Kristy Okada

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The Language of Modular Design

As many of us move away from designing pages toward designing systems, one concept keeps cropping up: modularity. We often hear about the benefits of …

UX Design

Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling adapted for UX — because both are about creating great…

Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling adapted for UX — because both are about creating great experiences.<p>By Valeria Spirovski<p>In 2011 Emma Coats, a former …

Don't Force Users to Register Before They Can Buy

<b>Summary:</b> Guest checkout with optional registration on e-commerce sites simplifies the purchase process and invites users to register when they feel …

KFC Tray Typer keyboard is finger clickin’ good

It's a first world solution to a first world problem: a super-thin, rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard that arrives with your tray of fast food, connects to your smartphone, and lets you text with sticky fingers without messing up your screen. The KFC Tray Typer — part of an advertising campaign for …

Fast Food

Enhance Your User Experience with Animated Transitions

Providing users with a seamless experience while using your interface is a popular goal when building digital products. Modern day devices and …

Web Design

The Design Sprint — GV

The sprint gives teams a shortcut to learning without building and launching.<p>The sprint is a five-day process for answering critical business …

Designing For (and With) Color Blindness

Every time someone finds out I’m color blind, I’m always hit with the same question: “So, what color is this?” 95% of the time I’ll answer correctly, …

Beyond the UX Tipping Point

Surprisingly, few are talking about what could be the biggest user experience story of 2014: The introduction of the Disney Magic Band.<p>Once …

UX Design

Functional Animation In UX Design

Unlike animation made by Disney Studios or animation made for computer games, functional animation has a clear, logical purpose. Their purpose is to …

The Myth of UX Design

What ”User Experience” Really Means<p>User Experience design is not a real thing.<p>Okay, let’s back up. That’s obviously not true. Of course UX design is …

UX Design

14 design podcasts to put in your ears

Life in the design industry can be daunting. The web refuses to stand still. Innovation outpaces even the fastest-moving mind. And every day brings …

How Prototyping is Replacing Documentation

The power of prototypes and how to utilize them.<p>Jason Frasier, design director at DesignMap, stopped by Tradecraft last week to share his …

Enterprise Can Be Sexy Too

Easy. Intuitive. On demand. In this era of instant gratification, consumers have incredibly high expectations of technology. While these great …

5 Lessons On Apple Watch Design From Evernote

How do you design a good app for wearing on your wrist? Keep it simple, stupid.<p>Although the Apple Watch isn’t out until April 24, popular note locker service Evernote has already released an app for it. Unsurprisingly called Evernote for Apple Watch, it allows users to dictate a note, search their …

Smartwatches

10 of the Best UX Infographics

Sometimes, as the old saying goes, pictures really do tell 1000 words. And if that’s the case, what’s better than a picture with 1000 words included …

Keynote does Material Design (Complete)

Designer’s Toolkit: Prototyping Tools

Reviews and rankings to help you find the best prototyping tool for the job<p>When deciding how to build your next prototype, the vast landscape of …

Prototyping

50+ Designers Share Their Top 3 Design Trends For 2015

The world of web/graphic design has seen huge growth over the past few years, with VC’s employing full-time design partners to many apps and startups …

UX Design

The Rapidly Disappearing Business of Design

By almost every measure, 2014 was a breakthrough year for design and big business. Any list of highlights would include John Maeda joining the ranks …

The History Of Web Design Explained In 9 GIFs

25 years of web design, summarized in nine unforgettable GIFs.<p>Froont, a San Francisco company that makes tools for web designers, has created nine GIFs that show just how far web design has come in the past 25 years. If you’ve ever wondered why CSS is important, or why Flash died out, these GIFs …

Web Design

The Urban Dictionary Of Design Slang

Here are all the designer terms you need to know, as well as quite a few most designers would love to never hear again.<p>Joining the ranks of any profession is the same as committing yourself to learning an entirely new language, most of which is frankly gibberish. (TPS reports, anyone?) Design is no …

Information Architecture

Prototyping Tools

HTML

UI Animation and UX: A Not-So-Secret Friendship

Using the words “animation” and “the web” together tends to conjure up memories of frantic searches for the “skip intro” button to save ourselves …

The 5 Most Common Design Mistakes

There’s no learning without mistakes. And I’ve done the following (as well as seen the following done) too many times to count. Luckily, there’s this …

UX Design

The Art of

UI Animations<p>A workshop with Mark Geyer<br>Wednesday, November 12, 2014<p>Use keyboard arrows OR swipe to navigate ;)<p>In case you bail...<p>Here are the …

Take Note, Facebook: How Colleges Are Training Designers To Treat Users Like More Than Lab Rats

Students at MIT, Stanford, and elsewhere are learning to build technology products with user well-being in mind.<p>Facebook sparked outrage this summer when it published results of a study conducted on unwitting users. The study looked at whether people who were shown more positive or negative words …

Rhode Island

Why Rebecca Minkoff And eBay Are Betting On Smart Dressing Rooms

Dressing rooms that know who you are, with touch screens that offer clothing in different sizes and sensors everywhere. Cool or creepy?<p>Just downstairs from a real estate agency in the San Jose suburb of Campbell, California, a team from eBay is experimenting on a very different type of dressing …

eCommerce