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    October 27, 2014Mobile healthcare app development poses a set of challenges very different from mainstream apps. Not only is security an area that requires a considerable attention, compliance with regulatory standards is also absolutely crucial. Here are things app developers should pay close attention to during the development process.1. FocusA successful mobile medical application should be able to demonstrate clinical benefits and offer real value to its users—whether they are patients, healthcare practitioners, or both. Using medical apps for routine self-monitoring and feedback is a…
  • Quickpanel: More UX Futures

    Mary Jean Babic
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October 23, 2014UX Futures is a one-day virtual conference that will take place November 5. Hosted by Rosenfeld Media and Environments for Humans, the event features six inspiring speakers—Steve Krug, Jesse James Garrett, Margot Bloomstein, Andy Polaine, Nathan Shedroff and Abby Covert—all focusing on what’s next more By Mary Jean Babic              
  • Guidance for Conducting In-Home Studies with Children:An excerpt from Studying and Designing Technology for Domestic Life

    Elizabeth Foss, Mona Leigh Guha, Allison Druin
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    October 22, 2014The following excerpt from chapter four of Studying and Designing Technology for Domestic Life: Lessons from Home from Morgan Kaufmann looks at some learnings from conducting in-home studies with children.In 2008, our team at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland formed a research partnership with Google when we were granted a Faculty Research Award to investigate how children search on the Internet. The goal of this partnership was loosely defined; we believed that children’s interactions with open-Internet search interfaces (i.e.
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  • Usability Testing Is Undermining UX Design

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    By Peter Hornsby Published: October 20, 2014 “I’ve recently had a number of conversations with designers that suggest their perception of usability testing is fundamentally wrong. … They believe that nothing can be known about a design that a team is going to implement unless that design has been tested with the target audience.” I’d be the first to admit that there are a lot of things that irritate me. These include, but are not limited to the following: people referring to a small, potent coffee as an “expresso” people saying “pacific”…
  • Keys to a Successful Digital Strategy: CapTech Ventures

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    By Bill Rattner Published: October 20, 2014 “One of the major benefits of a modern digital strategy is its innate ability to centralize an organization’s numerous different operational facets. For any business, interdepartmental accountability is key to streamlined operations….” One of the major benefits of a modern digital strategy is its innate ability to centralize an organization’s numerous different operational facets. In other words, it gives us the ability to avoid the fragmented approach that we often encounter in the world of 21st century business. Why…
  • Persuading Clients That the Need for User Research and Usability Testing Is Real

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    By Janet M. Six Published: October 20, 2014 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 how to explain the need for user research and usability testing to a client who wonders why an expert review is not enough. I hope you enjoy this month’s lively discussion about the best ways to persuade a client that user research and usability testing are a necessary part of a project. Why is it essential for UX designers to rely on user research and usability testing? What value…
  • Introducing the Build-Measure-Learn Approach to an Analytics Tool’s Redesign

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    By Stephanie Schuhmacher Published: October 20, 2014 “As UX professionals, we pride ourselves on making software that is human friendly and easy to use. But keeping the right balance between adding features that customers and users need and maintaining a clean, simple user interface design is often harder than it seems it should be.” As UX professionals, we pride ourselves on making software that is human friendly and easy to use. But keeping the right balance between adding features that customers and users need and maintaining a clean, simple user-interface design is often…
  • Bridging UX & Web Development: Better Results Through Team Integration

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    By Jack Moffett Published: October 20, 2014 “A collaboration life cycle maps the activities of designers to those of the developers in each phase of a typical product development process. The cycle starts with requirements analysis….” This is a sample chapter from Jack Moffett’s new book, Bridging UX & Web Development: Better Results Through Team Integration. 2014 Morgan Kaufmann. Chapter 3: Collaboration Life Cycle Process. Regardless of what type of designer you are—graphic, information, interaction, service, industrial, game—you follow a common…
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • An Excellent Week

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    A couple of big announcements are making the rounds this week, both of them exciting for those of us who make web sites: Google advises progressive enhancement In a blog post explaining updates to its indexing system, Google makes it clear that they’re now parsing web pages in their entirety — not just HTML, but also CSS and JavaScript. Their indexer used to ignore layout and behave as if it were a text-only browser, but now it’s scanning fully rendered pages. This means a few things. First, make sure you’re not denying Googlebot access to directories that hold your CSS…
  • This week's sponsor: Hack Reactor

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Thanks to Hack Reactor for sponsoring A List Apart this week. Hack Reactor is currently accepting applications for its 12-week, immersive online coding school, Remote Beta. Apply today.
  • Rachel Andrew on the Business of Web Dev: Seeing Past the Highlight Reel

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am not the sort of person who “airs her dirty laundry in public.” I wouldn’t walk into a mixed group of friends, colleagues, and complete strangers at a party and announce something deeply personal, and so it is with Twitter. For me, Twitter is a place to chat, a replacement for the Telnet Talkers I was so fond of in the 1990s. I share things I think are interesting, I keep up with what people I know are doing, but I see it as a public place. Recently, I had a Twitter conversation with someone who felt that people who don’t post about their bad days are being disingenuous. As if…
  • The Couch Cone of Silence

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is Geek Mental Help Week. We’re participating because we want to make it safer for people in our industry to talk about mental health. Join in or follow along at @geekmentalhelp and #geekmentalhelp. About five years ago, I bought a cushy couch for my office. (Okay, yes, I did get the model that could flatten into an emergency nap station, but let’s just say that I plan for contingencies—it sounds more professional that way.) Our projects required a lot of office-to-office visiting to discuss situations in person, and eventually, said couch (and therefore, my office) became a…
  • Beyond You

