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24. Dezember 2015
Am 20. Dezember 2015 war es soweit: die Gewinnerin des Miss Universe 2015 Wettbewerbs sollte verkündet werden. Die letzten Minuten der dreistündigen Show laufen, der Höhepunkt naht. Der Komödiant Steve Harvey verkündet die Gewinnerin: Miss Universe 2015. Es ist aber leider die Falsche. (designbrief.de)
18. Dezember 2015
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17. Dezember 2015
In case you missed it, we now live in a mobile-dominant world. This year, Google reported that 52% of search traffic and almost half of shopping traffic comes from mobile devices, so a compatible web design is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. In April of 2015, “Mobilegeddon” transformed the marketing world as we know it, putting responsive and mobile websites at the forefront of a marketer’s mind. (hubspot.com)
16. Dezember 2015
Let’s start of with taking a look at the current interface. We think the Tesla user interface team did a great job in integrating the interface with the car and exploring new grounds. Having so little physical buttons is definitely a challenge. For years car manufactures solved everything with physical buttons. For a reason: with physical buttons you can literally feel where they are and their current state, removing the need to actually look at the interface. Eyes on the road is always safer. By introducing a 17" touchscreen they ditched the interface we grew familiar with and introduced something completely new. (medium.com)
14. Dezember 2015
Summary: The phrase ‘Learn More’ is increasingly used as a crutch for link labels. But the text has poor information scent and is bad for accessibility. With a little effort, transform this filler copy into descriptive labels that help users confidently predict what the next page will be. (nngroup.com)
11. Dezember 2015
For most Apple Watch owners, hands-free control means calling on Siri to take care of simple tasks. But according to a new survey, close to half of them admit they’ve used their noses to interact with the smartwatch. (qz.com)
9. Dezember 2015
Animation and responsive design can sometimes feel like they’re at odds with each other. Animation often needs space to do its thing, but RWD tells us that the amount of space we’ll have available is going to change a lot. Balancing that can lead to some tricky animation situations. (24ways.org)
Apple today announced its very own battery cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S. And where Apple design chief Jony Ive and crew may have seen a practical way to improve the devices' longevity, the rest of the world saw a terribly designed case — one that makes your smartphone look as if it's undergoing some type of painful evolution into a crappier product. The case is another misfire from the company often lauded for its revelatory design and just the latest instance in a series of confounding Apple hardware decisions. (theverge.com) #design
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We live in a time of rampant greenwashing. Ever since companies realized that eco-friendliness can lure consumers, they've gone out of their way to market themselves as clean and socially responsible—whether it's true or not. The easiest way to show your company is green? Actually use the color green in your branding. (astcodesign.com)
6. Dezember 2015
Tokyo, holy excrements from small undefined creatures! We’re there. First place we had on our list was Nakagin Tower. Spending two whole days there, we finally learned the dread and discomfort of living in a capsule hotel. It was wonderful, apart from the occasional shakeup and earthquake panic you’d feel when your neighbour decides to move his capsule four floors up, at 5 AM. He was courteous enough to leave a box of chocolate with an apology to his neighbouring capsules. (medium.com)
4. Dezember 2015
At the summer Olympics of 2004 in Athens, Greece, Hossein Rezazadeh raised 263.5 kilograms (nearly 581 pounds) over his head and broke the world record. Olympic power lifters are able to accomplish these incredible feats because they stick to a well practiced technique. In product design, a well executed technique or process can help us accomplish incredible things as well. So what are you using to do the heavy lifting? (zurb.com) #ux #design
1. Dezember 2015
Hopefully, you remember our funny but meaningful piece of grammar practice called Basic Grammar for Designers. This time we decided to go further and make the exercise even simpler, so here in Tubik Studio we prepared ABC of product design – the set of features and characteristics we think are important for design of efficient product which is a good combination of meaning, functionality and good looks. Today we prepared the first part of the set. So, let’s get started! (tubikstudio.com)
29. November 2015
