Rachel Knickmeyer

229 Flips | 6 Magazines | 22 Likes | 28 Following | 28 Followers | @rknickme | UX professional, occasional photographer, beer lover. 

How Successful People Are Killing Your Company Culture (And What to Do About It)

The old saying "what is rewarded gets done" is true. But it could also derail your business.<p>If you want to know what is really valued within an organization, the pragmatists will say you have to peek beyond the mission statement and look at things like who is getting promoted, who is getting …

corporations

Google Calendar on the web adds Material Design and new features

For users of Google Calendar, especially enterprise users, there is a new update for the web client that not only updates the aesthetics but also …

Material Design

Dead-End UX: The Big Problem That Facebook, Twitter, And Others Need To Solve

Personalization was great, until it wasn’t.<p>I think I broke my Facebook.<p>That might sound like something your Luddite aunt would say, but I’m being serious. It started about two years ago, when, in a fit of annoyance at all the baby pictures flooding my news feed, I systematically unfollowed every …

Social Media

Remember That Everyone Is an Idiot, and Other Tips for a Creative Life | Heleo

“The better you get, the more you realize that you knew nothing before.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>Which famous politicians can’t figure out the subway</i> …

9 Surprising Signs You're an Exceptional Boss (That Most People Never Consider)

Some traits seem to go unnoticed, but where great leadership is concerned, they can make all the difference.<p>Many people are good bosses. Some people are great bosses.<p>A handful go even further: They're phenomenal, not only because of what you see them do but also because of what you don't see them …

Leadership

It Took LinkedIn's CEO Exactly 2 Sentences to Give the Best Career Advice You'll Hear Today

Any one of these practices will make you a better leader.<p>With a 97 percent employee approval rating on Glassdoor, LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner has developed a reputation as one of the most beloved CEOs in the world.<p>Weiner recently shared his advice on what it takes to reach employees on a deeper …

Leadership

How to Help Someone Discover Work That Excites Them

Much has been written on a leader’s role in motivating, engaging, and bringing out the best in others. Yet research suggests there is still much more that could be done. Frequently cited is the 2014 Deloitte study that found that “up to 87% of America’s workforce is not able to contribute to their …

Leadership

Illinois companies must make sites accessible for blind, visually impaired, lawsuits say

Three Illinois companies are accused of maintaining websites visually impaired consumers allegedly can't use in an age when online shopping is as important as walking into a store.<p>A California woman has filed lawsuits against Kmart, Empire Today and Ace Hardware, alleging that running websites and …

Civil Rights

9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design, According To Ideo, Microsoft, Autodesk, MIT, And More

“Our profession is in between ‘utopia and oblivion.’ It will be oblivion if we continue focusing on minor aesthetic problems.”<p>The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial …

Design

Heatmap Visualizations from Signifier Eyetracking Experiment

<b>Summary:</b> These heatmaps are the results from a study on the effect of signifiers on user gaze patterns.<p>The experiment was conducted using stimulus …

Barnes & Noble

The Best Beers From 28 Cities Across America

To all the beer drinkers out there, there’s good news and bad news.<p>Bad news first: The beer market has been slowing down. At least Goldman Sachs …

The Airbnb Tool That’s Changing UI Design

Uber, Google, Instacart, and others are all adopting Airbnb’s prototyping tool, Lottie.<p>There’s a hot new design software being used today by major tech companies like Airbnb and Google to build new apps. But the tool, called Lottie, wasn’t born from your typical designer. Instead, it has its …

Open Source Software

What Is Atomic Web Design and Do I Need It?

Web designers may use a number of techniques, approaches and philosophies while creating compelling and engaging digital interfaces. Each designer …

Prince Posthumously Gets His Own Pantone Color

It's called "Love Symbol #2" and comes from a custom piano<p>Yesterday Pantone announced they've collaborated with Prince's estate to give the late …

Music

Pantone has identified the exact shade of purple that was Prince’s signature color

Prince fans: calibrate your purples.<p>The late pop star’s estate has designated a murky shade of purple called “Love Symbol #2” as his official color. Working with color standards company Pantone, the exclusive color is inspired by the purple Yamaha piano which was intended to be the centerpiece of …

Mashups

Brutalist Web Design Finally Gets A Takedown

A (satirical) design framework for Brutalist UX offers a “new type of experience based on neglect.”<p>Brutalism is best known as the modernist architectural movement distinctive for its rugged concrete construction and utilitarian lack of ornamentation popular in the 1960s and ’70s. But in recent …

Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free

Put Google's insights about what makes a great manager to use without paying a penny.<p>When it comes to developing great managers, Google doesn't leave much to chance. The data-obsessed company famously spent years studying the attributes of effective managers for its Project Oxygen, determining that …

Goal Setting

7 Must-Have Traits You Want in Your Future Leaders

Companies worldwide are experiencing a leadership shortage. The smart ones will identify leaders with these characteristics to move them forward.<p>Recent research has proven that we're experiencing a drastic leadership shortage on a global scale. Eight-five percent of companies have reported an …

Leadership

Setup a design system

<b>Build a system that provides a unified set of UX, design rules and patterns.</b><p>For the last years I have continued to build and design applications web …

General Electric

How to make web design documentation suck less

Between research, design, client interaction and team collaboration, there may not be much time left for a UX specialist to think about creating web …

The Definitive Argument For Summer Fridays

Nobody is getting any work done anyway. Letting employees finish the week early is an easy way to show you care about work life balance.<p>On Friday afternoons during the summer, your body may be at work but your brain is thinking about the weekend. You’ve got places to go, things to do, and …

The Workplace

Why are some of the Web's ugliest sites also the most popular?

If you’ve been on the Web in the past decade, you’ll likely have visited Reddit, Craigslist, Wikipedia, 4Chan, Hacker News, or The Drudge Report at some point. While these sites are all vastly different, they have two things in common: they’re all extremely popular among their audiences and they …

UI Design

Intrapreneurship is the New Entrepreneurship

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While Steve Jobs popularized the term “intrapreneurship” in a 1985 <i>Newsweek</i> article, this topic is still gaining traction as the entrepreneurial mindset is increasingly needed within corporations as much as outside to set new …

Entrepreneurship

Google Employees Weighed In on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager (Technical Expertise Came in Last)

Is it possible to engineer the perfect boss? Google was up to the task, and found data that will forever change the keys to getting promoted.<p>Google is widely known as an advocate of data-based decision making. So, it came as no surprise when it looked to its statisticians to help decode the secret …

Employment

Uber may be proof that 'brilliant jerks' are finally less welcome in Silicon Valley

After a four-month investigation into Uber's corporate culture that resulted in the firing of 20 employees, cofounder and CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence.<p>It could be a watershed moment for the tech industry and a sign that, finally, Silicon Valley will not tolerate "brilliant …

A Great Way to Learn About Product Design: Visit the Museum of Failures

You've already seen plenty of do's. Check out the don't's<p>In every History of Industrial Design class, you look at slide after slide of the hits, the …

10 Metrics Your Chatbot Should Track to Optimize User Experience

incorporating a chatbot into your marketing campaign can completely change the way you interact with your audiences<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's no secret that incorporating a chatbot into your marketing campaign can completely change the way you …

Chatbots

Are microframes the future of wireframing?

Wireframes are dead! Interactive prototypes are everything! We’ve heard these shouts for at least the past seven years. If the popularity of these …