Archive for the 'Design Skills' topic

What’s In a Microinteraction?

The Design Details that Users Remember Most If you sit in meetings about “increasing engagement,” then it’s time to design microinteractions, those tiny moments that make or break a user’s experience. Why Microinteractions Matter Recall: Users love to see unexpected, delightful details Engagement: Users love intuitive designs that feel personalized Virality: Users love to tell […]

We Want You to Have the UI17 OnDemand Recordings on Us

Last year’s sold out conference was amongst the best. Now you can have the recordings from this incredible conference absolutely free. No strings attached. The video and audio recordings contain all of last year’s great topics, including: UX practices to craft productive meetings Becoming a masterful change agent within your organization Designing for emotional impact and […]

Adam Connor & Aaron Irizarry – Building Consensus in Critiques and Design Studios

Critique is often confused with being negative and critical. However, the basis of critique is communication. Having strongly grounded communication is necessary for any relationship in life, work related or not.

UIETips: Designing Intuitive Microinteractions

In this week’s UIEtips, I talk about designing better microinteractions. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Wait! What did you just do there?” In this case, I had just unlocked my iPhone by sliding over a notification’s icon. The person I was standing next to had never seen anyone unlock their phone that way. They’d […]

Stephen Anderson – Displaying Data in Digestible Ways

Culling through massive amounts of data is a headache. A dense table of aggregated data points can be useful in theory, but the manner in which it’s displayed is often a hindrance. Even more than that, showing that data in a chart or graph is confusing if it’s not effectively labeled. Data is useless when you can’t make good decisions from it.

Why Use Scenarios in UX Design?

Scenarios Can Change the User Experience If you work on a team that struggles to prioritize features or makes assumptions about users’ experiences, then it’s time for scenarios and journey maps. Benefits of Scenarios and Journey Maps Clarity: Data on how your desktop or mobile site makes users feel Harmony: Digestible problem statements your team […]

UX Staffing and the Penny Stock Problem

When starting to grow a UX team, it’s tempting to shop for new team members with skills to tackle the UX challenges you have now. Unfortunately, now isn’t forever and it’s likely the challenges will change. UX suffers from something I like to call the penny stock problem. Imagine you’ve bought a really cheap stock […]

I Just Heard Your Boss Talking About You

Wow! You just significantly enhanced the user experience of our site. The results from your new user research program, used to create scenarios for driving design decisions, was ingenious. And those super productive meetings on our latest initiatives were led masterfully. The way the site now shows data is very impressive. It is clear, concise, […]

Limited Seats Left at the $1,389 Rate for the User Interface 18 Conference

The 125 seats at the $1,389 rate are moving fast for the User Interface 18 Conference. Once the remaining 28 seats are gone, the price goes up $300 to $1,689. Take advantage of the lowest available price and register now for the UI18 Conference in Boston, MA October 21-23. Daylong Workshops Are the Core of […]

Hiring the Best UX Designers

If finding “the right fit” feels like a frustrating task you’re struggling to survive, you’re doing it wrong. Getting the best UX designers onboard means hiring with your head, not your heart. In Hiring the Best UX Designers, our August 1 virtual seminar, Jared Spool teaches you to include your entire team in a more […]