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5 Awesome UX Practices that Will Help Your Project Deliver Great UX

5 Awesome UX Practices that Will Help Your Project Deliver Great UX

We’re often asked for tips that will help people develop their UX practice into something more effective. Given that; this week we’re going to run a series of best practice tips for your UX work – 5 each and every day. So let’s get started at the beginning of the project:Look Before You Leap It’s very easy for us to jump strai...

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How to Come Over Better at Design Pitch Meetings

How to Come Over Better at Design Pitch Meetings

Even on the walk to the room; you’re a little bit nervous and when you go inside – you find yourself on autopilot. It’s not that your pitch sucks but it’s just not as good as you felt it could be. You look at the client and they’re neither elated nor deflated? Surely, there’s a better way to go about meetings than this?Of course there is a bette...

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Align business and design because all user-brand touchpoints matter! – UX Ecosystem Design Part II

Align business and design because all user-brand touchpoints matter! – UX Ecosystem Design Part II

What brand comes to your mind when looking at the image above?Lego has succeeded in utilizing the power of a holistic user experience design.Designing aholistic user experience means embracing all company components a part of a whole thing. In these cases, no matter the world – digital, physical, hybrid –, the interaction or the devices, everyth...

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The UI of the Future – 3D User Interfaces – Current Applications and Potential

The UI of the Future – 3D User Interfaces – Current Applications and Potential

User-Interface Design is often seen as a field which hasn’t evolved very far; in fact if you look at what works in UI Design that might be taken as a compliment. The best UI is the UI that is so familiar and so easy to work with that it becomes nearly invisible. That wonderful save icon (the Computer Disk) has retained its power throughout the a...

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Human Robot Interaction – Stop Getting Romantic with Your Robots

Human Robot Interaction – Stop Getting Romantic with Your Robots

Designing robots has to be among the coolest jobs on the planet. Yet, despite the huge investments in robot design; there’s still a long, long way to go before we reach the panacea of a world in which robots do everything for us. In Kerstin Dautenhahn’s book, Human Robot Interaction, she argues that it is time for us to stop romanticizing the hu...

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A Quick Introduction to Aesthetic Computing

A Quick Introduction to Aesthetic Computing

If you thought that this article was going to be about making computers look better; please accept out apologies. In fact, aesthetic computing is all about “embodied formal languages”. Which may not be as pretty but turns out to be a very important area for technology designers in general.OK, so How Does “Aesthetic Computing” become “Embodied Fo...

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Design Thinking: Combining Traditional Methods with Empathy

Design Thinking: Combining Traditional Methods with Empathy

'Design Thinking' may seem tautological (after all, what design process doesn't involve thinking?), but this is a relatively new user-centred approach to design, which marries many of the tried and tested methods previously employed with a strong focus on empathising with the intended users.

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100's of great Free fonts!

100's of great Free fonts!

There are 100’s of fonts out there nowadays but were unfortunately forced to pay for anything really worthwhile so we generally opt for sub-standard variants and Google fonts offerings.There are however a number of great, free collections out there with free fonts that can be used on our projects without limitation.2015 has been a great year so ...

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Planning Website Design Projects with Prototypes

Planning Website Design Projects with Prototypes

Prototypes help you test ideas before you spend too much time putting them into practice. The best prototype has some functionality that mimics the intended product and there are plenty of tools to develop prototypes with available on the market. But what should you do to make your prototypes as valuable as possible when you plan your web design...

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Two More Techniques that Can Help You Get Better Value from Ethnographic Research

Two More Techniques that Can Help You Get Better Value from Ethnographic Research

Welcome back to our brief series on ethnographic research; if you’ve missed any parts of this series – they can be found under the UX Daily tab on our website. Today, we’ll be looking at two more techniques that can help you get better data from your investment in this kind of research:Work Through Your Use CasesIt sounds silly but you might wan...

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The Benefits of Using Ethnographic Research for User Experience Design

The Benefits of Using Ethnographic Research for User Experience Design

Ethnographic research enables the researcher to look at a specific group of people and better understand their behaviours and through that interpret their needs which are currently not met. It’s an expensive business though; ethnographic research requires real interaction with a population over a period of time. So what are the benefits of inves...

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Can Lying Really Improve the User Experience?

Can Lying Really Improve the User Experience?

There’s a certain sleight of hand that goes on every day from some of the world’s biggest retailers. This is done, in the name of profit of course. Those companies know what makes us tick and they play to that in order to driver sales through their online properties. But is their behaviour OK?The Case of Short SupplyIt’s common on Amazon and man...

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5 Total UX Failures

5 Total UX Failures

We’re not saying that we’d have done any better in their shoes but some products are such total UX stinkers that we wonder how they got to market at all. In our quest for better design; it’s sometimes worth taking a walk down memory lane and asking the question; “How did they ever get budget for that idea?” So, let’s take a look at 5 products th...

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Ethics and the User Experience – Reputation Management, the Wrong Way

Ethics and the User Experience – Reputation Management, the Wrong Way

Years ago when someone was unhappy with your product and service; they told their friends and family. Today, they go online and tell the world. Managing a business’s reputation has become a key part of delivering a user and customer experience but how do you do this ethically?The Wrong WayThere are some fantastically bad ways to preserve your on...

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Client Tips for Better Communication with Design Freelancers

Client Tips for Better Communication with Design Freelancers

We come across the occasional client at a loss to explain why their relationships with freelancers never seem to pan out. So we’ve put together this simple cheat sheet for building stronger relationships with design freelancers and getting the results you want:Always Agree on Outcomes At the Start of the EngagementContracts may sound boring and ...

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Anyone Can be a UX Designer Right?

Anyone Can be a UX Designer Right?

If there’s anything more annoying than being dismissed as doing a job that “anyone can do”; we don’t know what it is. The truth is that not every job is suited to everyone and even if “anyone can do” what you do; most people wouldn’t want to. UX design is an exciting and interesting career path but it surely isn’t for everyone and here’s why:1. ...

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Donald Norman’s Three Levels of Design

Donald Norman’s Three Levels of Design

Donald Norman is deservedly considered to be one of the greats of usability design. He is founder of the Nielsen Norman Group and he is also a former professor of Cognitive Science (among many, many, many other things). In short, he’s a guy who has spent his whole life researching what makes users tick and how to make products that they find to ...

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User Research: A 10-step Guide. Just for you

User Research: A 10-step Guide. Just for you

UX research is the most essential part of the UX design process. If you do not have a clear idea of who your target user is and what they want (or need); it is nearly impossible to provide them with the right user experience.To make your work easier for you, we have crafted a 10-step guide to make your work easier and to help you communicate use...

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3 Tips for Improving the Relationship Between UX Design and the Organization

3 Tips for Improving the Relationship Between UX Design and the Organization

There’s a lot of work involved in UX design. There’s the personas, the ethnographic research, the usability testing, the user journeys, etc. Once it’s all done there’s usually something very exciting about being able to share the results of your work with the wider organizational team. Yet, all too often user experience designers take their wond...

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5 Tips for Better UX Documentation

5 Tips for Better UX Documentation

UX projects generate a bunch of documentation by nature. However, one thing many UX designers fall over on is generating good documentation. Documents need to fulfil some basic criteria in order to be genuinely useful and it’s worth taking some steps to generate better UX documentation – your clients will love you for it. We’ve got 5 simple ques...

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