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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
May 2014

Title: A conversation about design Context: Very brief insights from the Google design team. They say “simple” a lot. Synopsis: Design cultures all have their own core set of beliefs, yet at the same time those beliefs are also predicated

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“YosemiteImage credit: Andrew West, "Yosemite Bear Warning", October 6, 2004, Flickr

Title: Only Openings Context: Sometimes design is about bringing end to the old order and sometimes it is about adapting to it. Synopsis: The last thing a designer wants to do is insult the intelligence of the people using his

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“SimpleImage credit: Emma Jane Hogbin Westby, "Simple & Obvious", June 14, 2008, Flickr

Title: Seams Context: The act of simplification is also the reduction of possibility. Use the power of design to simplify wisely. Synopsis: Sometimes we designers treat our customers like children. Oh, we do it with the best of intentions. All

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Scene from Star Wars

Title: 9 UX Design “Fails” In Star Wars Context: Advanced technology without design is sometimes necessary to drive the plot forward. Synopsis: Spaceships. Droids. Telepathic choking. The wonders of superior technology are indeed manifest. Of course with the ubiquity of

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user interface copywriting example

Title: 5 principles for great interface copywriting Context: All design is not visual. All design is communication. Synopsis: The main focus of design is invariably, visual. This makes sense to us because we tend to think of design as an

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“FirefoxImage credit: Johan Larsson, “Firefox Mobile”, March 21, 2011, Flickr

Title: Mobile First? Not So Fast. Context: “Mobile first!” is the lazy UX designer’s rallying cry. Understanding context is hard. Synopsis: Why should we design for mobile devices first? Because industry thought leaders tell us to? Because executive stakeholders have

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The ubiquitous hamburger icon is as familiar as it is mysterious…until now! 
Best Bit: “Interesting inside joke… we used to tell potential users that the image was an “air vent” to keep the window cool. It usually got a chuckle,

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Title: Everyone Deserves Great Design Context: A brief manifesto on the need for universally beneficial and demonstrably good design. Synopsis: Sometimes we look at design and treat it like a cute puppy; we “ohhh” and “ahhh” over it without every

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Title: Bras in Space: The Incredible True Story Behind Upcoming Film Spacesuit Context: How a brassiere company that knew what they were doing beat the literal pants off lots of military contractors with no expertise in the race to design

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“MusicalImage credit: David Maddison, “Musical Chairs”, November 26, 2005, Flickr

Title: Designer Duds: Losing Our Seat at the Table Context: First no one in business listened to designers. Then they all did. Now only some do. But really, they all should. Synopsis: For a while there it looked like designers

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With the latest trend in flat design taking over all of our operating systems, how long before this aesthetic becomes the norm in other parts of our daily lives? via doonesbury.com