UX Toolbox

By Dorian Tireli | User Experience Magazine

From Airbnb: The Real Value Of UX Research

UX research isn’t about proving users hate carousels; it’s about embracing uncertainty, Airbnb’s Matt Gallivan writes.<p>When you spend your days studying how people use products, your intuition around such things gets pretty well-honed. You start to see patterns and themes. You reach a point where …

Adobe Just Launched A Squarespace Competitor Called Portfolio

For anyone looking to create a turnkey, modern, responsive website, Squarespace has been the go-to. But starting today, it’ll get some competition from Adobe’s new easy website creator, Adobe Portfolio.<p>To be perfectly honest, Portfolio looks more or less identical to Squarespace. Both services …

The unknown browser with 300 million users that’s breaking your site

Web development isn’t easy. You’ve got to test your CSS, JavaScript and HTML against every browser imaginable, including trying to make it work in <i>Internet Explorer</i>.<p>I’m a Web developer in my spare time, and today I had a revelation when I discovered there’s an incredibly popular browser that’s …

Web Development

The User Experience Delusion

Free Bonus Guide:<p>Are you a freelance web designer? This comprehensive guide will show you everything you need to start fuelling the growth of your …

UX Design

Smartphones to Disappear in 5 Years, Says Study

A piece of research by Ericsson says we're hurtling toward artificial intelligence doing it all. Can this be possible?<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Show your iPhone 6 some extra love tonight.<p>Stroke your Samsung Galaxy and …

InterAct

Flat 2.0 & How It Solves Flat Design’s Usability Problems

Flat design has been around since as early as the 1950s when the International Typographic Style was developed. In recent times it has gained wide …

Why Content Reigns Supreme In UX Design

Lorem ipsum dolor son of a…<p>It’s been nearly 20 years since Bill Gates declared that “content is king.”<p>His original 1996 article reads like a manifesto, calling for sites to deliver quality and entertaining content to their customers, explaining why content-providers must be compensated, and making …

The Age of Information Architecture

The fourth edition of the polar bear book hit me like a brick. It’s not that I didn’t see it coming. I simply failed to anticipate its emotional …

UX Design

Design is a conversation

It’s often said design is a dialogue between designer and user. We talk to users about what they want and need. We discuss projects with our …

UX Design

Google made a secret acquisition to get you to stop using apps because it makes most of its money from search

Google made a secret acquisition of a company called Agawi, a startup that allows people to access apps on their phones without actually downloading them first, according to a report from The Information's Amir Efrati.<p>What's interesting about this acquisition isn't its size, but what it says about …

Google

Microsoft Is Totally Redesigning The Xbox One User Interface

There’s one important piece of Xbox One news that apparently didn’t make it into Microsoft’s E3 presser yesterday: three years in, the machine is finally giving the machine a much-needed UI overhaul. Microsoft has a tour of the new UI up on Xbox Wire, promising faster, easier navigation, improved …

Microsoft

Adobe integrates stock images directly into Creative Cloud desktop apps

Alongside the annual round of updates to its Creative Cloud suite of desktop and mobile apps and services, Adobe has launched Adobe Stock, a new service that allows users to buy and sell stock images.<p>The move is hardly surprising — it’s more like an evolution of the idea set in motion last …

Software

Google has ditched Chrome’s new bookmarks manager for the old one

In with the old and out with the new, that’s what I always say. Google seems to be thinking the same way, as the Chrome team this past week replaced its newer card-based, tiled bookmarks manager, pictured above, with the previous link-based one. You can access the now old bookmarks manager by …

Docker, now valued at $1B, paid someone $799 for its logo on 99designs

If you asked me to name the hottest enterprise tech startup right now, I would have to say it’s Docker. The startup’s open-source container technology has become a hit among developers, and several major tech companies have moved to integrate with it.<p>When Docker announced its $95 million funding …

Startups

A former Apple employee describes what it was like to work on the design team under Steve Jobs

Former Apple CEO and cofounder Steve Jobs had high standards for his employees. This was especially true for the design team, according to one person who previously worked at Apple.<p>Jobs didn't work closely with every team at the company — but he kept close tabs on the Human Interaction division.<p>He …

