Being pretty self-taught as far as UI design goes, I’ve always wondered why so many articles and books talk about color theory and palettes. In my experience, using a “split complementary palette” is about 0% predictive of me making nice-looking designs.
I have another word for that sort of thing: useless.
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2017…. need to post more on here. noted.
When it comes to creating prototypes, so many tools and methods are out there that choosing one is no easy task. Which one is the best? Luckily for you, you don’t need a sixth sense or any other superpowers in order to choose a prototyping tool. There are other, more objective means of choosing one. It all depends on your current priorities, so let’s just look at this giant list.
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- Common myths and misconceptions.
- What made WordPress an easy target.
- What motivated attackers and how they attack sites.
Check out the link below to listen to the complete talk. Lots of great tips.
This is decent article about how to hire a UX Designer, I don’t agree 100% with their take on it, but it’s good to get other perspectives.
TLDR; it’s hard and there is a lot to consider.
Hiring has been one of the most challenging and important tasks I’ve had in my career. Hiring the right person for the job is your chance, as a manager, to get things started off on the right foot.
Hiring for a creative design position is a bit easier than for a UX position because you can really get a sense of someone’s design skills simply by looking at their work and asking the right questions. It’s hard to bullshit your way through a portfolio if you didn’t do the work.
UX is different I think. Usually you can’t really see some of the thinking and work that’s done on the UX end of a project. It requires you as a hiring manager to really know what you need. Assessing needs for UX is tricky and then finding the right person is next to impossible.
Another problem is the people doing the hiring. Most of them don’t know what the hell UX is or how it should be set up within an organization. It’s sad really. It’s such a new field and everyone thinks they can just call them selves a UX Designer. I’ve seen product managers, project managers, print designers, account people, all of them try to pivot to UX Designer and I believe it’s going to hurt the industry in the long run, more than help (which isn’t a popular opinion apparently)
Luckily for the savvy and experienced UX Manager you can spot these frauds easily. The problem is there aren’t a lot of managers that were true UXers that have moved into that manager role yet to hire properly. No one knows where to put UX either, its just a mess in pretty much every organization.
Does your organisation have design leadership?
I struggle with this everywhere I’ve worked. Even in agencies that pride themselves on being creative. The issue is that most of the leadership come from the business side and not the design side, when it should probably be flipped.
This is a pretty decent read on why it’s needed to achieve a user centered design of ANY and ALL products you produce as a business.
We all see the world through our own unique filters. These filters are based on our personal experience, culture, context/environment, and our frame of mind. And they come with an unintended side effect that most of us aren’t aware of: they cause us to falsely believe that other people see the world the same way we do.
Human beings have a natural tendency to overestimate the degree to which other people will agree with us, think like us, and behave like us.
It’s your job to protect your team from falling victim to this bias.
Keep your focus on the users. And be rigorous about identifying and challenging the assumptions your team is making about who they are and what they need.
If this is true a lot of people are going to be hammering on WordPress as the problem, or plugins as the issue. WRONG. The problem is lazy web designers and developers not keeping things up to day.
As @givan2code and I have always said… “keep your shit up-to-date… nio issues”.
Mossack Fonseca (MF), the Panamanian law firm at the center of the so called Panama Papers Breach may have been breached via a vulnerable version of Revolution Slider. The data breach has so far brought down the Prime Minister of Iceland and surrounded Russian President Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron with controversy, among […]
What really matters is screens, not devices.
Great article about the different types of user research out there and how they interact with each other.
What do you notice about the website above? It doesn’t have a navigation bar. The text links are floating in space and obscured by the background image.
** This is one of those ‘lightbulb’ kind of articles. One that makes you think of something that may have previously been overlooked or even taken for granted.
Have you ever walked into a friend’s house and realized that he has completely rearranged his furniture? Or gone to your favorite grocery store, only to find the aisles have been reorganized, and your produce, pasta sauce and preferred snacks are no longer in the same spot?
It’s a jarring experience, one that can feel temporarily shocking and strange. This isn’t how I remember things! you might say to yourself. This isn’t right!
Human beings are creatures of habit, and once we have a model for how a certain space should look in our head, finding that model flipped on its head can disorient us.
CX is so hot right now. Especially in retail and ecom. And for good reason.
Good User Experience Does Not Necessarily Mean Good Customer Experience
I read some damn good books this year. Here is the post that points out my 3 fav’s for the UX/UI Designer.
If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the designer in your life, here are a few highly recommended books that were pu…
Responsive times two: essential new books from Ethan Marcotte & Karen McGrane – Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design
Ethan Marcotte’s Responsive Design: Patterns and Principles and Karen McGrane’s Going Responsive are now available in our A Book Apart store.
There’s a lot of talk in the UX community about the coveted UX Unicorn. It’s that elusive candidate that can do everything. And while it’s tempting to think hiring such a glorious creature would solve all your UX hiring needs, … Read More