UX Daily: The world's largest free online resource on UX Design

Latest UX articles

What is Ideation – and How to Prepare for Ideation Sessions

What is Ideation – and How to Prepare for Ideation Sessions

Ideation is the process where you generate ideas and solutions through sessions such as Sketching, Prototyping, Brainstorming, Brainwriting, Worst Possible Idea, and a wealth of other ideation techniques. Ideation is also the third stage in the Design Thinking process. Although many people might have experienced a “brainstorming” session before,...

  • 426 shares
  • 3 months ago
Giving Your Users Freedom with Editable Input Fields

Giving Your Users Freedom with Editable Input Fields

When you want to purchase something on the internet, no matter what it is, or which e-commerce service you use, you don’t want to encounter any restrictions. Just imagine what your user experience would be like if a web shop presented you with a limited set of options to choose from when asking for your contact details. And what would you say if...

  • 299 shares
  • 3 months ago
The MAYA Principle: Design for the Future, but Balance it with Your Users’ Present

The MAYA Principle: Design for the Future, but Balance it with Your Users’ Present

Learn to design for the future, while balancing your design with your users’ present stage of skills and mindset.This is called the MAYA Principle and it’s the secret behind the industrial design of the Coca-Cola bottle, Shell Oil logo, and the Greyhound logo. Author/Copyright holder: Raymond Loewy. Copyright terms and licence: All right...

  • 533 shares
  • 3 months ago
Information Visualization – A Brief Introduction

Information Visualization – A Brief Introduction

Have you ever thought about how much data flows past each of us in an ordinary day? From the newspaper you read at breakfast, to the e-mails you receive throughout the day, to the bank statements generated whenever you withdraw money or spend it, to the conversations we have, and so on?There is a tidal wave of data associated with each aspect of...

  • 299 shares
  • 4 months ago
My Head Hurts! Cognitive Friction in the Age of Mobile

My Head Hurts! Cognitive Friction in the Age of Mobile

There’s nothing more annoying than when things don’t function the way we expect them to. When we develop user interfaces (UI), we try to relate it to the “real world” – think the floppy disk for “save” in most applications. Why? Because we take our cues in the digital world from ones we’ve already developed in our ordinary lives. Cognitive frict...

  • 341 shares
  • 4 months ago
Product-Service Hybrids – When Products and Services Become One

Product-Service Hybrids – When Products and Services Become One

Mikal Hallstrup,, the Chief Visionary Officer of Designit says; “The world doesn’t necessarily need more products, it needs better solutions.” While a solution may commonly be a product or a service, it’s more likely to be a combination of the two in many instances today.The combination of a product and a service is a product-service hybrid. For...

  • 413 shares
  • 4 months ago
10 Great Ideas to Improve Your Productivity when You Work From Home

10 Great Ideas to Improve Your Productivity when You Work From Home

I love working from home. I love the fact that I can crawl out of bed 5 minutes before work and still be on time. It thrills me that there’s no dress code and if I want to work in my birthday suit, I can. In fact, the Interaction Design Foundation’s philosophy of “work where you want” has allowed us to bring together a team of incredible talents...

  • 347 shares
  • 4 months ago
How to Use Movable Pieces to Support Multitasking

How to Use Movable Pieces to Support Multitasking

Now, our guess is that you’re quite an experienced computer user. Perhaps Linux is a bridge too far, but using Windows or Mac OS X will not have many secrets anymore. We can imagine you’re multitasking right now, reading this article, and keeping an eye on your incoming email at the same time. From a design perspective, you’re an expert user, ad...

  • 290 shares
  • 4 months ago
6 Tips for Better International UX Research

6 Tips for Better International UX Research

The whole world is coming online. Even here in Cambodia there’s internet available in nearly every town and village and Cambodia is one of the world’s “least developed nations”. Then there’s the fact that globally there are dozens of emerging economies starting to grow impressively the BRICs nations and MINT nations in particular.Accessibility a...

  • 222 shares
  • 4 months ago
Show Me the Way to Go Anywhere – Navigation for Mobile Applications

Show Me the Way to Go Anywhere – Navigation for Mobile Applications

It doesn’t matter how great the functions and content, that your mobile apps serve, are – if your user can’t find them, they aren’t going to contribute to a great user experience. Navigation on the mobile web comes with challenges thanks to the reduced screen real estate available on smartphones. However, there are some good best practice guidel...

