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10 web design trends that ruled 2015

Another practical trend popularized by the mobile movement, card layouts display a wealth of content in a clean, organized manner attuned to browsing. Each individual card contains all the relevant information a user needs to know, usually:<p>Enticing image<br>• Title<br>• Description (or relevant tags)<br>• Control …

4 Design Skills Every Product Manager Should Have

The importance of design is a common refrain these days in the tech industry — to the point of almost being a cliche. Whether in the consumer …

5 Signs You Are a Expert Product Manager

Leading a product team is invigorating. As the CEO of the product, the product manager has one of the best jobs in the company as well as one of the hardest. Make the wrong decisions and you're a failure. But, define the right product for the right customer at the right time and you are a …

Video: Tom Chi on Rapid Prototyping & Product Management

Tom Chi has practiced rapid prototyping for over 15 years, on everything from software to hardware, organisational design to entrepreneurship. And a …

40 (or so) Useful Links for Product Managers

This list is <b>far</b> from all-inclusive. I’ve left out entire categories and capabilities that are critical to being a great PM (e.g. measurement, …

Product Management

What’s the Business Value of PM? Podcast Episode 7

In this podcast I go into a bit more detail about a topic I covered a few weeks ago in The Astonishing Financial Benefits of Improving PM …

Beauty, Utility, Ease: The 10 Commandments of User Interface Design (Infographic)

1 min read<p>Successful digital design extends beyond appearances into the ways in which a user interacts with your website or app -- how icons contribute to navigation, for instance, or the ways in which a site can scroll. But the field of user interface design, which aims to hone the beauty and …

UI Design

Your Guide to Online Research and Testing Tools

The success of every business depends on how the business will meet their customers’ needs. To do that, it is important to optimize your offer, the …

Design of Complex Forms: For Responsiveness, Accessibility and Friction Free Experience

Filling in <b>online forms</b> is an inevitable part of living our lives online and digitizing our world. But do they have to be so onerous.Offline, forms …

Product Management: New Tools and Technologies

Although product managers historically have been forced to rely on general business applications and legacy project management tools, technology …

Project Management

The Secrets To A Successful Kickoff Meeting

According to Lindstrom, the greatest threat to many kickoff meeting discussion is confirmation bias. Because solutions are not easy to come by, group mentality makes people latch on the first reasonable solution they develop. In discussing this singular solution more and more, their attachment to …

10 tech podcasts you should listen to now

Don’t ever say there’s nothing good on.<p>There’s a whole lot of podcasts about technology. The New & Noteworthy collection of tech podcasts on iTunes holds 2,000 of them. And some really are worth your attention.<p>Podcasts first popped up nearly a decade ago, following the ascent of Apple’s iPod. In …

Facebook Buys And Shuts Down Shopping Site TheFind To Boost Commerce In Ads

Facebook today announced it has acquired personalized shopping search engine TheFind to help improve its commerce ads. TheFind had raised $26 million from Lightspeed and Redpoint since getting off the ground around 2005, but will now be shut down. Some, but not all, members of the team are joining …

eCommerce

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 …

The Future Of Voice-Activated AI Sounds Awesome

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Tim Tuttle is the chief executive officer of Expect Labs.</i><p>For decades science fiction movies have been imagining the future as one where humans talk to machines just as naturally as they speak to family and friends. In reality, however, using voice to interact with machines has been …

Artificial Intelligence

3 ways open data is revolutionizing product development

What people need and what they say they need isn’t always the same thing. This is an especially apparent truth in product development, where researchers and decision makers are often dependent on feedback captured via surveys or interviews where people may be biased, guarded, embarrassed, …

A Day in a Life of a Product Manager

<i>Mike Fishbein does content marketing at Alpha UX. You can connect with him @mfishbein or via his personal site, mfishbein.com.</i><p>An article ion The Next Web captured the essence of product management so well that it left one commenter exclaiming, “Finally I can point people to an article when they ask …

Price drop: US Cellular lowers cost for its prepaid plans

US Cellular has become the latest wireless provider to tweak its prepaid rate plans. Today sees the carrier dropping prices for most of its Simple Connect Prepaid rate plans.<p>Effective immediately, the $45 option allows for unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of high-speed data. The $55 option provides …

10 A/B testing tools to help improve conversions

You have a hunch that something on your website isn’t working. Or maybe you want to try something new, but aren’t sure how to evaluate whether it’s …

How ‘venture builders’ are changing the startup model

If you haven’t yet heard of venture-builders — also called tech studios, startup factories, or venture production studios — let me introduce them to you: They’re organizations that build companies using their own ideas and resources.<p>Unlike incubators and accelerators, venture builders don’t take …

Adapting Information Architecture for Lean and Agile Environments with DoGo Mapping

<b>A good practice when building anything is to begin with the end in mind, and information architecture provides a context for doing just that when</b> …

Information Architecture

US E-commerce Giants Compared Across the Web and Apps

Games used to dominate the mobile app market, but as use of smartphones continues to grow and mobile devices are becoming bigger and with larger screens, apps are becoming a key driver for other sectors too. One such, rapidly growing, industy is online retail.<p>We’ve dug into our data to analyze the …

Setting Up Google Analytics and Heatmap to Track Conversion

<i>Sean Kim is the creator of The Growth List, helping you create a business around your lifestyle. This post originally appeared on AccelBlog.</i><p>Many of you have probably heard of Google Analytics already. It tracks the basic website activities of your blog/website, such as unique traffic, traffic …

Practical Tips for Web and Mobile Usability Tests

Damian Rees, Co-founder of Experience Solutions, helps explain how he adapted website usability testing for the most optimized experience. Because anyone can use the Internet, one of his core principles is setting criteria and expectations up front so that your tests proceed with the right level of …

UX Design

Lifecycle Emails: Magic Pixie Dust for User Onboarding

<i>Samuel Hulick is a long time UX consultant with an intense focus on user onboarding. This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Unless your product is eyebrow-raisingly basic, there’s a very, very good chance that a new user won’t get to experience all the value you have to offer in their …

The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014

It’s that time of year again, folks, when list posts reign supreme and reflective 2014 musings clog your feeds. Although this post meets that description, rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy.<p>Here’s our list of the 14 most impressively designed apps — for …

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

The Algorithm Economy Heads To Amazon

Holidays are a time for families to come together, catch up over great food and drinks, and determine all the technical problems that need solving throughout the house. Indeed, for children growing up in the digital age, the holidays ultimately boil down to free (or more accurately, …