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Java at 20: How it changed programming forever

Remembering what the programming world was like in 1995 is no easy task. Object-oriented programming, for one, was an accepted but seldom practiced …

Voice-Activated Features Raise Stakes in Digital Banking

A handful of banks are upgrading their apps with Siri-like "virtual assistants" that understand spoken questions, at a time when most institutions …

Banking

Why Retail Beacons Still Have A Long Way To Go

Remember 1980? That was the year AC/DC released Back in Black, and the same year that Black Sabbath backfilled Ozzy with Ronnie James Dio (resulting in the incredible song "Heaven and Hell," but not much else). It was a golden year for metal.

The same can't be said for marketing. Sure, the 1980s gave …

Ronnie James Dio

Wireframes aren't dead: they're just changing | Web design

Given the rise of Agile and Lean UX methodologies in digital design, many are calling into question the value of wireframing. They say the days of …

Wireframing

Landing Page Design: Rules Of Thumb Your Boss Expects You To Know

A landing page is a webpage that encourages visitors to your site to download a digital offer (an eBook, tip sheet or white paper) or sign up for a

Marketing

Taking the Occam Razor Approach to Design

Did you know that designers can use a tool that mathematicians, philosophers, and other academics have known about for hundreds of years? It’s called …

Western Philosophy

Accessibility for Modern Responsive Website Layouts

By Jake Rocheleau / May 21, 2015 / Trends

The older methods of web design have fallen by the wayside to make room for HTML5/CSS3 design. Unfortunately …

Web Design

The 7 Rules of Caring for Junior UX Designers

May 21, 2015From start-ups to big business to agencies, everyone has had their own unique pleasures and pitfalls when it comes to handling the more …

UX Design

If Congress Went Agile

“Last year’s rocky roll-out of healthcare.gov … got many people talking about why government agencies should join the rest of the technology industry …

Government

Five ways the financial services sector can increase customer lifetime value

Global investment in fintech startups is skyrocketing, reflecting a worrying trend for established financial services firms.

Customers are …

Banking

4 Signs Your UX Relationship With the Product Manager May Need Some Work

There are a lot of articles on the differences and definitions between the UX designer and the UI designer role (I posted one not too long ago myself). However, another topic that has recently came up in conversation with my fellow UX designers, and in a number of articles, was the relationship …

Product Management

New Web trends: immersive interaction design

The wheel of progress is changing what we think of as “new” or “old,” and users can easily scorn the sites and apps they loved only a few months ago. But for every door that technology closes, a new one is opened.

Below we’ve collected some of the modern IxD techniques that users are flocking to. …

Fashion Trends

How we redesigned Yelp’s UX with remote usability testing

Usability testing, with real users, is one of the key areas that too many web designers skip. Often, there is little money in the budget for tests, …

Information Architecture

How To Design A Game For Maximum Empathy

The clever design in the game What Now? effectively shows how helpless anxiety can make us feel.

Many people play video games to have fun and relax, but the lo-fi What Now? is neither of those things. Instead, it's a game which seeks to convey the ways stress and anxiety affect the mind.

The game is …

Empathy

Video: Multi-Device Output, Input, and Posture

Conversions@Google published a complete video recording of my two and a half hour seminar last month (April 2015 in Dublin) on designing for mobile …

Ireland

What are containers and why do you need them?

Docker exploded onto the scene a couple of years ago, and it's been causing excitement in IT circles ever since.

The application container technology …

Linux

The Expert Review is More Than a Second-Rate Usability Test

Jeff Sauro • May 19, 2015

Usability testing is an essential method to measure the user experience.

I write a lot about the value of having actual users …

Heuristics

Collaborative Design Workshops: What Clients Need to Know

Collaborative design is a methodology where the design team and stakeholders participate in generating strategy and design for a product. One of the …

Sketching

Java at 20: The JVM, Java's other big legacy

Think of Java, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, and your first thoughts most likely go to the language itself. But underneath the …

Python Programming

Why web design is losing its soul | Web design

About a year and a half ago, I had seen enough. A tweet came through my stream and like so many others at the time, it was a link to a hot, new, …

Web Design

Testing For And With Windows Phone

Although Windows Phone usage is still low compared with other browsers1 it’s sometimes necessary to test your web work for Internet Explorer Mobile. …

Phones

Writing a Great Test Plan: Open-Ended vs. Specific Tasks and Questions

In any successful user experience study, you’ll need to write a foolproof test plan to guide users through the tasks and questions that will give you …

UX Design

Approaching Content Strategy for Personalized Websites

There’s a curious concept in astrophysics known as the Drake Equation. Developed to quantify the potential for intelligent life in our galaxy, it …

Personalization

Meta-Moments: Thoughtfulness by Design

Ever had a moment on the internet when you’ve been forced to stop and think about what you’re doing? Maybe you’ve been surprised. Maybe you’ve …

Web Design

The Best UX Visuals Follow These 2 Rules

Design details send all sorts of cues to users. Make sure you know what your visuals are saying.

David McCandless, data journalist and infographic expert, explains in a compelling TED Talk how most of our brainpower goes into sight, though we may be hardly aware of it. Speaking about how the brain …

UI Design

Asking Probing Questions During a Usability Study

Send your questions to Ask UXmatters and get answers from some of the top professionals in UX.

In this edition of Ask UXmatters, our panel of UX experts …

Information Architecture

Bridging the Gap Between Actual and Reported Behavior

Henry Ford famously said that if he’d asked his customers what they wanted, he would have built a faster horse, instead of the world’s first …

Research

Communication: The Cure for Common UX Design Challenges

As a UX designer, what do you do when, midway through the process, the product owner or other business stakeholder requests that you incorporate an

UX Design

A Better Way To Design For Retina In Photoshop

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Recently, I had a project in which I needed to produce high-fidelity screens for a tablet. I was to present these screens on the device …