100 Must-Read UX Books [Useful Usability – Apr 17, 2014] – Bookmark this page, now! You’ll want to refer to it again and again. And be sure to share it with your cool UX friends too! These are the books that you must read if you want to know the who, what, where, why, when and how of User Experience. And before you ask, no, you don’t have to read them all. Just use this handy-dandy list to refer to books on the subject of interest. I curated this list from my extensive library and interest in the subjects, and no, I have not read every single one of these either, but it would be a great use of time! That’s it, enjoy!
50 Useful CSS Snippets Every Designer Should Have [Hong Kiat] – With so many new trends advancing every year it can be difficult keeping up with the industry. Website designers and front-end developers have been deeply ingrained into the newer CSS3 properties, determining the ultimate browser support and quirky hacks. But there are also brilliant CSS2 code snippets which have been unrequited in comparison.
User Research in Startups [Medium – Sep 28, 2014 – Getting user research done in a startup context is a veritable challenge, with many pressures and demands competing at the forefront. However, research is not only essential, but it is quite doable, to ensure the right product or service is being developed for the right audience. Hopefully this summary of our recent online discussion is the start of your own journey into making research a keystone element of a customer-centric startup strategy.
From 0 to $1B – Slack’s Founder Shares Their Epic Launch Strategy – You’ve probably heard about Slack’s exponential growth. And you may have read about how the internal-communication platform – now just two years old – is already used by more than 30,000 teams and valued at over $1 billion. But have you visited its’ Twitter Wall of Love? These tweets are real, and they’re the stuff of founders’ dreams. And yet Slack hasn’t run any big integrated marketing campaigns – they don’t have an elaborate email strategy or buy million-dollar billboards. (In fact, they hit those user numbers without a CMO.) So how did the company not only launch with enviable momentum, but so quickly win users’ hearts? If there’s one theme that emerges when founder Stewart Butterfield talks about Slack’s success, it’s that the company made customer feedback the epicenter of its efforts.