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Usability: A part of the User Experience

Usability: A part of the User Experience

This subject may seem incredibly “big” for a single article, but it’s about the specific nature of usability that we often overlook or confuse. With this appreciation, you’ll be able to design more effectively, and your website’s usership will be able to grow, too. Usability replaced the outmoded label “user friendly” in the early 1990s. “Usabi...

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Mobile Usability Research – The Important Differences from the Desktop

Mobile Usability Research – The Important Differences from the Desktop

It’s important to remember that while we may use the same methods for mobile usability research as we use for other types of usability research; the mobile environment is different to the environment at the desktop. This means being aware of the context and adapting research to take advantage of that context. It’s not so much learning new resear...

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How to improve your UX designs with Task Analysis

How to improve your UX designs with Task Analysis

One of the most important steps in the Design Thinking process that is often employed as standard practice in UX design is to define the users’ problems. This means being able to clearly identify and articulate problems in the user experience so that you can later begin the process of ideating (i.e., generating great ideas on how to solve them)....

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9 Free to Use Wireframing Tools

9 Free to Use Wireframing Tools

We all know that wireframing is a great way to test ideas in our UX projects but we also know that there are a ton of wireframing tools available to do it with. It can be hard to choose the right tool but one of the easiest ways to get an idea – is to get hands on with the tool and have a play with it. The wireframing tools in this article are ...

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Using Color to Confuse and to Prevent Unwanted Actions

Using Color to Confuse and to Prevent Unwanted Actions

Color can be used to guide someone in the right direction to accomplish a task effectively and efficiently. Just think about a bright red “Read More” button on a white background, one that directs you to a full article on your favorite design guru. Even so, used by designers who focus more on the needs of the company than on those of the target ...

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Workshops to Establish Empathy and Understanding from User Research Results

Workshops to Establish Empathy and Understanding from User Research Results

Honestly, how much do you enjoy reading research reports? And how engaging do you find them? Unsurprisingly, receiving a report with your insights into the target group may not get your clients to empathize with the potential users of their product or service optimally. Alternatively, you might consider organizing a workshop for them. This allow...

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5 Awesome TED Talks for Designers

5 Awesome TED Talks for Designers

We know, TED talks can sometimes feel a little… overblown. While there are loads of great talks; some of them go nowhere and don’t seem to add much to your life at all. To make things worse… there are a lot of TED talks and it’s hard to tell which are going to motivate you to do something new and interesting and which are going to bore the socks...

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20 People in UX that You Have to Follow on Twitter

20 People in UX that You Have to Follow on Twitter

If you’re stuck for where to get started in UX then one of the easiest things you can do is get active on social media. If you connect with the industry’s biggest names, you can learn a ton of new information, find out about job opportunities and network with many other UX designers at the same time. But where do you start? Well, we’re here for ...

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Help Users Skim Contents with Titled Sections

Help Users Skim Contents with Titled Sections

Text-heavy websites, such as those of all the major newspapers that have embraced the web as an essential medium for the future, know the importance of using titled sections to reel the readers in. There’s a perfect art to the craft, and it stems from an exact science concerning how human beings process information. So, learn from The New York T...

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A Simple Introduction to Lean UX

A Simple Introduction to Lean UX

Lean UX is an incredibly useful technique when working on projects where the Agile development method is used. Traditional UX techniques often don’t work when development is conducted in rapid bursts – there’s not enough time to deliver UX in the same way. Fundamentally Lean UX and other forms of UX all have the same goal in mind; delivering a g...

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Apple’s Product Development Process – Inside the World’s Greatest Design Organization

Apple’s Product Development Process – Inside the World’s Greatest Design Organization

Apple’s Product Development Process may be one of the most successful design process ever implemented. With the company verging on becoming the world’s first $1 trillion business organization – there’s a lot that designers can learn from Apple and introduce into their own design environments.Apple is a notoriously secretive business. In Steve Jo...

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Introduction to the Essential Ideation Techniques which are the Heart of Design Thinking

Introduction to the Essential Ideation Techniques which are the Heart of Design Thinking

Ideation is at the heart of the Design Thinking process. There are literally hundreds of ideation techniques, for example brainstorming, sketching, SCAMPER, and prototyping. Some techniques are merely renamed or slightly adapted versions of more foundational techniques. Here you’ll get an overview of the best techniques as well as when and why t...

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Prototyping: Learn Eight Common Methods and Best Practices

Prototyping: Learn Eight Common Methods and Best Practices

There can never be an exhaustive list of prototyping methods, since there is quite literally an endless number of ways you can build prototypes. What we can do, however, is provide a useful list of the eight most common prototyping methods, together with best practice tips that help you maximise your prototyping and testing sessions. By arming y...

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Use Sign-in Reminders to Support Extended Functionalities

Use Sign-in Reminders to Support Extended Functionalities

Online services such as LinkedIn and Craigslist want to show users all of the functionalities they offer. It helps in getting first-time visitors interested and convincing them to engage and contribute. Still, in order for most of these functionalities to work, a user needs to create an account and log in. This allows the service to become more ...

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Google’s Material Design - Android Design Language

Google’s Material Design - Android Design Language

Material Design (originally referred to as and codenamed “Quantum Paper”) was developed by Google and is a design language used for Android devices. The idea, according to Matias Duarte Vice President of Design for Google, is to provide a design language which mimics the feel of pen and paper. Material design offers the user physical edges and s...

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Design Patterns for Fluid Navigation – How to Use Inline Linking

Design Patterns for Fluid Navigation – How to Use Inline Linking

When you’re designing a website for an online newspaper, your users will probably want to read some background information relating to a new government policy, a new whistle-blower, or any other word or phrase they don’t have all of the information on yet. When you’re designing something completely different, such as a complex online tax return ...

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How to Select the Best Idea by the end of an Ideation Session

How to Select the Best Idea by the end of an Ideation Session

Once an ideation session has finished, it’s time to collect, categorise, refine and narrow down the best idea, solution, or strategy. Here are the best selection methods. It’s Post-it voting, the Four Categories method, the Bingo Selection method and the Idea Affinity Diagram. The Six Thinking Hats and the Now Wow How Matrix will help you apply ...

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Support Users with Small Clues in the Input Hints Design Pattern

Support Users with Small Clues in the Input Hints Design Pattern

Online forms with input fields should not make you feel like you’re back in the fifth grade, taking a pop quiz and being totally unready for it. Rather than ‘grilling’ your users and leaving them feeling inadequate when they don’t know the correct answer, you will want to implement designs that whisper helpful hints softly in their ears. Perhaps...

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Increase the User’s Sense of Control with the Refined Search Design Pattern

Increase the User’s Sense of Control with the Refined Search Design Pattern

Searching for a particular piece of content online can be just as challenging as going to a supermarket and looking for a specific type of food coloring for a rainbow cake you’re planning to bake for your nephew’s birthday. Imagine the time it would save when you could narrow the search actions down to a single category. In this example, it woul...

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Split the Contents of a Website with the Pagination Design Pattern

Split the Contents of a Website with the Pagination Design Pattern

The pagination design pattern is widely used in websites that open up a lot of content to users. From search engines such as Google and Firefox, to e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Asos—the use of pagination is very, very broad. And although it seems straightforward, implementing pagination in the right way has some very specific points that ...

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