Why designers don’t use your design system

Improve the adoption of your design system through components flexibility Thumbnail of Cosmos Design System ❤ This is not a recipe for success or a know-it-all article. Here I’m focusing on the most constant and significant challenge when building design systems — reaching a balance and compromising between flexibility and rigidity of components standards. The components in the… Continue reading Why designers don’t use your design system

How Long Does it Take to Learn JavaScript

According to “The State of the Octoverse” by GitHub, the statistics show that JavaScript is the most popular language globally. It is good investment to learn JavaScript for front-end or back-end programming. How Long Will it Take? In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, there is the 10,000 hours rule. This rule states that there… Continue reading How Long Does it Take to Learn JavaScript

From designed-for-women to design-by-women

[unable to retrieve full-text content] A reciprocal relationship between societal shift and innovative design. Lululemon retail store in Beijing. PHOTOGRAPHER: Eason Yang Design has evolved from a pragmatic methodology towards a strategic influence over the past decades; designers have engaged in complex social problems making significant contributions. Our observations convince us that the need has emerged… Continue reading From designed-for-women to design-by-women

Common Pitfalls New Web Designers Should Avoid

7 Shares Web design is one of the most crucial parts of digital marketing. A poor website design causes a site to lose visitors, which is throwing money out the window. When designing a website, there are some mistakes you cannot afford to make. We all learn from our mistakes. But, taking some time to… Continue reading Common Pitfalls New Web Designers Should Avoid

How to Create Online Brand Consistency (for Email and Web)

In an economy that’s more digital than ever, one statement stands particularly strong:  “Brand consistency is the key to survival in today’s digital economy” – Marketing Week Brand consistency leads to brand recognition, and brand recognition leads to brand trust. Have you ever trusted a brand you didn’t recognise? The Challenge of Online Brand Consistency… Continue reading How to Create Online Brand Consistency (for Email and Web)

Observed tensions in the user experience design field progression

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Observed tensions in the user experience career progression I’ve met user experience designers that are happy doing what they love with a strong sense of mission to change the world. I've also seen many of us going through an existential identity crisis with comparable intensity due to the vagueness of… Continue reading Observed tensions in the user experience design field progression

Information architecture challenges when designing voice interfaces

[unable to retrieve full-text content] When you ask Alexa to turn on your light or Google Home to check the thermostat, you are asking a device to think and act like a human. But how is it possible for these products to complete your requests and remember your preferences? The answer lies in information architecture… Continue reading Information architecture challenges when designing voice interfaces

40+ Best SoundCloud Banners, Headers, and Album Covers (Banner Maker & PSD)

With hundreds of millions of registered users on SoundCloud, you really need unique and eye-catching banners and album covers to stand out from the crowd and gain fans and followers. One of the awesome SoundCloud Banner Templates to be found at Placeit Happily, you don’t need to take the precious time you should be spending on… Continue reading 40+ Best SoundCloud Banners, Headers, and Album Covers (Banner Maker & PSD)

How to Convert Blog Visitors Into Customers: 3 Effective Strategies

According to these blogging statistics, over 70 billion blog posts are published on WordPress alone, without even taking into account the other popular platforms. That’s a lot of words and opinions being shared by individuals, as well as businesses that are trying to grow their audiences and make more sales. But while growing the audience… Continue reading How to Convert Blog Visitors Into Customers: 3 Effective Strategies

Network Security Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

With cyber criminals working around the clock to find new avenues of hacking, data theft and malware propagation, every internet user needs to remain on alert. While staying safe online is much easier than many people make it look, a number of us can’t even be troubled to do the bare minimum. Such a lax… Continue reading Network Security Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

Best Practices For Optimizing Web Page Speed

A Moving Target The internet develops as computers develop: exponentially. If you don’t believe that, just use a search engine to explore “legacy” websites. One website still up since its inception is the Space Jam website; and it is extremely dated—but it’s also extremely fast. Part of exponential forward development in terms of technology is… Continue reading Best Practices For Optimizing Web Page Speed

