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Basics of Information Architecture for Designers

The World Wide Web contains a tremendous amount of information which is hard to imagine unstructured because a human brain wouldn’t be able to …

UX Design

Use this exercise to solve any Product Design Challenge

The Exercise: Lightning Decision Jam (LDJ)<p><i>I know, LDJ sounds weirdly sexual. Come up with a better name, i’ll use it ;)</i><p><b>Total time needed:</b><br>The times …

UX Design

7 killer ways to influence user behaviour

Websites employ psychological techniques to influence the behaviour of their users. Drawing on decades of academic research that explains how our …

UX Design

The Prototype Mindset

I was really happy to get an early copy of<b>Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas In Just Five Days</b>, by three design partners at Google …

World’s Best Caribbean Resorts 2015

Last year, this 393-room resort—the largest in St. Kitts and Nevis—had some minor updates, including new solar showers on the beach, new beds, and …

Puerto Rico

Tropical retreat: surfing and yoga in Sri Lanka

Lush tropical scenery, healthy but delicious food, gorgeous beaches … Gavin McOwan finds his comfort zone in Sri Lanka. But trying to teach his creaking body to surf and do yoga brings him back out of it<p>When I asked Ed Templeton, co-founder of Soul & Surf, why there’s a growing trend for healthy …

Sri Lanka

Travel dreams: how to make a new life abroad

Want to know what it’s like to give everything up and escape to more exotic climes? These inspiring travellers have made it work in all sorts of ways<p><b>From NHS to global adventure</b><p><b>Emma Robson, 35, from London is an adventure tour leader</b> <br>I was a cardiac physiologist working at St Thomas’s hospital in …

Inspiration

2 research-backed ways to charm everyone you meet

Someone who is happy for you, wants the best for you and delights in your successes. Right?<p>And research agrees: <i>Being happy for people during their good times is more important than how we deal with the bad:</i><p>What really makes couples bond? How they handle the good times, not the bad.<br>• What about …

Mad Men

Incorporating Customer and User Experience Data into Holistic Journey Maps

<i>Customer journey mapping can and should serve both User Experience (UX) and Customer Experience (CX) practitioners and managers.</i><p>As Forrester Analyst …

LoFi Prototyping (A Low-Cost Prototyping Process)

We are knee deep in development of the core platform for Bound, my new company focused on reimagining the user experience for prose fiction. I …

Prototyping

Storytelling for a Better User Experience

The way we consume and communicate information has changed. In today’s over-populated online landscape, we face a daily barrage of regurgitated …

UX Design

The Kano Model – A tool to prioritize the users’ wants and desires

Let’s examine a model that finds out how users feel about products (including our designs) and services. Every business uses some method to …

Interaction Design

Best of 2015

Happy New Year from UX Booth! 2015 was an exciting year for us. We turned seven years old, broke 70,000 twitter followers, launched a critically …

UX Design

10 Hottest Design Tools You Must Try In 2016

A recent design tools survey conducted by Khoi Vinh, one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America”, shows that Photoshop is slowly losing its popularity among designers.<p>Answers from over 4,000 participants hailing from almost 200 countries prove that designers are open to new …

Wireframing

Holiday guide to Costa Rica: beaches and adventures, plus hotels and restaurants

This small country is perhaps the best in Latin America for a tropical adventure, thanks to its misty jungles, incredible wildlife, active volcanoes and glorious deserted beaches • Readers’ tips on where to go in Costa Rica<p>The essential itinerary for Costa Rica was defined long ago: Manuel Antonio …

Central America

Tubik Studio 2015. Year in Review.

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is almost over. For Tubik Studio this year was dynamic, bright and rich in meetings, shots, interesting projects and …

UI Design

Matias Duarte: we need to stop basing design on archaic concepts

The Verge<p>Everyone keeps talking about how far technology has gotten the past decade or so, but that is not exactly what the bigger brains in the industry believe. After some talks with a couple Foxconn engineers, I realized technology has gone through more of an evolution, as opposed to a …

Visual Design

When It Comes to UX Design, Simplicity Is Overrated

Author: Robert Hoekman Jr.. Robert Hoekman Jr. Design<p>Date of Publication: 12.18.15.<p>Time of Publication: 10:00 am. 10:00 am<p>Is simplicity a real thing? …

5 secrets to awesome user design

Crafting user experience can be a challenge – you need to anticipate your users’ needs and make educated guesses and decisions on their behalf. Combining this with a plethora of other project requirements, such as content creation and coding, makes it easy to become overwhelmed.<p>While there is much …

UX Design

Anakonda Amazon river cruise: Afloat in the rainforest

Oh, the agonies of trying to pick out a sloth 150 yards away through a pair of binoculars. There were 20 of us in two canoes on the Black Lagoon in Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, being directed by our guides Javier and Freddy.<p>“You see the giant kapok tree at two o’clock? On the left there are …

25 After Effects Tutorials for Animated UI and UX Design

A popular trend in modern UX design is creating animated GIF images to demonstrate how an interface will behave with user interaction. The interface …

4 Invisible User Experiences you Never Knew About

Great Design Is Invisible<p><i>*<br>By Michael Wong<br>Join my</i> <b>private design newsletter</b> <i>for more exclusive content. <br>*</i><p>Great Design is Invisible.<p>Airbnb, Disney World, …

Disney World

Sketch iOS 9 UI Kit

• Source<br>• Aug 14, 2015<p>A clean and minimal UI kit for iOS 9 pixel perfect crafted by Philip Amour in Sketch format. It features apps such as settings, …

A beginner’s guide to understanding UX design

If you are thinking of working on your conversion optimization and landing page optimization, understanding UX design is essential. As you know, we write a lot about the user, the single visitor that arrives on your site or landing page and needs to be triggered and helped around. UX design helps …

UX Design

How to Run a Lean Product Team | Inc.com

Not finding out what your customers want kills your startup. It's the single most important thing our team needs to be focusing on. And it is your job as the CEO, to lead the way in discovering how you're going to find product-market fit. I've found that creating a product team that runs lean is …

Product Management

Designing Musical User Interfaces

Using harmonies and chords to go beyond visuals and enhance the user experience<p>We leverage the sounds of our morning alarm or the distinct beep of an …

UI Design

Why Product Thinking is the next big thing in UX Design

<i>Life’s too short to build something nobody wants…</i><p>When thinking of User Experience, we often think of a simple, beautiful, and easy to use feature-set …

Are personas past their prime?

Personas get a mixed reception from design teams, with some questioning their value. A typical criticism is that persona descriptions are …