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The Anatomy of a Social Product

The Anatomy of a Social Product | automagical | Scoop.it
The social Internet is fundamentally a game changer. Unlike the web-link driven Internet, the social Internet connects people directly to one another and the resulting social graph essentially prov...
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» The Science Of Irrationality

My latest WSJ Head Case column is on Daniel Kahneman's new book, which is quite wonderful.
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The Whys And The Hows Of Textures In Web Design - Smashing Magazine

The Whys And The Hows Of Textures In Web Design - Smashing Magazine | automagical | Scoop.it
Texture can highlight elements such as titles, headings, icons and buttons. It draws the eye to calls to action and main headings. This is perhaps the clearest way that the trend towards textures is catching on.
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7 Tips for a More Engaging Website

7 Tips for a More Engaging Website | automagical | Scoop.it
Engaging users is a key to success for any site, but achieving that engagement isn't always so easy. Read on for 7 great tips on creating more user engagement.
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A VC: Minimum Viable Personality

A VC: Minimum Viable Personality | automagical | Scoop.it
MOST IMPORTANT STEP FOR BUILD PRODUCT IS BUILD PRODUCT.

SECOND MOST IMPORTANT IS BUILD PERSONALITY FOR PRODUCT.

NO HAVE PERSONALITY? PRODUCT BORING, NO ONE WANT..

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The Inevitability of Noise - Life-Long Learning

The Inevitability of Noise - Life-Long Learning | automagical | Scoop.it
The Inevitability of Noise My biggest problem with my Facebook newsfeed has always been that so much of the content is irrelevant. This is mainly due to the fact that many people I’m friends with I’ve...
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Branding: Where Graphic Design Meets Marketing » Logo Design » Design Festival

Branding: Where Graphic Design Meets Marketing » Logo Design » Design Festival | automagical | Scoop.it
While all designers would love it if the pursuit of design could be for purely artistic purposes, well, we all...
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A big list of UX KPIs and Metrics | cxpartners

A big list of UX KPIs and Metrics | cxpartners | automagical | Scoop.it
In my presentation last month on UX and ROI: what to measure and what to expect I shared a big list of metrics.
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21 Steps to 1,000 Visitors Per Day

21 Steps to 1,000 Visitors Per Day | automagical | Scoop.it

Traffic is the currency of the web. The more traffic you have, the more people who will subscribe to your list, buy your products, and spread the word via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

During the past 7 years online I’ve built multiple sites up to 1,000+ visitors per day. With millions of visitors in our web archives, I’ve learned the hard way which traffic methods are the best and which one’s are a waste of your time. And in this article I’m going to serve them up on a silver platter.


Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Martin Gysler
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Winning Combinations: Putting Data and Design Together | UX Magazine

Winning Combinations: Putting Data and Design Together | UX Magazine | automagical | Scoop.it

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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31% of U.S. Adults Prefer to Be Reached by Text Message [STUDY]

31% of U.S. Adults Prefer to Be Reached by Text Message [STUDY] | automagical | Scoop.it
Almost one-third of U.S. adults prefer to be reached by text message rather than a call on their mobile phone, finds a new study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.
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How "The Email Game" Improved Its UI, To Make Your Inbox Less Hellish | Co. Design

How "The Email Game" Improved Its UI, To Make Your Inbox Less Hellish | Co. Design | automagical | Scoop.it
How emoticons can be more powerful than points, badges and leader boards
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Design With Dissonance - Smashing UX Design

Design With Dissonance - Smashing UX Design | automagical | Scoop.it
Dissonance occurs when something disrupts your consonance. It challenges your beliefs and makes you feel uncomfortable. We can use it in design or copywriting.
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Mobile User Experience Trends on the Horizon | UX Magazine

Mobile User Experience Trends on the Horizon | UX Magazine | automagical | Scoop.it
Change is in the air, or perhaps more accurately, in the airwaves. It's visible every time a child presses a finger to a laptop screen, expecting it to respond, and in business meetings where projectors are left unused in favor of the more intimate, shared visual experience of an iPad.
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Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops | Magazine

Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops | Magazine | automagical | Scoop.it
The essence of communicating to users with your product...
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22 Essential Tools for Testing Your Website's Usability

22 Essential Tools for Testing Your Website's Usability | automagical | Scoop.it
When assessing your website's usability, consider these 6 factors: User Task Analysis, Readability, Navigation, Accessibility, Speed and User Experience. This list of tools will help you evaluate all of these and more.
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Mobile Usability Update (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

The user experience of mobile websites and apps has improved since our last research, but still has far to go. A dedicated mobile site is a must, and apps get even higher usability scores.
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Mixed Feelings – How To Cultivate Emotional Engagement In Web Design

Mixed Feelings – How To Cultivate Emotional Engagement In Web Design | automagical | Scoop.it
Psychology suggests that most people buy according to how they feel about a product (their emotions) rather than logic. Cultivating an emotional bond with your customers is important—and it’s becoming more difficult to do.
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Smile or Die - By Hiten Shah

This Hiten Shah's newsletter (Hitenism) - Smile or Die

 

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength
from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of
little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose
conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles
unto death." - Thomas Paine

 

Life has a funny way of acting normal most of the time, and then
one morning you wake up, and the ish hits the fan.

 

If you run your own company, this happens more and more often as
you grow, and bump up against competitors, naysayers, patent
trolls, and other awesome varieties of troublemakers.

 

Anyone who tells you that this doesn't totally suck and make you
want to question life sometimes either hasn't been at it long
enough to dole out advice, or is completely bullshitting you.

 

The reality of running your own business isn't as glamorous as it
is made out to be; for starters, there are tons of highs and lows,
and also a heaping amount of uncertainty--even when you're doing
well.

 

However, I promise there is a silver lining in all of this.

As it turns out, you do actually have a choice about how to deal
with all of these experiences as an entrepreneur, and here it is:
smile or die.

 

It may not seem like a choice--slap a grin on your face or
perish--but there is actually an element of choice involved.

You see, you're always going to have more obstacles in your path
than you care to have; some will be seemingly insurmountable, but
you overcome them and feel stronger for it. Then there are the ones
that rock your world and threaten to throw you off course for a
period of time.

 

So, where's the choice?


Well, in how you handle those obstacles.

 

Do you learn from your mistakes and make sure they never happen
again, or do you ignore the problem and hope it goes away quietly
(hint: it never does)?

 

True power as an entrepreneur comes not in having a perfect track
record--it comes from effing it all up to the point of no return,
then quietly reflecting and coming back with a smile on your face,
happy that you're getting a second shot.

 

Hiten =)

 

PS: If you think entrepreneurship rocks you should tweet this.

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Designing for Conversion – 8 Visual Design Techniques to Focus Attention on Your Landing Pages | Unbounce

Designing for Conversion – 8 Visual Design Techniques to Focus Attention on Your Landing Pages | Unbounce | automagical | Scoop.it
Using photography to illustrate some principles of design, I'll show you how to make your landing pages grab your visitor's attention.
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How Metrics Can Make You A Better Designer - Smashing UX Design

How Metrics Can Make You A Better Designer - Smashing UX Design | automagical | Scoop.it
By incorporating analytics and A/B testing into design process, you can improve the business outcome of redesign and get better at design.
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Money-Shredding Alarm Clock Is Completely Unforgiving

Money-Shredding Alarm Clock Is Completely Unforgiving | automagical | Scoop.it
Bringing new meaning to the phase "you snooze, you lose," if you don't get up when this clock's alarm sounds, it's going to cost you.
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