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Brains work better when prepared

Brains work better when prepared

Research suggests that we are more receptive to and likely to remember information when we are in a state of preparedness. This provides strong support to the argument for conditions that get learners into the best possible mental state prior to the presentation of important information. Every instance of learning may benefit if the preceding ev...

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Confidence Intervals and UX Research

Confidence Intervals and UX Research

Every piece of UX research that we conduct will contain errors. Given that we know this, it’s relatively easy to calculate what’s known as a “confidence interval”. So, for example, if we take a population of 50 people in a survey and 42 people do something in the same way – we can infer that between 71% and 91% of people will approach the task...

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10 Tips for the New Freelancer Designer

10 Tips for the New Freelancer Designer

If you’re thinking about starting out in freelance design practice then we’ve got some handy hints to get you started. It can be tough at the beginning but many designers will tell you that becoming freelance was the best thing that they’ve ever done. Step 1 – Develop a Personal Brand If you want your freelance career to have longevity; it he...

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4 Common UX Challenges and How to Find Them

4 Common UX Challenges and How to Find Them

User Experience design is all about getting people to use our products. We’re not so much concerned with people buying our products, that’s sales and marketing’s focus, we’re concerned with the way that people adopt our products into their lives. We want to create lasting relationships that create brand loyalty, repeat business and word-of-mouth...

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Start a UX Design Career with The Non-Profit Sector

Start a UX Design Career with The Non-Profit Sector

If there’s any sector that needs to deliver a pleasing user experience; it’s the non-profit sector. Doing good costs money and that means they rely on their users to fund their work. A poor online experience can deter volunteers, sponsors, and even those looking to make a small donation. Yet, it is this sector, apart from some of the largest cha...

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How Do I Get The Maximum ROI from My UX Learning Experiences?

How Do I Get The Maximum ROI from My UX Learning Experiences?

Companies don’t invest individuals for the sake of it; well, at least not in most of the world – there are some exceptions to that rule (some Gulf States for example mandate $x spent on development per person per year) but not many. They invest in training to see a return on that investment (ROI). So how do you maximize the ROI on your own learn...

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Web Design Content Management Systems:LightCMS

Web Design Content Management Systems:LightCMS

So far in our CMS series we’ve looked at open source products and those are free to install. LightCMS is a paid for offering and one that might be useful for very specific projects.About LightCMSPart of NetSuite Inc. Light CMS is an online rapid deployment system for websites. It allows for a single click delivery of a template driven website (w...

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Are Twitter’s Current Problems UX Related?

Are Twitter’s Current Problems UX Related?

There’s no doubt that of all the social networks the most beloved by the media is Twitter. The network’s format of quick, pithy opinions has led to dozens of collated articles in the news. It’s cheap and easy to find opinions on Twitter and, of course, whatever viewpoint you wish to represent – there’s always someone out there somewhere who feel...

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Web Design Content Management Systems: Joomla

Web Design Content Management Systems: Joomla

We’ve taken a look at the biggest CMS package, Drupal, and the most popular, WordPress, and that leaves us just one more of the big 3 CMS systems to tackle - Joomla. So where does Joomla fit in the CMS world and why would you use it for your web design projects?About JoomlaJoomla is a popular choice for CMS systems; installations are a long way ...

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Dealing with Problem Freelance Design Clients

Dealing with Problem Freelance Design Clients

Most of your freelance clients, hopefully, will be wonderful. However, every now and again you’re going to end up dealing with a nightmare client. Here’s how you might want to structure your approach to dealing with clients like this:Protect Yourself From the Outset of a RelationshipAuthor/Copyright holder: 24oranges.nl. Copyright terms and lice...

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Does Great Sales and No Complaints Mean an Excellent User Experience?

Does Great Sales and No Complaints Mean an Excellent User Experience?

Imagine that you come into work one morning and attend the monthly product meeting. At that meeting the product manager announces that sales have dropped by 75% and customer complaints have tripled in the last 2 months. You’d know that there was a strong likelihood of a user experience problem wouldn’t you? Sales tanking and high volumes of comp...

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What’s Your Design Brand Story?

What’s Your Design Brand Story?

If you want to promote your work widely – one of the easiest ways to make it shareable is to tell a story. Stories give your fans, potential clients and other interested parties a hook to grab their attention and to help them understand your work in context. So how could you go about that?Visual StoriesIf you work as a graphic designer or even a...

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Web Design Content Management Systems: Squarespace

Web Design Content Management Systems: Squarespace

Welcome back to our series on popular CMS systems for web designers. If you have missed any of the previous parts of the series – you can find them under the UX Daily tab on our home page. Today we’re going to be taking a look at one of the up and coming CMS providers Squarespace.About SquarespaceSquarespace, unlike many of the CMS systems we’ve...

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Behavioural Economics Ideas that You Can Use in UX Design

Behavioural Economics Ideas that You Can Use in UX Design

The theory of behavioural economics has evolved rapidly over the last 4 decades or so. There was a point when economists assumed that all decisions people make are rational decisions. This is because economics is a rational discipline. Whenever a deviation occurred from expected “rational behaviour” an equation was modified to fit the results ob...

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Web Design Content Management Systems:Quick.CMS

Web Design Content Management Systems:Quick.CMS

This week we’ve looked at the Big 3 CMS systems; WordPress, Drupal and Joomla and now we’d like to turn our attention to one of the smaller players in the market. Quick.cms is a project that can be found over at www.opensolution.org and as with the other three – it’s an open source solution.About Quick.CMSQuick.CMS is less popular CMS solution t...

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4 UX Indicators That Your Project is Going To Fail

4 UX Indicators That Your Project is Going To Fail

It’s a funny thing that when we talk of UX work; we tend to talk of the successes of projects and how we can influence them. There’s rarely a mention of the flip side of UX work, the times that we have to take our ideas and extinguish them because they are doomed to failure. The real business case for UX work is that it acts as a way to reduce...

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Findability and Web Design: Users Aren’t Visiting Your Site to Play Hide and Seek

Findability and Web Design: Users Aren’t Visiting Your Site to Play Hide and Seek

Designers are often fighting to fit everything into the available space, regardless of the medium and tools they are working with. Web designers must provide all of the necessary buttons, links, images, products, and so on within the constraints of each page and the site overall. Similarly, product designers usually have a small surface area to ...

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Office Politics Interfering With Your UX Work? Here’s How to Get Ahead

Office Politics Interfering With Your UX Work? Here’s How to Get Ahead

A recent white paper from Alpha-UX showed that one of the biggest challenges in the workplace for product development is internal politics. I can relate to this. In one of my previous jobs, we spent more time in meeting rooms, where the C-Suite conducted witch hunt after witch hunt, than actually doing any real work. Any decision that had to b...

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Should I go Freelance to Design?

Should I go Freelance to Design?

If you’re puzzling this question at the moment then the good news is you’re not the first designer to do so and you’re not the last. The trouble is that answering this question is not easy. Why? Because we’re all different and what’s right for me, may not be right for you. There is however a handy checklist that can help you answer this question...

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10 Ideas That Will Make You a Better Freelance Designer

10 Ideas That Will Make You a Better Freelance Designer

It’s always challenging running your own business and sadly, all too often, those challenges can often seem insurmountable. Many freelancers live on or close to the breadline and many more give up and go back to working for someone else. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, you can run a very successful freelance practice and these 10 ideas ...

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