UIETips: Style Guide Best Practices

Jared Spool

May 14th, 2015

In today’s UIEtips, we’re happy to publish an article on Style Guides from Brad Frost.

If you want to hear more from Brad on this topic, join us on June 4, when he presents our next virtual seminar, The Why & How of Successful Style Guides. Brad’s presentation will challenge you to think differently and to employ a more deliberate design system.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Pattern-based design and development requires you to blur your eyes a little bit. When creating a design system built for reuse, it’s essential to take a step back from the current context and name things in an agnostic way. “Carousel”, not “Homepage Carousel”. “Filters” not “Product Grid Filters”. “Radio Button Group” not “Gender Select”. And so on.

Read the article Style Guide Best Practices.

How do you leverage style guides in your projects? Tell us about it below.

A UX Advantage podcast with Jared Spool: Inventing the Yes Lawyer and Restructuring Incentives and Rewards

Sean Carmichael

May 12th, 2015


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What does it take to create a culture of design? How does putting user experience first change the way organizations work?

Those are the questions being addressed at the UX Advantage conference. Jared Spool and Karen McGrane will be your hosts as they delve into a series of topics with top design executives. In this podcast, Jared tackles two of those topics, Inventing the Yes Lawyer and Restructuring Incentives and Rewards.

Bringing the regulation, compliance, and procurement experts into the design process early is a fundamental shift in corporate relationships. Hear how a “Yes” lawyer becomes an essential member of the design team and how the entire process benefits.

How does an organization measure the value of design—and evaluate the work of designers. Incentives and rewards are about performance management, HR, bonus pools, and goal setting. How do you shift the culture away from rewarding on delivery date regardless of the experience?

Join us in Baltimore August 18-19 for UX Advantage. For more information, visit uxadvantage.com.

Recorded: May, 2015
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Ultra-Contextual Design, a May 14 Virtual Seminar with Abi Jones

Adam Churchill

May 8th, 2015

Contextual design combines the user centricity of customer journeys and the environmental awareness of sensors to create remarkable experiences. It helps mountain rescue teams save lives and busy do-it-yourselfers find the right tool for the job. But if you want to be successful, you’ve got to get down to the basics. Understand what your users need to accomplish. Find out what’s getting in their way.

In Explore the Possibilities of Ultra-Contextual Design, Abi Jones, interaction designer on the Search team at Google, shows us how sensor-informed technology can change all of that.

  • Establish context for user experiences via empathy map
  • Use journey maps to drive sensor-informed context
  • Evaluate whether sensor-informed context makes sense for your users
  • Ask for more data without alienating users

Leverage sensor technology, but don’t know where to start. Figure out whether sensor-informed context is right for you and your users.Create better research plans. Join us on May 14.



Be part of a UX roundtable call when you register for UI20

Jared Spool

May 8th, 2015

Register for the User Interface 20 Conference by May 22 and you’ll participate in an hour long UX roundtable call with me. Don’t miss this chance to ask me your most burning UX questions (or even your non-burning non UX questions).

Come to Boston November 2-4, 2015 for intensive workshops and talks focusing on what it takes to make your designs work on all mobile devices.

Workshop Leaders and Topics to Date:

  • Kim Goodwin – Personas and Scenarios
  • Jeff Gothelf – Lean UX
  • Steph Hay – Content Strategy
  • Nathan Curtis – Design Systems
  • Marc Stickdorn – Service Design
  • Keynote with Jared Spool


Save your spot at UI20 for $1,475

Plus you’ll partake in a 60-minute UX discussion call with Jared Spool if you register by May 22, 2015

UIETips: Ultra-Contextual Design

Jared Spool

May 6th, 2015

In today’s UIEtips, we’re happy to publish an article on Contextual Design from Abi Jones.

If you’re trying to figure out whether sensor-informed context is right for you and your users, join Abi on May 14, when she presents the next virtual seminar, Explore the Possibilities of Ultra-Contextual Design. During Abi’s seminar she’ll cover how journey maps help make the London Underground accessible to visually impaired people, the UX of mountain rescues, methods for optimizing sensor permission requests, and a taxonomy for designing context-­aware systems.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The first step in creating a context­-aware system is understanding the context for use. There are two levels for contextual understanding, the broad context for the user journey and the ultra­-contextual aspects of each touchpoint within the journey.

Read the article Ultra-Contextual Design.

How do you implement contextually-aware designs? Tell us about it below.

