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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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An Introduction to Responsive Web Design

An Introduction to Responsive Web Design

With each new technology (or at least variations on a theme), there are new challenges for designers. As of early 2014, the use of mobile exceeded PC internet usage for the first time in history. This shift from PC to mobile was somewhat inevitable once the technology enabled people to connect to the internet just about anywhere they pleased. No...

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Home Page UX for Mobile Commerce Websites

Home Page UX for Mobile Commerce Websites

One of the critical issues facing designers for mobile commerce websites is; what do I include to give people a good idea of what the site’s about but without overwhelming them completely? In this article we’ll take a look at what might help make for better home page UX in mobile commerce.What Happens When Someone Visits a Mobile Website?Author/...

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UX Design Tip - Figure out the Experience First and Not the Features

UX Design Tip - Figure out the Experience First and Not the Features

The process of creating a new product or application varies hugely between companies and individuals. Yet, if you really want to develop products and applications that deliver an awesome user experience you might want to consider approaching design in a slightly different way. If UX is vital (and we think it is) surely that’s where we should sta...

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Common Web Design Mistakes

Common Web Design Mistakes

The number of websites available on the internet is growing by the second, and according to internet live stats we passed 1 billion in September 2014. In this time, web designers have adopted a number of practices that have entered the many lists of 'what-not-to-do' in web design guidelines that can be found all over the net.Author/Copyright hol...

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How to Work with Online Publishers to Boost UX and Sales Conversions

How to Work with Online Publishers to Boost UX and Sales Conversions

New brands and businesses can find the world of online publishing really confusing. There’s a lot of conflicting information about what to do and what not to do when it comes to promoting your work. The good news is that you can follow some simple rules to make working with publishers of content to create better user experiences and to drive sal...

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5 More Good Practices for Using Video for UX

5 More Good Practices for Using Video for UX

We recently ran a piece on 5 good practices for using video for UX. Today we’re going to add to the list and give you another 5. We hope that you’ll find these valuable as you try to support and sell to users and customers online:Shrink That VideoYou may have a wonderful 50 MB/sec internet connection in the office. I once worked for a telco in s...

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How to Write a Proposal for Freelance Design Work Online

How to Write a Proposal for Freelance Design Work Online

If you want to sell your freelance design work online using services like Elance or Guru; you need to learn to write winning proposals. Proposal writing doesn’t have to be hard. There are some simple rules to follow that will increase your chances of success:Keep it ShortAuthor/Copyright holder: Yau Hoong Tang. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY...

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5 More Online Sales Myths that Can Hurt Your UX and Conversion Rates

5 More Online Sales Myths that Can Hurt Your UX and Conversion Rates

We took a look at 5 online sales myths, earlier this week, which can hurt the user experience and thus your conversion rates. Today we’ve got 5 more myths to debunk that should help you create a better user experience and get more sales. E-mail Marketing is DeadYes, there are 50,000 unread e-mails in my Inbox on Gmail. Yes, there are tons of lis...

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Some Useful Low Budget Tips for Testing Applications and Websites with Users

Some Useful Low Budget Tips for Testing Applications and Websites with Users

Testing is incredibly important to the user experience. It’s not a one-off exercise but rather a constant process that should inform future development cycles. Testing is, however, often a costly exercise and small companies often can’t afford to do as much testing as they’d like. So here are some useful tips on making a small budget go farther ...

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Freelance Competitions – A Designer’s Nightmare?

Freelance Competitions – A Designer’s Nightmare?

If you’re thinking of freelancing or if you are freelancing; you’ll probably have come across sites like 99Designs and Freelancer.com. The former’s business model works on running design competitions and while the latter does have some paying freelance work; it also runs design competitions. Is this a good thing for designers or a bad one?A Non-...

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Join our team as Video Editor

Join our team as Video Editor

The Interaction Design Foundation is looking for a Video Editor. The position is freelance or volunteer. We can offer you: To help design the future of design education.To work with the best designers in the world – from both industry and academia – and help them share their knowledge.To help lower the cost of design education globally....

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A Quick Guide to Using LinkedIn to Enhance Your UX Career

A Quick Guide to Using LinkedIn to Enhance Your UX Career

LinkedIn is the world’s largest career focused social networking site. Used correctly, you can dramatically enhance your prospects of landing a better UX role. It might take a little while to get this right but once you have – an hour a week might make all the difference to your long-term plans.What Do You Do Now?You’d be amazed at how many peop...

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The Benefits of Planning Your User Research

The Benefits of Planning Your User Research

We’ve all heard that maxim; “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” It’s attributed to Benjamin Franklin who would never have heard of user research but it’s surely as true for user research as it was in his day.Author/Copyright holder: Jason Rogers. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY 2.0 Most professionals that fail to plan; don’t do s...

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

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

Welcome back! We’re continuing our series of awesome UX practices that began on Tuesday; if you missed the earlier parts – you can always go back and find them under the UX Daily section of the Interaction Design Foundation’s website. Today we’re picking up where we left off with user testing:Determine the Test by The Questions You Want Answered...

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Should We Introduce Benchmarking for our UX Research?

Should We Introduce Benchmarking for our UX Research?

Benchmarking is beginning to get more attention as part of UX research strategies. However, we’ve found that many places conduct benchmarking as an exercise almost for its’ own sake with no deeper understanding of why they should benchmark. So let’s take a look at why benchmarking may be a good idea for your UX team:Benchmarking – What is It?A b...

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Google’s Mobile #UX Update – 5 Key Lessons for UX Designers

Google’s Mobile #UX Update – 5 Key Lessons for UX Designers

Google recently update their search algorithm to focus on user experience for mobile users. This is a significant step forward, though to date – there’s no equivalent focus on the user experience for desktop users (and perhaps there should be). With this change in mind, what are the key lessons for UX designers? Not just for now but also for the...

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

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

Yesterday, we started our short series of best practice tips that will help you get more from your UX projects. Today we continue where we left off yesterday – looking at project meetings and then we’ll take a look at some other ideas too.Protect People in MeetingsAuthor/Copyright holder: Alan Levine. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY 2.0I have...

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