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In client work, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our work lives beyond ourselves. Sometimes that means making sure the CMS can handle clients’ ever-changing business needs, or making sure it continually teaches its users. For clients with an internal development team that will be taking over after you, it means making sure the design system you create is flexible enough to handle changes, yet rigid enough to maintain consistency. Making your work live beyond you starts by changing your approach to design and development. Rather than defining and building a certain set of pages,…
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    LukeW | Digital Product Design + Strategy

  • Video: How to Ask for App Permissions

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    From cameras to location detection, today's computers have lots of amazing capabilities. But in order to maintain the right level of privacy, people are in charge of which of these capabilities our software can use. In this short 4 minute video, I walk through a number of ways we can design our applications to get the permissions they need to run. This video is part of my User Experience How-To series sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone.
  • An Event Apart: The Elusive, Inclusive Web App

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In his The Elusive, Inclusive Web App talk at An Event Apart in Orlando FL 2014, Scott Jehl talked over building a complex Web application using the principles of progressive enhancement and universal access. Here are my notes from his talk: Native apps are exclusive by their nature. They are platform-dependent. Web apps have a distinct advantage because they provide access: the ability to reach as many people as possible. Despite this great advantage, we see companies build in more exclusive ways that limit access. How can we instead, build inclusively? Responsive design is defensive design,…
  • An Event Apart: Designing for Crisis

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In his Designing for Crisis talk at An Event Apart in Orlando FL 2014, Eric Meyer shared how considering crisis-driven personas can help improve Web site designs. Here are my notes from his talk: Most Websites work for the people in marketing and management at the organization that makes the Web site -not for actual users. And least of all for users with crisis-driven situations. We envision the perfect user: calm, collected, and able to process the information we put in front of them. We need to also consider crisis-driven personas. When you approach your site design with a crisis-driven…
  • UI19: The Architecture of Understanding

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In his presentation at User Interface 19 in Boston MA 2014, Stephen Anderson talked about the onset of ubiquitous information sources and their impact on user experience design practices. Here's my notes from his talk: The Architecture of Understanding. With all the information & complexity in the world... how do we make sense of information and turn it into understanding? Information is cheap, understanding is expensive. Examples of problems that require understanding: 401ks, reward programs, selecting wines, cheese, electronics, health insurance bills, and much more. What can help create…
  • Designing for Large Screen Smartphones

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As smartphones continue to get larger but our hands don’t, what kinds of design solutions can ensure mobile interactions remain comfortable, quick, and easy on our thumbs? Here's a few options to consider... Designing for Thumbs 
In his analysis of 1,333 observations of smartphones in use, Steven Hoober found about 75% of people rely on their thumb and 49% rely on a one-handed grip to get things done on their phones. On large screens (over four inches) those kinds of behaviors can stretch people’s thumbs well past their comfort zone as they try to reach controls positioned at the top of…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Blue Beanie Day Tees & Hoodies

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    JUST IN TIME for Blue Beanie Day 2014, I’ve teamed up with our friends at Cotton Bureau to bring you Blue Beanie Day Tees and Blue Beanie Day Hoodies. For sale at cost (no profit). Hurry! Only 14 days left to buy: The eighth annual Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards will be celebrated around the world on November 30, 2014.
  • Look Back in Angora

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    SATURDAY October 25 will be the 14th anniversary of my mother’s passing. Let’s honor it with this 2006 entry from the vaults of My Glamorous Life. Read: Hi, Mom!
  • A Sickroom With a View

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    CHICAGO is a dynamite town, but it may not be the best place to recover from a cold. Since I arrived, my virus has gone from a 4 to an 11. There’s a spectacular view out my hotel window, which I’ve spent the day ignoring by sleeping. I have several nice friends in this town who I’m similarly ignoring, having canceled plans with them today because of this fershlugginer cold. I was flat on my back, sleeping, my phone like a cat on my chest, when my dad called this afternoon to recommend gargling with a three percent peroxide solution. My trainer texted a moment later to ixnay the…
  • 1,000 nerds

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    THE MODERN SOCIAL WEB is a miracle of progress but also a status-driven guilt-spewing shit volcano. Back in the 1990s—this will sound insane—we paid a lot of money for our tilde accounts, like $30 or $40 a month or sometimes much more. We paid to reach strangers with our weird ideas. Whereas now, as everyone understands, brands pay to know users. via Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds — The Message — Medium.
  • Afternoon Pages

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    SLEPT much of yesterday. Slept till 1 PM today. Whatever this bug is I’ve got, it lets me work and care for my child during the week, then flattens me all weekend. Fortunately my daughter can amuse herself for hours, as I could at her age. I hope she will not be as lonely as I was. Am.
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    Max Design

  • Links for light reading (30/10/14)

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    HTML5 HTML5 a W3C Recommendation – Accessibility FTW! Celebrating HTML5 Recommendation with the W3C The ride to 5 Understanding How HTML5 Validation Works CSS Mastering the :nth-child Hover Effect Ideas Floating Action Buttons Considerations The Anti-hero of CSS Layout – “display:table” General Google Web Designer Beta RGB challenge remarkable – Markdown parser, done right. 10 Awesome HTML & CSS UI Kits you can’t afford to miss as a web designer UX The Guide To UX Design Process & Documentation Designing for Large Screen Smartphones Designing…
  • Links for light reading (23/10/14)

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    CSS Axiomatic CSS and Lobotomized Owls A Complete Guide to Flexbox Web Animation Infographics: A Map of the Best Animation Libraries for JavaScript and CSS3 plus Performance Tips CSS Post-Processing With Pleeease Grid by Example = simple usage examples for the CSS3 Grid Layout Module Responsive Responsive Images: The Ultimate Guide HTML5 Indie web building blocks Google and HTML/CSS Code Quality Intro to the HTML5 Speech Synthesis API General Code Responsibly It’s Time to Enable Two-Step Authentication on Everything. Here’s How. awesome-wpo = A curated list of Web Performance…
  • Links for light reading (16/10/14)

