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Pragmatic UX Techniques For Smarter Websites

Christina Vodtke, author of <i>Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web</i>, recently tweeted the following:<p>There are three core disciplines in UXD: …

Facebook Gets Sassy with New Like Sticker Pack for Messenger

Mobile messaging stickers are hot stuff right now, and Facebook is riffing on the trend with a new set of stickers that create some new poses for its iconic Like button hand. According to AllFacebook, the pack was created a few months ago during a hackathon.<p>I can definitely see myself getting …

How Usability Testing Drastically Improved My Client's App

Authentication and Welcome<p>The authentication and welcome screens are important moments in the user’s initial experience of the product, because we …

Why should screen size determine an app's value?

Besides its precipitous fall towards "free," software pricing in the App Store is starting to settle around a few distinct tiers. Instead of being …

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

Design thinker Don Norman on his stealth startup, Apple vs. Android vs. Microsoft, and experience design

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Don Norman’s <i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> is the bible for design thinking and technology. The author and cognitive scientist …

Free Design Resources: UI Kits

I thought it would be a good idea to find more freebies around the web for you guys. These are some very useful UI Kits for those moment when you're …

Sass for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm

Let’s face it: CSS is hard. Our stylesheets are more complex than they used to be, and we’re bending the spec to do as much as it can. Can Sass …

Flite Launches A Free Online ‘Design Studio’ For Building HTML5 Ads

Hey, remember when people were still arguing about HTML5 versus Flash?<p>The battle seems long over at this point, with the rise of the iPhone essentially killing Adobe’s Flash platform, but Will Price, CEO of ad tech company Flite, said the transition has taken longer than you might think — it won’t …

An Introduction To A/B Testing

A/B Testing isn’t a new term. In fact, many canny marketers and designers are using it at this very moment to obtain valuable insight regarding …

UX Design

The 4 Design Assumptions Costing You Money

Have you ever heard the saying, “when you assume, you make a you-know-what out of “u” and “me?’” It may sound a bit cliché, but it’s actually great …

The 4 Levels of UX Design

Most people misperceive user experience (UX) as something you simply add to the site <i>after</i> it has been designed. That’s just putting lipstick on the …

10 Ways to Pretend You Know UX (When You Don't)

<b>The most amazing thing,</b> to me, is when people try to pretend that they have expertise when they actually know very little. This is an epidemic in UX. …

8 Effective Web Design Principles You Should Know

The design of your website is more important for conversions than you think. You can implement any conversion boosting tactic in the world, but if it …

UI Design

October's Notable iOS App Releases

We’re back with our monthly retrospective look at some of the more notable iOS apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>So without further ado, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>Moment.us<p>What is the right music to listen to on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in London or Chicago? Open the …

Six Things User Experience Designers Forget When They Criticize Websites

<b>It’s easy to criticize the user experience of an application or website, because we’re all end users.</b><p>But sometimes we use it once, while many have to …

Five Tips for Conducting Scientific Research in the UX World

Despite the fact that research plays such a pivotal role in the practice of user-centered design, much has been written about how to approach it in a …

Design for Experience: Experience that Makes a Difference

Technology exists to solve problems.<p>Some solutions are to common problems like counting calories. Other solutions effect major change and improve …

User Experience. Where has it come from, and why is it here?

on December 13, 2016 /<p>There has never been a better time to be a UXer. A quick browse over any job site or forum reveals a plethora of Web-related …

UX Design

Responsive design, screens, and shearing layers. — ethanmarcotte.com

Luke Wroblewski wrote a blog entry that’s been rattling around in my head for a couple days now. In it, he raises some concerns he has about …

Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

The book suggestion of this week is about UX design and how to apply the lean principles to make a better user experience. The title of the book is …

MeasuringU: UX Methods Infographic

There are a lot of methods to use to improve the user experience.<p>We detailed many of them in an earlier blog. We know many of you are visual learners …

Mapping Business Value to UX: An Idea’s Inception

I started my career like any other 22-year-old, fresh out of college, with no idea of what I actually wanted to do. I had obtained my degree in …

The UX Portfolio: Telling Your Story

<b>This originally published over at UXMas, where they were kind enough to let me guest blog (how festive!). They also did a wonderful job of editing</b> …

Four Myths About UX and How to Bust Them

While the concept of user experience and the term UX have become seemingly ubiquitous in the workplace, most non-UX people still have the wrong idea …

22 rules of User Experience

Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling adapted for UX — because both are about creating great experiences<p><i>Updated 22/2/2015 — expanded on themes and added</i> …

UX Design

Learn about the technology behind ADstruc, from the people who create it. ADstruc is the leading...

Like a lot of designers out there, my academic training covered interaction design processes and methods -  the immense benefits of contextual …

UX Theory to Practice, Part 2: What’s the Fuss about Agile & UX?

<i>This is the second post in a series about applying UX theory in the real world.</i><p>I’m a <b>Designer</b> armed with a solid framework for approaching User …

iOS 7 User-Experience Appraisal

<b>Summary:</b> Flat design hides calls to action, and swiping around the edges can interfere with carousels and scrolling.<p>iOS 7, Apple’s operating system …

Dash is a free coding course that'll teach you how to make CSS robots

General Assembly has launched a new online service that teaches basic web development for free, in your browser. It's called Dash, and it lets users learn how to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS by working through four projects of increasing difficulty.<p>As you progress through the projects — starting …