  • 452 shares
  • 4 months ago
Native vs Hybrid vs Responsive: What app flavour is best for you?

Native vs Hybrid vs Responsive: What app flavour is best for you?

At some stage, during the design of your mobile app, you’re going to have to make a decision about how you will develop the app. Your choices include native apps, hybrid apps and responsive web sites and the decision you make will affect the final product. Learning to make the right decision requires understanding the way each type of developmen...

  • 406 shares
  • 4 months ago
How to Implement Sitemap Footers to Keep Users Going

How to Implement Sitemap Footers to Keep Users Going

In your attempts to minimize the effort your users need for performing actions on the website you’re designing, you just might be overlooking one major opportunity: sitemap footers. You might think about footers as a page section where you can dump any links or contact information you couldn’t fit anywhere else. Allow us to convince you of a mor...

  • 306 shares
  • 4 months ago
Customer Lifecycle Mapping - Getting to Grips with Customers

Customer Lifecycle Mapping - Getting to Grips with Customers

Customer experience is the key to running a successful business just as user experience is key to developing a successful product. Customer experience encompasses a larger range of interaction than user experience in that it not only takes into account UX but also the needs of those paying for the product or service (which may be very different ...

  • 322 shares
  • 4 months ago
User Experience and Customer Experience what’s the Difference?

User Experience and Customer Experience what’s the Difference?

At first glance the two terms appear to be identical don’t they? Our users are our customers and thus they’re the same thing. Except, of course, they’re not. So what’s the difference?What is User Experience (UX)? Author/Copyright holder: A-dit-ya. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY 2.0 The user experience is product (or service) specific. It ...

  • 438 shares
  • 4 months ago
How to Get Users’ Agreement with the Opt-in/Opt-out Dance

How to Get Users’ Agreement with the Opt-in/Opt-out Dance

The dark side is quite resourceful in sneaking things past your attention, thereby ensuring your engagement in their commercial activities. To do this, they rely on our inherent laziness, which prevents us from reading every single piece of text on our way towards completing a task. Phrased carefully to deceive you, the automatic opt-in design p...

  • 344 shares
  • 4 months ago
Aesthetics and form need to hold hands

Aesthetics and form need to hold hands

This article examines two closely related ideas that are both about looks. Our design world revolves around nice images/form, but did you wonder why we’re allured to beauty? Let’s quickly ponder another question: why is a pretty post office different from a gorgeous art gallery? We’ll look at these two “sides” of this “coin”, namely Attractiven...

  • 198 shares
  • 4 months ago
Make it Easy on the User: Designing for Discoverability within Mobile Apps

Make it Easy on the User: Designing for Discoverability within Mobile Apps

Discoverability sometimes also referred to as “learnability” is the ease at which users can find new features or functions with an app and learn to use the things that they find. While this has always been an important part of user experience design – it becomes even more important in the mobile design environment where limitations on screen rea...

  • 449 shares
  • 4 months ago
How Emotions Impact Cognition

How Emotions Impact Cognition

Two information-processing systems determine the human emotional response: the affective and cognitive processing systems. The affective system operates outside of conscious thought and is reactive, in that a series of psychophysiological events are initiated automatically following the receipt of sensory information. In contrast, the cognitive ...

  • 188 shares
  • 4 months ago
8 terms to call your users – Which one fits your mind-set?

8 terms to call your users – Which one fits your mind-set?

Language is much less neutral than what you often realize. The truth is that your choice for words does affect and/or is a reflection of how you see the world. This is why, as a user experience practitioner, you need to place special awareness on the connotations of the terms you pick.We do have techniques – such as card-sorting – that help us w...

  • 313 shares
  • 4 months ago
Create a Quick Overview of Opinions by Implementing Starred Reviews

Create a Quick Overview of Opinions by Implementing Starred Reviews

Online shops have the advantage of giving you access to all types of products or services, without the restrictions of your location or local shop’s assortment. The downside of online shopping can be that you drown in the vastness of available choices. What you need so as to make confident decisions is an opinion you can rely on. That said, reme...

  • 361 shares
  • 4 months ago