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    CSS CSS: It was twenty years ago today — an interview with Håkon Wium Lie Cascading HTML style sheets — a proposal Replacing Radio Buttons Without Replacing Radio Buttons Flexy Boxes – flexbox playground and code generator CSS, DRY, and Code Optimization Invert Colors Using CSS Responsive Wayfinding For The Mobile Web Working with Atomic Design (slidedeck) Including CSS in Jekyll imgix.js – Your toolbox for truly responsive images HTML5 To Picturefill, or not to Picturefill Polyfills and products SASS Contextual heading sizes with Sass 4 Sass Features You May Not Have…
  • Links for light reading (10/10/14)

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    General Sit the test 20 More Docs and Guides for Front-End Developers WebPlate Framework Responsive The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design Froont – responsive tool CSS Spacing elements CSS Performance Tooling CSS shapes in email 16 CSS3 Selectors You Should Know CSS URL Rewriter Animating Images With CSS Keyframes Flat UI colors SASS Managing Color Values with Sass Top 5 Sass mistakes UX When users leave the search box empty… Collaborative User Testing: Less Bias, Better Research UX Companion Accessibility Notes on fixing incorrect table structure using ARIA PDF accessibility…
  • Links for light reading (1/10/14)

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Responsive And You Thought Responsive Text Was Just a Fad? Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design CSS Creating a Collection of CSS3 Animated Pre-loaders Better font-face with Font Load Events How the iPhone has evolved in pure CSS On Declaration Sorting in CSS Material Design for Bootstrap SASS Using Sass with Jekyll Beware of Selector Nesting in Sass Accessibility 3 types of relationships and what they mean for accessibility Vestibular Issues in Parallax Design JavaScript Midnight JS async vs defer attributes 10 Useful Fullscreen Background jQuery Plugins…
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    Muffin Research Labs

  • Mozilla Festival 2014

    Stuart Colville
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Once again MozFest provided a great environment for hackers, thinkers and doers of all ages to get together and plan, talk about and make all kinds of things. Working for Mozilla I find Mozfest is somewhere that really makes you think about Mozilla's broader mission. It's quite easy to get a little blinkered in our thinking as we are primarily focused on the projects closest to us. The other part of it is seeing all of the amazing things that are going on, from the education and outreach, to those that are fighting for our privacy in a post-Snowden world and everything else in between. I…
  • Adding a DuckDuckGo search box to your blog

    Stuart Colville
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I wanted to add a search to this blog. First I looked at adding a google site search. However, it's a script-based approach and it adds a ton of generated markup to the page. I then found that DuckDuckGo have a search widget. The immediate downside was that this is included via an iframe. However, I then found this snippet at the bottom of the page. You can also make and style your own box like our founder has on his blog (that one has a blue button, for example). Excellent I can do this cruft free. Here's the markup: This adds the basic form and a few options. To see the parameters you can…
  • Equilibrium

    Stuart Colville
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    On hearing the very sad news that Eric Meyer's daughter had passed, it was impossible to not be moved. I found myself taking a moment to reflect on a life cut tragically short. It's a much needed reminder of how life is a gift and something we must not ever take for granted. It's all too easy to get consumed by some aspects of our lives, sometimes at the expense of other things, people, family and friends. We owe it to ourselves to find a balance, to work hard but also have time to spend with our families and friends and to value what we have. This existence of ours is as transient as autumn…
  • How do I know if my ubuntu server needs a restart?

    Stuart Colville
    21 May 2014 | 2:48 am
    A file at /var/run/reboot-required is created that's used at login to tell you a restart is needed in the MOTD. You can check for the presence of this file to know if the updates you just did require a restart To do something with this information we can wrap this in an if statement in BASH e.g: if [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] then echo 'Restart required' fi Or as a one liner: if [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ]; then echo 'Restart required'; fi This just prints "Restart required" but you can do something else in place of the echo if you want. Another tip, if you use Byobu, it will flag…
  • How do you deal with dependent branches on github?

    Stuart Colville
    21 May 2014 | 2:35 am
    In general, it's good practice to make branches that are independent from other changes and in general kept to a diff of ~500 lines in order to keep pull requests (PRs) easy to review. One issue though is how to deal with the scenario where you need to make more invasive changes? Here's an example. I create branch A which has changes that affect the project significently, I propose it as a PR on github. Now I need to work on my next feature branch B which needs to be built on top of branch A. But, if I create B from A then when I come to propose B it will contain the changes from A in the…
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    Putting people firstPutting people first

  • Experientia at EPIC: UX transforming a financial institution

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    In September 2014 Experientia gave a presentation on working as UX professionals with financial institutions at the EPIC conference in New York. The paper is now available on the EPIC site in HTML and PDF versions (free registration req’d). Abstract Application of a user-centered approach rooted in ethnographic methodologies facilitates a major European bank’s transition to a business strategy based on understanding people’s needs, behaviors, values and motivations. Three UX case studies conducted over three years illustrate our educator, moderator, partner framework for collaborating…
  • The zombiefication of business travelers

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Tim Askew, CEO of Corporate Rain International, explains how technology is increasingly isolating us from each other and stifling creativity and real experiences. “As a frequent business traveler, I have noticed an unhappy change of late: I’m meeting fewer people than I used to. And I don’t like it. [...] I’m afraid technology is turning us into dull-eyed, unpresent I-Zombies. We are losing the gift for connection to our fellow human beings, as well as stunting our brain processes that summon nonrational revelations and “aha”s. In short, he says, “our…
  • Five things marketers can learn from designers

