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2017 UX Year in Preview

Title: The State of UX in 2017 Context: 2017 is going to be an interesting year. Also, some cool and crappy UI’s will be designed. Synopsis: What does the future hold? Only a fool tries to predict an answer to

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NPS web satisfaction ratings

Title: Net Promoter Score: What a Customer-Relations Metric Can Tell You About Your User Experience Context: Not everything that can be measured matters and not everything that matters can be measured. Synopsis: Actionable metrics are the Holy Grail of UX.

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Value vs. Feasibility in usability debt

Title: How to Effectively Address the Usability Debt Within Your Product Context: Never put off until tomorrow any usability debt you can clear off your backlog today. Synopsis: There are lies, damn lies, and the promise we make to ourselves

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The user is drunk

Title: 10 Things I Learned About UX By Being Drunk Context: If you think your product might be hard to use when sober, imagine trying to do it while drunk. Synopsis: User experience design can be a sobering activity. Trying

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Urinal layout designed by an idiot.

Title: The UX of UP: Urinals and Usability Context: All UX designers must wash their hands before returning to work. Synopsis: UX can be found all around us. Yes even…in there. Our natural bodily functions — as gender-specifically universal as

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The UX Designer Paradox

Title: The UX Designer Paradox Synopsis: It’s not always easy to know what your user’s needs really are. But this shouldn’t be taken as a rationale to design whatever the hell you want.

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

Google Wear UI: draw emoji

Title: How Google Finally Got Design Context: If Google can achieve design superiority, anyone can. I hope. Synopsis: Remember how the minimal, search-box-only approach to “design” that Google built its empire upon was viewed as a success in spite of

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The Next Feature Fallacy: the most tragic curve in tech

Title: The Next Feature Fallacy: The fallacy that the next new feature will suddenly make people use your product Context: “C’mon man! just one more hit…” —Junkies and people arguing for more features in your software Synopsis: There is only

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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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Zombie user interface

Title: 3 things poor interfaces and zombies have in common Context: The danger posed to society at large by the undead pales in comparison to the existential threat of poor UX. Synopsis: It is a forgone conclusion that at some

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Title: 1995 video shows the struggle was real for first-time PC users Context: It’s all fun and games until the user throws their new computer out the window. Best Bit: “And interestingly enough, at software giant Microsoft Corporation, users were

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User error dialog window.

Title: How Bad UX Makes Users Blame Themselves Context: Unless your design task is to “make users feel stupid”, you are going to need to work very, very hard to succeed. Synopsis: We’ve all been there. Staring clench-jawed at a

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Business software

Title: The Next UX Revolution: Transforming Stodgy Enterprise Applications Into Engaging Experiences Context: Most business software is complete crap. Here’s how to fix that. Synopsis: Your first day of work. You are handed a laptop preloaded with a bunch of

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False Icons, Rejection ofImage credit: Dj Walker-Morgan, “False Icons, Rejection of“, January 14, 2005, Flickr

Title: Icon Usability Context: Nobody knows what your icon means. It’s just science. Synopsis: After weeks of struggle, you finally solved it. You came up with an icon to represent some abstract concept in your navigation schema, that you are

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