After all the ruckus created by last weeks article “Let’s talk about white app icons” (which admittedly did have a bit of a preachy raised-finger vibe) I felt it necessary to follow up with a much more constructive and practical approach on what I actually think makes a great app icon. An article for everyone, newcomers and pros alike, about the magic of app icons and how we can make them better. (medium.com)
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28. November 2015
Mastering the ability to reframe problems is an important tool for increasing your imagination because it unlocks a vast array of solutions. With experience it becomes quite natural. Taking photos is a great way to practice this skill. When Forrest Glick, an avid photographer, ran a photography workshop near Fallen Leaf Lake in California, he showed the participants how to see the scene from many different points of view, framing and reframing their shots each time. (fastcodesign.com)
25. November 2015
Over the past few years, we’ve been learning how to adapt our layouts to the infinite canvas of the web. Our sites can be viewed on any size screen, at any time, and responsive design is one approach that lets us accommodate the web’s variable shape. But with all of the challenges we’re facing and those yet to come, we need to begin building not just patterns, but principles for responsive design—principles that will allow us to focus not just on layout, but on the quality of our work. (alistapart.com)
21. November 2015
I’m an engineer on the team at Adobe that’s developing Project Comet, a new UX design and prototyping tool. We’re building it from scratch rather than using an existing codebase, so there’s been plenty to do just getting the basics implemented. Multithreaded rendering, vector rasterization, canvas decoration drawing and interaction handling…all before you can even draw a rectangle! (medium.com)
Despite improvements in search technology, most users still take a browse-first approach to find products and information on websites. That makes navigation important, not only on websites but also in mobile apps, operating systems, and the various devices we interact with. (measuringu.com)
What is a “product”? Until recently, the term was only used in relation to something material (telephone, TV, refrigerator), but progress can’t be stopped, this term can now relate to plans from wireless providers, different types of banking services to services and applications in IT. We will now discuss the latest type of products. (awwwards.com)
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20. November 2015
Almost everyone loves flat design because it is built to be purposeful, intuitive and minimalistic. It is function over beauty or usability over ornamentation, which is attracting people all over the world. However, there is also a breed of creative designers who are frustrated as they can’t experiment with shadow, depth, perspective or reflection and have to create variants of the same old images and icon sets. (designreviver.com)
18. November 2015
At the end of November, I’ll be handing my MacBook back over to cxpartners and moving on to new pastures over at Hudl. I’ve learned a huge amount during my time at cxpartners and achieved more than I ever thought I would by my mid-20s. The cxpartners approach to design is far removed from anything I’ve ever experienced, so I had to adapt quickly, learning along the way that I was a young & foolish designer who had a bunch of assumptions that were wrong. Here are a few things that I have learned in my tenure at this wonderful agency. (medium.com)
Mobile is still among the hottest web design topics – especially within e-commerce, where it frequently constitutes 30-50% of all traffic. Yet IBM has for the second year in a row documented that mobile conversion rates are roughly half of that of their desktop counterpart. After completing an extensive mobile e-commerce benchmark study, it’s easy to understand why some cry out for caution. (baymard.com)
Involving users in the design of systems has been a byword in HCI since its inception. The nature and depth of this involvement has varied from identifying needs and requirements to imagining solutions and evaluating outcomes. As different disciplinary perspectives and values have been brought to bear on the design of interactive systems, how user involvement has been understood and configured has also varied. Most recently we are becoming accustomed to working with terms like human-centered design, experience-centered design, participatory design, and co-design, which represent the range of different viewpoints and value systems at play in HCI design research. (acm.org)
16. November 2015
Mobile navigation must be discoverable, accessible, and take little screen space. Exposing the navigation and hiding it in a hamburger both have pros and cons, and different types of sites have different preferred solutions to the mobile-navigation quandary.
