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The Building Blocks of Visual Design

The Building Blocks of Visual Design

Visual design is about creating and making the general aesthetics of a product consistent. To create the aesthetic style of a website or app, we work with fundamental elements of visual design, arranging them according to principles of design. These elements and principles together form the building blocks of visual design, and a firm understand...

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How to Make Your Start-up Website

How to Make Your Start-up Website

If you run a business—you need a website. There’s simply no excuse in the information age for a freelancer or entrepreneur not to have a website. It’s important to know what your options are when it comes to developing a website for a start-up business and, as importantly, how to keep your costs under control when you’re just starting out and ne...

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Web Fonts are Critical to the Online User Experience - Don’t Hurt Your Reader’s Eyes

Web Fonts are Critical to the Online User Experience - Don’t Hurt Your Reader’s Eyes

Bill Gates said; “Content is King” and when it comes to the online user experience it is the 100% truth. Delivering a great user experience doesn’t just mean delivering great content – it also means providing that content in a usable and useful format that encourages reading and interaction rather than clicking out of the site because it’s unrea...

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IDF seeks a senior front-end developer for remote position (full time)

IDF seeks a senior front-end developer for remote position (full time)

IDF seeks a senior front-end developer for remote position (full time)The Interaction Design Foundation seeks a Senior Front-end Developer to join our development team. We are the world's most prestigious community and course platform for UX designers and need a person who will help us to develop our educational platform by taking ownership of a...

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5 Ways to Improve the UX of Your Applications

5 Ways to Improve the UX of Your Applications

Application design is the biggest field of endeavour in technology at the moment. It seems that ever since Apple launched the iPhone that clever people are coming together to try and make our lives ever more interesting via the various app stores. Yet, there are some simple things that these wonderful folks could do to improve our overall user e...

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The Heart of the Matter, Information Architecture in the Mobile Age

The Heart of the Matter, Information Architecture in the Mobile Age

Content is the key ingredient in so many user experiences. So how does it change when it comes to planning a mobile user experience? Should you rewrite your content for each platform or do you need a different strategy to make the most of your content on all platforms? Handling content on mobile doesn’t need to be a chore but it does take planni...

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10 Simple Ideas to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

10 Simple Ideas to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Writers deal with writer’s block and designer’s often find that they get stuck for ideas too. There’s no shame in it but learning to smash through the block is a necessary professional skill. Time waits for no-one and when there’s a deadline looming… you’ve got to pull something out of the bag. There are better techniques for getting creative t...

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Etch A Sketch:  How to Use Sketching in User Experience Design

Etch A Sketch: How to Use Sketching in User Experience Design

Have you ever wondered how you could convey your design decisions more effectively to your colleagues and users in a timely and cost-efficient manner? Have you found yourself stuck in a design, unable to see alternative approaches? Are you sure you are applying usability engineering to the right design or to the only design you have? You can rel...

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Design Thinking: Select the Right Team Members and Start Facilitating

Design Thinking: Select the Right Team Members and Start Facilitating

If we apply the analogy of Design Thinking as a journey, having good travel partners is important to safely and successfully arriving at your desired destination. The process of Design Thinking takes you into unknown and sometimes uncomfortable territory. Members of a Design Thinking team need to be open minded, curious, collaborative and allow ...

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IDF seeks a Member Support Unicorn to help change global design education

IDF seeks a Member Support Unicorn to help change global design education

The Interaction Design Foundation is the world's most prestigious community and course platform for User Experience (UX) designers. We've spent the last 15 years building our community and e-learning platform from scratch and our ever-growing community of designers now needs a Member Support Unicorn to help them along their learning journey. Th...

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How to design great 404 Error Pages

How to design great 404 Error Pages

Getting a 404 Error page is very similar to many real-life situations. What do we mean? Well, for example, if you are an “I-don’t-need-a-map” kind of person in an unknown place, you will most likely get lost. And while your frustration level rises to the level of Leonardo Di Caprio at The Oscars, imagine that someone approaches you and gently he...

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10 Ideas to Help You Sell UX Work

10 Ideas to Help You Sell UX Work

We know that UX is important. Google knows that UX is important. But when it comes to selling in UX work it can often feel like nobody else knows that it’s important. Clients and colleagues often seem completely intractable on ideas when we present them. So how can we better serve those customers and get them to take on board what we do as valua...

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The Persona Template for Gamification

The Persona Template for Gamification

For any gamification project, you’ll need to do research on players in order to determine what they will require from the gamified system. The culmination of this research is the development of a player persona; this is similar to a user persona (which most UX researchers will be intimately familiar with), but it also examines some gamification-...

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Shneiderman’s Eight Golden Rules Will Help You Design Better Interfaces

Shneiderman’s Eight Golden Rules Will Help You Design Better Interfaces

Follow Ben Shneiderman’s 'Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design' if you want to design great, productive and frustration-free user interfaces. Apple, Google and Microsoft are among some of the highly successful companies whose well-designed products reflect Shneiderman’s rules. The characteristics derived from Shneiderman’s golden rules can be ...

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Visual Hierarchy: Organizing content to follow natural eye movement patterns

Visual Hierarchy: Organizing content to follow natural eye movement patterns

Let’s look at a topic that deals with, oddly enough, how we look at designs. Once you understand how the human eye processes these, you’ll find yourself better able to arrange your elements more effectively. Content in any digital page layout will follow a specific hierarchy. Headers appear above body text. Menus go at the top, bottom, left, or...

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Accessibility: Usability for all

Accessibility: Usability for all

Let’s examine a topic we often take for granted to understand what it’s really about. Doing so, you’ll be able to proceed with a broader appreciation of how users engage your designs. The Overlooked, Misunderstood Nature of AccessibilityAuthor/Copyright holder: WhisperToMe. Copyright terms and licence: Public Domain A design is only useful if ...

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Flow Design Processes - Focusing on the Users' Needs

Flow Design Processes - Focusing on the Users' Needs

It can be really tempting to start a design project by leaping into the deep end and starting to sketch out pages and work on the information architecture of the final product. However, it’s almost certainly the wrong approach to take. To create great user experiences – designers must focus on the user’s needs and that means developing an unders...

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Understand the Social Needs for Accessibility in UX Design

Understand the Social Needs for Accessibility in UX Design

As UX designers, we have a lot on our plates. The term “UX Unicorn” exists for a reason. We are responsible for our clients’ goals as well as our users’ needs. You might ask then, why should you think about Accessibility in your UX Design process? Imagine going into a design workshop and telling your client that you need more hours to make his...

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Key Question in User Experience Design – Usability vs Desirability

Key Question in User Experience Design – Usability vs Desirability

The question of what usability is compared to desirability comes up a lot in UX design and it’s important to be able to distinguish the two. Why? Because usability is the base level of the user experience and without usability it is difficult to create a worthwhile user experience; however, without desirability it is unlikely that the user exper...

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The Golden Ratio - Principles of form and layout

The Golden Ratio - Principles of form and layout

Now, we’re going to look at a subject that comes directly from mathematics and that we can also find all around us – the golden ratio. Don’t worry; we’re not going back into the classroom for long. We will examine what this concept is and exactly how much it is a fundamental part of making designs pleasing to the user’s eye. The golden ratio’...

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