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Sex piques the reptilian brain.

Title: The Reptilian Brain: Emotion and Design Context: There’s nothing wrong with applying a little evolutionary biology between friends. Or between designer and user. Synopsis: Once you get past the tawdry exploitation of human primal brain function for the purposes

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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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Numbers interpretation

Title: The Psychology of Numbers in Design Context: Numbers, numbers everywhere, nor any data to drive behavior. Synopsis: Numbers are funny. Not “ha, ha” funny, but rather “huh, that’s strange” funny. Odd if you will. Even the even ones. Numbers

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Title: 6 Ideas That Define Design in 2014 Context: Hey design. What’s new with you? Oh these 6 things? OK then. Synopsis: Design is constantly evolving and while there are certainly inviolate articles of faith that maintain across its continuous

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Zen version of "Where's Waldo?"

Title: A Big Article About Wee Things: What Waldo Has to Do with Every Little Thing Context: If the devil is in the details then why are UIs that ignore them so evil? Synopsis: I don’t really care where Waldo

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Title: Behavior Change Strategy Cards Context: Using science to change behavior. What could possibly go wrong? Synopsis: Designers block can be huge problem. Staring at a blank canvas waiting until the solution to the problem you are trying to solve

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Title: Cognitive Science and Design Context: How Google hacks your brain’s software to make better UIs. Synopsis: As user experience designers we tend to abstract our target users into aggregate personas in an attempt to try and understand their motivations

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Title: Your app makes me fat Context: How long before the Surgeon General places a warning on your app about how harmful it can be to your users’ health? Synopsis: You know what’s hard? Choosing salad over cake. At least

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Title: Psych 101: The Psychological Basis for UI Design Rules Context: Sometimes – just sometimes mind you – user experience can be more science than art. Synopsis: Man this is an ugly presentation, but it is even more insightful than

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Title: Teller Reveals His Secrets Context: Getting a user to do what you want need not be a mystical endeavor. Synopsis: “How’d he do that?!?!” Even the most prosaic child’s birthday party magician is bound to hear this more often

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Title: The Psychologist’s View of UX Design Context: A head shrink tells you what’s going on in the heads of people using the devices we are trying to shrink. Synopsis: User experience designers and psychologists share a fascination with the

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