Emy Lin

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Thinking Like An App Designer

There’s more to designing mobile apps than meets the eye. The task requires a deep knowledge of devices, and it often means changing the way we …

The language you use is mostly made of happy words

FROM THE GREAT RUSSIAN NOVELS to Korean twitter feeds, human languages tend to be more positive than negative, a recent study published in the …

Understanding the UX Research Methods

Although the user experience field is relatively new and is still developing, UX-ers already have plenty of methods and techniques in their toolbox. …

A brief history of user experience

Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant. What cuisine did it serve?<p>What made you to choose that particular restaurant? What was your first …

The Only UX Reading List Ever

This reading list is for anyone who wants to learn or deepen their knowledge in the disciplines of <i>User Research, Usability, Information Architecture,</i> …

The Psychologist’s View of UX Design

You may have heard this story about an elephant:<p>A king brings six men into a dark building. They cannot see anything. The king says to them, "I have …

Web Design

Cognitive Styles: Get inside the user's head

We pour over analytics, conduct ethnographic studies, and interview users in order to understand the demographics, goals, and tasks of the people …

How to Use Behavioral Design for Boosting Conversions (Using The Fogg Behavior Model)

Design impacts behavior. If you know how to impact behavior, you can design for behavior. Here’s how to do it.<p>Do you know BJ Fogg? You should. Dr. BJ …

10 Things I Learned From Taking 100 Usability Tests

Usability testing is a technique to evaluate a product or service by testing it with users. The users work on tasks while observers take notes, …

A User Research Case Study on Slack: Phase 1, User Interviews

<i>I conducted a short study on Slack to understand the user experience on a macro and micro level as well as gain a deeper understanding of the</i> …

11 Words With Meanings That Have Changed Drastically Over Time

People sometimes tell you you’re misusing a word and cite the Latin origin as proof. Don’t fall for the etymological fallacy.What a word means …

Literature

Here’s What Your Voice Tells Others About You

People judge you by your voice in many ways.<p>Via Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior:<p>The result: speakers with higher-pitched …

Psychology

What Do the Words You Use Say About You?

A lot.<p>Your personality can be determined just by looking at the way you text message. You can make accurate judgments about your favorite author’s …

Accidence Will Happen: the Non-Pedantic Guide to English Usage by Oliver Kamm, review: 'full of ironies'

English language sticklers should relax and give our language the freedom it needs to flourish<p>What’s more aggravating for you: to hear someone say “aggravating” when they mean “irritating”, or to be told that you meant “irritating” when you said “aggravating”? If you’re among the latter, Oliver …

15 Pairs of Words That Seem Etymologically Related, But Aren’t

A crayfish is not a fish, an outrage is not a rage, and there’s no bomb in bombast. Words suggest one thing, but their histories tell us another.<p>1. …

Linguistics

6 important things you should know about how your brain learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know …

The Brain

Machine Learning Goes Mainstream I: InboxVudu Prioritizes Your Email

Machine learning is moving out of the backend shadows and into mainstream applications that ordinary consumers will use on a daily basis. These applications will recognize the intent behind written and spoken language and quickly classify the content of images and video. It would be a leap to say …

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Why Saying "Like" And "Um" All The Time Is Not Actually All That Bad

Your verbal tics might annoy you, but not all are as detrimental as you think.<p>We asked BuzzFeed employees what words they consider negative self-talk. But are the things that annoy us really that egregious?<p>Before you flagellate yourself for using "like" or "um" too much, a lot of linguistic devices …

Language

CSI Computer Science: Your coding style can give you away

If you’ve been programming for any length of time, no doubt you’ve developed your own coding style. Every developer has preferences not only for …

Machine Learning

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

13 Words of the Year from Other Countries

The U.S. words of the year for 2014 included vape, culture, and #blacklivesmatter. But what about the rest of the world? Here are the word of the …