Tag: UX

Readings for Lunch — [ 10 Jan 2018 ]

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Female expertise meets male confidence (source)

THINK

My #2018Liberation list

“I’ve stumbled upon a wonderful idea of instead of starting the year with setting numerous goals, focusing on what we’ll be letting go instead.”

UX

The art of error message

There’s an everyday type of failure that doesn’t get much attention in the product development process: the humble error message. What can we do to improve it?

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Dec 2017 ]

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Photo by Denise Johnson (source)

UX

Net Promoter Score Considered Harmful (and What UX Professionals Can Do About It)

The statistical problems asking a single question ("How likely are you to recommend [___] to a friend or colleague?") to measure the success of a company or product.

METHODOLOGIES

It’s time for recurring meetings to end

A quite controversial article about how recurring meetings (Stand-Up, Retrospectives, Product Reviews, Backlog Grooming) may be detrimental and hurt your team’s work and workflow.
(If not used correctly, I would add.)

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Oct 2017 ]

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UX

Ask me how Hulu stole $6.00 from me with this one sneaky UX trick

"Yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I got here in the first place. Back in 2015, Cinnamon Toast Crunch had a commercial to the tune of Kelis’ Milkshake. It was…
The worst. Commercial. Ever.
Or was it the best?
Since it got me to upgrade to a commercial free Hulu account (+$3.00)"

UNIX

Origins and History of Unix, 1969-1995

A notorious ‘second-system effect‘ often afflicts the successors of small experimental prototypes.
The urge to add everything that was left out the first time around all too frequently leads to huge and overcomplicated design.

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Aug 2016 ]

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Rifugio Nuvolau, m.2575

DEVELOPMENT

How To Write Unmaintainable Code

How to write code that is so difficult to maintain, that the people who come after you will take years to make even the simplest changes. You will even guarantee yourself a lifetime of employment, since no one but you has a hope in hell of maintaining the code.

UX

Saudi Millennials Don’t Use Their Phones Like We Do

Whether you’re an ethnographer or a product manager, the challenge is to learn how to listen with an open mind. As Susan Sontag once wrote, “The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.”

Readings for Lunch — [ 28 Jul 2016 ]

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“Okay Washington Post, you got it. 👍” (source)

STARTUP

Chandeliers and unpaid wages: how Crowdmix blew through £14 million before going bankrupt

Not all the startups succeed. But when they fail in this stupid way, hitting so many people's lifes, it's a thing that makes me sad and angry.

UX

In Defense of the Floppy Disk

Via Blai Pratdesaba
Lis Pardi explains how the usage of certain icons, which may look outdated, actually is not the main problem when comes to usability. And how much user research is important, to challenge our assumptions.

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Jul 2016 ]

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Fresh garlic (source)

SOFTWARE

Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository

Via Alessandro Cinelli
Two billion lines of code, nine million unique source files, 35 million commits spanning across 18-years, 86TB of data. Google uses a single monolithic code repository for tens of thousands of developers around the world. Why?

UX

The Future of Browser History

A very interesting proof of concept on how the design and user experience of the browser history can be improved. Very interesting, absolutely smart and well designed (not only visually).

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Mar 2016 ]

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The fantastic team of Codemotion: a great job by an even greater team! (source)

UX

UX Timeline, back to the past!

Based on the Wayback machine, this website shows how some of today's best company websites like Mailchimp, Uber, Spotify and AirBnB have evolved in time.

FONTS

Quiroh

A functional typeface that expresses both artistic life and emotion. Taking its inspiration from the industrial revolution of the 19th Century where romance and science coincided. Now is 70% off.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Feb 2016 ]

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Responsive strategies illustrated by Stéphanie Walter (source)

DEVELOPMENT

Testing in the right places

How the developers at The Guardian decided to get rid of their entire old test suite and integrate the QA with the development process.

Correction: yesterday the link to the article A Gulp-Based External SVG Symbol Sprite Icon System was wrong, sorry. This is the correct one: http://una.im/svg-icons. Also the name of the author is Una Cravats (it was replaced by the damn autocorrect!)

UX

The Industrialisation of Design

Or why Silicon Valley no longer hires UX designers, but prefers to hire talented generalists as product designers.

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Nov 2015 ]

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Autumn in Kromlau, Germany.

UX

How we research and prototype at Made by Many

The design process at one of the best digital design agencies in London. From user research to prototyping techniques, from user interviews to getting feedback.

BOOKS

Jan V. White online books

Over his forty-year design career, Jan V. White wrote twelve books on grids, page layout, typography, designing charts and graphs, the use of color, and other aspects of information design. Now, eight of his classic design books are available online for free.

Readings for Lunch — [ 06 Aug 2015 ]

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Meet The Inspirational, Adorable And Utterly Badass Skater Girls Of Kabul (source)

UX

The Secret Cost of Research

“How do I convince my client to pay for research?” In this article Erika Hall, co-founder of Mule Design, gives her advice on how to make the user research a prerequisite for every project.

WEB TOOLS

Browserify vs Webpack

Just last year Grunt was effectively dethroned by Gulp. And now, just as Gulp and Browserify are finally reaching critical mass, Webpack threatens to unseat them both. Is there truly a compelling reason to change your front-end build process yet again?

Readings for Lunch — [ 05 Aug 2015 ]

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In case you haven't seen it yet… (source)

UX

The User Experience of Creative Sprints

Via Luca Mascaro
Here’s how the role of UX has shifted from wireframing in isolation to spearheading whole teams to think about great user experience – and why that’s a good thing..

PSYCHOLOGY

I'm an Impostor

An other great firsthand testimony of how the so called “Impostor Syndrome” is widespread in our industry. This time in the own words of David Walsh.