14. November 2015
If you’re a Product Designer like me, you’ve probably been asked to design something “small” when you’ve got bigger things you want to attack. This thing might be an A/B test, or it might just be a small design request: polishing or adding something to an existing experience. (medium.com)
13. November 2015
The best way to measure the user experience is by observing real users attempting realistic tasks. This is best done through a usability test or direct observation of users. You may not always be able to do so though because of limitations in time, costs, availability of products, or difficulty in finding qualified users. (measuringu.com)
For some, workspace design might be just another passing fad, but here at Swipes, we’d love to prove that wrong. You know, you can even use your office space as a strategic tool for growth. Aesthetics easily translates into functionality when it comes to office design. This ultimately leads to a bunch of awesome benefits for your team, including improved productivity and boosted creativity. (despreneur.com)
10. November 2015
About 12 years ago, I co-founded a startup called Basecamp: A simple project collaboration tool that helps people make progress together, sold on a monthly subscription. It took a part of some people’s work life and made it a little better. A little nicer than trying to manage a project over email or by stringing together a bunch of separate chat, file sharing, and task systems. Along the way it made for a comfortable business to own for my partner and me, and a great place to work for our employees. (medium.com)
7. November 2015
Maybe you've seen the ketchup bottles. It's been a popular meme on LinkedIn. The bottles are intended to be a clever way to explain the difference between UI (user interface) and UX (user experience). The classic bottle of ketchup is the user interface. The ketchup bottle introduced in 2002 with its characteristic inverted bottle and lid is supposed to be the user experience. (measuringu.com)
Figuring out your content layout is a tricky task on a mobile device. Desktop devices give you all the screen space to work with. But on mobile, you have limited screen space. Users can only view a small amount of content at a time before they need to scroll to view more. You end up wondering what the most efficient layout for viewing is. Should you use a list view or grid view? Your decision could affect how quick and easy it is for users to find what they’re looking for. (uxmovement.com)
After being in the UX industry for years, I’ve discovered 2 important things: When a client asks for a feature, rather than responding, “Sure! Let me just toss that in here!”, an experienced product designer says, “That’s great feedback! Can you explain how you’d apply that feature and how it’d improve your experience?” (medium.com)
30. Oktober 2015
Interaction design has its origins in web and graphic design, but has grown into a realm of its own. Far from merely working with text and pictures, interaction designers are now responsible for creating every element on the screen that a user might swipe, click, tap, or type: in short, the interactions of an experience. (uxbooth.com)
29. Oktober 2015
For the past 8 years, I have focused on designing digital experiences in a variety of industries and for a variety of clients. Throughout my career, I have gleaned a few lessons that helped me create actionable, simple, relatable, engaging, and delightful experiences. (medium.com)
26. Oktober 2015
As designers, we know we’re supposed to avoid unnecessary decoration, but what is decoration, actually? A common mistake is to define decoration as any visual elements with flourish (fancy filigrees, skeuomorphic icons and diverse palettes come to mind). The error is that none of these elements are inherently decorative; the context of their use is the deciding factor. (medium.com)
23. Oktober 2015
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Audacious title, ‘The Make People Buy Things Secret,’ isn’t it? Imagine a single element that any designer – serving clients in any industry – can use to make a target market more likely to purchase your client’s products and services. If such a thing exists, what do you think it might be? Think about it for a second while I discuss marketing. (speckyboy.com)
22. Oktober 2015
Some years ago we started a small web agency called Bearded. In 2010 responsive web design completely changed how we work. Ethan Marcotte's simple yet groundbreaking approach pointed the way towards a web that embraces the constantly expanding world of mobile devices, ensures content parity, and takes progressive enhancement to its next logical step. (creativebloq.com)
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20. Oktober 2015
Empathy is a big buzzword in UX right now. There are books and blog posts espousing the idea that if designers can develop true empathy for users, then they’ll build better applications. That’s true, but what about stakeholders? Designers need to empathize with product owners, business analysts, and even executives too, if they hope to get the support they need for their projects to succeed. (uxbooth.com)
