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Why Designers Fail: The Report. Update: this research was originally presented at UIE 13, and also at MX ’08, An Event Apart Seattle ’08 and ’11.

Why Designers Fail: The Report

The latest version of the slides can be downloaded here, and this is the online report, published for your convenience. I ran an online research study on why designers fail – exploring the psychological, skill and organizational reasons why designers, and people who work with designers, believe designers don’t achieve the results they desire. Top line summary The survey consisted of 41 issues, divided into three categories: Psychological, Skill and Organizational. Each participant ranked each issue on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 meaning the issue was highly significant in explaining why designers fail, and 1 meaning least significant (3 was identified as a neutral value).

The 389 survey respondents self identified as (rounded up #s): The top 16 issues, ranked by average scores were: Average scores per grouping Managers vs. (Note: these charts are quick and dirty. InVision sur Twitter : " Win this beautiful Jeff Sheldon print. You all loved this design by Jeff Sheldon so much, we're giving you another chance to make it your own—this time as a print!

Win this beautiful Jeff Sheldon print

And all it takes to make it yours is 1 lucky tweet. Unsafe_link_warning?unsafe_link=... Conference recap: Future of Web Design London. The Future of Web Design: London boasted a packed house of incredible attendees, awesomely informative talks and fun sponsor activities, like a cocktail party for industry folk, etch-a-sketch logo design contests, and a walking tour of signage and typography in London’s Shoreditch neighborhood.

Conference recap: Future of Web Design London

But the content truly rocked this show. Here’s a few highlights from my favorites. “The Art of Deception” by Stephen Hay. How Ideo Redesigned Monday to Be Less Awful. Your bad Monday actually starts on Sunday.

How Ideo Redesigned Monday to Be Less Awful

Hours before your alarm jolts you awake, your mind is already stockpiling anxieties about the week ahead. The commute, the meetings, the hours in front of a computer. The Art Of Giving Feedback. Editor’s note: Allison Hopkins is the vice president of people at Hampton Creek, where she assists in the growth of its business, people and culture.

The Art Of Giving Feedback

At Hampton Creek we ask, “What would it look like if we started over?” This drives our business philosophy. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series): Jocelyn K. Glei, 99U: 9781477800676: Books. Cradle-to-cradle design. Cradle to Cradle design (also referred to as Cradle to Cradle, C2C, cradle 2 cradle, or regenerative design) is a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems.

Cradle-to-cradle design

It models human industry on nature's processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients.[1] Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste free.[2] The model in its broadest sense is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing; it can be applied to many aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems.

Frictionless Design Choices. No one wants friction in their products.

Frictionless Design Choices

Everyone works to reduce it. Yet it sneaks in everywhere. Joel Aguero sur Twitter : "How @netflix prioritizes the exp and memory limits of users: #design #HouseofCardsSeason3. User-centered design in Netflix’s House of Cards. Today, Netflix released Season 3 of House of Cards (HoC)— the first of a suite of Netflix original series that told big cable that online streaming is here to stay.

User-centered design in Netflix’s House of Cards

Amazon also heard this message loud and clear, responding with its own lineup of original content. At some point, HBO realized the inevitable loss in market share if it also didn’t find some way to compete, hence rumors of an impending standalone subscription plan for HBOGO, a complementary service currently limited to existing HBO television subscribers. Why is this relevant? Because, ultimately, we all subscribe to these services because we want the content. No matter how delightful the user experience, nobody will stick around to watch lackluster shows and a limited set of movies.

6 time-saving Sketch plugins to install right now—for free. Sketch is quickly becoming the UI design tool of choice, so here’s our short list of the most helpful Sketch plugins we could find, just for all of you.

6 time-saving Sketch plugins to install right now—for free

This one’s about quality, not quantity, folks. Check out the links below and grab them all for free! Beautiful web type — the best typefaces from the Google web fonts directory. Among the numerous faults of those who pass their lives recklessly and without due reflexion, my good friend Liberalis, I should say that there is hardly any one so hurtful to society as this, that we neither know how to bestow or how to receive a benefit.

Beautiful web type — the best typefaces from the Google web fonts directory

It follows from this that benefits are badly invested, and become bad debts: in these cases it is too late to complain of their not being returned, for they were thrown away when we bestowed them. Nor need we wonder that while the greatest vices are common, none is more common than ingratitude: for this I see is brought about by various causes. The first of these is, that we do not choose worthy persons upon whom to bestow our bounty, but although when we are about to lend money we first make a careful enquiry into the means and habits of life of our debtor, and avoid sowing seed in a worn-out or unfruitful soil, yet without any discrimination we scatter our benefits at random rather than bestow them. Joel Aguero sur Twitter : "Loving @8tracks [ @google @Chrome_cast ] design. #design #chromecast #tech #uxdesign...

