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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
July 2015
Designed button vs data driven button

Title: Should Tech Designers Go With Their Guts — Or the Data? Context: Can design efficacy be quantified by data alone? God, I hope not. Synopsis: Data is a mere tool, yet it is often mistaken for truth. It can

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Facebook's Conversion Lift dashboard designs

Title: Designing with Science Context: Don’t blind people with science when you can empower them with context. Synopsis: The ostensible topic of this article is Facebook ads (yawn), but the subtext of finding the best way to present large and

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Xerox Star 6085 desktop icons (c. 1985)

Title: History Of Icons Context: Iconography: 40 years later and we’re right back where we started. Synopsis: Of all the GUI’s contributions to the canon of design, none is so significant, and fraught with passionate debate as the lowly icon.

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Bloomberg Financial Terminal UI

Title: Well-designed interfaces look boring Context: Shiny new things are sometimes better dull. Synopsis: Ah, the future. It’s going to be great. Touchscreen, holographic, virtual reality user interfaces everywhere we will look, controlling everything we will do, ubiquitous everywhere we

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Title: Usability Testing of Fruit Context: Just because you’ve always used something doesn’t make it usable. Best Bit: At least oranges aren’t grapefruit. via youtube.com

Doodles

Title: The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling Context: If one must think, one should first doodle. Synopsis: The art of doodling is in fact exactly not at all that. It is not about aesthetics, or style, or museum quality renderings suitable

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Title: Inspirational Videos For Designers – The Big Collection Context: In dire need of creative inspiration? Here’s a bajillion hours of videos that’ll cure what ails ya. Best Bit: “For me, a good TED video is much better than another

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Title: 12 Fascinating Projects From the Bleeding Edge of Interaction Design Context: The future of interaction design looks…a little bonkers actually. Synopsis: What does the future hold for interaction design? A little bit cool, a little bit crazy, and a

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How to be an expertImage credit: Alan Cleaver, "How to be an expert", April 21, 2008, Flickr

Title: Should Software Come in Advanced and Beginner Versions? Context: Treating new and veteran users the same in your software is a sure way to ensure no one will be happy with it. Synopsis: You can’t be all things to

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