28. September 2014

8 Major Design Festivals You Should Hear About (Anamaria)

Being a web designer implies staying in front of a computer almost the entire day. The Internet, this modern tool of trade, keeps all web designers connected to the latest devices, design news, inspirational info and other designers. With the Internet, sharing your projects, thoughts and new ideas is only a few clicks away. But it’s even more exciting when you can share your projects and ideas with your peers within a festival specially tailor for this purpose. International design festivals are no longer a new thing. They gather thousands of people who share common interests and enable them to communicate, exchange thoughts on their work and further develop partnerships. (topdesignmag.com)

Building Minimum Viable Products at Spotify (Chris Bank)

Many companies face the paradox of wanting to build a delightful product without knowing if people actually want the product until it’s released. Spotify’s vision was to give people the right music at the right time while incentivizing artists by paying them based on number of shares their music received. A tall order, no doubt, when you consider how hard it is to build out such a platform, let alone make it profitable. Yet Spotify defied the odds and grew from zero to over 1 million paying subscribers in the US — a market foreign to Spotify’s native Swedish team and one already teeming with competitors. (speckyboy.com)

Balancing Product UX and Lean Execution (Chris Bank)

What matters more: killer UX that makes people want to use your product, or shipping the things people want quickly and staking down a huge share of the market? If the UX is bad, people won't want to use it. On the other hand, if someone else gets it there first, people are happy to use what is available and help to improve it with feedback as it grows. People have been struggling with these opposing interests long enough that we thought it important to outline a better way to think about the problem, depending on what stage your company is in. (uxmag.com)

27. September 2014

What people DON'T GET about MVP (Jan Jursa)

What people DON'T GET about MVP. I want a car, not a bloody scooter! (img via http://bit.ly/Yq0fI1) #mvp https://twitter.com/IATV/status/515873729063436288

Environmental Communications: How Understanding Experiences in Virtual Space Can Influence the Design of Experiences in Physical Space (Laura Keller)

UX professionals are accustomed to thinking about how people interact with digital user interfaces. Whether we’re designing a mobile application or a marketing Web site, it’s in our DNA to consider what would be the optimal experience for people. But digital user interfaces are not the only elements of an experience with which people interact. In services, people may also interact with each other, with processes, with communications, and with physical spaces, and it’s the responsibility of the service designer to understand their needs and create an optimal experience that considers all of these diverse elements. Plus, while the goal of a service designer is to think holistically about how these elements work together in a service experience, each element has its own discreet set of design considerations. (uxmatters.com)

"CUBI: A User Experience Model for Project Success" (Corey Stern)

We all want to be a part of compelling creative projects—projects that solve business problems and engage users through meaningful and valuable experiences. However, given tight budgets and timelines it's challenging to create genuinely innovative design, identify gaps in the process, and consider the variety of factors for effective user experience. To solve these common challenges, I researched existing user experience models or frameworks and found that most UX diagrams are confusing, unorganized, complex, or antiquated, making them useless for designers and clients. That’s why I decided to create my own model. (uxmag.com)

The Culinary Model of Web Design (Antoine Lefeuvre)

We call ourselves information architects, web designers or content strategists, among other job titles in the industry, including the occasional PHP ninja or SEO rockstar. The web does owe a lot to fields like architecture, industrial design, or marketing. I still haven’t met an interaction cook or maitre d’optimization, though. No web makers turn to chefs for inspiration, one might say. (alistapart.com)

22. September 2014

YOU SAVE $375: "Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing" (Barin Cristian Doru)

YOU SAVE $375: "Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing" (Barin Cristian Doru)

Learn Photoshop and use it to create amazing website designs and earn money in design contests. No coding needed! In this course you'll learn everything you need to know about Photoshop and how to use it to create amazing website designs. There is no coding required anywhere.

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Freelance Vs. In-House: Which Produces The Best Designers? (Addison Duvall)

One of my favorite things, besides design, food, and writing about design and food, is perturbing my fellow designers with strange questions. You guys should try it sometime; it’s really fun. Anyway, today I was thinking about the dynamic of an in-house work environment, and how it compares to freelancing. I’ve done both, and I definitely have some thoughts on the matter. (hongkiat.com)

Does Originality Matter in Web Design? (Ezequiel Bruni)

My memory isn’t perfect, but I can say with some certainty that I’ve never actually copied a design. Not pixel-for-pixel, at any rate. I’ve stolen ideas, to be sure. (Don’t look at me like that. Everyone does it.) I’ve replicated cool concepts just to see if I could. (medium.com)

The Perils and Perks of Designing with Parallax (Diana MacDonald)

How many times has a client, manager, or colleague from a different department asked you to deliver something because it’s trendy? They’ve seen it, they want it. Relevance, be damned. How often has this trend been completely unsuitable for your website project? Saying “no” and explaining why a trend makes no sense for your website can be a challenge, so it’s helpful to understand what value a trend can add, and how to apply it effectively in your circumstances. (sitepoint.com)