Sweetgreen seems to have its mind in the right place when it comes to embracing present and future technologies to offer an amazing UX. Image by Sweetgreen. Sweetgreen has come a long way since opening its first Washington, D.C. salad bar in 2007. 15 years have passed, and they are now on track to reach over 200… Continue reading The UX of Sweetgreen
The age of Agile must end
30 years ago the technology industry attempted to import Lean practices — it failed. Instead of “continuous improvement,” progress halted. Agile is incompatible with UX research, design, and scalable development. It always will be. It’s time to create a new operational standard. Changing of the guards. Photo by Micah Kunkle on Unsplash As startups refocus on “operational efficiency,”… Continue reading The age of Agile must end
Ask a UXR #2: introducing user research to an organization
On asking the existential questions about a UXR’s purpose, being a thought partner, and bringing questions, not just answers This is the second post in a bi-weekly UXR Q+A series. Submit your questions in the comments, or in this Google form, and it they may be answered in future posts. Follow “Ask a UXR” by subscribing… Continue reading Ask a UXR #2: introducing user research to an organization
Handling cross-team feedback loops on design work
Escape the siloing trap when you are both part of a design team and a product team, involve people early and often, and foster the right conversation at the right time If you are a designer working in a product organization you are maybe also part of two teams at the same time: a design team… Continue reading Handling cross-team feedback loops on design work
Remote friendly or unfriendly?
Some easy steps to elevate remote working amongst colleagues and teams. I’ve been a product designer for a few years now, working in different countries and environments, with clients in completely different time zones, colleagues in different offices geographically, working remotely due to coronavirus, and of course, worked full time in the office with colleagues. Over… Continue reading Remote friendly or unfriendly?
Why component properties will save your design system
Figma dropped some huge new features this month and you need to embrace them A design toolkit is only as good as the tools in it. New Figma features just gave your tools a lot more power. Photo by Cesar Carlevarino Aragon on Unsplash Figma has had a big year. Sure, it surpassed 4 million users and… Continue reading Why component properties will save your design system
Building micro-interactions in Adobe XD
[unable to retrieve full-text content] The beauty about micro-interactions is that it’s a digital conversation users can initiate with the system or the system can initiate with the user. Let’s start with what they are Micro-Interactions are a heuristic approach to meaningful feedback responses that let users know when an action is performed. Simply put, the user… Continue reading Building micro-interactions in Adobe XD
Design lessons from the National Football League (NFL)
[unable to retrieve full-text content] While growing up in Western PA, like most kids, I grew up loving and playing football and becoming a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. As NFL devotees, we endured a surreal 2020 football season with the pandemic from empty stands replaced by cardboard fans to injury reports containing COVID19 infections. Yet, with… Continue reading Design lessons from the National Football League (NFL)
Analysing micro-expressions from a (failed) user testing session
[unable to retrieve full-text content] In a recent professional experience, I was unexpectedly sent to Spain for a user test of a system I did not design with the promise of a translator. Once there, no translator. Nice. But the possibility of capturing the video of the faces of the users and their interactions with… Continue reading Analysing micro-expressions from a (failed) user testing session
Is It Time to Reset HTML?
HTML is one of the foundational building blocks of the Web. But just as web design best practices and techniques change over time, so does the code we use. As HTML evolves, some of its older markup has been deprecated while other parts have been repurposed. Does that create more problems for us, though? Would… Continue reading Is It Time to Reset HTML?
A Comprehensive Guide to Flexbox Ordering & Reordering
The flexbox layout module allows us to lay out flex items in any order and direction. Flexbox ordering is, in fact, easier than ordering with floats or CSS grid, even if you might not think so at first. As flexbox is a one-dimensional layout model, as opposed to CSS grid which is two-dimensional, you only have… Continue reading A Comprehensive Guide to Flexbox Ordering & Reordering
3 Essential Design Trends, May 2021
Spring and fresh designs are in the air. This month, it’s obvious that designers are feeling creative with new and interesting concepts that range from a new style for cards, homepage experimentation with multiple entry points or calls to action, and risky typography options. Here’s what’s trending in design this month. 1. “Flat” Cards Card-style… Continue reading 3 Essential Design Trends, May 2021
How to Create Lists in Your App with Flutter?
