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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
Happy Thanksgiving!

Title: Give Thanks for Good UX Context: It is the time of year for all of us to be thankful. Mostly for being designers and not developers. Just kidding. (Not kidding.) Synopsis: Ah Thanksgiving. One of America’s greatest holidays. A

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Redesigning the wheel

Title: Makeover Mania: Inside the 21st-Century Craze for Redesigning Everything Context: There is nothing new under the sun. Which is why it all should be redesigned from the ground up. Including the sun. Synopsis: People get used to the familiar.

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Confusing ballot design

Title: Disenfranchised by Bad Design Context: It’s not just a bad idea to have confusing, poorly designed ballots for elections, in many cases, it’s also the law. Seriously. Synopsis: Voting can be stressful. Not because the choice of candidates can

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Mondrian...FROM HELL!!!!!

Title: 8 Delightfully Creepy Design Projects Just In Time For Halloween Context: There’s nothing scarier than a designer with an idea. Best Bit: “The skull with the bees is especially unsettling, making us want to tap into our inner Nic

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"Agile" design

Title: Halloween Costumes for Designers Context: And no, there is not a “Sexy UI Designer” costume in the whole lot. Best Bit: It’s visually pun-tastic! via

Behavioral design

Title: The scientists who make apps addictive Context: “You can’t make people do something they don’t want to do.” Wanna bet? Synopsis: For all of its wondrous complexity, the human brain remains an imperfect machine. It cuts corners at times,

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NPS web satisfaction ratings

Title: Net Promoter Score: What a Customer-Relations Metric Can Tell You About Your User Experience Context: Not everything that can be measured matters and not everything that matters can be measured. Synopsis: Actionable metrics are the Holy Grail of UX.

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Title: What’s With All Of The ‘Hairy Arms’ In Graphic Design? Context: Distraction is the better part of design valor. Synopsis: Many times, opinions are given simply for the sake of being heard. Or worse, just because someone’s position allows

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Product setup

Title: Why User Experience is the New Brand Loyalty Program Context: Customers love your product. Once they figure out how to set the damn thing up. Synopsis: Things usually don’t “just work”. Mostly because things are complex. Technology doesn’t in

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UI animations

Title: Motion Periodic Table Context: It’s not the size of the animation that matters, it’s the motion in the periodic table. Best Bit: Come for the stunning animations. Stay, well, for the stunning animations. via

Meaningless design jargon

Title: How to pretend you’re a great designer Context: If you can’t BE a great designer, just PRETEND that you are. Really, who’ll know the difference? Synopsis: We are all design disruptors bringing holistic user-centric methodologies to the table in

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Rascist Snapchat filter

Title: Discrimination by Design Context: Design is pretty fly…if you’re a white guy. Synopsis: Women? People of color? Disabled? Poor? Sorry, I don’t seem to have a persona for any of you. But I’m sure you’ll all be fine with

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Keep calm and embrace technology

Title: Calm Technology Context: Rather than doing more, better, faster perhaps technology should instead take a chill pill once in a while. Synopsis: We all know what technology is about: speed, ubiquity, efficiency, choice, distractions, confusion, panic! Hold on. Seem

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Windows 10 upgrade fail

Title: Computer-Assisted Embarrassment Context: The only things that regularly embarrass my kids more than I do are their “smart” devices. Synopsis: We’ve all surely been embarrassed by technology at one time in our life whether it be an overly creative

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Really badly designed auto gear shifter.

Title: Looks Can Kill: The Deadly Results of Flawed Design Context: Sometimes the end-user impact of a poor design is a lot higher than “I don’t like how this works.” Synopsis: No designer sets out to intentionally kill his or

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