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Insights and inspiration for the user experience community

Insights and inspiration for the user experience community
By Laura Keller Published: April 21, 2014 “Designing great experiences for people should enable IT to earn a more strategic role within their company.” A few months ago, I gave a presentation to some information technology (IT) leaders, and my topic was how designing great experiences for people should enable IT to earn a more strategic role within their company. I created this presentation after years of observing the interactions between IT groups and their business counterparts within a company, as well as the subsequent involvement of external IT firms, including mine. The common flow of interactions that occur between business and IT follows this general structure: the business believes there’s a need among their users for something, so they identify some high-level requirements and solicit IT’s help.

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Guide to Agile Practices Definition In consultation with the customer or product owner, the team divides up the work to be done into functional increments called "user stories". Each user story is expected to yield, once implemented, a contribution to the value of the overall product, irrespective of the order of implementation; these and other assumptions as to the nature of user stories are captured by the INVEST formula. To make these assumptions tangible, user stores are reified into a physical form: an index card or sticky note, on which a brief descriptive sentence is written to serve as a reminder of its value. Interaction Design Pattern Library - Suggest a pattern Have you seen new examples of patterns out there that have not been described on this site? Send me a link to an example and I'll add it to my to-do list. Suggest a pattern

How to ask for design feedback “Oh, it's good.” “I like it. It looks nice. Good colors, dude... I gotta get back to work in a minute.” So you wanna be a user experience designer Want to pursue a career in UX, but don’t know where to start? When you Learn the Ropes with Whitney Hess, you get in-depth training on principles, process, methods and techniques you need to excel in User Experience. Learn more > 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. I’ve recently had a few people reach out to me even asking me to mentor them throughout the process.

Framing the Practice of Information Architecture By Nathaniel Davis Published: September 7, 2011 “The practice of information architecture is the effort of organizing and relating information in a way that simplifies how people navigate and use information on the Web.” The Messy Art Of UX Sketching Advertisement Meet the new Sketch Handbook, our brand new Smashing book that will help you master all the tricky, advanced facets of Sketch. Filled with practical examples and tutorials in 12 chapters, the book will help you become more proficient in your work. Get the book now → This Door is the Epitome of User Experience Design — My User Experience Journey This Door is the Epitome of User Experience Design So why do most software companies struggle to adopt its brilliant formula? It’s a door You’re right. It is just a door. There is nothing special about this door whatsoever.

2014 Logo Trends on If home is our first place, and work is our second place, then mobile screens have definitely become our third place. Smart phone use has increased from 21 percent in 2010 to more than 63 percent today, and with 83 percent of all Americans online regularly, that percentage of mobile users is bound to keep edging up. The fact that so many people now view the world through a window the size of a business card has spelled an inevitable change in logo design. Complete Beginner’s Guide to Information Architecture Timothy Greig structures the information flow of a library website. Photo by Timothy Greig Information architecture is an often misunderstood job title. Are they Designers? Developers? Managers? The Skeptic’s Guide To Low-Fidelity Prototyping Advertisement Today, too many websites are still inaccessible. In our new book Inclusive Design Patterns, we explore how to craft flexible front-end design patterns and make future-proof and accessible interfaces without extra effort.

The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years Back in March, a developer named Renan Cakirerk wrote a small piece of code that made a big impact on Netflix. Cheekily named "god mode," it addressed one of the most annoying aspects of trying to use Netflix in your browser: scrolling through the company's ever-growing list of movies. Once enabled, it would simply give you one, big list.

How to design the perfect single page website Single page designs can be an excellent technique for tackling smaller websites, even those that you might not think could ever be done without multiple pages. There are tons of great reasons for using a single page site, from ease of maintenance to reduced bandwidth needs. If you’re tackling a shorter site, one that would normally have a handful of pages, consider using a single page, and see if it will make the project easier and more user friendly. Design Is a Process, Not a Methodology Step 4: Eliciting and Defining Clear Product Requirements “Requirements definition connects the dots between research and design…. Your ability to see through the eyes of the personas and clearly define needs before seeking solutions will provide tremendous value in product definition.” —Kim Goodwin During product definition, your user research, data analysis, user modeling, and task analysis let your product team take a user-centered approach to defining and prioritizing product requirements.

18 Web Growth Hacks You’ve Never Seen 1. Zapier Landing Page Hack – Zapier has a landing page for every integration pairing they have AND don’t have. This is not only good for user onboarding, but great for SEO and getting new users to imagine the power of Zapier without even using it. It also helps Zapier get sign ups and know which integrations to focus on next. It’s just so darn clever. 2.