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
Disruptive design patterns — an uncharted territory From Apple’s Dynamic Island to TikTok’s vertical video swipe: Are new design patterns going viral faster than ever? Interface design patterns are recurring proven solutions for solving digital experiences. They are a part of a product designer’s menu of possibilities. With the popularity of libraries and design systems, many visual conventions… Continue reading Disruptive design patterns — an uncharted territory
User experience is one of the most important principles of web design. There’s no doubt that you focus on UX with every page you design on the web, whether it’s a portfolio, a profile page, or an entire website. Unfortunately, what many experts forget is that UX doesn’t just apply to digital pages. That means that… Continue reading 7 UX Principles to Boost SERPs
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Hi, people in the UX Design and Product world. This post is the second in a series I’m writing, based on conversations I’ve had with Product and Experience Designers and leaders in the field, who prosper despite working in some really harsh environments. And when I say “harsh”, I’m talking… Continue reading How to survive a design career and avoid burnout (Part 2)
A website can be as big as you want it to be. Or worryingly, as big as your stakeholders want it to be. For some organizations content production for websites is like a conveyor belt that’s always moving. There’s no limit to the amount of content that can be added and this presents challenges around… Continue reading How to Prioritise Website Content for Your Next Project
The pandemic has enhanced the growing remote work trend in one year. Companies are having a lot of trouble in the human resource department to ensure their employees stay in the organization. Although remote work has come with extra benefits for many organizations, there has been a myriad of challenges in the HR department regarding… Continue reading The Big Challenges in Retaining Remote Workers
Inclusive design is often mistaken for accessibility, or even used as an interchangeable term, which is a good indication that most designers don’t know what it means. Accessibility is a process that seeks to mitigate issues in a design that is not sufficiently universal; inclusive design increases the universality of the design. In real-world terms,… Continue reading 3 Ways to Design More Inclusively
User experience design is something that most of us associate with websites. But why isn’t it something we extend beyond the website? Here’s why I ask this: As a consumer, it’s so rare that your only interaction with a brand is through its website. Take an ecommerce site, for example. You buy a product from… Continue reading UX Design Doesn’t End With Your Website
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Ethics, UX, and our role in all this We live in a world where our behaviours are accurately being predicted every step of the way. It sometimes feels like apps and products know us more than we know ourselves. This is not necessarily bad, or that we should be scared every… Continue reading Ethics, UX and our role in all this
[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
9 Shares Your website represents the most powerful tool of your business to endorse your products and services. It serves as your salesman 24×7, and as such, could be your most powerful asset and a centerpiece of your marketing efforts. A website or an app of your business creates a great impression on a customer.… Continue reading UX Design Tips To Improve Mobile App User Experience
The transitioning of power is fraught with difficulties. Different teams have different values, different experience, different expertise, different priorities, and that leads to different tooling, and different methodologies. It’s tempting to think of web design as an end-to-end process, starting with research and concluding with metrics. The reality is that most designers and developers join… Continue reading So, You’Ve Won An Exciting Redesign…What Now?
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Photo — Jonathon Colman We live in difficult times… resilience is critical for all of us in our personal and professional lives. As DesignOps practitioners and leaders, we need to take care of the individuals in our teams, the teams we work with teams and the organizations. The curation team for the DesignOps… Continue reading Building resilient DesignOps teams
90% of web designers need to engage their clients with ongoing communication and collaboration. Effective communication is key to delivering for your design clients and maintaining your relationship with them. Without the right communication process and tools, it can eat into the time you need to get their project done as well as lead to… Continue reading 7 Ways Designers Can Streamline Client Communication
UPDATED AUGUST 2020 You may already know that I read a lot and of course, being a designer and a blogger there are many design blogs that I follow and read on a regular basis, but there’s also a lot of books about design, usability, typography, CSS, freelancing and a boatload of other related topics… Continue reading 25 Must-Read Books For Designers, Typography Lovers, And Freelancers
If we don’t question this kind of design homogenization, do we put ourselves at risk of perpetuating the same mistakes in the years to come? Or is it even a mistake to begin with? Today, I’m going to look at four things that are likely causing this, and what you can do to break the… Continue reading Why Do Websites Look the Same (And Should We Care)?
You’ve been working away at your latest design project, and the client has given the go-ahead on your lovingly created digital concepts. Now it’s time to bring those designs to life, and you have a developer queued up to do just that. So your part’s done, right? Not quite. You’re going to want to make… Continue reading Show Them Your Assets – Tips for Handing Off Designs to Developers
Are you passionate about portrait photography and would like to create masterpieces like Annie Leibowitz? Do you think that something is still missing from your shots to make them truly stunning? Mastering portrait photography might be not as difficult as you think it is, just follow our simple advice. Learn Your Subject The most important… Continue reading 5 Tips to an Aspiring Portrait Photographer: How to Become a Professional
Education technology has many advantages. It cuts down costs as students are able to use e-readers, which eliminates the need for buying textbooks. Digital education also boosts academic achievement by enforcing interactive learning and teaches learners skills that are applicable in the real world. The need to gain digital skills has become paramount as research… Continue reading 5 Common Reasons Why Edtech Startups Fail
Posted · Category: Design, Tools Having too many WordPress themes to choose among is of course better than having too few. But there are times when searching for what you really need is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. If you’ve been looking for a top-of-the-line multipurpose theme you will probably find… Continue reading “Needle in a haystack” search problem? This presentation of 15 of the very best WordPress themes for 2020 should fix that.
With the increasing popularity of WordPress (which now powers over a third of the internet) comes an equally growing market of premium WordPress themes. Considering the vast array of themes available on the market nowadays, it can seem that many themes are very similar in nature and style. This confusion is pushed by themes following… Continue reading 20 Most Versatile Multipurpose WordPress Themes (Ready-Made for 2020)
Being in the business of building websites, it’s easy to forget that no matter how great they look, how well they perform, or how optimized they are for search, a website alone will not attract visitors back to it. You have to give them a good reason to return. Blogging and other content generation is… Continue reading How to Get Your Newsletter Read
How you present your visual content is key to the success of your website or online store. When visual content is done beautifully it encourages visitors to stay longer on your website. It also improves your SEO ranking and make your website easier to find in search results. However, creating a beautiful gallery for your… Continue reading How to Find the Best WordPress Gallery Plugins for Images or Video
Internet of Things (IoT) is a new wave for transforming the way people complete their everyday tasks. It involves inter connectivity between smart devices, allowing them to share information with each other. It is an emerging trend for improving the quality of life as well as the productivity of companies. IoT continues to grow and… Continue reading Common Challenges of UX Design for The Internet of Things