My kids aren’t yet old enough to learn to drive. But I picture myself in the passenger seat, years from now, and imagine what it feels like to teach them. I’m sure it’s terrifying, but that’s not what I mean. What’s it like, I wonder, to watch someone go through the same motions I went through, the same learning curve, the same growth process. (medium.com)
19. Oktober 2015
A Widow's Threats, High-Powered Spats, Sony Hack: The Strange Saga of 'Steve Jobs' (Stephen Galloway)
Laurene Powell Jobs pressured Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and every studio in Hollywood to not make the movie. David Fincher wouldn't budge off his $10 million fee. Now, THR talks to the creative team — Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and more — behind the most anticipated, controversial biopic in years. (hollywoodreporter.com)
The quote above was taken from a recent conversation between Jony Ive, J.J. Abrams & Brian Grazer at the Vanity Fair Summit this year. Reading it truly doesn’t do it justice so make sure to check out the video at the bottom of this page when you get to it. (medium.com)
18. Oktober 2015
Overlays, dialog boxes, modal windows, light boxes, call them what you want, that little window that pops up in the middle of the screen and demands your attention like a tantrum throwing toddler is a much used (and abused) design pattern. Within apps, on the web and even on mobile overlays are increasingly used to direct the user’s attention to a sub-task, without taking them away from the current screen. Used in moderation overlays can be a very handy and effective design pattern, but like strong Belgian beer or Krispy Kreme doughnuts use them too much and you’ll leave your users feeling decidedly unwell and nauseous. Ensure that your users don’t come down with a bad case of overlay poisoning by considering these 10 overlay guidelines. (uxforthemasses.com)
Strategy is difficult to define precisely. On the one hand, it gets confused with analysis. This includes everything from market size to technical assessments to financial prognosis. The result is often reports that fill up dozens of pages. (experiencinginformation)
17. Oktober 2015
Every state has its own building code that architects and developers must comply with. In fact, in order to receive a permit for building construction, the architect has to submit a plan with the site’s existing conditions, along with a proposal for future development—not unlike a design proposal. (uxbooth.com)
13. Oktober 2015
How to determine when customer feedback is actionable (Naira Musallam, Nis Frome, Michael Williams, Tim Lawton)
One of the riskiest assumptions for any new product or feature is that customers actually want it. Although product leaders can propose numerous ‘lean’ methodologies to experiment inexpensively with new concepts before fully engineering them, anything short of launching a product or feature and monitoring its performance over time in the market is, by definition, not 100% accurate. That leaves us with a dangerously wide spectrum of user research strategies, and an even wider range of opinions for determining when customer feedback is actionable. (boxesandarrows.com)
When you execute campaigns for some of the most famous brands in the world, there's a certain expectation to continually come up with cutting-edge creative. The same can be said when you're from one of the most famous agencies in the world, which Adam Tucker is. (clickz.com)
12. Oktober 2015
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User Experience Designers (UXDs) working on Minimum Viable Product (MVP) builds have it rough. The thought process has to shift ever so slightly in MVP builds, and in such a way that it can disrupt your conception of what “good UX” really is. (usabilitygeek.com)
The freelancing world is filled with a great number of complex skill sets and many artists; freelance designers are constantly trying to match their skills and talents to the demands of their clients. While working on a new project can be amazingly satisfying, it can also be stressful and frustrating when your ideas don’t match up with what the client is looking for. (speckyboy.com)
Brad Frost, the stunning human being in the video above, is largely responsible for the system this article is about. Atomic Design was developed in response to the responsive, digital world we live in. (medium.com)
11. Oktober 2015
Typography is a primary way in which we communicate information. It’s true for print, websites and even TV commercials. You can’t disagree that typography is a powerful design element. However, getting it right can be a bit tricky. Typography is not one-size-fits all, yet that’s often how we approach it on the web. We understand the value of responsive design but seldom do we design responsive typography. (designmodo.com)
8. Oktober 2015
Paper books and vinyl records: they’re not just for hipsters anymore. I’ve tried to hold back on commenting on this cultural shift toward more analog products, because it’s such an easy target for jokes. But I think it’s time for us to face the inevitable: there’s a very peaceful and quiet revolution happening right under our noses. And those of us who work in software have to start paying attention to it. (alistapart.com)
