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A design journey
A journey along the creative landscape with stops for UX consumption
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The new design methodologies | Feature | .net magazine

The new design methodologies | Feature | .net magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Interesting article about different design strategies. It covers agile, lean and waterfall approaches. Like real life (almost) nothing is universal, it's all about adaptation. "Give the man a fish and he has food for one day, teach him how to fish and he has food for the rest of his life" someone said. To be a designer is a bit similar I think, one fish is simply not enough. There is a jungle of tools and methods to apply on your project, but if you don't know when/how to use them, it doesn't matter.

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Metro User Interface: Description and Web Design Examples

Metro User Interface: Description and Web Design Examples | A design journey | Scoop.it
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The UI (user interface) is a key feature in order to create a successful user experience. It's built upon content and site architecture to support perception and interaction. I really like Microsoft's design language called "Metro", which is inspired by information systems of transportation nodes. This article describes the how it can be used as a UI concept.

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Pleasure and Pain » What’s Your Problem? Putting Purpose Back into Your Projects

Pleasure and Pain » What’s Your Problem? Putting Purpose Back into Your Projects | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Sometimes it's necessary to "kill your darlings" in a design project and go back to identify the true purpose of the solution. It's easy to fall in love with a design because of subjective factors and forget about the origin. Here is a great article with a proposed approach in order to change focus from solution to problem again.

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How to balance creativity with business needs | Creative Bloq

How to balance creativity with business needs | Creative Bloq | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Keeping up the creative flame is hard when business goals are your constraints and the democratic team of stakeholders make the decisions for you. Because sometimes the smallest and most unmotivated ideas might bring the highest return in proportion to the effort. But be careful, freestyling design solutions can easily appear as arrogant.

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When Should We Use App, Responsive and Mobile Design? - Design for User Experience

When Should We Use App, Responsive and Mobile Design? - Design for User Experience | A design journey | Scoop.it

There is no final answer for the above solutions, any of those options can work for everyone. However, if we dig deeper about the functions, pros or cons of each model you may find an easier answer to your questions.


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A Loose Heuristic for Mobile Design - UX Booth | UX Booth

A Loose Heuristic for Mobile Design - UX Booth | UX Booth | A design journey | Scoop.it

Useful article if you want add some shortcuts to mobile design, based on others' experience, to the heuristics library of UX. /Hans

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Designing the Proper Landing Page

Designing the Proper Landing Page | A design journey | Scoop.it
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When your target visitors navigate through cyber space and finally locate your web site, lets be be prepared for their intentions. Whatever the purpose of a web site is, I think it's important to make sure that the viewers immediately understand it, has access to the most important components and receive enough feed forward in order to use the intended services. This can be thought of as the landing page - here is a helpful article about it.

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Beyond Usable | Mapping Emotion to Experience

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Genuine design experiences are based on something more than functionality, something more than reliability and something more than usability. People actually expect to feel something when they interact with technology, they want satisfaction. So how do we know what design decisions that will trigger desired emotions?

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Standard Conventions, Innovative Experiences | UX Magazine

Standard Conventions, Innovative Experiences | UX Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Sometimes I think UX might block innovation since standard conventions mark off usability comfort zones. What we usually do is to force an idea into a pre defined process with the intended users, which is great in many aspects. However, at the same time it will limit the evaluation, and direct the design, based on the users' previous experiences and match it to established mental models. How can UX and innovation walk hand in hand?

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How to brainstorm creative ideas: 15 killer tips | Creative Bloq

How to brainstorm creative ideas: 15 killer tips | Creative Bloq | A design journey | Scoop.it
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For me design is not the art of a creative genius, it's the result of a process based on well defined methodology to make sure each important aspect is covered. Maybe this is just a way for me to justify the academic background I have. However, initially everything is about creativity - the ideas must be born in order to be processed by the methodology I mentioned. This is a great article that helps you to get your wheels out of the mud.

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100+ Awesome Tools For UX Designers | UX Mastery

100+ Awesome Tools For UX Designers | UX Mastery | A design journey | Scoop.it

If you want to discover the jungle of UX tools - this is a possible entry. /Hans

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Lean Strategy for UX Design | UX Magazine

Lean Strategy for UX Design | UX Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Another article about UX and lean strategy - interesting. It's a way to promote UX as something efficient and ongoing that will optimize the use of resources based customers' value. I think it's a good strategy in order to not "over plan" things in an early stage, and rather reshape the brief by introducing the solution to reality in iterations.

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Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design

Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design | A design journey | Scoop.it
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In many UX projects the background usually ain't the highest priority (it's delegated to the graphic designers), however I believe that it has a large effect on the viewer. The DNA of every project should be inheritad through the whole process and apply for the visual experience as well. The choice of wallpaper is even more critical when it comes to photos - don't forget that a picture says more than a thousand words.