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Why are highly successfully companies putting top-notch designers in key leadership roles, ask David Weber and Lisa Leslie Henderson. What are designers bringing to the table that marketers and other c-level players are not? “In today’s business landscape, where customer experience is the primary source of competitive advantage, designers have much to offer organisations. Although we often think of design as making objects more beautiful or functional, design now encompasses the broader strategic process of need finding and problem solving that tees up great products, services,…
  • Best practices for medical app development go beyond standard UX

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Mobile healthcare app development poses a set of challenges very different from mainstream apps. Not only is security an area that requires a considerable attention, compliance with regulatory standards is also absolutely crucial. Mithun Sridharan lists nine things app developers should pay close attention to during the development process: 1. Focus 2. Understand the healthcare system 3. Don’t rely on user expertise 4. On-board experts 5. Leverage design thinking principles 6. Embed the app in research 7. Get in the trenches 8. Test the prototype 9. Data and processes first; then logic…
  • Creating user-friendlier environments

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    MIT News describes how Federico Casalegno of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab designs technology environments that keep human experience at the center of user experience. “The director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab looks to innovate with technology — but only in support of the user. This approach results in less-impersonal hotel lobbies, smarter gas stations, more intuitive homes, and a conference that examines design and creativity with a decidedly bottom-up approach. “We want to design technologies around people, not people around technologies,” Casalegno says.”
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  • Anura

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    Anura is a pocket-sized drone that can be controlled via a mobile device over a Wi-Fi network:
  • Paris / New York

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Franck Matellini compares Paris and New York City in this slick split-screen video:

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    A variety of NYC subway musicians unite for a live experiment:
  • Bluesmart

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Bluesmart is "the world's first" smart suitcase. Using its accompanying app, you can "lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location, be notified if you are leaving it behind and find out more about your travel habits".
  • Hair Flip (The End of Authentic Gestures)

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    A witty kinetic sculpture from Mike Fleming:
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  • Mobile Is Eating the World

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This slide deck from Andreesen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans is an essential overview of how mobile technology is changing our definition of technology itself, how it’s coming to supplant the things that we previously took for granted as established elements of the technological landscape. There is no point in drawing a distinction between the future… Advertise on
  • iPad at a Crossroads

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Shortly after Apple’s new iPhone 6 models went on sale in September, the company proudly announced that they had sold over 10 million units in the first weekend, a significant improvement over the 9 million units they sold at the launch of the previous models. Similarly, after about a week of the company’s Apple Pay… Advertise on
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    If Mike Tyson had an animated cartoon show, would he hang out with a teenage girl, a ghost, and a talking pigeon, and would they spend their time driving around solving mysteries? Thankfully we live in a world where the answer appears to be “yes.” “Mike Tyson Mysteries” premiered yesterday on Adult Swim, where you… Advertise on
  • The Shift Away from Design Agencies Has Started in San Francisco

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Peter Merholz, a lauded designer and veteran of San Francisco’s design services industry, published an interesting blog post inspired by the recently announced closure of the San Francisco office of Smart Design, as well as by the completely unexpected acquisition of Adaptive Path, a leading independent design agency in that city for many years, by… Advertise on
  • The Economic Impact of the iPhone

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    In his “Strategies” column in today’s New York Times, economics reporter Jeff Sommer has some eye-opening comments on how important the iPhone is to current economic activity. ‘The iPhone is having a measurable impact,’ said Michael Feroli, the chief United States economist for JPMorgan Chase. ‘It’s a little gadget, but it costs a lot and… Advertise on
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    UsabilityBlog » UsabilityBlog

  • Required Reading – The End Of Apps As We Know Them

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    My colleague, former Microsoftie and Sage-ite Steve Cover, posted a link to a thought provoking article on Titled “The End Of Apps As We Know Them“, it claims that designers and developers need to focus more on designing apps as systems that interact with other applications and OS’es, and less as stand-alone destinations. It’s basically an argument for focusing on workflow, which as a UX designer and researcher makes me very happy. Some of the implications of their claims are almost mind-blowing. Here’s just one. From the article: “Responsive…
  • 2003 Called…It Wants Its Error Message Back

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    File this under “anti-pattern”… here’s an error message I received from a web application when I clicked on something after I exceeded the automatic log out timer but the page didn’t refresh. Obviously this message is ugly and rude, but what else is happening here? Here’s a quick tally: 1. Dev-speak. Most of the message is clearly written for debugging purposes. Why show this to the end users, who in this case are students, instructors, and instructional designers? 2. Who’s the audience? While most of the content is directed at developers and QA…
  • Required Reading – Hunting Unicorns

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    My colleague and friend Patrick Neeman just posted a great presentation about the skillsets and competencies of effective UX practitioners. Why it’s required reading: 1. Patrick frames the problem: that is, there’s no single entry point or path into a UX career. Consequently, practitioners who identify as “UX practitioners” have wildly different skillsets and competencies. 2. He provides a very useful visual model of user experience competencies, and shows how the different sub-specialties map to the model. 3. He explicitly identifies the soft skills necessary to be an…
  • eBay Made Me Think…But Not In A Good Way

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:46 am
    [Note: this is a repost from the old UsabilityBlog. I'm just moving some "greatest hits" over to the new site.] Disclaimer: I am a user and fan of eBay. Just check out my profile – I’m a long time buyer/seller. When it comes to user experience, they do lots of things right. Here’s one thing they did wrong: They provided half-hearted, linkless “help” in the form of “to do x, go to [place A] or [place B]“, without including links to those locations. This is a no-brainer and should’ve been coded ages ago. As a result, I had to hunt around for a small but still-annoying…
  • Don’t Make Me Register First

    14 Mar 2014 | 7:59 am
    It’s 2014. Does anyone running an ecommerce site really think it’s a good idea to make people register for an account before allowing them to shop? I mean c’mon, any e-tailer with a lick of sense knows about lazy registration and guest-only checkout, right? Not this company. Here’s how I found this gem: while wasting time on Facebook I noticed an ad for mid-century furniture and (gasp) actually /clicked/ on an ad. First time I can remember doing that. And you know why I did? Because we’re actually shopping for furniture right now and we like mid-century stuff.
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    Veerle's blog

