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Applications of usability principles on a social network. In October 2008 I joined a great group of guys over at Daily Challenge to lend some creative firepower to an already blazing group of talented young individuals.

Applications of usability principles on a social network

At that point, Daily Challenge was merely weeks into its first public beta release of its new socially-conscious-driven social network and sported an undesirable user interface that was begging for some creative attention. But that didn’t matter – as with any new age development team working on a new social media product, the goal was not to release a perfectly designed or developed site, but rather to get an idea out into the market quickly and start listening to the feedback. So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 1: Resources. Pretty much every single day I get a tweet, email, or in person request for information on how to get started in the field of user experience.

So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 1: Resources

I’ve recently had a few people reach out to me even asking me to mentor them throughout the process. Given that I often find myself repeating the same answers over and over again, I decided to put all of my resources in a single blog post so that folks could easily access a consolidated version of my advice. Interface Element Blog. When I was a teenager, I always felt like my design heroes had some kind of special sixth sense.

Interface Element Blog

I had done my homework—they had no special training or education, yet they sized and placed elements in their interfaces in a way that seemed to make perfect sense. I practiced tirelessly, designing and re-designing Photoshop-based websites late into the night. My visual style improved with every iteration, but the actual interfaces remained so-so.

For all my practice, intuition could only carry me so far.