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The 4 Levels of UX Design

The 4 Levels of UX Design | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
Knowing a few key things about strategy and tactics makes all the difference between designing a struggling website and a successful one. These examples and tips illustrate successful approaches to UX design that you can apply to your site.
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The last thing I want to do is repeat the message with the articles that I am curating, but it seems as though the trend to communicate this important principle in UX design is one that we have to be touting for a while until people understand the importance of ux design as a very strategic step in the entire design process and not a last minute fix or an afterthought. And yes, content strategy is part of the ux design equation. 

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Seven Things Your Boss Needs to Know About UX | UX Magazine

Seven Things Your Boss Needs to Know About UX | UX Magazine | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it

As someone who has been in the user experience domain for a loooooong time, I have had lots of conversations with many different executives. Most of the time, these execs knew how to spell “UX,” but they didn’t know much else about it.

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So UX is misunderstood in general, but it is imperative that when we practice this discipline it becomes our concern to make sure that execs know what we do. 

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What Testing Won't Tell You - UX Booth | UX Booth

What Testing Won't Tell You - UX Booth | UX Booth | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
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Knowing what method to use for user research is one of the most important steps before beginning the discovery. This article gives a glimpse into a long usability study that yielded discovery results that can be translated right away into action.

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What It's Like to Design Something Used by a Billion People - Wired

What It's Like to Design Something Used by a Billion People - Wired | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
What It's Like to Design Something Used by a Billion People Wired Speaking to an audience this week at the TED ideas conference, Gould Stewart said that the new Facebook Like button –unveiled last fall — is “probably one of the single most-viewed...
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Making Accessible Links: 15 Golden Rules For Developers

Making Accessible Links: 15 Golden Rules For Developers | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
If links are what makes the web special, it's up to us to make sure they work for everyone! Gian delivers the last word in accessible links .
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And let's not forget accessibility rules of thumb...

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3 Google’s lessons on How to go from Research to Design Solution | UX Lady

3 Google’s lessons on How to go from Research to Design Solution | UX Lady | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
blog about user experience by silvana churruca

Via David Ky, Claudia Lis Cabrera
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Charlie Keum's curator insight, February 7, 6:35 AM

Google's best practices in research before user experience.

Terry Patterson's comment, February 24, 1:06 PM
It is interesting how many times designers embark into projects because someone is dictating what to do. In my organization this is almost the norm. The sad part of this is that many hours are spent in the wrong designs, and the wrong solutions.
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Mobile UX Design Trends for 2014 to Maximize the User Experience - Appsee

Mobile UX Design Trends for 2014 to Maximize the User Experience - Appsee | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
Learn how you can maximize the user experience using mobile UX design strategies that are trending.
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Light list of trends to watch in 2014 that in my opinion are easy to plan for and also a delight for your users. Watch mobile accessibility issues. 

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14 Usability Testing Tools Matrix and Comprehensive Reviews

14 Usability Testing Tools Matrix and Comprehensive Reviews | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
A Comprehensive Review and Matrix of 14 Usability Testing Tools including quadrant sorting of tools based on technology and impact.
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I think this is a good attempt at reviewing some popular usability testing tools, however, the review itself seems a bit shallow. Anybody else has something to say about this?

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Mario K. Sakata's comment, February 16, 4:25 AM
Depending on the context, yes.
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Outdated UX patterns and alternatives

Outdated UX patterns and alternatives | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it

The section of the guide that I found most interesting is, Outdated UX Patterns, a collection of examples of what not to do when building a website, which tries to steer designers from borrowing from ineffective practices to solve common problems.

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Although the counterarguments for many of these outdated patterns are not enough to change my mind without doing research, I found this article informative. 

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Combining Contextual Inquiry with Eye Tracking | UX Magazine

Combining Contextual Inquiry with Eye Tracking | UX Magazine | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it

Traditional methods of user research and requirements gathering have served UX practitioners well in shaping our designs and redesigns of products and services. But as systems become more complex and users go beyond the screen, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get accurate data on why our users, customers, and employees are doing the things they do.

