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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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Does Responsive Web Design Lead to a Positive User Experience?

Does Responsive Web Design Lead to a Positive User Experience?

The key word for web designers in the last few years has been “responsive”. The idea is simple, design websites once that automatically work on all screen sizes and devices. It’s a time saving ideal and makes it easier for businesses to maintain a presence online without investing in a completely mobile solution. But what does that mean for the...

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8 Skills That Every Enterprise UX Team Needs

8 Skills That Every Enterprise UX Team Needs

The growing popularity of UX as a profession does not necessarily mean that everything is rosy for UX teams in enterprise development groups. There is still a tendency to assume that “design” is the only part of the UX role that matters. This often leads to UX teams which cannot fulfil their duties to the organization effectively. To deliver ent...

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8 Mobile UX Issues that Can Be Easily Fixed

8 Mobile UX Issues that Can Be Easily Fixed

There’s no denying that mobile internet access is here to stay. While the predictions of the demise of desktops and laptops appear to have been overly optimistic/pessimistic (depending on your point of view) it’s clear that roughly half of the world is going to do its shopping, gaming, etc. on smartphones. User experience is going to make or br...

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Localizing the User Experience to Improve ROI

Localizing the User Experience to Improve ROI

Yesterday, we took a look at some of the practical steps that you can take to localize your website or application to improve the user experience. Today, we’re going to take a look beyond the website itself and ask; how can we improve the user experience via localization to further enhance the return on investment (ROI)? Google is Not Global I...

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5 Things to Consider for Mobile UX

5 Things to Consider for Mobile UX

We think 2015 will be the year when the idea of “Mobile UX” disappears. Responsive design will be near mandatory and that designers are going to consider screen scalablity and usability as part of every project that they work on. However, it’s still 2014 and we think there are a range of things that you need to consider to get the right mobile U...

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The Didactics and Educational Choices for IDF’s Courses

The Didactics and Educational Choices for IDF’s Courses

At IDF, time is one of the commodities we value dearly—your time—hence why we combine the highest quality with a strong emphasis on content. That way, you get the “best of” the material out there but still with much attention focussed on the “side-streets” to topics we know you will find thought provoking and helpful. All courses from IDF cover...

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The UX of E-Commerce – Winning Customers Back after They Abandon the Cart

The UX of E-Commerce – Winning Customers Back after They Abandon the Cart

Many years ago, I worked as a salesman in a call center. One of the techniques we used to use to persuade slightly reticent prospects to become clients was called the “lost sale close”. It worked something like this:The Lost Sale CloseLet’s say I’d just spent 30 minutes on the phone with a really good potential customer. They’d made the appropri...

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