Designing motivation: the Seinfeld paradox

Self-improvement requires an intrinsic desire to grow and a steady discipline to make it happen. Some would have us believe that rewarding ourselves along the way undermines our purpose. As designers of products that help motivate people to attain their goals, should we be worried? Nah. Listen to Jerry instead. Photos by slgckgc, shared on… Continue reading Designing motivation: the Seinfeld paradox

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Designing a sustainable future

How can we ensure the future of the design specialism is transparent, sustainable and ethically conscious for the wellbeing of the planet? Collage by Claire Matthews We’re living in uncertain times, but one thing can be assured: the climate emergency is now a topic of national concern. We are finally waking up to the harmful… Continue reading Designing a sustainable future

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What did Victor Papanek leave for UX designers in “Design for Real Word”?

In the “Back to basics” series, I would like to rediscover the content of the textbooks I read at the beginning of my industrial design studies. I am a supporter of wise (prudent) use of the achievements of the predecessors, which is why I re-read these valuable, twentieth-century books on design and try to extract… Continue reading What did Victor Papanek leave for UX designers in “Design for Real Word”?

Loading UX: make users not care about having to wait

An article about the psychology of waiting and how you can make this a positive user experience. Waiting. It’s something we all do every day. Waiting for a response to that message you sent, our food to be delivered, the traffic lights to turn green, and our computers to start at the beginning of the… Continue reading Loading UX: make users not care about having to wait

Designing dark mode

Design considerations for crafting a great dark mode. Continue reading on UX Collective »

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Designing for scalable Dynamic Type in iOS

Designing for scalable Dynamic Type in iOS for accessibility When we wanted to implement accessibility settings on our iOS mobile app, I had to figure out where to start. Looking online, I could only find engineering resources. It was all about code and how to implement it with UIKit or SwiftUI with plenty of great… Continue reading Designing for scalable Dynamic Type in iOS

Designing against complexity

The first line of defense to solve a complex problem is to avoid complexity all together Designers struggle to deal with complexity. Designers have a bias; they look at every problem as one that could be solved by studying the user. Tools like personas, empathy mapping, or journey mapping do little to uncover the systemic… Continue reading Designing against complexity

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The humanity of Blockchain, Wordle UX, web3 painpoints, free UI loaders

Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers. “In Agile, discovery is assumed. At a minimum, you need a rough spec and some goals to get started. But is the spec validated against business goals or user needs? Is this the best solution? If so, when does that discovery work happen? Not during Agile development.” Is Agile… Continue reading The humanity of Blockchain, Wordle UX, web3 painpoints, free UI loaders

Metaverse UX, designing with data, immature orgs, how to ask for gender

Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers. “I’m sure that you or someone else you know have worked somewhere in the past where you felt that UX people were out of place. After all, UX is an emerging discipline and a lot of organizations want to hire people from our field because no organization wants to… Continue reading Metaverse UX, designing with data, immature orgs, how to ask for gender

Why e-commerce is failing people and the planet

We need to stop designing with blinders and scaling solutions designed for the individual Illustration by Marie Dupuch Betting on convenience to grow e-commerce The number of parcels sent internationally has increased by 4.5 times in the last 6 years, from 43bn in 2014 to 131bn in 2020 (B2B, B2C, C2B). UK deliveries account for 4%… Continue reading Why e-commerce is failing people and the planet

Designing for Inclusion

Building and nurturing an inclusive culture is becoming increasingly important for many companies, whether it’s achieved through attracting and hiring more diverse candidates, or finding ways to make their existing employees feel more supported in bringing their authentic selves to work — wherever that work happens. At Rockwell Automation, we’re also endeavoring to make our… Continue reading Designing for Inclusion

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Designing for AI: Trust

At IBM, we’re building software solutions that help our users make smarter decisions faster. In the world of data and artificial intelligence (AI), it all comes down to designing products our users can trust enough to help them make those important decisions. This focus on trust goes beyond data security and validation, it’s about helping… Continue reading Designing for AI: Trust

