a blog of ideas, links, and musings.

Links for 2015-03-03


GOV.UK User Research Methods Wiki [Hackpad] How UX Can Benefit From Copywriting: 7 Helpful Tips [UsabilityTools – Feb 27, 2015] – Copywriting and designing user experience may seem like two different professions, but there is something they have in common. Both copywriters and UX designers create elements that interact... Read more

Links for 2015-02-27


Striking Letterhead Design: 20 Case Studies to Inspire You [Design School – Feb 25, 2015] – There’s something timeless and elegant about using a custom-designed letterhead for your business (or personal) correspondence. Your Brand Needs a Visual Style Guide: Here’s How to Create One [Design School – Feb 26,... Read more

Links for 2015-02-23


3 Rules Of App Design, According To Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer [Co.Design – Jan 27, 2015] – Here are three rules that informs all of Mayer’s decisions when it comes to app design. What Every Young Designer Should Know, From Legendary Apple Designer Susan Kare [Co.Design – Dec 02, 2014]... Read more

On Empathy and UX


I’ve seen a trend over the last few years in the user experience field. UXers have been making the transition into coaching. It’s not that they necessarily give up the important work of making products and services that make a difference in people’s lives. But they see something bigger.... Read more

Links for 2015-02-22


11 websites that perfect UX by focusing on details [Webdesigner Depot – Jul 17, 2014] – Here are a variety of details – some related to the interface, others to interaction – to consider during your next web-based project. Brand Style Guide Examples, Hand-picked by Saijo George – Hand-picked... Read more

Links for 2014-07-09


Google Material Design [Jun, 2014] – At Google we say, “Focus on the user and all else will follow.” We embrace that principle in our design by seeking to build experiences that surprise and enlighten our users in equal measure. This site is for exploring how we go about... Read more

Links for 2014-05-14


Designing User Interfaces for Your Mother [Tony Gines – Medium – Aug 12, 2013] – Here are a few things I try to keep in mind about my mother when I’m designing a new website or interface: 1. She experiences the web through a different browser. 2. She doesn’t... Read more

Links for 2013-05-17


The Ultimate Wireframing Tools Guide [ – Oct 23, 2012] – If you’re into building websites, mobile sites, or apps, you probably use some type of mockup tool – prior to coding – to help you envision how a site will work and look. But do you get customer... Read more

Links for 2013-05-10

10.05.2013. – Briefs: A Cocoa Touch Framework for Live Wireframes – Lifeless mockups don’t tell the entire story, but you don’t have time to build a prototype. We’ve been there, too. MartianCraft’s clients are some of the most demanding companies in the world. Your clients need a clear... Read more

Links for 2013-04-25

25.04.2013. – IdeaPaint lets you create a usable, interactive space on practically any surface at school, work, or home. Clean Metrics from Quick and Dirty Assessment: “The SUS” [HFI International UI Design Newsletter – Jan 2010] – In the youthful field of usability, we may be surprised to hear... Read more

Links for 2012-11-12


Icon Search Engine [Iconfinder] – Tools for the UX Architect: Laws of Interaction Design [CapTech Consulting Blogs – Oct 31, 2012] – As User Experience practitioners we often have to justify our decisions related to interface design recommendations. Are you pulling answers out of thin air, or following one... Read more

Links for 2012-08-24


Why Customer Experience Is The Only Thing That Matters [Fast Company – Aug 13, 2012] – The only source of competitive advantage is the one that can survive technology-fueled disruption: an obsession with customer experience. 7 Core Ideas about Personas and The User Experience [Measuring Usability – Jul 31,... Read more

Links for 2012-07-23


Just What is a UX Manager? [Adaptive Path – Jun 20, 2012] – Someone who manages user experience has stuck their neck out and said they’ll deliver business outcomes through improving the experience that customers have with a product or service. That doesn’t mean soft results like better user... Read more

Links for 2012-06-22


Design Patterns: When Breaking The Rules Is OK [Smashing UX Design – Jun 06, 2012] – I started wondering when breaking a pattern in favor of something different or better might actually be OK. We all recognize and are quick to call out when patterns are misused. But are... Read more

Links for 2012-06-05


5 Useful Lies to Tell User Research Participants [UX Booth – Jun 05, 2012] – If you’ve ever run a research or usability test, you’ll know they can be tricky to facilitate. After all, you’re dealing with people; and people come with a whole host of existing preconceptions, personalities,... Read more

Links for 2012-05-01


How to Win the UX War Within Your Organization [UX Booth – May 01, 2012] – When companies don’t care about user experience, it is clearly reflected in the products they create. Although everyone can agree that software should be intuitive, user-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing, many managers aren’t willing... Read more

Links for 2012-04-17


In Silicon Valley, Designers Emerge As Rock Stars [Business Insider – Apr 13, 2012] – The new breed of “user experience” designers – part sketch artist, part programmer, with a dash of behavioral scientist thrown in – are some of the most sought-after employees in technology. More potent experiences... Read more

Links for 2012-03-08


Pinterest’s Founding Designer Shares His Dead-Simple Design Philosophy [Co.Design – Mar 07, 2012] – Design is shrinking the gap between what a product does and why it exists. Designing is not just about picking the right font or gradient. Stop thinking about design in terms of wire frames or... Read more

Links for 2012-02-13


Out of the box [Vitamins – Sep, 2011] – Most phones come with flimsy manuals with complicated language and jargon. These books, which can live on a bookshelf actually contain the phone. Each page reveals the elements of the phone in the right order, helping the user to set... Read more