  • Back to School

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Design for the London Graphics Centre billboard.via Jack Hudson
  • GoBicycle - Smile

    Veerle Pieters
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Gobicycle is an imagined design intervention to promote bicycle commuting in Durban.via Warvick Kay
  • Blexbolex

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Love the style of Blexbolex (Bernard Granger)via Pixturebook Makers
  • Como Clique

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    One more of the badges collection designed by Allan Peters.via Allan Peters
  • Water tree

    Veerle Pieters
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Great shot by Jasper van der Meij.via Unsplash
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    UIE Brain Sparks

  • UIEtips: Smart Watches, Wearables, and That Nasty Data Rash

    Jared Spool
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    In this week’s UIEtips, we’re reprinting part one of an article from Josh Clark, Smart Watches, Wearables, and That Nasty Data Rash. In the article, Josh takes his insight on mobile design to the world of wearables. He makes an argument that through design, we can avoid information poisoning and prevent the risk of the data wearing us rather than us wearing the data. Here’s an excerpt from the article: The real luxury of wearing information is not in exposing ourselves to every passing data point but in filtering that data in ways that alert us gently, even subconsciously, to…
  • UIEtips: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams

    Jared Spool
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    In this week’s UIEtips, we reprint an article. In it, I share ideas on how to hire the best UX professional. I also make the case that hiring the right person is the most important factor to a UX team’s success. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Hiring is not a natural process. It needs to be designed, just like any experience. In our research, we learned that most teams amble into the hiring process by copying actions from others or by inventing wacky steps. Read the article: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams. How do you get the most out of your UX hiring process?
  • Designing Interactions Between Devices, a November 6 Virtual Seminar

    Adam Churchill
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Join us on November 6 when Josh Clark presents, Designing Interactions Between Devices. There’s untapped magic in the gaps between gadgets. Businesses lose money in those gaps between gadgets, and customers lose patience. Instead, imagine moving effortlessly from device to device without interruption, throwing content from one to another, or shaking a transaction from your phone to your laptop. The technology we need to build tomorrow’s interactions is already here in our pockets, handbags, and living rooms. Tear down device silos Enable magical interactions between devices…
  • Aviva Rosenstein – Working with UX in an Agile Environment

    Sean Carmichael
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    [ Transcript Available ] Integrating UX into an Agile workflow has historically been a bit of a challenge. This could be due to a general lack of communication with the development team, or not feeling like the proper time or value is given to UX within the organization. Through her research, Aviva Rosenstein discovered that many problems people were having are commonplace. Additionally, she found that others had actually already worked out solutions to some of these. In her virtual seminar, Making UX Work with Agile Scrum Teams, Aviva discusses the position of UX on Agile teams and some of…
  • UIEtips: Embracing the Medium

    Jared Spool
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    In this week’s UIEtips, we reprint an article. In it, Richard Rutter discusses the web and its role as a medium. Richard argues that we should consider the fact that a user can shape their experience as a strength rather than a weakness. Here’s an excerpt from the article: The wonderful thing about the web is that it takes many forms and those forms can be shaped by the reader to his or her benefit. That is a strength not a weakness; a feature not a bug. The control which print designers have – and so often desire when they transition to the web – is a limitation of the…
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  • The Sticker UI Book

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    The Sticker UI Book is a UI design sketchbook that with templates (web, mobile, and storyboard) and UI element stickers, being produced by Jennifer Williams and Brandy Bora of Killer Inc. You can order one via their Kickstarter campaign which ends Oct 30 2014 7:44 AM PDT.
  • Program for K-5

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am now has an elementary school program (Kindergarden - 5th grade), and Code Studio for the program looks like its modeled after the free MIT Scratch app, a visual tool that we used with our first son to introduce computer science fundamentals a few years ago. Good stuff.
  • Aral Balkan: “I, Simulation"

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Aral Balkan’s “I, Simulation” talk about the current state of privacy and freedom in software and services is one the best presentations I’ve watched this year. Balkan talks about business models that focus on user data, and what that can mean to your "privacy." Watch the talk below, given at Open Exchange in Munich, Germany. The information you hand over using service providers like Facebook (think also Messenger, Whatsapp, Instagram) and Google (think also Gmail, Hangouts, Android Devices, Drive, Nest, Dropcam, and Fiber) is already being used to create simulations of you, and he…
  • Dedesign the Web 2

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Head to Dedesign the Web and play name that website using wireframes. Courtesy of Designation.
  • Des Traynor: Product Strategy is About Saying No

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    The devil runs UX workshops for idle hands, and he comes up with bad features. This is Des Traynor's lightning talk at Business of Software in 2013. He did an extended version of this in 2014, but the pecha kucha version gets to the heart of the topic.
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    The UX Booth

  • Finding New Solutions in Old Philosophy

    David Helman
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    As a graduate student at Harvard University, one of my main influences was the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein argued that many philosophical statements, and indeed, much of philosophy itself, became preposterous when applied to the real world. Since completing my doctorate in philosophy, I have been a professional programmer for more than twenty years, and I have learned a lot about applying philosophical thinking to design and development. Philosophy offers deep and profound insights about subjects like knowledge, meaning and justice. Insofar as computer programs…
  • Designing for Dyslexia (Part 1)

    Andrew Zusman
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    There are fifty-two cards in a standard deck of cards, and we are tasked with putting them in order, whatever that might mean to us. We might choose to simply place the cards into two piles: blacks and reds, and leave it at that. Alternatively, we could separate these two piles into two further piles: hearts and diamonds for the red cards, and spades and clubs for the black cards. Adding another layer of complexity, it is possible to arrange each of these four piles into numerical order from ace to king. If this deck of cards were handed to a random person, the expectation is that the user…
  • The UX Booth Newsletter

