User Experience and Tech Design

By Beth Blecherman | User experience and UX design for websites, apps, wearables and consumer electronics

The Secret To Great Logos, From The Gurus Of Corporate Branding

“Symbols don’t make clear what you do; it makes it clear who you are.”<p>This year the inimitable branding firm Chermayeff Geismar & Haviv celebrates its 60th anniversary. Over the past six decades, these godfathers of corporate graphic design created logos for PBS, MoMA, PanAm, NBC, Chase, and more. …

Graphic Design

10 Super Useful Code Generators for Web Designers

Code generators can be a web designer’s best friend for a couple of reasons. For one, they can often help you learn new techniques or brush up on …

The minimum viable product design portfolio

Over the past few months, I’ve reviewed dozens of product design portfolios, so many that I’ve been thinking deeply about what a good product …

The product design challenges of AR on smartphones

With the launch of ARKit, we are going to see augmented reality apps become available for about 500 million iPhones in the next 12 months, and at least triple that in the following 12 months — as we can now include the numbers of ARCore-supporting devices from Google.<p>Matt Miesnieks Contributor<p>Matt …

Mixed Reality

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Design Thinking

This curated column is authored by author, professor and speaker,The post How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Design Thinking appeared first …

Productivity Hacks Used By CEOs Of Facebook, Amazon, Other Top Companies

<b>The CEOs of top companies</b>—such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki—all run companies worth</b> …

Productivity

AI Needs UX Designers, Too

“Agentive technology” is a quietly humming buzz-phrase, appearing in my Twitter feed from time to time (and now my physical library at home), and it …

6 major tech companies have doubled their design hiring goals in last half decade

Dylan Field Contributor<p>Dylan Field is the co-founder and chief executive of Figma, a cross-platform design and collaboration tool. Before starting Figma, Dylan interned at LinkedIn, Flipboard, and O’Reilly Media.<p>You know design is having its moment when IBM, the stodgy normcore dad of the tech …

UX Design

How financial advisors can reinvent themselves with UX design

The future of financial services is in creating simple, intelligent and customized user experience and at the heart of this digital revolution is the …

Free Essential eBooks for Web Designers & Web Developers

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co — professional technical writing tool<p>There are thousands of books available for web designers and …

8 graphic design trends for 2017

So we’re already into 2017, in case you haven’t noticed. That means you probably have already broken one of your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry, my resolution to get better sleep has already been dashed.<p>But one of my resolutions that I will not be breaking is to become a better graphic …

Design Experience That Matters: Four Design Principles that Turned a Prototype into a Bestselling Product

...and why customer insights are crucial<p>Design that Matters uses the power of human-centered design (HCD) to solve problems for and with the poor in …

Product Design

This designer uses Pantone swatches in the coolest way

If you've only gathered Pantone swatches to test out paints, you might want to take things up a notch and learn a thing or two about the versatility …

Designing for VR | A Beginners Guide

Getting Started<p>I wrote this article to help people get oriented with the processes, tools, and principles when creating VR experiences. Let’s dive in!<p>…

Google Material Design Lead shares origin story of the company’s design vision

Rich Fulcher is the head of Material Design UX and Engineering at Google. In our fourteenth episode, we talk about how Material Design was built, how to create your own design language within your company, and why strong culture plays a critical role in the design process.<p>When Larry Page returned …

Material Design

9 Photoshop Retouching Techniques That Every Serious Photographer Should Know (VIDEO)

Image-editing expert Nathan Dodsen doesn’t mess around when it comes to Photoshop, and in the detailed video below he provides a comprehensive …

5 Rules That Will Make You Instantly Suck Less at Design

Even amateurs can and should master the basics of design, insists this pro.<p>As Jason Putorti, former lead designer at company Mint.com, once memorably put it, great design can seem like magic pixie dust sprinkled over a product, instantly transforming a so-so experience into something …

UI Design

From Idea To Development: How To Write Mobile Application Requirements That Work

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

Web Design

Why UX Design For Machine Learning Matters

How you make machine learning transparent to users is one of the great design challenges of our time—but a necessary one.<p>Machine learning is going to radically change product design. But what is the future of machine learning? Is it the singularity, flying cars, voiceless commands, or an Alexa that …

Machine Learning

The big list: Design and prototyping resources for your next UX design project

Some of our favorite icons, design kits, apps, and resources to put to use as you bring your prototypes to life.The post The big list: Design and …

Trendy Google Fonts Combinations

Trendy Google Fonts Combinations - 5 bright font combinations made using only Google Fonts.. (Design Tools, Typography, and Sketch) Read the opinion …

The Way to Design by Steve Vassallo

"Design can’t be just the art of making beautiful objects. It has to be the act of making life better for those in need. The Way to Design is the …

25 Must-Have Free Fonts for Entrepreneurs and Designers

Guest Writer<p>CEO of Plato Web Design<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, I hear a lot of things said about good design: Good design is simple. Or it's all about white space. Others say good design is understated or that it's hard to describe.<p>As a designer, …

Typography

Celebrating the Marriage of Design + Content

When designers and content strategists team up, big things happen. The 2017 Design + Content Conference is approaching quickly, and we here at UX …

How to build a chatbot interface

In the mid-2000s, virtual agents and customer service chatbots received a lot of adulation, even though they were not very conversational, and under …

52 Research Terms you need to know as a UX Designer

“Pay attention to what users do, not what they say.”<p>Jakob Nielsen<p>This is the theory that users will leave a website if they can’t get to the page …

UX Design

How to Become a Designer Without Going to School

Humans have been creating art for thousands of years, with the oldest known human-made works of artistic expression dating back 40,000 years to caves …

Interaction Design and UI/UX: Caseture Display

Let's take a look at this interaction design project that is quite interesting that involves UI/UX as well. It's a concept display named: <b>Caseture</b> …

A Component-based Workflow for Sketch

The way we design is changing, and so are our tools.<p>Give people a tool, and they’ll find different ways to put it to use. No two designers work the …

Beta Testing