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Everyone in this field knows that what users say and what they actually do is many times not the same. This post articulates very well how combining user research methods may be very beneficial, even if it seems to clearly be a plug for the Tobii's eye tracking system. 

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The 4 Design Assumptions Costing You Money | Usability Geek

The 4 Design Assumptions Costing You Money | Usability Geek | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
Design assumptions can cost you money. This article discusses the top 4 design assumptions that one needs to look our for when designing websites or apps
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This article describes very well a lot of the assumptions that many design teams make. Sometimes with the best intentions, or to appear trendy in some way, design teams fail to test designs with real users and fail to address design issues that later cause problems. 

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User Experience (UX) Career Advice From 1,015 UX Professionals

Across a thousand UX professionals we found high job satisfaction, hugely varying educational background, 210 job titles, and wide-ranging work roles.
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This information is not only useful for charting a UX career, but also for institutions as they create new innovative education programs in this field. 

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Five Tips for Conducting Scientific Research in the UX World - UX Booth | UX Booth

Five Tips for Conducting Scientific Research in the UX World - UX Booth | UX Booth | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
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Despite the fact that research plays such a pivotal role in the practice of user-centered design, much has been written about how to approach it in a “quick and dirty” manner. Why the rush? I believe that the application of a more rigorous, scientific methodology could lend some much-needed credibility to our approach.

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Intriguing Networks's curator insight, January 13, 2:54 PM

UX Scientitific tips thanks

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The Lean UX Manifesto: Principle-Driven Design | Smashing UX Design

The Lean UX Manifesto: Principle-Driven Design | Smashing UX Design | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
Why Lean UX is not a process in which each tool is rigidly applied, but rather a set of principles that may be used to guide you to better, more desirable solutions for users.
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A process is "a series of steps toward a particular end" - Lean UX defines a series of principles, not rigid steps. Common sense, moderation and simple efficiency practices are to be followed for a streamlined UX process following the Lean principles. 

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Hannes's curator insight, January 23, 10:59 AM

Adopting a lean philosophy is all about creating value for the customers instead of wasting resources on worthless routines. Consequently the challenge for most UX:ers working in lean environments is to adapt the workflow and justify the required resources. So how can we shape UX tasks in order to add more customer value? Here is one proposal to a lean UX manifesto.

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iBeacons: 5 UX Predictions for 2014

iBeacons: 5 UX Predictions for 2014 | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
UX design for iBeacon challenges designers. Here are 5 predictions for 2014 that will shape our experience of the Internet of Things.
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Another sneak peek into the Internet of Things. Enjoy!

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Discovery : UX Apprentice

Discovery : UX Apprentice | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
Dig deep into the process and logic of user experience during discovery. Solve the big problems, one sketch at a time.
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I actually love how simple they make the process look. 

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Storyboarding csa2013 - Simple sketching for UX, user research & co...

"On the Same Page: Simple Sketching for Collaboration, User Research, and Content Strategy (Great stuff from @debaoki: Storyboarding csa2013 - Simple sketching for UX, user research & content strategy http://t.co/6z0fGG7nYW)...
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The art of the button — azumbrunnen

The art of the button — azumbrunnen | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it

<-- article picture: web 2.0 era buttons --

Everyone likes buttons. They are an essential part of a user interface, whether it’s in a physical product or in the digital realm. 

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I liked this article, I wish there were more sources for Adrian's suggestions, but in general, he's got the right ideas about button styling in this the era of "flat design".  Enjoy! 

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Start Coding with Wireframes

Start Coding with Wireframes | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
As a designer or UX pro, you’ve long suspected you ought to learn to code, but where to start? How about making your next wireframe responsive? When you build wireframes with simple code, you create a deliverable that can be reused while you become more knowledgeable about the inner workings of the web.
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I don't think you will ever be effective as a UX designer if you do not have any understanding of coding (at least markup, CSS layout techniques and JavaScript libraries). Coding knowledge is a must, in my opinion, to help you communicate better and also challenge your developers into charting new patterns of interactive elements. Code my UX friends, it isn't as difficult as some of you might think, and you will enjoy it. 

