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User Experience articles and quotes to inspire and connect the UX community

User Experience articles and quotes to inspire and connect the UX community
How to Find a UX Job in the San Francisco Bay Area 3 months ago, I relocated to San Francisco from Philadelphia. Finding a job in the San Francisco Bay Area proved to be harder than I originally anticipated. After all, San Francisco is known as one of, if not the, largest tech centers of the world, right? Surely, there is an over abundance of UX and Design jobs and you can essentially have your pick, right? Well, not exactly.

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None Although you may not want to admit it, your customers have probably at one time or another experienced some type of pain while doing business with your company. It could’ve been a minor inconvenience, rather than a huge deal-breaking issue, but any way you look at it, it’s pain. So, ask yourself these questions: Can you clearly pinpoint where the customer pain points are in your organization?Do you and your employees have a clear picture of the process different types of customers go through when interacting with your company?Have you recently asked your customers if and where they experience pain?

10 Useful Techniques To Improve Your User Interface Designs Advertisement Web design consists, for the most part, of interface design. There are many techniques involved in crafting beautiful and functional interfaces. Here’s my collection of 10 that I think you’ll find useful in your work. Mac OS X Prototyping Templates Mac/OS X Templates V3.0 Create wireframes and high fidelity prototypes for OS X apps using Apple Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint. All elements are designed from scratch in Keynote and PowerPoint (no images!) and are fully customizable and editable without needing additional tools. What’s included Mac OS X Lion GUI Components

My Favorite Handwritten Fonts Tons of new websites are being created everyday and it is noticable that if you want to be unique and stand out from the crowd you need to find creative ways of using type, pictures and other design elements in any kind of work you produce. For that reason I would suggest you give a try on handwritten fonts. Handwritten type are the perfect choice if you want to add some charm and personal touch to your work. With appropriate and well thought-out use of white space, handwritten fonts do bring your designs style and elegance. Nevertheless, you should avoid excessive use of handwritten fonts in your work because it can at times be hard to read. I would not recommend you use them as the main or focal font, use them with a little bit of subtetly instead.

Semantic Foundry » Design Ethnography & Mood Maps Over the last years I have noticed that many books and articles talk about the usefulness (or not) of personas, delving a little into the actual production and design of the persona as well as defending it’s usage. Very few explicitly define some of the activities that occur within the design research phase. It was Jared Spool that mentioned the real value of personas being the actual process of engaging with users and developing empathy towards their circumstances and experience interacting with a product.1 The following article grew out of a conversation with Nathan Curtis of Eight Shapes (author of “Modular Web Design“) when I offered to contribute what I called a “Mood Map” to the Unify Documentation System. Let’s start. The purpose of a Mood Map is to document and map the emotional states of a user [over time] so that it can guide the creation and communication of personas to stakeholders whilst also informing the design process itself.

» 10 Brilliant Multi Level Navigation Menu Techniques Web-developers can create user-friendly horizontal or vertical navigation menus using CSS. Javascript makes it possible to create more interactive, more responsive and more flexible navigation to any website. Today we wanted to highlight 10 brilliant Multi Level Navigation Menu Techniques built using different Javascript Libraries including jQuery, Mootools along with some CSS magic to give us what you see below. User story History[edit] User stories originated with Extreme Programming (XP), whose first written description in 1998 only claimed that customers defined project scope "with user stories, which are like use cases". Rather than offered as a distinct practice, they were described as one of the "game pieces" used in the planning game. However, most of the further literature thrust around all the ways arguing that user stories are "unlike" use cases, in trying to answer in a more practical manner "how requirements are handled" in XP and more generally Agile projects.

Visualization Types - Introduction to Data Visualization This taxonomy is based on a data taxonomy from: Shneiderman, B. (1996). The eyes have it: A task by data type taxonomy for information visualizations. Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages - Boulder, CO (pp. 336-343). 30 Essential Controls By Theresa Neil As Bill mentioned in an earlier post, we don’t want to limit this blog to just the principles and patterns found in the book. For that you can check out our Explore the Book section. This is the second article in a three part series on patterns and principles for RIA design.