5. Oktober 2015
While it is true that Material Design is a reference for a new design language initiated by Google, it is more than just an idea. Without question, it has caused designers to overhaul their concepts for web and app design procedures. In fact, many websites have already applied material design documentation scheme by Google. (1stwebdesigner.com)
4. Oktober 2015
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When it comes to usability, ease-of-navigation should be a top priority for web developers. The number one most annoying feature of a website is improper or confusing navigation, leaving users lost and wondering what to do next. If you’re lucky enough, some users just might scour through the website to accomplish their purpose of visiting the website. However, most users simply pop-out and add more numbers to the website bounce rate — and we all want to avoid that! (usabilitygeek.com)
Do you know what a shoemaker is? Well… it’s a person who makes shoes. But it also has another meaning. In the culinary world, a shoemaker is a hack – someone who is typically ill-informed and incompetent, and who uses shortcuts to get around their lack of skill. (speckyboy.com)
Being a great UXer takes a lot of work. You need to be creative, empathetic, articulate, and patient (among many, many, other qualities). And those traits don’t just manifest overnight. Like an athlete, you need to train and exercise your UX muscles as often as possible to stay in top form. To help keep your UX game at its best, we’ve collected a few helpful exercises to keep you in tip-top shape. So put on your legwarmers and headbands, and get to work! (usertesting.com)
2. Oktober 2015
With the “minimalist design” being thrown around essentially everywhere these days, we seem to be accepting all that it brings to the table, without considering the implications. While minimalist interfaces have their charm, a few significant issues might spoil even a very tasty-looking one. (matthewmorek.com)
Indonesians surveyed by Galpaya told her that they didn’t use the internet. But in focus groups, they would talk enthusiastically about how much time they spent on Facebook. Galpaya, a researcher (and now CEO) with LIRNEasia, a think tank, called Rohan Samarajiva, her boss at the time, to tell him what she had discovered. “It seemed that in their minds, the Internet did not exist; only Facebook,” he concluded. (qz.com)
30. September 2015
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A high bounce rate is frequently caused by the poor visual accessibility of a website. When fonts are too small, or they are hardly legible, when there are too many distractions or not enough whitespace, many people just leave the site without a second thought. One of the most frequent reasons for early abandonment is the poorly selected colour schemes that decreases the readability of the content. (hongkiat.com)
e’d like to hear about what idea or thing in Web Design/Web Development you think our Industry must let go of in order to achieve progress. I think it’s an excellent question, so here’s my answer. I think the idea that must die is the notion that the Web is this singular, definable, quantifiable thing. I often hear a lot of dogmatic language around what the Web is and that’s often used to justify that person’s One Right Way of doing things. (bradfrost.com)
29. September 2015
It’s foolhardy to predict more than a few years into the future. Much unforeseen can happen between then and now. That being said, in 30 years, give or take 10 years, the discipline of design as it’s practiced today will be over. This isn’t anything new for design — it’s practiced very differently now than it was 30 years ago, or 30 years before that, and so on, stretching back decades, perhaps centuries. This also won’t be unique for design, as many fields of work will be utterly transformed in 30 years’ time. These changes will be drastic and design will never be the same afterwards. (medium.com)
27. September 2015
If we think about offline buyer/brand relationships, customer loyalty results (in part) when a brand can form a relationship with the buyer through acts of thoughtful remembrance. For example, knowing their preferences, or making product or service recommendations according to their likes and dislikes. (hubspot.com)
20. September 2015
It is no surprise why everyone is going mobile since responsive design has been in the forefront and design isn’t exclusively for the web anymore. Take a look at these different mobile design concepts to give you inspiration and more knowledge of UI design, especially for mobile devices. (1stwebdesigner.com)
A classic example of the liking principle is the old-fashioned Tupperware party (with its modern counterparts: the kitchen-gadget, jewelry, or wine-tasting party). The host of a Tupperware party was supposed to invite friends and acquaintances at her home and show them a variety of Tupperware containers. The guests could buy these and the host would receive a commission for all containers sold. Initially, the products were sold only via retail outlets, but they didn’t do well. In the late 1940’s, Tupperware began organizing “demonstration” parties. (nngroup.com)
