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Unfolding the fold - Insights into webpage scroll

What is the fold?<p>A long time ago, “above the fold” was a term coined to describe the content that appeared above the newspaper fold, in the prime …

The Lazy IA's Guide to Making Sitemaps

“I would suggest that making sure the little boxes line up is a waste of an IA’s mental abilities. … So what is an IA to do?”<p><i>This article further</i> …

Researching User Experience: A Knowledge Ecology Model

When we think of learning environments, we think of books, lectures, databases perhaps. But in my recent research, I discovered that the interactions …

Making Usability Findings Actionable

<b>Summary:</b> For usability testing to be valuable, study findings must clearly identify issues and help the team move toward design solutions.<p>If product …

10 Heuristics for User Interface Design: Article by Jakob Nielsen

<b>Summary:</b> Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not …

Integrating UX into Agile Development

The following experts have contributed answers to this edition of <i>Ask UXmatters</i>:<p>Carol Barnum—Director and Co-Founder of Usability Center at Southern …

Password Protection

Modular LEGO-Like Smartphone Design Cuts Down on Waste

Dave Hakkens, a Dutch designer, has proposed a LEGO-like modular smartphone design called Phonebloks that would let you swap out features like the …

DirecTV's revamping its mobile apps with a focus on discovery, iPad is up first

DirecTV's added features to its mobile apps piece by piece over the last few years, and now it's reworking them entirely. The first one to get a makeover is its iPad app, which is getting an update today with a new menu section to make browsing easier, plus TV Show and Networks filters to go along …

Tencent denies WeChat Singapore IPO as Sina wins more eyeballs for Weibo

The clash of the Chinese Internet titans got even more interesting on Tuesday, as Tencent denied a report it’s considering a Singapore IPO for its popular WeChat messaging app, and Sina fended off a WeChat onslaught to boost ad revenues and users for its Weibo microblog.<p>The immutable laws of …

China

Relationships and Stress

<b>It's the stuff movies are made of...</b><p>Almost every good plot line includes something about relationships with friends, family members, colleagues or significant others.<p>And it's truly a gift to have people that care about you, who want to spend time with you and notice what you do or don't do. In a …

Relationships

Andrea Gargotta: 7 Steps for Effortless Organization

<b>By Andrea Gargotta</b><p>As a busy mom of two elementary-school children and a professional chef and party planner, I am always on the go. Between the kids' schedules and my own endless list of errands, there is very little down time. My friends and business colleagues describe me as "effortless," but the …

Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015

First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the <i>Federal Register</i>, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for …

6 Surprising Signs You're Stressed Out

The very visible (and bizarre) things that stress does to your body<p>You're stressed. We're stressed. Everyone's stressed. No big deal, right? Because it's so common, you might think that if you're not lying on the floor from exhaustion, you're probably fine. But stress has an insidious way of …

Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

The Affordable Care Act has set new standards — called essential health benefits — outlining what health insurance companies must now cover. But there's a catch: Insurance firms can still pick and choose, to some degree, which specific therapies they'll cover within some categories of benefit. And …

Air pollution blamed as China loses tourists

The numbers of overseas visitors have declined since January, when levels of smog reached new heights.<p>Tourists have been put off by reports about smog and other problems, said Frano Ilic of travel agency Studiosus in Munich, Germany. He said the number of people booking trips to China through his …

BlackBerry goes up for sale after years of struggle in smartphone market

BlackBerry, once the global leader in smartphone technology, has put itself up for sale after years of falling sales and failed revamps.<p>Once seen as so habit-forming its users dubbed it the "CrackBerry", Blackberry has suffered a calamitous decline as rivals revolutionised the business it did so …

Kickstarting: A Smart System For Learning Chinese With Minimal Pain And Posters

Chineasy uses pared-down graphics to ease the process of learning one of the world’s toughest languages.<p>There are some 20,000 characters in contemporary written Chinese. Knowing about 4,000 is considered educated, while the threshold for standard literacy is 2,000. “Basic” (or just-getting-by) …

MAXHASH

MAXHASH, the first app from design and developer studio HYPERHYPER, is the newest way to browse the internet. The app conglomerates hashtags from popular social media networks (so far just Instagram and Tumblr) to bring those tagged images onto a single smartphone screen. "Because tagging is so …

Logo Design Guidelines

Design a logo and a visual identity goes way beyond the free form and artistic side of what most people think. There is all the rational part …

A Fascinating Look Inside Dyson's Proving Grounds, and Explanations of the Thinking Behind the Designs

The Dyson vac I use to clean up my dogs' pet fur is awesome, but one thing about it drives me nuts: It's made from polycarbonate, so during the …