User Experience and Tech Design

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

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

You know design is having its moment when IBM, the stodgy normcore dad of the tech industry, gets in on the action. In the last five years, Big Blue has grown its designer to developer hiring target from 1:72 to 1:8.<p>It’s not the only one — companies across Silicon Valley are recruiting far more …

Silicon Valley

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 …

UX Design

Free Essential eBooks for Web Designers & Web Developers

There are thousands of books available for web designers and developers online. The great news is quite a lot of these books are available for free! …

Web Design

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 …

Graphic Design

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 …

Babies

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 of the swatch from Andrea Antoni.<p>The Italian designer's Instagram is filled with beautiful photographs in which he cleverly uses Pantone swatches to …

Graphic Design

Designing for VR | A Beginners Guide – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

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>…

Virtual Reality

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

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 …

Design

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

Why write requirements? Well, let’s imagine you want to produce a mobile app, but you don’t have the programming skills. So, you find a developer who …

Mobile Apps

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 …

40 design & prototyping resources for mobile, Photoshop, & Sketch

<b>Updated 7/12/2016:</b> We’ve added even more resources to this post. Enjoy!<p>Seeing your ideas come to life quickly is such a rewarding experience. Which …

Trendy Google Fonts Combinations

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

The Way to Design

Design

25 Must-Have Free Fonts for Entrepreneurs and Designers

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, though, I can tell you that while all these things are important, the main difference between …

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

<i>Chatbots are being discussed at all</i> <i>Generate conferences</i> <i>this year. In</i> <i>New York</i> <i>on Friday CapitalOne's Mindy Gold will talk about what it means to design</i> …

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 …

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 …

Learning

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><i>This article was originally posted on the</i> <i>Abstract blog</i><i>.</i><p>Give people a tool, and they’ll find …

7 Ways to Delight Users with Animation

“Delight” is a word that we’re hearing and using more often to describe pleasurable moments in our products. Delight is the magic that makes us fall …

UX Design

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How We Write Proposals in My Design Studio

AS THE HEAD of a <b>newish design studio</b>, I spend a fair amount of time writing proposals. And here’s how I like to do it.<p>I do it like a conversation, …

The Power of Experience Mapping

Somewhere in the depths of Netflix, there’s a team whose primary responsibility is to make sure the bits move quickly. As Netflix serves its …

Shaping Our Design Principles

I’ve been working on Creative Market for 5 years this month. Where did the time go? I thought it was finally time for us to shape our design …

Most Companies Ignore This Critical Step in Strategic Planning

Most companies skip this critical step when completing their strategic plan<p>We all want better information available at our fingertips on how we're doing. Unfortunately, we typically measure performance using data that, while readily available, doesn't tell us much. Linking specific metrics to your …

Management

Design Systems Sprint 0: The Silver Bullet of Product Development.

<b>A brief introduction:</b> <i>I’m Marcin: a former UX manager and now co-founder and CEO at</i> <i>UXPin — the full stack UX design platform</i><i>. In this series of posts,</i> …

UX Design