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External Cognition in Product Design: 3 Ways to Make Use of External Cognition in Product Design

Learn to design products and systems that make your user’s lives easier by relieving them of their cognitive load, the amount of effort being used in …

Google’s Material Design - Android Design Language

Material Design (originally referred to as and codenamed “Quantum Paper”) was developed by Google and is a design language used for Android devices. …

Design Thinking, Essential Problem Solving 101- It’s More Than Scientific

The term “Design Thinking” dates back to the 1987 book by Peter Rowe; “Design Thinking.” In that book he describes the way that architects and urban …

Mobile Usability Research – The Important Differences from the Desktop

It’s important to remember that while we may use the same methods for mobile usability research as we use for other types of usability research; the …

How to improve your UX designs with Task Analysis

One of the most important steps in the Design Thinking process that is often employed as standard practice in UX design is to define the users’ …

I’m a business manager. How do I become a UX designer?

Career changes aren’t always money oriented. While UX designers can earn up to $120,000 a year according to Dashburst’s(1) analysis of UX jobs, it’s …

Emotional Drivers for User and Consumer Behavior

In his paper; “Conditional Reflexes” the scientist Ivan Pavlov proved that a dog could be conditioned to respond to a stimulus. He presented a dog …

Human Computer Interaction - brief intro

2. Human Computer Interaction - brief intro<p>by John M. Carroll<p>Human-computer interaction (HCI) is an area of research and practice that emerged in the …

How to Conduct a Cognitive Walkthrough

Cognitive walkthroughs are used to examine the usability of a product. They are designed to see whether or not a new user can easily carry out tasks …

15 Guiding Principles for UX Researchers

We’ve found that a lot of first time UX researchers have similar questions and concerns when they start working in UX design. So, we thought we’d …

User Experience Is The Key To Surviving The Adblockalypse

Most media companies will survive the Adblockalypse, but on the whole, the industry is going to have to start considering the cultivation of …

A Very Useful Work of Fiction – Mental Models in Design

Mental models play an important role in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and interaction design. They relate to the way that a user perceives the …

Remote Research Methods for Mobile Applications

Mobile app user research in the lab may not be as effective as remote research. Users of mobile apps are going to face continued distractions when …

9 Free to Use Wireframing Tools

We all know that wireframing is a great way to test ideas in our UX projects but we also know that there are a ton of wireframing tools available to …

Wireframing

Card Sorting

22. Card Sorting<p>by William Hudson<p>The term card sorting applies to a wide variety of activities involving the grouping and/or naming of objects or …

Good Interaction Design = Good UX

UX is no longer just a concern resigned to technical teams. It’s a focus that transcends departments as more and more businesses are realizing the …

Information Architecture: The Scaffold of Good UX

Information architecture is fundamentally about organizing information and providing structure in a way that makes sense. As a field, information …

Visual Hierarchy: Organizing content to follow natural eye movement patterns

Let’s look at a topic that deals with, oddly enough, how we look at designs. Once you understand how the human eye processes these, you’ll find …

Designing Websites Using A Mobile First Approach

Mobile is something that isn’t always designed for the first time around; however, it’s something that should always be considered depending on the …

Making Things Easy to Find for Better Navigation UX

Being on a website with your credit card in hand and then not being able to find what you want to buy is a PITA. It’s also expensive for the website …

Why Great UX Starts Between Your Ears (Not on the Screen)

The title of my new book, <i>Think First</i>, reflects my firm belief that strategic thinking is the foundation of great UX. <i>Think First</i> was created on the …

UX Design

Tips for Being A Better First-Time UX Consultant

If you’re a first time UX consultant on a project there are some things that you may not be prepared for. We’ve got some tips to making the most of …

How To Change User Habits With Interaction Design

As Duhigg suggests, here’s a simple framework for designing new habits:<p>Find the cue and the reward<br>• Don’t modify the cue or reward. Create a new routine.<p>For example, let’s look at Groupon as an example. Before the company came along, if users saw a product they liked (cue), they would need to scour …

Interaction Design

Common Problems with User Personas

We know that the User Persona can be an incredibly useful tool when embedding UX design philosophies in your business. Unfortunately, we also know …

Amazon’s A-to-Z of E-commerce UI/UX Design

Nowadays to sell goods and services, you don’t need a traditional brick-and-mortar storefront. All you need to set up shop is a good internet …

Learn UX Design

As a member, you can take as many courses as you want with no additional costs.<p>You get:<p>Online and self-paced UX Design courses<br>• Industry-trusted Course …

3 Crucial UX Considerations Before Going Parallax

Skeuomorphism gives way to flat, and flat gives way to … something in between. One technique that’s taken hold in recent years is parallax scrolling …

6 TED Talks Every UX Professional Should Watch

We’ve rounded up some of the best TED Talks for UX professionals. These 6 awesome talks cover both user experience and the wider design principles to …