    Jon Phillips
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Each week we wrap up our articles and best finds from across the web. We would love to have the chance to share that with you. Please enter your email below to subscribe. Subscribe Subscriber Goodies We put together a few freebies for our subscribers. In your first email you’ll receive the following: 15% off any Rosenfeld Media purchase 25% off any printed Smashing Book 15% off any UXPin plan 3 free months of InVisionApp’s Starter Plan Past Newsletter
  • Web 2.0, Web 3.0, and the Internet of Things

    Kim Morrow
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The internet has become an integrated, seamless, and often invisible part of our everyday lives. Some see this connection as a way to a brighter future, while others have trepidations. The only thing that seems certain is that the Internet is changing rapidly, the laws surrounding the Internet are changing even faster, and it’s all we can do to try and keep up. Changes in style, design, and interactions across the web have big implications for users, but even bigger implications for us as creators. While we often highlight the importance of connecting our design to the big picture goal,…
  • Privacy

    Matthew Kammerer
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for UX Booth ( This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following: What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information. Information Collection, Use, and Sharing We are the sole owners of…
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    UX Movement

  • ReadyMag: Publish Your Digital Story

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    There are websites that offer information and ones that tell a story. What do you want your website to do? Most sites that try to tell a story don’t do it well because they use a traditional page layout that’s hard to follow.ReadyMag allows you to publish your own digital stories without any knowledge of coding or design. Your story is displayed in a single-page carousel layout that makes it easy for readers to follow.It uses the full-width of the page to display content. The page is clutterless with no sidebars or navigation bars to distract the reader. The carousel arrow takes the…
  • Why You Should Remove Orphans from Your Body Text

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Did you know that the way your body text wraps can affect how users read it? Orphans are short lines that appear at the end of a paragraph. You should remove them from your body text because they affect the readability and aesthetics of a web page.When users read lines of body text, they build up a reading rhythm. Orphans interrupt the user’s reading rhythm and cause an awkward ending. The shortness of the last line makes finishing the paragraph feel abrupt. You can even hear how disjointed an orphan sounds by reading the paragraph aloud. A good paragraph should flow from beginning to…
  • Dash: Build Custom Dashboards with Your Personal Data

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Tired of opening new tabs and logging into different accounts to get all the information you need? Having all your personal data on a dashboard would make it less frustrating. You’d be able to view all your information at a glance on one screen.Dash gives you the power to build your own dashboards with the data you choose. Add widgets from popular web services or custom data sources to your dashboard and get real-time updates. No more opening a bunch of tabs or logging into different accounts to get the information you need.Share your dashboards with others or keep it private. If you have a…
  • 10 Ways to Build Trust on Your Landing Page

    Julia Rozwens
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Imagine walking into a small and crowded store full of junk. A shop clerk hassles you into buying something you don’t want. If this happened, you’d leave fast and look for another store. You automatically lose trust when others pressure you to make fast decisions in a hostile environment. The web is no different.The web is full of people offering services and products. Users need to first trust you in order for them to even consider buying your product or service. The list below shows 10 popular ways to add credibility and build trust on your landing page. Combine a few of them or use…
  • CodeinWP: Turn Your Design into a WordPress Theme

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    [This sponsored post helps support UX Movement. Thank you for reading.]What most designers do best is design. Coding the design is a different story. When clients hire someone to design their website, they expect to get a product that not only works, but is easy-to-use. Handing them a Photoshop design file (PSD) isn’t going to cut it.What your client needs is a WordPress theme of your design. WordPress is the easiest content management system to use. Clients who aren’t tech-savvy can update and edit their site without your help. But without a WordPress developer, you lose the opportunity…
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    Project6 Design: Bay Area UI Design Firm

  • Winning Streak Continues: Project6 Design Wins Three More Awards

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    web_awards_2014.png San Francisco Bay Area website design and development firm, Project6 Design, has received three Standard of Excellence awards in the 2014 WebAwards competition. The designs recognized in the Web Marketing Association’s annual competition were The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, Biscoff, and DeLeon Realty websites -- three diverse categories of industry that highlight the award-winning design firm’s ability to create exceptional work that appeals to all audiences.The WebAwards honor those who challenge the boundaries of design and set higher standards for internet…
  • Project6 Design Wins Two 2014 Communicator Awards For Excellence In Website Design and Development

    29 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    pdf_logo_colour2.gif San Francisco Bay Area graphic design firm, Project6 Design, is proud to announce that they have won two new honors from the 20th Annual Communicator Awards in the Charitable Organizations/non-profit and Food & Beverage website categories. The new website created for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was presented with a Silver Communicator Award of Distinction. Additionally, they won another Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for the web design and development work with Biscoff Bakeries.The Communicator Awards honors work that transcends innovation and…
  • Project6 Design Wins Innovation and Visual Design Award for Food & Beverage Responsive Website

    Christine M.
    23 Jan 2014 | 12:44 pm
    pixel-award-bay-area-news.png San Francisco Bay Area graphic design firm Project6 Design won the Pixel Award competition’s Food & Beverage category for the design and development of the Biscoff website.Pixel Award judges look for a creative and technical blend of impeccable graphic design, artistry, technological expertise, and a powerful, stimulating user experience. This year, for the 8th Annual Pixel Awards, they selected applications and sites against the following criteria:Innovation – The app or site must bring something new to the table, break barriers.Content – All the…
  • Project6 Design Launches Interactive Website Feature for the California HealthCare Foundation