Why Data Visualization Matters For Your Business

Data analysis has an undeniable role to play in today’s business operations. By studying the analyzed data, managers and department heads can detect loopholes as well as identify the strongholds of their business. As much as data is essential in efficiently running a business, unorganized or large amounts of data can be too challenging to… Continue reading Why Data Visualization Matters For Your Business

What I wish I’d known before designing digital products and user interfaces

2. Hick’s Law Delivering a good user experience requires that first you find out the functionalities that will answer their needs; second, you need to guide them to the specific functions they need most. If users end up stuck in the decision-making process of “what next?”, they may become confused, frustrated, or leave your website. Hick’s… Continue reading What I wish I’d known before designing digital products and user interfaces

No one designs like you

We’re imposters, you and I. But that designer you look up to. The one you feel knows something you don’t about design. About craft. About success. About leadership. Why don’t we think they’re imposters? That they have it all figured out? And why, for many of us, does achieving their level of mastery seem almost… Continue reading No one designs like you

What Makes the Best Ecommerce Website?

Ecommerce is so commonplace these days that it actually sounds slightly odd to talk about “ecommerce” as some niche phenomenon set apart from ordinary life. Now it’s just the way we shop, the way we buy, indeed the way we live. Nonetheless, there are still all sorts of mistakes that businesses makes, both large and… Continue reading What Makes the Best Ecommerce Website?

Personas, jobs to be done, user needs = goals + pain points

Recently I’ve been working on discovering unmet user needs for my company using the Job-To-Be-Done framework, and I saw some arguments between people who use personas and people who use jobs-to-be-done (JTBD). A common critique of using personas from the JTBD people is that personas tend to focus on the attributes of the users (like… Continue reading Personas, jobs to be done, user needs = goals + pain points

Freelance Web Designers: Giving Your Productivity a Meaningful Boost is Easier than You Think

There is one sure thing you can say about most productivity hacks. It’s that what works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for the next. In fact, achieving meaningful results requires a big change in one’s lifestyle. However, this is also something that most of us are reluctant to accept. Many of these so-called productivity-enhancing… Continue reading Freelance Web Designers: Giving Your Productivity a Meaningful Boost is Easier than You Think

Design makes AI smarter

Designers today most likely have been designing for products that use some level of AI for automation. We have been designing in the first stage of AI, artificial narrow intelligence. To get to the second stage of AI, artificial general intelligence, we need user data. Lots of it. How do we get this information? To… Continue reading Design makes AI smarter

Make War, Not Interfaces

A Product Designer riding into battle — Andrew Yardley Product Design is a lot like warfare. Think about it. Users are the enemy. Like Clone Troopers straight out of Episode II, they are legion. Their numbers are seemingly without end. Without fail and without relent they will come at you, poking holes in your design, finding its fatal… Continue reading Make War, Not Interfaces

UX and design thinking: 5 tips for changing your company mindset

The UX design is based off an attitude, a mindset that aims to catch those unfulfilled user needs in the context of a certain experience and turn them into design opportunities, through a process made of specific steps, mainly provided by the “design thinking tool set”. Conversely, so many companies in the digital industry keep… Continue reading UX and design thinking: 5 tips for changing your company mindset

It’s not you, it’s your form

#4 Give certainty When designing a form, we should present users with all the information they need so they can navigate the form easily. Don’t keep them guessing or be ambiguous. The achievement of the goal should be clear and leave the user with the feeling that the task is (really) done. When examining the previous… Continue reading It’s not you, it’s your form

As a Designer I want better Release Notes

The perfect release note ???????? Finally what you’ve being waiting for. How you piece all this together, and it’s broken down for you in nothing more than plain text: The introduction. A short paragraph. Make this personal if appropriate. Eg. “Season greetings, everyone! You asked, Santa listened – this update is exactly what you ask for… Continue reading As a Designer I want better Release Notes

65 Proven E-commerce Consumer Behavior Statistics

February 2, 2017 by Noemi Twigg While the exact number of e-commerce stores cannot be pinpointed, based on data from the major platforms, it is safe to say that there are around several hundred thousands in the United States and anywhere from 12 to 14 million worldwide. In terms of online shoppers, Statista counts 1.61 billion (worldwide)… Continue reading 65 Proven E-commerce Consumer Behavior Statistics