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Practical Content Strategy, Part 1: Roles and Approaches | UX Booth

Practical Content Strategy, Part 1: Roles and Approaches | UX Booth | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Without content, design would be meaningless - it's the foundation and purpose. Everything from simple visuals to complex interactive systems contains some kind of content. Great UX comes from a seamless process where users are in harmony with content, technology and design. Read more about it in this article covering roles and approaches in content strategy.

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20 experimential web design trends for 2012

20 experimential web design trends for 2012 | A design journey | Scoop.it
We have all seen the web design trends of 2012 - here are some examples.
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Low Cost User Experience Testing | Usability Geek

Low Cost User Experience Testing | Usability Geek | A design journey | Scoop.it
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I like the idea that usability and other UX related aspects ain't leading to long term costs but instead cut long term costs, if considered in an early stage. Applying an iterative design process, first with low level conceptual solutions which evolves along with user envolvment, results in cost effective development in my opinion. The earlier you realize any mistakes the easier it is to solve them.

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Psychology of Color

Psychology of Color | A design journey | Scoop.it

This infographic explains what emotions each color evokes on a visceral level. Nature thought us to survive by instinct, and I think emotional trigger like colors are useful components in design. But be aware of humans' reflective capacities, cultural background and social connection might impact. /Hans


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how do colors influence one's mood, attention, learning?

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Feeling Comfortable with Wireframing

Feeling Comfortable with Wireframing | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Wireframing is a broad method to communicate and validate ideas, it can appear in different shapes with changing fidelity for several purposes. Finding a comfortable way to visualize and process concepts is an essential ability for a designer. Wireframes are used when the requirements, content and information architecture is defined in order to bring conceptual ideas into reality. Personally I prefer to start producing rapid low fidelity sketches to gather feed back and evaluate a wide range of ideas ideas. When I find a solution that fulfills the stated requirements I add details for each iteration until the mock-ups are finalized.

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Design From the Future! An Interview with the Authors of Make It So. - UX Booth | UX Booth

Design From the Future! An Interview with the Authors of Make It So. - UX Booth | UX Booth | A design journey | Scoop.it
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"Make it so" is a book that explores relationships between interaction design and science fiction. Many futuristic movies introduced us to interfaces of the future. Star ships with interactive 3d projections and transparent office walls with touch screens are brilliant innovations seen in movies before humans could realize it. Maybe we can find inspiration in the brilliant minds of movie making?

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UX design for startups: the age of user experience design | Feature | .net magazine

UX design for startups: the age of user experience design | Feature | .net magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it
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In the first of a series of articles, UXPin CEO and seasoned UX designer Marcin Treder guides you through the fundamentals of user experience design. I believe that UX is crucial for startups - now, more than ever, the first impression will position your services on the web. If a web site lacks usability the visitors will drop at first glance.

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The Many Hats of a Usability Professional :: UXmatters

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Usability can appear in many shapes, like a cameleont or multi-character changing hats on the theater stage. Every aspect of human-computer interaction can be considered from a usability point of view, all the way from identifying basic needs to coding the implementation - and the users must be advocated in each phase.

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The Languages of Design - UX Booth | UX Booth

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I agree with the author of this article, a consistent language is important to maintain through the whole design process - from content to graphic.

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A List Apart: Articles: The Infinite Grid

A List Apart: Articles: The Infinite Grid | A design journey | Scoop.it
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The infinite grid - a foundation for responsive design? When content will be displayed on multiple screens, and other visual interfaces, in the future paradigm "Internet of things", a responsive approach is vital. The grid is where is all begins - get it right and the rest will fall into place.

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5 Quick Ways To Improve Your Website's Usability | Usability Geek

5 Quick Ways To Improve Your Website's Usability | Usability Geek | A design journey | Scoop.it
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I enjoy reading guidelines, they are shortcuts to experience - or at least shortcuts to the conclusions you would make if you had the experience. I think there are two major ways to battle usability issues, one is to test the solution in reality, which demands that your idea has evolved to a product, in earlier stages another way is to consider the solution based on heuristics, i.e. experience-based techniques for solving problems. So if you don't have the experience use others, like these 5 quick ways to improve your website usability.

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User Interface Design, Getting the Basics Right | UX Booth

User Interface Design, Getting the Basics Right | UX Booth | A design journey | Scoop.it
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The UI foundation is essential in every web design project. Ideally it's based on a process covering the most important aspects while involving users in sharp context. If you get it right from the beginning there will be more time left to optimize the user experience later.

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