17. September 2015
So let's talk about ad blocking. You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of collateral damage. (theverge.com)
16. September 2015
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Have you taken a terrible survey? Or, perhaps you were on the receiving end of the results? Too long. Leading questions. Poor response options. Overgeneralized findings and misinterpreted data. There's no doubt that surveys can be overused and abused. Maybe you've even thought about abandoning them altogether. (measuringu.com)
There’s definitely some logic to the underlying philosophy of the “mobile first” approach to design, but there are also some hidden problems that cause even experienced designers to make some fundamental user experience mistakes. Doing it wrong serves only to reverse the underlying problem, creating a painful desktop experience instead of a painful mobile experience, which only moves the problem around rather than actually solving it. (deep.design)
In recent years, I’ve noticed more and more websites using custom UI elements to indicate how far the user has scrolled down a page. Custom scroll position indicators come in many forms: variations on the traditional vertical scrollbar, horizontal elements at the top or bottom of the page, and other unique styles. Custom scroll indicators can offer the benefit of visual consistency across operating systems and provide needed feedback when the native scrollbar gets hijacked by infinite scroll. (viget.com)
Our packaging choices are constantly evolving. Today however, creativity reigns more so than ever before. People crave something different, either through activity, unique statements, or humor. This is where interactive packaging comes in. Interactive packaging is not only well designed in the visual realm but also serves a purpose such as entertainment or functionality. As the name implies, interactive packaging stands out on the shelves by establishing a "cool" factor through giving buyers something to do or an easier way to use the product. (hongkiat.com)
14. September 2015
Traditional economic theory has long assumed that humans are logical, unemotional, and make decisions that are in our own self-interest. In recent years, however, the growing field of behavioral economics has revealed that this assumption is flawed — humans are in fact complex beings who often rely on emotion and reflex to make decisions, even if those decisions sometimes defy rationality. (growth.supply)
6. September 2015
We often advocate using a parallel and iterative design process to explore design diversity, because it produces much better user experiences. A cheap way of implementing this type of design process is rapid paper prototyping. Paper prototyping is not only efficient for progressing designs quickly and allowing designers to find their best-of-breed with minimal investment, but it is also fast, fun, and easy to learn. (nngroup.com)
For as long as the idea of the 'mobile internet' has been around, we've thought of it as a cut-down subset of the 'real' Internet. I'd suggest it's time to invert that - to think about mobile as the real internet and the desktop as the limited, cut-down version. (ben-evans.com)
4. September 2015
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How often have you found yourself on an ill-defined site redesign project? You know, the ones that you end up redesigning and restructuring every few years as you add new content. Or perhaps you spin up a new microsite because the new product/solution doesn’t fit in with the current structure, not because you want to create a new experience around it. Maybe your site has vaguely labelled navigation buckets like “More Magic”—which is essentially your junk drawer, your “everything else.” (boxesandarrows.com)
1. September 2015
Despite the attention over the past year, the lack of diversity in tech — both in race and gender — has not markedly changed. Only 3 percent of tech CEOs are women, and just 15 percent of startups have at least one female founder. (techcrunch.com)
31. August 2015
I can still remember the good ‘ol days when “making your design device-compatible” basically meant ensuring that it looked good on a 1024px-wide screen. There wasn’t much of anything else to do back then in terms of variety. Sure, we had some larger screens and resolutions getting popular, but as long as you managed to make your design 1024px-compatible then you’ve had yourself an optimized creation. (adobe.com)
29. August 2015
There are days when it seems like every good designer lives in San Francisco and works on consumer-facing products. Following our peers on Twitter, reading tech articles and blog posts, listening to design podcasts — all of these can give the impression that our whole world exists in one place, and that those who aren’t on the inside — the digerati and designerati — are being left out. (theindustry.cc)