    Christine M.
    20 Dec 2013 | 4:12 pm
    chcf_lean_teaser_230x140.jpg Project6 Design, a San Francisco Bay Area graphic design firm, launched an interactive feature for the “Lean” health care management model on the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) website.The health care industry is sitting up and taking notice of the Lean process: an approach that leverages the talents and skills of those closest to a health care problem to help fix it. CHCF wanted to present the stories and successes of the Lean model and its integration into hospitals in a fresh, engaging online format.Project6 concepted a feature that follows the…
  • Six Smart Tips for Website Success

    Christine M.
    26 Nov 2013 | 2:34 pm
    project6_logo_transparent.png Want a website that works a bit harder? Consider these six simple pieces of practical wisdom from award-winning design agency Project6 Design that apply across all industries—from B2B and high tech, to educational institutions, government, and non-profit.1. Step into your users’ shoes.When was the last time you asked your constituents what they wanted from your website? Try it: create a focus group. Hear what they want from your brand, your product, your services, and your website. Excellent website design will strike an engaging balance between what visitors…
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    Baymard Institute

  • Form Usability: The Pitfalls of Inline Accordion and Tab Designs

    Jamie Appleseed
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    During our e-commerce research studies, particularly on checkout usability, we’ve found that tab-style and inline accordion form layouts can inadvertently confuse users, or even flat out violate their expectations. The issue arises when users can’t figure out which form fields will be submitted – whether it is only the fields in the currently active inline accordion or tab “sheet”, or whether the collapsed “sheets” will be submitted as well. In this article we’ll dive into the observations from our test sessions, highlight the issues and design…
  • Fixing Bugs – the Next 'Big Thing' in E-Commerce?

    Jamie Appleseed
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Technical errors can obviously be highly problematic as they can prevent the user from proceeding. Here Amazon is asking the user to fix a problem that isn’t there. Bugs can be pure poison to e-commerce sites. Layout bugs and flawed interactive features not only leaves a poor impression on users but can in some cases even lead them to think the site has been hacked. Page errors and site maintenance are even more disruptive as they can outright prevent users from proceeding. During our usability studies we repeatedly get to observe just how impatient and unforgiving users are of such…
  • Form Usability: Validations vs Warnings

    Jamie Appleseed
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    There’s a major difference between form validations and warnings. Form validations enforce a set of rules and won’t allow the user to proceed, while warnings alert the user about possible problems but will allow them to proceed. While e-commerce sites would do well in adopting both strategies, it’s unfortunately few that make use of warnings (our checkout benchmark study found that 64% don’t have ‘address warnings’), and similarly regrettable we often observe sites enforcing overly restrictive form validations that completely block a (small) sub-group from…
  • Faceted Sorting - A New Method for Sorting Search Results

    Jamie Appleseed
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:26 pm
    This is the sixth in a series of articles on e-commerce search that draw on findings from our recent search usability report and benchmark. Trying to sort site-wide search results on most e-commerce sites typically end up a mess, with irrelevant search results being propelled to the top of the list as users sort by price, customer ratings, etc – something that left the test subjects bewildered during our latest usability study on e-commerce search. This is because sorting search results by attributes based on anything other than relevance very often cause low-quality results moving to the…
  • External Article: The Current State of E-Commerce Search

    Baymard Institute
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    On-site search pages of top grossing US e-commerce sites – you can find all 50 usability evaluations in our e-commerce search benchmark database. In today’s article, we’ll go over 7 guidelines from the E-Commerce Search Usability report. The article is published as a guest post at Smashing Magazine and explores 7 key aspects of the user’s on-site search experience in an e-commerce context. The article also includes an analysis of the current state of e-commerce search based in-depth usability reviews of 50 top e-commerce sites: The Current State of E-Commerce Search…
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    UserZoom zooming in on the customer experience

  • 7 Reasons for Working with a Mobile Usability Testing Software

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Why should you use a remote research tool for conducting mobile studies? Even if you are a user experience (UX) researcher who has done only a couple of mobile studies, you can attest to the challenges of creating, executing, analyzing and reporting them. The complicated tasks of screen recording, behavioral and gestural data gathering as well as capturing quantitative metrics are exacerbated by the small screen and restricted space of movement. Capturing mobile research data requires having sophisticated recording software that comes in the way of users freely using the mobile device. After…
  • 4 Questions answered about Online Usability Testing

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Over the past few years, many customers have asked us to share more information and insight into how Online Usability Testing works. To those of you who already are experts in what we’re about to discuss, this article may not teach you much that you don’t already know, but to those of you who are new to this type of research, please read on as it will give you a new perspective on where the User Experience is headed next. 1. What is Online Usability Testing? One of the most common types of online usability studies is a ‘task-based online study’. In an online, task-based study,…
  • Experience UserZoom’s Newly Redesigned Web & Mobile Site

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    We have some exciting news to share! We recently redesigned our website. In order for a redesign to be highly effective, it must stem from the understanding of what works for users and what doesn’t. It’s only natural that an organization’s needs change over time and users’ needs do, too. Within this redesign, our aim was to respond to these needs and create a simpler, more pleasant experience on our web and mobile site. Going beyond just creating a new look & feel, Some highlights include: An all-in-one, worry-free solution to manage UX Within our new site learn…
  • The Importance of Knowing the User Intent When Conducting Behavior Analysis

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
        When trying to understand customers’ behaviors on a website, it’s necessary to know what their intent is. Why are customers coming to the site?  What are they trying to do? Web analytics solutions, such as Google Analytics or Adobe Analytics, will provide statistics on web traffic including number of visitors, page views, bounce rates, where visitors are going etc., but not the purpose for the visit.  Other tools, such as Clicktale or Crazy Egg, provide visual information with recordings of mouse movements, heatmaps of where visitors are clicking or scroll maps, but again…
  • Conducting True Intent Studies to Manage Online Customer Experience