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7 Basic Usability Heuristic Designers Live By

There are basic usability heuristics all designers know and live by. Why? Because designing for usability takes up more complicated planning processes than it looks. Contrary to most people’s thinking, UI and UX design is NOT about the aesthetic. It’s about creating a workable, and successful, path for users on an interface from the moment… Continue reading 7 Basic Usability Heuristic Designers Live By

Quick Ways to Make a Webpage More Scannable

In the information age, time is a valuable commodity and something people don’t want to spend too much of. As a result, the average visitor only reads about 20% of the content of a page.  For web designers and developers, that means a few things: first, you need to ensure that the web pages you… Continue reading Quick Ways to Make a Webpage More Scannable

Designing UI for the Voice Era

The world of web design is incredibly dynamic. Every year, new trends and opportunities emerge, primarily driven by the arrival of modern technology.  In recent years, we’ve seen various updates to the web design landscape, such as the arrival of AR and VR solutions for making mixed media. Video content has increased in quality, while… Continue reading Designing UI for the Voice Era

3 principles of inclusive design and why it matters

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Designing for all. Source: Billy Clark on Dribbble Inclusive Design is a design practice where products and services are designed in a way that they are accessible and can serve as many people as possible, regardless of their age, gender, or ability. Inclusive Design puts people at the centre stage of the design… Continue reading 3 principles of inclusive design and why it matters

UX challenge: Teaching a person who is blind to design

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Designing a system for the visually impaired to recognize color. It’s been a year since I published my very first article and it was about solving a problem in accessibility. This problem bothered me for a good half of my life. I finally think that I’ve opened a door to… Continue reading UX challenge: Teaching a person who is blind to design

Your product’s biggest competitor may not be what you think

[unable to retrieve full-text content] An incumbent process could be a bigger threat than any competing products. Illustration 103204057 ©Alexlmx — Dreamstime.com Several years ago, I was given a yogurt maker as a Christmas gift. A (nameless) relative had been quite astute, having heard me remark on at least a couple of occasions “yeah, we take yogurt… Continue reading Your product’s biggest competitor may not be what you think

Popular Design News of the Week: November 30, 2020 – December 6, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however,… Continue reading Popular Design News of the Week: November 30, 2020 – December 6, 2020

Designing problems by designing solutions [Part 3]

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The case of autonomous vehicles. This is the last publication about the Master's research I’ve conducted when studying in 2018 a Hyper Island in Manchester. In the first two publications, I’ve respectively explained why autonomous vehicles onboard experience is likely to reinforce behaviours harmful to society and what design requirements… Continue reading Designing problems by designing solutions [Part 3]

Why You Should Simplify Your Designs for the Smartest User

You probably know that putting too much food on your plate is usually a bad idea. Since research indicates that you’re more likely to overeat if you fill your plate, it’s not a good thing for your waistline. It’s also not a good thing for your eyes. If there’s no focal point, the food can… Continue reading Why You Should Simplify Your Designs for the Smartest User

Why Freelance Web Designers Should Be Using Sales Funnels

October 18, 2020 by Spyre Studios Your freelance web design business depends on your ability to land more sales, generate more revenue, and nurture a bigger customer base. But optimizing your sales strategy is difficult for a number of reasons. For starters, you’re an expert in web design, not sales. You don’t know what you… Continue reading Why Freelance Web Designers Should Be Using Sales Funnels

Designing for Color Blindness With Chrome DevTools (in Just 4 Clicks)

Color blindness and vision deficiencies are hard to imagine if you are not affected by them. However, it’s important to take people with visual impairments into consideration when designing a color palette for a website or application. If you don’t, they might be unable to use vital features such as clicking links or buttons, or… Continue reading Designing for Color Blindness With Chrome DevTools (in Just 4 Clicks)