28. August 2015
What Are Funnels? You undoubtedly want visitors on your website to take certain actions. Maybe you want them to make a purchase, sign up, or fill out a form. When someone does something you want them to do, it’s known as a conversion. The visitor converts from browsing to taking the action you want them to take. (kissmetrics.com)
Accessibility is an important facet of the user experience and of one of its subsets, the searcher experience. Too often, Web professionals put users and technology into silos. Usability and UX professionals view accessibility from a human/user perspective. And technical search engine optimization (SEO) professionals view accessibility purely from a technology perspective. (marketingland.com)
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Ivan Chermayeff, A UX design expert once said that “Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.” That is a designer’s duty, and a designer always thinks based on customer standpoints. Here are 5 premises, that are critical and should be taken into account by every UX designer... (apiumtech.com)
The design and development of websites and apps is both a complex and time consuming process. With the number of team members involved, assets required and lines of code needed, it is easy to see how consistency can take a back seat to simple project completion. (jessedean.ca)
While the concept of user experience and the term UX have become seemingly ubiquitous in the workplace, most non-UX professionals still have the wrong idea about what it is. Here are nine such common UX myths and ways to bust them like a boss! (usabilitytools.com)
25. August 2015
We all see it every day. That box, that wrapper, those bottles, jars, and cans. Food packaging is something that permeates our lives, and yet most people don’t ever stop to consider how it actually affects the decisions we make when we purchase our food. From the moment you make a selection in the store to the moment you get your groceries home and open them, food package designers have carefully engineered each step of your eating experience to make sure you make the choices that are right for you. (hubspot.com)
24. August 2015
23. August 2015
Learn everything you need to know about Photoshop and how to use it with confidence. That's what Photoshop for beginners is all about.
Course DescriptionPhotoshop for beginners is an absolute must-have for everybody who works with a computer. This course teaches you how to use Photoshop with confidence in all sorts of situations without having any previous knowledge of the program.
The content breaks down Photoshop into easy to understand sections and the difficulty is progressive: we start with the basics and work our way up. Everything you learn is based on real world cases with exercices, quizzes, and attachments included for every lecture.
We all see it every day. That box, that wrapper, those bottles, jars, and cans. Food packaging is something that permeates our lives, and yet most people don’t ever stop to consider how it actually affects the decisions we make when we purchase our food. From the moment you make a selection in the store to the moment you get your groceries home and open them, food package designers have carefully engineered each step of your eating experience to make sure you make the choices that are right for you. (speckyboy.com)
Are rules made to be broken? It really depends on the rule. In the world of mobile app UI design, there is some wiggle room when it comes to things like aesthetics, gestures, and animations. There may be cases when a plain, functional app makes more sense than a showy one, or vice versa. (proto.io)
A 1–2 hour interview with a current or future user, ideally at home or in the context of the thing you’re designing. For example, interviewing someone at their gym for a project about wellness. The goal is to build up a deep understanding of an individual’s life, decisions and challenges. There are two reasons to interview people: firstly, to be inspired by the way people are encountering and solving problems; secondly, to build empathy for users. (medium.com)
22. August 2015
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20. August 2015
Making fact-based, data-driven design decisions (say that five times fast!) is the mantra of Google, and who better to emulate than the Big Kahuna itself, right? That being said, utilizing data for web design isn’t always as easy as it sounds. But did you know there’s a heap of scientific research from the brainiacs at academic powerhouses, such as Stanford, Princeton and Harvard and the like that can help you persuade people to buy your product? I know… it sounds heavy, but let me make it easy. Just read on. (kissmetrics.com)
Amazon is going to ditch Adobe Flash, a move driven by recent browser-setting updates from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. Amazon will stop accepting Flash ads on its website or advertising platform on September 1, according to the company's technical guidelines. (clickz.com)
19. August 2015
