How (and When) to Design a Mood Board You know it when you see it. That’s usually the case when it comes to how we feel about design. Getting on the same page with someone about your design ideas can be difficult with words alone, which is why tools that help communicate what you see in your head can be useful. If you’re working on a new idea for an app with a friend, your friend might say, they like the design style of Facebook. 32 Dispelled Myths About UX And Web Design Hungarian user experience designer Zoltán Gócza put together a list of 32 most common myths about UX and web design. An Italian communication and advertising agency That’s Com loved the list so much that with help of a freelance graphic designer Alessandro Giammaria they have turned the list into a collection of brilliant posters. There are 32 posters in total, each dedicated to a single UX or web design myth. Along with the myth itself, every poster contains an explanation and dispelling derived from tests, studies, and specific articles.
65 useful UX design tools - WBD For a UX designer it is very important to have right kind of tools. So we put together a complete list of UX design tools divided into categories like: Wireframing, Prototyping, Diagramming, Web Analytics, Feedback tools, Session Recording, ClickTracking, Remote Usability Testing, Offline Usability Testing, A/B testing and UX Design App. Now I have my personal favorites but you will never know what works for you best unless you try them. So check out those tools below using the links:
Web Design Trends That Will Rule 2015 Web design is a vibrant and diverse industry that is changing and evolving quickly. Website design is, however, not an end product; it’s an asset in the presentation of a product, connecting people with other people, providing a tool or service. After reviewing over 500 websites in weekly series of “Inspiring Sites of the Week” on Despreneur I’ve got a sense of where web design is and where it is going for the next year. In this post I will try to review the current status of web design and predict some trends for 2015.
The Top UX Predictions for 2015 As we mentioned last week when we gave you the top UX trends of 2014, it's been a big year for experience design. 2015 shows all signs of being an even bigger one, with experience design sinking deeper into products, services, organizations, and the lives of those who interact with them. Without further ado, here are some predictions for 2015 from our contributors: A Rise in “Slippy” UX - Shannon Copfer, JW Player Up until now, we’ve seen a lot of focus on creating “sticky” user experiences—experiences that engage the user and keep them interested, as well as bringing them back for more. “Sticky” has been considered one of the most desirable design traits possible—a way for digital experience designers to show off their talent, eliciting “oohs” and “ahhs” from consumers, critics, and peers alike. What we will be seeing shortly, however, is a purposeful trend towards “slippy” experience design.
40 Resources Every Designer Should Know Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups et cetera and best of all, they are totally free and available for you to download. Just click on the title or image and it will bring you to the resource. Bookmark this post so that you can always look back at this great list that can help you succeed. Icons for your website, an iPhone mock up or PSD’s for your landing page, Fribbble is the place to be. Many of us struggle when posting a project at Behance.
Why the modern world is bad for your brain Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our airline and rail reservations, salespeople helped us find what we were looking for in shops, and professional typists or secretaries helped busy people with their correspondence. Atomic Is The Missing Interface Design Tool In Your Browser Great interface design is quickly becoming a priority as companies everywhere start realizing that it’s paramount to their succeeding in the crowded online space. Then why, despite its importance, has there been such a gap in the UX design tools space? Atomic, a startup team of ten based in Wellington, New Zealand, thinks it has the tool that finally fills the gap that will allow product designers to create great experiences for the Web and mobile devices. It’s in private beta right now, but the team has given us a first look at what it’s building.
The Art of Questioning as a UX Skill by Jason Grant on 02/17/15 at 7:56 am When starting any design project, you’re going to need to ask a lot of questions. The perceived problem and the actual problem may not be the same. So how can you get better at asking the right questions? I decided to brush up on my questioning skills by reading A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger. How to test the usability of prototypes like a pro Usability isn’t something you just can cook up in any one phase of design, but must be developed and refined throughout the entire process. If you want the best end product, you have to anticipate real user scenarios from the prototyping phase. Usability testing should be the last place to start thinking about usability. Why worry about usability testing so early in the process when prototyping already has a big enough to-do list? Because unless your prototype is usable, all your testing will tell you is that people don’t like terrible products.