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)
31. August 2015
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
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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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As we create positive experiences, we sometimes create the perception of control, even when the user doesn't actually control the situation. This week, author Marli Mesibov discusses the ethics involved in designing for perception rather than reality. (uxbooth.com)
My senior year of college, I applied for a User Experience Design position with a hip web marketing company. At a career fair full of aging engineers in pleated pants, this was the only booth that had the word “design” anywhere on its poster. (theindustry.cc)
There's a lot to measure in the customer experience. There's also many ways to collect the measurements. While the "right" methods and metrics you select depend on the industry and study goals, this list covers most of the online and offline customer experience. (measuringu.com)
Over the past century, Bierce’s work has been extensively borrowed and reprinted. Many “unabridged” versions of his dictionary have been published. Following that tradition, we have updated The Devil’s Dictionary for an age that desperately needs it. (theverge.com)
4. August 2015
Although ghost buttons were predicted to be a web design trend for the year 2014, it is obvious that it just didn’t stop there. These days, the number of websites adapting this hollow button design is on the constant rise. When you come to think of it, there’s nothing really special about these buttons, but, since they are a practically a new concept, many website owners and designers incorporate them in their web designs. (1stwebdesigner.com)