Joel Aguero sur Twitter : "Dawn of the designer. My take on frequently used tools and software ;) #design #sketch #photoshop #uxdesign. The Design Sprint — Google Ventures. The sprint gives teams a shortcut to learning without building and launching. The sprint is a five-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers.

Developed at GV, it’s a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more—packaged into a battle-tested process that any team can use. Working together in a sprint, you can shortcut the endless-debate cycle and compress months of time into a single week. Instead of waiting to launch a minimal product to understand if an idea is any good, you’ll get clear data from a realistic prototype. The sprint gives you a superpower: You can fast-forward into the future to see your finished product and customer reactions, before making any expensive commitments. Joel Aguero sur Twitter : "Values poster by @taomodachi at @coursera are lookin' good! #posters #design...

Joel Aguero sur Twitter : "I'm not fat, I'm bold! #design #puns #punny #typography... Facebook Design Director: The 5 Most Common Design Mistakes. There’s no learning without mistakes. And I’ve done the following (as well as seen the following done) too many times to count. Luckily, there’s this thing called the "Internet" and this medium called an "article" that lets us point at and talk about mistakes behind their backs, in the hopes that by bullying them into the spotlight, they'll have a harder time slinking around, wasting our time, and steering us toward no-good solutions. Chinese Mobile App UI Trends. This summer, I packed up all my things and moved from San Francisco to Guangzhou, China for work. Through an unlikely chain of coincidences that I don’t entirely recall, I’ve become a product manager on WeChat, a popular messaging app in China.

Moving to a new country has meant learning how to do lots of things differently: speaking a new language, eating, shopping, getting around. Don’t Start a Meeting Without One! Sketchnoting 101: How To Create Awesome Visual Notes -UX Mastery. Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think like a user. When I first started designing interactive products, it was a struggle. Small projects were fine. But when the interactions got more complex, I noticed that tools, team communication, and even my own thinking started breaking down. I see many startups facing these same problems today. So I wanted to share some of the ways that I’ve changed my design process over the years to handle the complexity of large products. Joel Aguero sur Twitter : "Excited to see reactions to @Nextdoor's Treat Map! Tiny behind the scenes bit here: #design.

I’m an Illustrator and so can you! Marginal success. Turns out there’s actually a lot of strange walrus-related drawings on the Internet. Sproose on Product Hunt. Android "Winnebago" Ad. Joel Aguero sur Twitter : "OH CAN I @facebook !? #tooltips #design... Why Your Links Should Never Say "Click Here" Advertisement Have you ever wanted your users to click a link but didn’t know how to get them to act? When some designers run into this problem, they’re tempted to use the words “Click here” on their links. Sproose. 5 tips on how to prepare a design presentation. You lost. The work was on brief, you spent hours getting it ready and the client generally loved it. Interface Animations Workshop, BlendConf 2014. Usage and performance Usage. The Boring Designer. Whenever I’m looking at a product designer’s work, I find myself continuously asking the same question: which solution is the boring one? Maybe it’s born out of seeing apps choose flash over function, or trying to understand just one too many indecipherable icons-as-buttons.

What Do You Hope Will Still Exist in 2030? Humanity will change more in the next 15 years than it did in the past century. Some of us may have our pizzas and packages delivered on flying drones. We could travel in driverless cars, use 3D printers to make our meals and makeup, and wear technology from head to toe. Others may face issues with land degradation and water shortages, which could cause droughts in some areas and floods in others. Junior Designers vs. Senior Designers — The Year of the Looking Glass. Embracing the Unknown — Bridge Collection. CSS and the Golden Ratio. TinyPNG – Compress PNG images while preserving transparency. Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile.

After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product. c3fadbab0b951bb9721163d6500e911c.jpg (JPEG Image, 460 × 1240 pixels) - Scaled (80%) Joel Aguero on Twitter: "Just noticed @twitter has a sweet notification bar when you are in the app and @mentioned by someone. #design #detail. What are some UX "sins" commonly made by beginner designers that should be avoided? From Google Ventures: 5 Rules For Writing Great Interface Copy. 1.gif (GIF Image, 800 × 600 pixels) Joel Aguero sur Twitter : I feel better already knowing the new Facebook dinosaur is guarding my data. #facebook #privacy #security #design. A 20 Minute Intro to Typography Basics. Creative Latitude: Articles. It's amazing how much visual material businesses create. Rocketboard. How Google Unified Its Products With A Humble Index Card. Webstock '13: Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed the World.

Guardians of The Galaxy UI Reel. Charts2800_1400.jpg (JPEG Image, 2800 × 1400 pixels) - Scaled (36%) Design culture is a frozen shithole. Lean Startup Meets Design Thinking. Joelaguero : Brainstorm session on education... Random User Generator. Joel Aguero. Quotes / "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

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