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Do We Need A Better Term For UX? | Inc.com

The usage of the term User Experience (UX) has has exploded in the tech, media and design industries in recent years. But what does UX really mean?<p>The truth is, it is incredibly difficult to define what UX is, or what a UX designer does. Because it's so new, we haven't yet arrived at a universal …

UX Design

How To Do A UX Competitor Analysis: A Step By Step Guide

Getting to grips with the ins and outs of a UX competitor analysis can help you know your market, product and goals better. You will also understand …

UX Design

Marie Claire and Mastercard team up to revolutionize the brick-and-mortar experience

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Marie Claire and Mastercard have partnered to open a pop-up shop in New York City, dubbed The Next Big Thing Concept Shop, that features a variety of innovations aimed at …

These Six Clever Gmail Add-Ons Will Make You Infinitely More Productive

Feel like your inbox could use an upgrade? Give Gmail new productivity powers with practical, efficiency-enhancing add-ons.<p>Gmail may be the de facto standard for web-based email—but sometimes, the service can start to feel a teensy bit stale.<p>After all, Google’s younger Inbox app is the where the …

Apps

Designing for Intelligence: What Do We Mean by Intelligent? (Part 1 / 5ish)

The age of intelligent software has arrived. From anthropomorphic assistants like Siri and Alexa, to events from your email that show up in your …

JavaScript Is Eating The World

Incase you haven't heard the news, JavaScript and NodeJS are single handedly eating the world of software. NodeJS is an Open Source server-side …

A Simple Cheatsheet for Flexbox

An overview on how to use the flexible box layout<p>I spent the last days wrapping my head around <b>flexbox</b>, and how to use it correctly. Maybe you can …

How to Move Toward a Dedicated Usability Testing Budget

How do you know that you or your team are doing your best work? One way is to examine how you do the work.Development teams may hire third-party …

Elon Musk reportedly gave his assistant a 2-week test when she asked for a big raise — what happened to her is an important career lesson

According to Vance, the assistant, Mary Beth Brown, asked Musk for a significant raise after she'd been working with him for 12 years. In response, Musk told Brown to take two weeks off, during which <i>he</i> would assume her responsibilities and see whether she was critical to his success.<p>When Brown …

The bestselling author of 'Getting Things Done' says he 'agonized for at least 30 years' over what to do with his life until a friend's question changed his thinking

That's what Allen shared in an interview with Caitlin Schiller on Blinkist's Simplify podcast. Allen told Schiller he'd "agonized for at least 30 years" over what to do with his life — and this paralysis might have continued had he not gotten a wake-up call from a conversation with a close …

Adobe Just Built The Prettiest UI Ever

There is nothing quite like an artist’s palette. With this humble piece of paper or wood, the artist can mix infinite pigments, each of which can be dipped into again and again without a second thought.<p>FiftyThree’s Paper did an incredible job at streamlining the palette for iPad screens. And now, a …

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This is how Amazon’s Alexa hooks you

Last year we added a new member to our household. I must admit that upon first meeting her, our initial impression was that she was a little creepy. …

20 Best UX Courses You Can Learn A Lot From

Nowadays, there’s nothing you can’t learn online! With a simple online search, you can stumble on thousands of resources to improve your knowledge, …

The Commando Diet - How To Build Muscle & Drop Weight

Your nutrition has a massive effect on your athletic performance and your aesthetics. Coming from a background of competitive gymnastics, soccer, …

Designing interactive experiences

The ‘what, when and how’ of interactive prototyping<p>More than 5 years ago, when I started to steer my design career towards the technological dark …

Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Why,’ About the Science of Curiosity

The physicist Richard Feynman once wrote of the universe’s vastness: “It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined!” In his new book, “Why? What Makes Us Curious,” the astrophysicist and best-selling author …

4 tips for transforming your customer communications with AI

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are not just tools for streamlining customer engagement. They represent an opportunity for companies to completely rethink how they build context around each individual, ultimately creating a better experience and a more loyal customer.<p>By tapping …

Customer Experience

Documentation

We have shut down<br>Stack Overflow Documentation.<p>Documentation was our attempt at improving existing reference materials by focusing on examples. The …

How American Airlines discovered more is more in mobile design

Adding more steps to the booking flow tends to increase complexity and leads to abandoned purchases so is generally considered a no go area.Or is …

25 graphic design freebies to make your life easier

In an ideal world, we would carefully, lovingly handcraft every graphic design asset ourselves. But in the real world of tight deadlines and squeezed …

Hierarchy of good service/product/ experience/thing design

So this is actually a pretty simple five-question framework, which upon learning, seems so obvious, but from experience I know this framework is not …

Facilitating an Effective Design Studio Workshop

<b>Summary:</b> Design studios are UX workshops that combine ideation and design critique with idea prioritization and help teams collaborate and feel …

The rules of brainstorming, according to top design firm IDEO

I work at home, alone for the most part, which means I rarely have the opportunity to be involved in a good brainstorming session. That's a shame …

New rules for exercising if you’re over 50

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>A funny thing happens on the way to 50 and beyond: Your body doesn’t respond to exercise …

10 Wireframing Tools to Help you Create Great Websites, and Make Great Design Decisions

As a web designer or developer, you’re probably familiar with wireframes and their place in the design process.<p>Wireframes are skeleton structures …

Why you should be excited about zero UI

Zero UI doesn't mean getting rid of the interface entirely. Rather, it's a process where many of the visual interfaces we spend so much time with …

The Next Big UX Revolution Is Quietly Taking Shape–At Work

UX is changing our jobs as we know them. Here are seven key takeaways from a new report on the state of enterprise software in 2017.<p>Think about all the frustrating products you’ve used at work. Expense reporting apps. Outdated CRM systems. Database management tools. In the world of B2B products, UX …

Tip: The 4 Keys to Bigger Triceps

You need more than 3 sets of 10 of your favorite triceps exercise if you want maximal growth. Here's what to do.<p>Several variables are required for …