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Understanding Machine Learning

Learn how you can modernize your data warehouse with Apache Hadoop. View an on-demand webinar now. Brought to you in partnership with …

Machine Learning

Personas and their jobs

The usage of personas has always been controversial amongst designers and professionals within the industry. But lately a few practitioners in the …

UX Design

Fantastic UI Design by Gal Shir

Nothing like an awesome set of Interface Design to close the week. There are some very talented designers out there doing sweet interfaces... one of …

Here's how the top iPhone apps are using 3D Touch

What's a polite word for 'least effort possible'?<p>When Apple introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S this September, it described the technology as a revolutionary paradigm for interacting with touchscreen devices. And it really seems like 3D Touch — and pressure sensitivity in general — could become …

UX: a Process or a Task?

Gene is an interaction designer. During a sales call, he’s asked if he “does UX.” He assures the client that he does, and the client asks why he …

UX Design

The Future of Interaction Design

Even though the site is certainly influenced by the mobile-first philosophy, you find that it’s still quite a pleasant experience even on desktop.<p>When it comes to scrolling as an interaction, we’ve found that long scrolls aren’t really a usability issue provided that each content section (and …

UI Design

UX Optimization Blog

Below you will find a constantly updating list of usability, design, psychology, and UX principles that are used in modern digital products. All of …

UX Design

How to Make Hot Wings at Home

Here to help is your new wing-man, Lauren Hirschberg, director of culinary operations for Craft Restaurants and winner of the hot wings division at the 2010 Memphis BBQ World Championships. Master his secrets to turn out trophy-worthy wings and a sauce hot enough to spike your metabolism and spank …

How Design And User Experience Translates To The Bottom Line

Designers have long complained about not having a “seat at the table.” From what I have seen this week in San Francisco, they no longer have to ask. Forward-thinking companies are well aware of how design impacts their bottom line, but outside of the bubble, management and designers have yet to …

How Flipboard’s Head Designer Grapples With The Web’s Manic Pace Of Change

Design, like life, is ephemeral. “Anything we design today will be obsolete by next year,” says Flipboard’s Zen-like design chief, Marcos Weskamp.<p>Get Marcos Weskamp, the head of design at Flipboard, talking for a while, and the conversation soon comes around to monks. It might seem a stretch–what …

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Ghent, Belgium<p><b>Why go?</b><br>While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture and historical sites - St Bavo Cathedral is the obvious one - but you’ll also find a buzzing contemporary creative scene too, with …

European Travel

Hipster Vintage Logo Pack

Download the Hipster Vintage Logo Pack, a set of stylish logos and icons.<p>This download pack is equipped with 18 vintage logos plus 24 bonus icons …

D'Angelo Performs 14-Minute Version of "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" at the Apollo

Last night, D'Angelo performed at the historic Apollo Theater—he famously performed at the Apollo's Amateur Night in 1991. The show closed with a 14-minute version of the <i>Voodoo</i> single "Untitled (How Does It Feel)", which started with a full band and ended with D'Angelo sitting alone behind a …

Intuitive Interfaces Don't Exist. Why Use Any interface At All?

<i>Wojtek Borowicz</i><i>, Community Evangelist at</i> <i>Estimote</i><i>, freelance writer, Internet of Things enthusiast.</i><p>One of the greatest lies of software industry is the so-called <i>intuitive interface</i>. It’s the fad diet of IT world: everyone, from the behemoths of tech to hip startups in the Valley, claims they’ve …

UI Design

Posture perfect: How to text and work at a desk without destroying your body

Electronics are slowly turning humanity into a humpback species. Poor posture is a major contributor to back pain and can even negatively affect our emotions. Fortunately, there’s a an easy way to remedy the situation. At VentureBeat’s Healthbeat conference this week, Crossfit San Francisco Founder …

Designing Around the Whole Story with User Narratives

<b>User narratives are becoming more popular as a tool for experience design.</b> User stories, those discrete morsels of information that give us personas …

UX Design

When To Prototype, When To Wireframe - How Much Fidelity Can You Afford?

There is a lingering meme that design projects should skip wireframing and go right to prototyping. A good example of this position is Wireframing is …

Jonathan Zorn on Google Translate Poetry, The Vocoder, and Max for Live

There’s a history of artists adopting and amplifying what are initially perceived to be imperfections. Just look at the number of plug-in effects …

5 Kama Sutra Positions You Should Try | Men's Health

“If you really want to try a certain position, you're going to need a positive and excited energy that will make it fun and pleasurable for her no matter what the angle," says Laura Berman, Ph.D., Durex's resident sexpert. So if you're ready to spice up your sex life, try these 5 bizarre-but-hot …

The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Visualizing Science, Religion, and Knowledge in Symbolic Diagrams

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.<p>Why is it that when we behold the oldest living trees in the world, primeval awe runs down our spine? We are entwined with trees in an elemental embrace, both …

Strong, Fast, and Ripped: The Training Plan

This training program is designed to improve your speed, agility, quickness, and explosiveness. It will make you faster in every direction. And it will help you lose fat and build muscle. So it not only trains you to be a better athlete—but to look like one, too.<p>And yes, it'll also give you one …

The 1,000-Rep Morning Metabolism Igniter

Light your fat-frying furnace for the entire day<p>Mornings are tough and morning workouts are tougher.<p>But the right routine is worth waking up for, especially if it allows you to crank out 1,000 reps in 30 minutes, like this one from Craig Ballantyne, MS, CTT, and editor of EarlyToRise.com.<p>“When you …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

Your Future British Airways Flights May Be Powered By Garbage

A new production plant will soon crank out jet fuel made from trash. As airlines seek to lower their carbon footprint and cities struggle with growing piles of waste, it could be a match made in heaven.<p>In a few years, your flight from London to New York may be powered by trash. A new production …

Sustainability

How Do We Design for Better Team Experiences?

<b>It took me just over an hour to first read The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard.</b> I woke up at 6am and raced through every page, completely glued …

UX Design

As Mobile Roars Ahead, It’s Time To Finally Admit The Web Is Dying

While discussions about tech bubbles have been heated, few commentators seem to be targeting their invective at the real underlying bubble: the World Wide Web itself is crumbling. Like any outmoded technology, the Web is rapidly losing users as it fails to adapt to disruption from mobile apps and …

The Role of User Experience in the Product Development Process

There Is No Waterfall<p>Traditional software-development methodologies are <i>not</i> step by step or siloed. In even the worst development process, people …

Best Pre-Race Warmup

Here’s what’s going on. Just like stretching out a spring, stretching a muscle impairs its ability to store energy. When you run, a large part of the force of impact is absorbed and recycled to help propel you forward on your next step. Though not every study that the researchers reviewed found a …