A list is a key UI element for mobile apps. You’ll learn all about how to create lists in your Flutter app in this tutorial. You don’t need to be an expert developer to create lists in your Flutter app. If you’ve developed apps for Android or iOS in the past, Flutter’s ListView should seem… Continue reading How to Create Lists in Your App with Flutter?
3 Essential Design Trends, April 2021
The best thing about writing about website design trends each month is looking at all the great sites that are being developed. Designers are stretching creatively and exploring new techniques and ways of doing things all the time. It’s refreshing and inspiring. This month, some of those trends include a style that nods to brutalism,… Continue reading 3 Essential Design Trends, April 2021
15 Psychology Principles Every Designer Should Know
So, really, you’re in the business of designing websites for your clients’ audiences. But how do you ensure you get it right? You could take what your client tells you at face value, but that’s only going to scrape the surface of who their audience is. What you need to do is figure out how… Continue reading 15 Psychology Principles Every Designer Should Know
How to Trim Strings in PHP
There are a lot of times when we want to work with strings but they are padded with unwanted characters either at the beginning or the end. PHP has defined specific functions that we can use to trim such strings easily. In this quick tip, we will discuss to common string trimming situations that you… Continue reading How to Trim Strings in PHP
Do we need a new approach for designing with AI?
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Networked technology has networked effects. These effects are often intangibly and recursively amplified through a system when machine learning is in use. Does human-centered design still make sense when we’re designing for AI? This post considers some of the limitations of Human Centered Design for AI tech, and considers what happens… Continue reading Do we need a new approach for designing with AI?
3 Essential Design Trends, November 2020
As we turn the corner into the final part of the year, many of the new websites and redesigns that we see during much of the rest of the year tend to slow down. Many businesses are focusing on fourth quarter and holiday sales. With that being said, there are plenty of holiday flourishes already… Continue reading 3 Essential Design Trends, November 2020
Branding 101: Choosing the Right Business Name
When starting a new business (or even venturing into the world of freelancing for the first time), there are some really big, important steps you have to take. Step #1 is choosing the right business name for your brand identity. Your business name isn’t something you can casually choose either — especially if you have… Continue reading Branding 101: Choosing the Right Business Name
Illustration in Web Design – 31 Fresh Examples
48 Shares Website designing is not just a professional photo, content and grids. In modern web design, Illustration become more powerful and eye-catching way to get customer attention. Illustration in web design are widely used to create Conceptual Portrait, 3D Modeling, Vector Graphics, Clutch Fashion Illustration and many other useful objects and effects which can enhance and improve the quality… Continue reading Illustration in Web Design – 31 Fresh Examples
Perfect Your Feedback Process With BugHerd
When you’re designing a website, the single most important thing you can do is gather strong feedback, so your team knows what’s approved, what needs improvement, and what direction to take the project. Unfortunately, the most important group to gather feedback from, your stakeholders, is also all-too-often the least technically able. BugHerd should be your… Continue reading Perfect Your Feedback Process With BugHerd
A Guide to Accessible Interactive Components using React Libraries
20 Unmissable Websites, May 2020
The world is a strange place at the moment, but design moves on apace, and sites are still being launched. Every month we post a roundup of the freshest sites we’ve come across in the previous four weeks. This month we’ve included some exciting portfolio sites, a strong selection of health and beauty sites, and… Continue reading 20 Unmissable Websites, May 2020
Email Personalization: Your Secret To Better Engagement
One of the struggles that marketers face is how to send the right message at exactly the right time to target people in a way that will appeal to them. To solve the problem, businesses need to get themselves acquainted with new technologies and the power of personalization. In the past few years, digital marketing… Continue reading Email Personalization: Your Secret To Better Engagement