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Why Designers Should Never Use Fake Text In Web Design

Once you’re ready to go beyond low-fidelity, it’s time to ditch the lorem ipsum.<p>As we discussed in the Guide to Usability Testing, a webpage with a simple structure but quality content performs much better than a nice layout with subpar text. That at least proves its worth — but the importance of …

The Cake Is Not a Lie: How to Design Effective Achievements

[<i>In this first in a new series of articles, PhD researcher and game designer Lucas Blair uses academic research to formulate best practices for</i> …

Game Development

Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

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10 Characteristics Of A Bad User Experience

Do you know what’s the difference between the biggest and the most profitable companies in the world and the ones that belong to the same domain and …

The 5 Pillars of Interaction Design

<i>Jerry Cao is a content strategist at UXPin —</i> <i>the wireframing and prototyping app</i> <i>— where he develops in-app and online content for the wireframing and prototyping platform.</i><p>In today’s world of infinite-scrolling websites and touch devices, you must understand interaction design in order to create user …

UI Does Not Equal UX

There is a lot of discussion around UI and UX. Countless times we'll see "UI/UX" written in job postings, mentioned in meetings, etc., as if they are interchangeable, or as if they are one and the same. But what does that even mean?<p>A UX designer friend of mine was telling me of a meeting they were …

UX Design

Interaction Design: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?

Last week, we wrote about the basic set of skills a junior UI/UX designer needs for their first role. Now, we’ll delve a bit further into a core part …

How To Change User Habits With Interaction Design

As Duhigg suggests, here’s a simple framework for designing new habits:<p>Find the cue and the reward<br>• Don’t modify the cue or reward. Create a new routine.<p>For example, let’s look at Groupon as an example. Before the company came along, if users saw a product they liked (cue), they would need to scour …

5 rules for visual direction in interaction design

We don't want to undercut the significance of words, but we don't want to downplay visuals, either. Both are equally important elements of …

UI Design

User experience design is not what you think

User experience design is not the same thing as user interface design. The experience of users happens beyond the screen and in the gaps.<p>As web and …

UX Design

Using Gamification 2.0 to Improve Your Businesses Productivity

Gamification 2.0 might sound like the latest buzzword in a long line of Internet trends that has gained widespread use, particularly in the …

Future Of Work: Using Gamification For Human Resources

2015 will be the year gamification inside the workplace migrates from a few isolated pilots to a new way to engage and recognize high performing employees. Gamification takes the essence of games — attributes such as fun, play, transparency, design, competition and yes, addiction— and applies these …

Whatever happened to gamification?

The Top 5 Things You Didn't Know the Government Knows About You

Reactions to the news this week that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting phone and online data on millions of Americans have featured a mix of anxiety and outrage over the scary Big Brother tactics used in this "astounding" new scandal.<p>A smaller subset of commentators have …