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Password prompts are annoying

I'm buying a product on Amazon. I type in <i>amazon.com</i>. I find the product I'm looking for. I put it in my shopping cart. I go to the checkout page. I …

Scrolling is easier than clicking

A small observation with huge implications: scrolling is easier than clicking.<p>This affects a lot of things, like whether to place information further …

UI Design

How to test responsive designs for free

“Stop resizing that browser, you’re gonna wear it out!” How many times have you heard that one? Well okay, maybe not so many times, but if you …

Progressive Reduction

The Rise of UX Leadership

UX, as user experience is known, is the new black in business culture. Most of the executives I meet with, regardless of their industry, now promote UX as key to their product strategy. That’s a big change from only five years ago, when UX wasn’t on anyone’s radar outside the tech world. For a …

Memo to JC Penney: Execution Is Not Strategy

It has been a surreal two years for shareholders, customers, and employees of J. C. Penney (JCP). On June 14, 2011, JCP appointed Apple Store star Ron Johnson as CEO to replace what activist investor Bill Ackman derided as the completely failed regime of then-CEO Mike Ullman, who had apparently …

Viewport Sizes and Pixel Densities for Popular Devices

Mobile Technology

Class of 2013: The Top 10 Lessons You'll Need

Speaking to you today marks a milestone in my life. I am 40 years old. Twenty-two years ago, when I was in your seat, I never, ever thought I would …

17 Design Feedback Techniques

Picture this. The designer on your team has spent the last week whipping up lo-fi wireframes that highlight solutions to the user and business …

UX Design

8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss

Employees don't leave jobs; they leave bad bosses--and even mediocre ones. Don't be that kind of boss.<p>I remember all of my bosses. Some were bad. Most were good.<p>But only one was truly <i>memorable--</i>in the best possible way.<p>Memorable bosses possess qualities that may not always show up on paper but do …

20 Responsive Navigation Solutions and Tutorials

Planning and creating your menu for mobiles will perhaps be the trickiest aspect of building a responsive layout. It is a juggling act between both …

Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly.

Advertisers are perplexed and a little angst-y.<p>I know this, because I work in advertising. Wait. Don’t stop reading because I admitted that. This …

5 Ways to Be Known as a Groundbreaking Thinker

Everyone has ideas; it's how you execute them that will get you noticed. Adopting these five principles will help.<p>Would you like to be seen as a groundbreaker and a visionary? Want to be the Seth Godin of your field or the Malcolm Gladwell (possibly with a different hairstyle) of your industry?<p>You …

Savor Show: Angela interviews Simon Sinek, author of "Start With Why."

This past week I interviewed Simon Sinek, the author of "Start With Why" and the man whose TED Talks video has over 10 million views to date.<p>During …

Simon Sinek

Why you should move that button 3px to the left

When a product is close to launch, I become a perfectionist. Each misaligned element or awkward interaction is like a thorn in my side. There’ll be a …

Stop working (so hard)

<i>(Pssst! I just released a book on building communities & how I work.</i> <i>I’d be thrilled for you to check it out</i><i>.)</i><p>I’m currently working the fewest hours …

Different Nav Menu For Logged In Members & Logged Out Visitors

If you’re using WordPress as a membership site, you may want to display a special navigation menu to logged in members.<p>There’s different ways to do …

PHP

The App Economy Is In Rude Health, Says Flurry, But Mobile Browsers Are Being Squeezed By Facebook

App analytics company Flurry, which measures monthly usage on more than a billion active smart mobile devices, has taken a look at how U.S. consumers are splitting their time between mobile apps and browsers. The company found the iOS and Android app economy is in rude health: with consumers …

How We Tripled Our User Base By Getting Localization Right

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Iris Shoor, a co-founder at Takipi, a new way to debug in production. Previously, she was co-founder at VisualTao, a B2B startup acquired by Autodesk. Iris blogs about marketing for startups at startupmoon.com.</i><p>Autocad WS has over 10 million users. For 8.5 …

Dell Outlines The Death Of The PC

The era where the PC is dominant in IT is rapidly coming to a close as we move towards a future dominated by post-PC devices such as smartphones and tablets, and if your business is reliant on the PC to keep the dollars flowing in then you’d better start working on “Plan B.”<p>The message that the era …

Slide In (as you scroll down) Boxes | CSS-Tricks

By Chris Coyier On March 27, 2013<p>I was playing with my new Nexus 7 (I really wanted to own a real Android device) and I noticed a neat little effect …

Designing effective navigation

One of the very first steps to designing and developing an Android application is to determine what users are able to see and do with the app. Once …