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1 Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work? – Smashing Magazine

Pattern libraries are a great source of inspiration and education for designers. But common practice doesn't always equal best practice. In this post, we'll look at why many common tutorial patterns are ineffective and how you can leverage game design principles to increase user engagement. After the release of the first edition of Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Intuit asked me

2 5 Ways To Use Google Analytics for Your UX Research

As users visit your website while you sleep, do you ever get a slight gnawing feeling - like you've left a small child alone while you went for milk? Let's face it - you really have no idea how they're behaving. Are they wandering lost? Are they stuck somewhere? Are they doing their chores? That's how I feel sometimes. Your

3 An Analytics-First Approach to UX, Part 1 | UX Booth

Sophia is discussing usability testing with her client and can't wait to get started. The only problem is that they've got different ideas on what to test and which areas of the website to focus on. Sophia's client has knowledge of his customers, while Sophia has got years of UX experience to base her testing tasks on. With no sign

4 7 Signs This Person Isn’t Actually A UX Designer -UX Mastery

Are you a user experience designer? No really though, are you? After dozens of designer applications and interviews, I've heard practically everything. And knowing how to use UX Pin or Balsamiq doesn't even begin to qualify you. Good try, though. With new professions come new pitfalls, and being an often misinterpreted role, the job title " User Experience Designer" is

5 50 Free Books for Web Designers & Developers

There are thousands of books available for web designers and developers online. There has been no language, no point of discussion, or no trend that has not, at one time or another, been extensively explored and analyzed, and eventually published into a book. The great news is quite a lot of these books are available for free! And I have

6 Life Beyond 960px: Designing for Large Screens - Tuts+ Web Design Article

The premise behind a responsive web isn't purely that websites be built in a mobile-friendly way. It's about setting our content free so that it can be experienced by whatever means necessary - and that includes at large scale. Let's take a look at the design considerations behind the often neglected huge desktop screen. Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we

7 Outdated UX patterns and alternatives

Meet North, design and development standards to align and guide your project. It's a comprehensive guide contributed to the open source community to encourage, "a mobile-first, in-browser, system based approach to design and development." Check out North on GitHub:The section of the guide that I found most interesting is, Outdated UX Patterns, a collection of examples of what not to

8 Best Practices for Modal Windows - UX Movement

by anthony on 03/23/11 at 10:48 pm User interfaces use modal windows to prompt users to act before they can complete their task. When they're used right, they can ease the user's task. When they're used wrong, they can get in the way of the user's task. Here are some best practices that will help you to design user-friendly modal

9 My Ten Favourite UX Tools - UXmas - Wishing you a great experience through the festive season!

By Ben Tollady I love working in the field of UX-the challenge of solving complex problems, the subtle combination of creativity, technology and influencing human behaviour. UX fascinates me like no other design discipline. My passion for the field isn't limited to the work. I'm excited by the plethora of products, apps and systems available to assist with design thinking

10 Applying Lessons from UML to UX :: UXmatters

By Peter Hornsby "Many people tend to look at programming styles and languages like religions: if you belong to one, you cannot belong to others. But this analogy is another fallacy."-Niklaus Wirth "Unified Modeling Language (UML) is probably the most widely used modeling language among software engineers." Software Engineering is typically much more formal than User Experience in they way

11 25+ fresh tools for web design

Recent months have brought a lot of great stuff for designers at every skill level. We've got tools for designing websites. Some of them try to create a sort of hybrid visual/code workflow, while others hide the code away altogether for the beginners. We've also got prototyping tools for both apps and sites, and a couple of testing tools besides.

12 Responsive Design Breakpoints

With each viewpoint device, there is a new breakpoint that is primarily defined by the width and resolution of this device and is declared by Media Queries. It is up to the designer, developer, and client to agree on a set of breakpoints to consider. In most cases, it is enough to focus on a few that make sense, instead

13 The best prototyping tools for responsive web design

With most sites now responsive by default, prototyping is a necessity. We're designing and building sites that respond to the device used to view them. Working in, or as close as possible to, the medium via which our designs will be consumed can only be a benefit for us. It's getting easier and easier to do this as the tools

14 HotGloo Blog

The Android Wear UI stencil kit has landed. Last week it was the Apple Watch Ui stencil kit release and this week it's all about the Android Wear wireframe UI stencil kit that we've uploaded to our Widget Library. The second wearable stencil

15 Responsive Web Design Prototyping Tool - UXPin newest solution

User Experience, UXPin Responsive Web Design Prototyping tool - the only solution on the market!Responsive Web Design becomes a huge trend in the design industry, and no without a reason. According to Google Mobile Research, "Our Mobile Planet", only about 15% of the Internet users are completely satisfied with the user experience of the mobile web, while the share of

17 Quick Fix: Increase font-size to 16px to Prevent Input Zoom - UXcellence

Here's the scenario: you've got a mobile or responsive design on your site. Your page fits within the browser viewport at 100% zoom and text is easily readable without zooming. A user selects an input field and the browser zooms in anyway, sometimes obscuring labels or other useful information above or below the field. Possible solutionsOne solution that some developers

18 The 14 Best Examples of Responsive Design

There's a reason responsive web design (RWD) is the bee's knees right now. It epitomizes everything that is UX- from easy-to-use navigation, simplistic and useful design, adaptive orientation and resolution, to lightning fast loading speeds. Using flexible grids and layouts, smart CSS and flat-out intuition, RWD responds to users' needs in every way possible. It's a UX design element that

20 10 UX Design Trends You Shouldn't Overlook in 2015 - Usability Geek

In today's fast-changing world of user experience design, predicting the future is no longer the art of gazing into a crystal ball. Instead, keeping oneself up-to-date with latest techniques and trends not only delivers a better user experience but also gives a leading edge over the competition. With 2014 completely over (and 2 months from 2015 too), its a perfect

23 25 Tips from a black belt in Axure - UX for the masses

I class myself as an expert in very few things. UX design, usability testing and user research are some of the areas that I have significant expertise in (along with the complete works of Father Ted), another is prototyping with Axure. As they proudly state on their website, Axure is used by 80,000 design and business professionals and has probably

27 UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer's Guide To The Tech Industry

Happy Memorial Day! We're taking the day off to stuff our faces with barbecue, back on Tuesday. Until then, enjoy some of the most popular stories from our archives.-Eds Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says "I'm a designer," it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of

28 Bidirectionality - Usability - Google design guidelines

A well-designed app can be easily localized for language scripts that are written and read from left-to-right (LTR), such as English, and for bidirectional language scripts. In bidirectional scripts, text is written and read from right-to-left, but numbers and embedded words from LTR languages, such as non-localized names, are written left-to-right (LTR). Bidirectional scripts include Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian. Bidirectionality

29 How To Integrate Motion Design In The UX Workflow – Smashing Magazine

As UX professionals, we play a key role in raising the bar for customer experiences. A simple attention to detail is often what signals to the customer that we're thinking about them. In the digital space, we focus on user interactions within applications devices and processes. With the ever-increasing computing power of desktops, browser sophistication and use of native apps,

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