Steve Jobs

The New York Times wisely blocks staff from viewing its desktop homepage

The Grey Lady is changing. She’s becoming a modern woman, one who enjoys a 4.7-inch retina display more than her 28-inch desktop monitor.<p>Over at The New York Times, staffers received an email letting them know the desktop site for The Times — you know, the site they all write for — would be …

Journalism

Microsoft will retire Skype’s modern Windows app on July 7, push all users to the desktop version

Skype today announced it is consolidating its two Windows apps. The Microsoft-owned company will be retiring its Windows modern app on July 7; users of the app will be pushed to the Windows desktop application instead.<p>If you want to avoid this mess, download the Skype desktop application now from …

Microsoft

7 pillars of minimalist Web design

To be most effective, a minimal design framework needs a solid backbone. The key components of visual organization include a strong grid, visual balance, and close attention to alignment.<p>A strong grid is the foundation for organization. The grid – built through tactically using negative space – …

UI Design

How to make infographics: a beginner’s guide to data visualisation

More NGOs and relief organisations are using maps and charts for campaigning. Learn how to visualise development data<p>As a growing number of international NGOs are using infographics, charts and interactive maps to share success and highlight disaster, how can organisations with less resources …

Infographics

Move Over Product Design, UX Is The Future

Rick Wise, CEO of Lippincott, says experience innovation is the next design imperative. Here are five things you can do this year to make that happen.<p>Editor’s Note<p>2/17/14<p>Happy Presidents’ Day! To celebrate, we’re revisiting some of our most popular stories of the year. Enjoy.<p>For decades, the most …

10 Reasons Why Consumers Abandon Online Shopping Carts — And How to Fix Them

Discover the 10 reasons why consumers leave your website without …

Marketing

3 common UX mistakes killing good design

You probably know this, but we’ve only skimmed the surface.<p>Nonetheless, there are some simple rules to bear in mind, although you should always approach each design project individually.<p><b>Keep it simple, stupid</b>– Minimalism and flat design are so popular because they strip away everything that doesn’t …

UX Design

The Web Design Trends Dominating 2015 and How WordPress Stacks Up

Web design has come a long way since the under construction GIFs and marquee scrolling of the GeoCities days. Back then, we could not have imagined …

Web Design

Google's Larry Page was asked whether he was worried about the rise of ad blockers — here's what he said

Consumer use of ad blockers is on the rise, and new ad-blocking tools — including a new ad-blocking browser and a carrier-backed plan to block ads right at the source (or the data centers) before they even reach a customer's smartphone — have been announced in recent months.<p>The increasing …

Advertising

The Dribbblisation of Design

Only one of these weather apps is attempting to solve the real problem.<p>There are divergent things happening in the product and interaction design …

UX Design

Amazon Turns Its Boxes Into Ads With First-Of-Its-Kind Marketing Deal For “Minions” Movie

Forget billboards or magazine ads. If an advertiser wants to put its brand in front of a big audience today, you may as well slap that ad on an Amazon shipping box. Or, at least, that’s the mindset behind the new partnership between Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment and Amazon. The …

What Killed The Infographic?

If you’ve seen fewer experimental data visualizations lately, it’s only because the medium has grown up and gotten a job.<p>A few years ago, the Internet was awash in groundbreaking data visualizations. There was Aaron Koblin’s deeply influential map of flight patterns around the U.S. Periscopic’s …

How To Reduce Friction With Good Design

Anders Toxboe, designer for Bonnier Interactive, cites motivation as the force that opposes friction in the realm of interaction design. A properly motivated user will be willing to withstand more friction and still have a positive experience. A poorly motivated user will, on the other hand, give …

Usability

The CEO Of The Future Is A “Designer-In-Chief”

A trends report from Wolff Olins says CEOs are starting to harness the good ideas of others rather than cracking a whip.<p>A century ago, the CEO was a fearsome whip-cracker. Fifty years ago, he was motivator dangling corporate incentives. And now, according to the 2015 Wolff Olins Leadership Report, …