It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker. I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what technology can do to the cinematic storytelling. What’s great about film is it constantly reinvents itself. It started as a sheer novelty, those images moving on the screen. (medium.com)
When I was starting out as a digital designer, I found little or no guidance about how to create and use wireframes. If I could pass any knowledge onto my younger self, this would be it. Wireframes are an invaluable part of the interaction design and user-experience toolkit. (100shapes.com)
17. August 2015
We’re always waiting for inspiration to find us. We’re waiting to get inspired to paint this perfect piece of art, to build the next big thing or to come up with this great advertising idea. We’re just sitting there waiting. I still do it sometimes, like an idiot as if I don’t know better after all these years of chasing inspiration. (medium.com)
The experience people have with brands today doesn’t have a traditional start and end point. Quite the contrary: The experience a brand creates for its customers is really all about evergreen engagement across all screens, senses, and, in many ways, sensibilities. (marketingland.com)
Size matters: A simple, interactive tool shows the real size of India, China, and Africa (Omar Mohammed)
Africa is massive; 30.22 million sq km, in fact. It can swallow up the whole of Europe, for instance. Africa is the second largest continent in the world. Yet the Mercator map does not actually reflect this reality. (qz.com)
Yes, I admit it: I have IKEA furniture. While my design degree has given me a deep appreciation for high-quality, midcentury furnishings, my budget hasn't quite caught up to my taste, and I'm left sheepishly amassing an array of tiny IKEA Allen wrenches in a junk drawer. Maybe that's why I was excited to see Greycork's Indiegogo campaign. The furniture startup hopes to take a bite out of IKEA's market, luring consumers with higher quality goods at a similar price point. At the cornerstone of its recently launched collection (available for pre-order only through the campaign) is a sofa, which Greycork promises can be assembled in four minutes, no tools (not even Allen wrenches) required. (core77.com)
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16. August 2015
I thought you might like to know about the current Moments of Truth that keep emerging as we work with business customers to co-design their ideal customer experiences in a wide variety of industries, with quite different products and services—from software to information, from analysis to capital equipment, from professional services to office or manufacturing supplies. (outsideinnovation)
There’s a new kind of job that’s emerging, blending the skillsets of a marketing expert with that of a data scientist. The “engagement scientist” is seen as an evolution of the data scientist’s role. We can — and should — see engagement science pick up steam within the next 12 months. So what exactly is engagement science? Engagement science enables seamless integration between data and marketing strategies. It provides a platform for marketers and data scientists to interact with customers in a meaningful way. Engagement scientists create a better, stronger understanding of how customers interact with their brands, then implement strategic decisions based on analysis. (marketingland.com)
When Windows 95 came out twenty years ago, its headlining feature was the new Start menu, giving easy access to programs and documents. The official theme song for the Windows 95 launch was even “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones. (businessinsider.com)
13. August 2015
I'm a long-term fan of Apple, having used their products since the days of the Apple II computer. I loved the products so much that in 1993 I left my University job and moved to Apple where I established the User Experience Architect's Office. Afterwards I became Vice President of Apple's Advanced Technology Group. Indeed, I am typing this on an Apple computer. (linkedin.com)
11. August 2015
While Android continues its march as the dominant global operating system, its market share in the US is essentially flat and roughly at the same place it was in 2012. Apple has gained and Microsoft has declined during the same period, according to comScore smartphone market share data. (marketingland.com)
You might have heard that data is now a big thing in business, especially BIG data (as opposed to small data – that’s just for wimps). Business folk simply can’t get enough of it. Data telling them what their customers are up to. Data telling them how their products and services are performing. Data telling them how ‘productive’ their employees are. Governments are now even using big data to help subtly influence the behaviour of their unsuspecting public. For example the British Government has a well published ‘Nudge unit’, or behavioural insights team to give them their official name, which in their words, “help people to make better choices for themselves” (and no doubt the Government). (uxforthemasses.com)
6. August 2015
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