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Have you ever wondered what people do when they visit your site? Are they accomplishing what they came for? Did they have a positive experience while they were there? Would they recommend your site to a friend or colleague? Managing the Customer Experience is the top priority for most companies. If you’re a CX Professional, you know that one of the most effective ways to do this is by engaging with the customer, giving them a voice and collecting as much structured feedback as possible. In fact, you are probably aware that your visitors are a great, if not the greatest, source for ideas.
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    My take on UX research and design

  • Psychology of online shopping: Men vs Women

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Have you ever wondered if there’s a difference between how men and women shop online? What can you do to persuade each sex to buy from your website? This infographic by Minewhat showcases 18 strategies you can use to persuade both men and women to buy from you.
  • Infographic: 2015 E-commerce Opportunities

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
  • Christmas 2014: Key Shopping Dates (US)

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    9 weeks until christmas day! Yes christmas 2014 will be here before you know it! Have you predicted what your biggest shopping days will be online, offline and per platform? Well, if you haven’t, get a cup of warm cocoa and have a look at last years key shopping dates for the US… Liked this? Have a look at Keep It Usable’s 2015 e-commerce opportunities infographic
  • Future cancer detection using an iPhone

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
  • What your smartphone says about you

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Here are some fun insights into what your smartphone says about you. After reading this, I think my next phone will be an iPhone! Source And just when you think things couldn’t get worse… sorry fellow Android users, it seems the world thinks we’re alcoholic chavs! Source Note: Under-weight and over-weight refers to the statistics and potential bias based on respondent type, not body size. Disclaimer: This post is a bit of fun. I’m an Android user and definitely not a chav! :p
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  • Infographic: 2015 E-commerce Opportunities

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Source: Statistics from the e-commerce expo October 2014 day 1 and day 2.
  • More fascinating e-commerce insights for 2015! Expo day 2

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Following our hugely popular write-up of the e-commerce expo day 1, here’s what happened on day 2. It’s even better, with fantastic insights on how to be successful in e-commerce in 2015, with advice from Paypal, Maplin and leading successful entrepreneurs! The future of payments now Rob Harper, Paypal Mobile payments are growing rapidly. More and more consumers are using their mobile to purchase. It means they’re buying on their terms and on their device. However, £1.5bn was lost to uk commerce in the last year! Why? Payment friction is one of the leading reasons why…
  • Fascinating insights: E-commerce expo day 1

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    This week we attended the London e-commerce expo to discover the latest statistics, technology and importantly, what’s predicted to be big in 2015. Here’s our write-up of the sessions we attended on day 1 (day 2 to come soon). What’s very clear is that mobile will be massive in 2015! New technology enabling more advanced tracking of customers offline and online will also pave the way for advanced data, customer engagement and retargeting across channels (more of this in our next blog post: day 2). Driving Sales in a connected world Tracy Yaverbaun, Facebook Mobile was a…
  • The future of e-commerce: Generation Z

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    The next up and coming wave of consumers are called generation Z. Born between the mid 1990s and 2010, these young people have been brought up with the internet and social networks. They are ‘Digital Natives’ and as a marketer or product owner you will need to approach this generation of consumer very differently. So, let’s learn more about them… Who are Generation Z? Right now they are aged between 4 and 19 years old. They currently make up more than a quarter of the US population and this is still growing. They spend nearly every waking hour online. 46% are…
  • Keep It Usable beat hundreds of entrants to the DADI awards

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

    Diane Mitol
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The Advantages and Uses of BIM BIM has many advantages over traditional CAD design methods and represents a completely different approach to building design and documentation.  Since CAD essentially automates the traditional “paper & pencil” process, CAD drawings are created as stand-alone documents, and design changes need to be followed up and implemented manually on each CAD drawing. BIM (Building Information Modeling) applications enable the buildings to be “built” in a virtual environment with all data stored in the central building model, enabling design…
  • Manual vs. Automated Raster to Vector Conversion

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Manual Vs Automated Raster to Vector Conversion Raster and Vectors are two formats of data structures used for storing engineering data. All major CAD software are developed primarily using these data structures. Based on the usage of the data the engineering drawings are stored either as raster images or vector data. Engineering drawings which are to be frequently updated or any changes to be made then it is stored in vector format. If no changes are required and the engineering data is just to be stored then the data is stored in raster format. A raster image is majorly used for viewing…
  • How to Preserve Old Books and Delicate Historic Materials

    Diane Mitol
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    How to Preserve Old Books and Delicate Historic Materials It is important to recognize just how fragile these types of paper-based records really are.  Many books and historical documents that were created after the 1830’s and before the 1980’s were created on paper made from wood pulp and alum-rosin sizing.  This combination resulted in acidic conditions that accelerated the deterioration of paper.  Paper made earlier than the 1830’s was made from rags, which has a better survival rate than the acidic wood pulp mixture used for the 150 years when many…
  • CAD CAM Design Using 3D Models

    Diane Mitol
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    CAD CAM Design Using 3D Models CAD CAM technology is used to design and to manufacture products.  While the CAD software is confined to design only, CAD CAM software not only designs, but also programs CNC manufacturing processes.   Today, the CAD design portion is often done using 3D models and assemblies.  3D models let designers try the design out virtually in order to ensure that it works before the CNC machine is programmed to create the initial prototype.  Being able to test designs in a virtual environment prior to building the first prototype saves both the…
  • Do You Need Raster to Vector Conversion?

    Diane Mitol
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Do You Need Raster to Vector Conversion? Eight Questions to Ask Those of us who are in the business of CAD conversion regularly use terms like raster to vector conversion, or the shortened form, R2V.  But it was brought to my attention last week, that if you’re not in the CAD conversion business, you might not even know what raster to vector conversion is, or why you might need it.  So, we’ve compiled a list of eight questions that you can ask to determine if you need raster to vector conversion.  But, before we get to the eight questions, let’s define just…
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