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Advanced User Experience (UX) Design

Your Portfolio Probably Sucks

I used to hire a lot of designers. Most portfolios tortured me. Not because the work was bad. But because I had to dig through a lot of irrelevant …

Free eBook: Interaction Design Best Practices (Words, Visuals, Space)

Interaction Design Best Practices, Book 1 by UXPin dives into the art and science behind some of today’s most memorable interaction designs.<p>Whether …

7 personality traits of great designers

Like we mentioned above, usability testing reveals smarter paths to satisfying user and business goals. The more you understand your users and their behavior (Empathy), the more-informed your business decisions.<p>Beyond studying users, designers need to also grasp why projects were initiated in the …

The ultimate guide: How to become a UX Designer

But a formalized university education certainly doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, you won’t find a huge selection of formal UX university programs, but you can certainly break into the field with a related degree in psychology, human-computer interaction, graphic design, visual design, UI design, and …

UX Design

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> …

7 tips to create awesome mobile app designs

Yelp is a good example of intuitive mobile interaction design. The app is very clean, with nice, big buttons that state their purpose. The buttons’ clear labels are easily understood by just about any user. Much more than that, the app uses some common mobile UI patterns, like the toolbar at the …

The changing face of animation & interaction design

While this might be one of the trickiest types of animation to work with, simple page motions are an effective way to make content more stimulating<p>From AJAX loading options to simple shakes or cartoons, full-page motion is certainly a captivating effect. Be warned: too many loading items can bog …

Virtual reality and smartwatches should hook up

I'm sitting down in the middle of an asteroid belt. And I forgot where my controller was. Somewhere off to the left of me, I think. My hand's fumbling over papers, I think I knocked over a can of soda. That gamepad has to be around...but I'm blind. I'm being shot at. I reach up and fumble for a …