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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
March 2015
Words matter

Title: 5 Rules For Writing Great Interface Copy Context: You wouldn’t use clip art in a final design comp so stop using “lorem ipsum” before I…ummm…sorry, the words escape me… Synopsis: Words matter. We spend obscene amounts of time honing

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Title: Design In Tech Report 2015 Context: Design no longer contributes to business success, it drives it. Synopsis: Let’s be frank: it’s a helluva good time to be a designer in tech. It’s not always easy, but it certainly is

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How IT people see users, using their app for the first time.

“How IT people see users, using their app for the first time.” via thehipperelement.com

The Purpose of ArgumentImage credit: jon collier, “The Purpose of Argument“, December 8, 2010, Flickr

Title: False Dichotomies Context: “Six of one.” “Half a dozen of the other.” “NO! I SAID SIX OF ONE!!!” Synopsis: Opinions are not inherently binary. Rarely are we presented with a limited menu of only 2 choices when looking to

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Storytelling storyboard

Title: The hardest thing in UX design… Context: It gets easier. Or so I’ve been told. Synopsis: There are many difficult aspects to being a user experience designer: long hours, constant rework, uncertainty, but nothing is so hard, or dispiriting,

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Push Button HardImage credit: Steven Depolo, “Push Button Hard”, December 11, 2008, Flickr

Title: Why We Should Design Some Things to Be Difficult to Use Context: Easier is not always better. Damn you Easy Button™! *shakes fist* Synopsis: People seem to prefer getting better at things to being good at things. Making noticeable

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How to be creative

Title: How To Be (And Stay) Creative Context: Creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised or it atrophies from neglect. No one wants to be a 99 pound creative weakling. Synopsis: The world at large is largely arrayed

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Luke W UI simplification leads to engagement dropoff

Title: Deceptive Simplicity Context: If achieving true simplicity was really simple, everyone would simply do it. Synopsis: Simplicity has it so easy. Should things be simple to use? Of course they should. Complexity is the enemy of usability. Simplicity is

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