Billy Reano

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Wireframes, flows, personas and beautifully crafted UX deliverables for your inspiration

When people think of UX Design documentation, the first image that comes to mind is dense, long, and heavily annotated wireframes, full of…

UX Case Study: Ella Blowdry

<b>This project was bootstrapped and we only worked on it over evenings and weekends, on the side of our daytime jobs.</b><p><i>Ella Blowdry</i> is a startup that was …

Making The Case For ‘Boring’ UX Design

In design, ‘boring’ is often treated as a dirty word. And it is not just in design: the boring fallacy is pervasive. The notion that ‘normal is …

UI Design

15 Excellent Color Scheme Generator for Designers

Color schemes and palettes look amazing, professional, neat and can be used for so many different things: websites, all kinds of designs, blogging, …

How to Create an Agile UX Workflow

Agile used in sports means athletic, energetic, and limber. It is applied to gymnasts and Olympic athletes at the top of their game. It can be used …

Design Tips To Increase Email Signup Rates

There’s still tremendous value in capturing emails and building a list. Email opt-in forms are found on most websites for this very purpose.<p>Everyone …

9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design, According To Ideo, Microsoft, Autodesk, MIT, And More

“Our profession is in between ‘utopia and oblivion.’ It will be oblivion if we continue focusing on minor aesthetic problems.”<p>The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial …

The Evolution From Invisible Design Towards The Invisible Interface

Most of us are old enough to remember the days before internet ubiquity. My primary school self, for example, used a trusty Microsoft Encarta CD-ROM …

The Golden Age Of UX Won’t Last. Here’s How To Prepare For What’s Next

Great UX abounds. How will UX designers continue to prove their value?<p>When I started the digital design agency AJ&Smart in 2011, UX design was still so misunderstood that I spent the next three years just explaining to my clients what it actually was and why it was valuable (while also defining it …

20 Podcasts About Writing That Will Have You Penning A Bestselling Novel In No Time

Writers get their inspiration from all sorts of places — real life, current events, favorite books, other writers, their own imagination, and more …

Writing

How To Write A Stellar LinkedIn Summary

Several years ago, I posted an article on the three steps to writing the perfect LinkedIn summary. A lot has changed since then. LinkedIn has made many updates and revisions, and they recently launched an entirely new interface. In addition, the world of work has evolved even more into a place …

Self-publishing Your Book is Not Hard: A Toolkit For First-Timers | Inc.com

It's time to write your book. <i>And</i> publish it. To start off on the right foot, read through these helpful tips that will make the process easier.<p>Background: I wrote, edited, formatted, and published a literary novel of 384 pages in 1.5 years. I'm not a world famous author, but I did it (proof) so you …

Vince Carter explains the secrets behind his incredible longevity

How has the 40-year-old Carter discovered the fountain of youth? We asked him and several of his teammates.<p>ATLANTA — Vince Carter is relaxing inside the training room of the Philips Arena visitor’s locker room about an hour before tipoff. Carter laughs on occasion, just taking in the moment. He’s …

The 11 Best Sci-Fi Novels From the 21st Century You Likely Missed

Great doesn't need to mean old.<p>People tend to look to decades past for examples of great science fiction—the works Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke. But the 21st century is living in its own golden age of sci-fi. Along with film and TV adaptations, novels like <i>Cloud Atlas</i>, <i>The Road</i>,</i> …

Science Fiction

How One Man’s Pirate Game Shows the Intricacies of Great Game Art & Design

Gergõ Gilicze is a graphic designer in Hungary. In an article on Analog Games, Gilicze chronicled the design of a game for his master’s degree …

Design automation, UX burnout, transparent interactions and more UX this week

What’s hot in UX this week:<p>Matt Cooper-Wright is a Senior Design Lead at IDEO and author of “Welcoming bots to the team”, in which he describes how …

Designing Conversational UI with Information Architecture — Part 3

Designing Conversational UI with Information Architecture — Part 3<p>An IA for AI Learning<p>Welcome to part 3 of a series on designing for conversational …

How Micro-Interactions Drive User Engagement

Modern businesses need to stay constantly relevant to their consumer bases if they want to survive, and one of the best methods for doing that is …

The 5 Best Motivational Videos of 2016 | Inc.com

Every year, I post the five most motivational videos to be posted on YouTube over the past 12 months. Here are my posts for 2015, 2014, and some timeless classics.<p>For 2016, I've focused on videos that will inspire you to make 2017 the best year ever. I figure we all need a year-end boost. Enjoy!<p>The …

Motivation

3 Ways to Use Design Principles to Create a Better Company Culture | Inc.com

Business is all about people. This is what I learned from Alan Mulally, former Ford CEO, who not only saved Ford Motor Company from bankruptcy but saw employee satisfaction double during his tenure in Dearborn. So--how do you make it all about the people?<p>Designers understand this, because they have …

9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

Moneyball

“Assassin’s Creed” the movie fails because Hollywood dismisses the storytelling power of video games

I’ve played <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> since its initial release in 2007. I’d be lying if I said that the promise of a film version of the Ubisoft video game didn’t have me excited—but many fans, including myself, were also cautious. Would <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> be yet another flop in the long history of failures to …

Review of Popular Design Trends for Interfaces in 2016

The year is going away so fast: seems each day just melts away like a snowflake. Traditionally, before the holidays start, it is the high time to …

8 Design Mistakes That Ruin Your Content (And Easy Fixes)

Visual content is a crucial element in your content marketing. Whether it’s a one-off piece for social media or your latest company e-book, …

Flat Design: History and Modern Practice.

Famous artist Edgar Degas once said: "<i>Art is not what you see, but what you make others see</i>." In terms of graphic design, which could be also defined …

What Skills Should You Master to Be An Excellent UX/UI Designer on Earth?

Design may come in various forms. It can be a physical product, a website or even a brand facade. Therefore, no matter in any era or industry, designe …

These 5 major UI mistakes will kill your app

Abusing fonts, inconsistent design, and other big no-nos.The post These 5 major UI mistakes will kill your app appeared first on InVision Blog.

[Exclusive] Draw in 3D with the ‘Mental Canvas’ Illustration App

The new app combines traditional illustration with 3D computer-aided design software.<p>There are apps like uMake that rather easily turn 2D sketching into useful 3D models for prototyping, but the new app Mental Canvas takes a different approach. It fuses the illustrator’s need for aesthetics and …