Archive for the 'Design Decisions' topic

UIEtips: Why Lean UX?

In this week’s UIEtips, Jeff Gothelf lays out his rationale for why Lean UX is something new and why it’s important now. Here’s an excerpt from the article: When bringing our craft to software in the 1980s and 1990s, designers approached software in the same way we approached the earlier materials we worked with. In […]

Broaden Your Mobile UX Knowledge with 10 Hours of Recordings

Designers have a huge challenge in front of them: Address the users’ growing demand and expectations of exceptional user experience regardless of which mobile device they use. UXIM OnDemand confronts this challenge. Purchase these recordings for just $189 until June 21. Luke Wroblewski – Create designs without compromising optimization Kelly Goto – Design with your […]

UIEtips: Experience Rot

In this week’s UIEtips, I explain the dangerous effects of experience rot on user experience. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Here’s a counter-intuitive fact: Chances are all those features you’ve been adding to your design are hurting your user experience. Every feature that’s squeezed in, in the name of giving your design a competitive […]

Richard Rutter – Typography in Responsive Web Design

Typography wears many hats in the user experience world. It’s part of the overall look of the visual design. It can convey tone and meaning of the content. Well set type can improve the user experience through readability and be an important piece of the accessibility puzzle for users with low vision. As with most things involving the web these days, typography isn’t immune to the disruption caused by mobile and multi-device design.

UIE Book Corner: Russ Unger’s “Designing the Conversation”

Facilitation is an important skill, whether with collocated or remote teams. It drives conversation and collaboration. The ability to facilitate well is integral when conducting participatory design activities, giving a presentation, or even giving a virtual seminar. Russ joins Adam Churchill to discuss the book and the various types of facilitation in this podcast.

Shifting to Disposable Personas

“We tried creating personas and it was hard. It took us months and they never got traction. Eventually we abandoned the project.” I’ve heard this dozens of times from design team managers. They all embarked on these big persona projects, often with energy and excitement, only to find that energy dissipate and the project lose […]

UIEtips: Starting Your User Research

In this week’s UIEtips, we look back at a past article where I discuss several different user research strategies and the profound impact they can have on your products. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Damn, I wish we’d done this a year ago.” That’s what I hear right after I’ve started a team on […]

UIEtips: Genius Design’s Little Secrets

In this week’s UIEtips, I discuss the sophisticated approach of genius design. Here’s an excerpt from the article: A team that approaches genius design needs to focus on a specific problem that has a big enough market to provide a decent return on the investment. For example, an agency might decide they’ll become the industry […]

UIEtips: Embracing the Medium

In this week’s UIEtips, Richard Rutter discusses how you should consider the users’ medium and their environment. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Designing web sites is a strange and wonderful thing. The web is often described as a medium, but it is no more a medium than ink. To be a medium, ink must […]

Nathan Curtis – Sketching for Understanding

Shared understanding is important to any team working towards a common goal. Ensuring every member of the team is on the same page can be difficult. Sketching is a quick, lightweight method for communicating design ideas or interactions. Starting with sketching early in the design process lets everyone share the same vision.