New Dates for UX Advantage: August 18-19

Jared Spool

April 30th, 2015

We’re changing the dates of UX Advantage to August 18 & 19.

We love Baltimore. We’re excited to do an event there.

In light of what’s happening in Baltimore, we don’t think it’s right promoting this event at this time. We feel the best thing we can do is to postpone for a couple of months.

Baltimore is a great city and we want to do an event there. We hope you’ll join us in August and support this city and its people.

Jared and Karen

UIEtips: Extraordinarily Radical Redesign Strategies

Jared Spool

April 29th, 2015

In today’s UIEtips, we reprint an article on radical redesign strategies.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The day they flipped the switch and launched the new site, sales dropped by 20%. (This was a site that was doing almost $1 billion in revenues per year, so 20% is a lot of money to lose.)

Read the article Extraordinarily Radical Redesign Strategies.

What strategy have you put in place when planning a redesign? Tell us about it below.

Rachel Nabors – Using Animation to Enhance Your UX

Sean Carmichael

April 22nd, 2015


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Animation in interfaces has traditionally been seen as purely decorative and unnecessary. There are real accessibility and usability concerns associated with a heavy reliance on Flash. Advances in CSS have allowed for sophisticated animations and transitions that actually add to the experience. In fact, a well timed transition can help alleviate the cognitive load on users.

Rachel Nabors is an artist, animator, and founder of the Portland-based outfit, Tin Magpie. In her virtual seminar, Improve UX with Animation, she covers six principles of animation to use when designing your interactions. She received a slew of questions from the audience during the live seminar. In this podcast she returns, joining Adam Churchill, to address some of those.

  • How do you decide when to incorporate animation within a design project?
  • At what point do you discuss how the animation is going to be executed?
  • Are there animation tools for designers who can’t code?
  • Is there a shorthand that exists for specifying common animations?
  • How do you manage easings and durations across a team of designers?
  • Are there frameworks that can be applied across different interfaces?
  • What do you use for prototyping animations?

Recorded: April, 2015
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UIETips: Responsive Content Modelling – Part 2

Jared Spool

April 22nd, 2015

In today’s UIEtips, we’re pleased to publish part 2 of Steve Fisher’s article which discusses Responsive Content Modelling.

In a multi-device world where your content can live anywhere, content modelling helps content adapt consistently. Want to learn more? Join us April 23, when Steve, a UX Architect and Founder of The Republic of Quality, presents Content Modelling: Creating Responsive Content Experiences.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Something must be the very first priority and something must be the last. Try this mantra. EVERYTHING MUST BE PRIORITIZED OR ALL WILL DIE. Okay, don’t do that. But do take it seriously and resist the urge to quit–I promise it will be worth it. This is essentially a less technical, but more human–centered method of content modelling.

Read the article Responsive Content Modelling – Part 2.

How do you model your content? Tell us about it below.

Tackle these 4 topics to get the UX Advantage

Lauren Cramer

April 21st, 2015

Get Closer to Making UX Your Competitive Edge

If you’re in charge of your organization’s UX initiatives, lead a UX design team, or work as a Senior Designer, The UX Advantage conference in Baltimore June 2-3, 2015 will get you closer to understanding how UX is a competitive advantage. Here are four of the ten topics:

Gaining Executive Support

Organizational change must be top down and bottom up. Hear how UX and design leaders influence the way executives make product and technology decisions. Find out what defines true support as opposed to just lip service to a great experience.

Design leaders from PayPal, Fidelity and MasterCard share how they obtain executive support in their interviews.

Designing a Global UX

Global organizations can no longer project their corporate views of a customer experience upon a multitude of cultures. How do you embed the nuances and subtleties of each culture into a familiar experience regardless of where you are in the world?

Gina Villavicencio from Marriott Corporation shares what they are doing to create better global user experiences.

Reinventing Corporate Structures

Traditional organizational silos are the nemesis of delivering great experiences. Does a culture of design require a fundamental structural shift in how the organization operates?

Design leaders from GE, Nasdaq, and MasterCard share how they reinvented their corporate structure.

Inventing the Yes Lawyer

If you’re bringing in compliance at the end of your design process – you’re too late. Hear why compliance and procurement are essential members of the design team and how the entire process benefits.

Traci Walker from US Digital Service and Jeff Gladchun from Fidelity Investments discuss the importance of bringing in compliance early.

Explore all the topics