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Cataloging the art and science of user experience design
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Designing science

Title: Bringing Design to Science Context: When design and science work together, the outcomes are exponentially greater. It’s just science. Synopsis: Designers are indeed artists in a very real sense. We interpret contexts to yield results that communicate truths to

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The Growth of Experimentation chart

Title: The Surprising Power of Online Experiments Context: If at first your design doesn’t succeed, multivariate test it against a control option. Synopsis: We’ll never admit it in polite company, but the truth is that a fair amount of the

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Conversational UI

Title: Die Dashboards Die! Why Conversations Will Reinvent Software Context: You can either show your customers a bunch of data or you can talk to them about what it means. Which do you think they would rather do? Synopsis: Big

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Usage vs. Features graph

Title: Before You Plan Your Product Roadmap Context: Some of your users may use some of your features some of the time but if none of your users are using all of your features any of the time, you’ve got

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ProtectWise UI

Title: Redefining security visualization with Hollywood UI design Context: Don’t judge a product by its UI…pffftt! Just kidding! Totally judge everything by its UI. Synopsis: Bells and whistles. All sizzle and no steak. Freshly painted front porch but nobody home.

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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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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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Multivariate, or A/B testing, from the AirBnB website

Title: The tyranny of testing over design Context: Data doesn’t lie. But honesty is not a prerequisite of intelligence. Synopsis: Testing is good. But like anything else, too much of a good thing may not be so good. The law

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Title: The Psychology of Waiting, Loading Animations, and Facebook Context: Sometimes perception is more important than truth. Especially when giving the user feedback. Synopsis: Milliseconds matter in application design. End users are notoriously impatient when waiting on a piece of

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Title: How Google fine tunes its search engine Context: The BBC takes a quick look at how Google optimizes the user experience of its products. How? Data. Synopsis: At Google’s twenty (yes 20! And yes I’m jealous.) user research labs,

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