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The essential secret to successful user experience design

The essential secret to successful user experience design | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
For many, user experience design is about creating interfaces that are easy for users to understand and navigate.
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Many designers stop at the effective and useful side of design thinking, but forget or leave aside the satisfaction side of things for the user. the more involved we are in the discovery of the full user experience, the better engaged our users will be with a digital product. 

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Michael Allenberg's curator insight, February 21, 5:24 AM

Great Scoop Terry!!!

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Defining Awesome Web Design: Is It only About the Visuals? | Tips

Defining Awesome Web Design: Is It only About the Visuals? | Tips | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
Do looks matter always? That’s a debatable question. Historically good-looking people have always had it easy. This applies to websites too; at least it did
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One of my favorite statements from this article is "Web design industry suffers from the “too much, too soon, too fast” syndrome and nothing that seems to work now will work tomorrow."

Aside from aging looks and weathered trends that websites usually suffer, the truth is that focusing on the site purpose and the value and function to its users is where the real awesome web design is. 

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7 unbreakable laws of user interface design

7 unbreakable laws of user interface design | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it

Are you a web designer? If yes, then you are also a user interface designer, and in the near future, this role will become even more important for you. While web pages today have simple user interfaces with no more than navigation and contact forms, the rise of new technologies and standards will create a demand for more dynamic and customized experiences. This, inevitably, means more user interface work. So let’s see what you need to remember. 


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Hannes's curator insight, February 3, 4:38 AM

We all know that best practice is not a recipe for successful innovation, memorizing a few laws are not enough to become a designer. And this is the charming part of being a designer according to me - every new project is unique: users change, technology change and context change. However, articles like this one can still be useful to support decision making and avoid obvious design mistakes.

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The User is Drunk

Will's digital agency squareweave tries to illustrate ux principles with some good humor but also remind us to keep interfaces simple and to the point. Enjoy!

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I have found Will's video to be entertaining and at the same time direct when it comes to encouraging designers to test interfaces and be more sensitive about providing users with clear directives so they can use the interface a lot more efficiently. Fun ux video. 

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Designing Mobile First — Design with Sketch — Medium

Designing Mobile First — Design with Sketch — Medium | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it
More than 50% of the Web’s traffic now comes from mobile.
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You've heard this mobile first trend for the past three years strong, maybe even earlier if you were in the trenches. However, designing and building a mobile first site is a process that has a lot of moving parts. Luckily, we now have many frameworks that allows us a good and fast head start. This quick article gives a glimpse of the design mechanics that someone goes through when putting together a modern site.  

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Task Scenarios for Usability Testing

Guidelines for usability test tasks: engage participants by writing task scenarios that are realistic, encourage an action, and don't give away how the interface should be used.
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I went through my professional web dev life and created a few usability testing sessions that were, in my opinion, fairly decent. It wasn't until I got to graduate school when I learned to give a lot of thought to the plan, the goals, the metrics in relationship to the actual usability test. The methods employed and the scenario planning techniques that I learned in graduate school were invaluable. Now I feel that I can tackle these without leading users too much or giving away too much of the functionality of the interface and simply observe and see how truly useful the interface is. 

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Five HCI Laws for User Experience Design: Measuring Usability

Five HCI Laws for User Experience Design: Measuring Usability | Effective UX Design | Scoop.it

Usability is hardly physics or chemistry.

But there are some important principles from decades of research in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) that apply to design and user research.

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I absolutely love that HCI research is making such an impact in the user experience practitioner world. However, poorly applied research concepts to working projects can have a less than desirable effect on projects. It is important to know how to use research findings and applicable principles for design guides, otherwise, the risk is too great. Do your own research and test your product often with a sample of your audience; only then you'll know how well you've used the applicable HCI research. Who knows? You can also soon find out new topics and questions for a specific audience segment or culture that have not been explored before. Happy designing!

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