Tuesday UX Trainer: User testing your designs + usability

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You reading an issue of Tuesday UX Trainer, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week. These are the UX articles worth reading this week… In a new article, I explain why the “Fine Dining” method of presenting case studies is far superior to the “Fast Food” method that’s so common in UX designer portfolios. Tip: tell a story … Read More

Presenting a design? Try the fine dining method

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This is one of the most common problems I see with UX portfolios – Designers will show their work without context… “This is a wireframe. This is a user flow. This is a sitemap.” It feels like the designer is just going through the motions of what they think they’re supposed to show. When a UX case study lacks context, … Read More

Tuesday UX Trainer: User testing your designs + usability

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How do you know if your design works? This week’s links are all about usability and testing your designs 1. When presenting your UX work in an interview, sophisticated design teams know to ask you this question: how do you know that’s the right design? They’ll be wondering if you tested your designs on actual users. Freaking out? Start with … Read More

Is applying to jobs a “numbers” game?

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“It’s all a numbers game.” We’ve heard this when it comes to dating, with sales, and of course with the job hunt.. Does that mean you just blast out hundreds of resumes to whatever website will take it? Or that you need to burn yourself out going to endless UX meet ups? Let’s explore the two sides of this numbers … Read More

Tuesday UX Trainer: Designing for trust

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You’re reading an issue of Tuesday UX Trainer, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week. It wasn’t too long ago that inviting strangers to sleep in your living room would be considered a risky bad decision. Now we do it with our cars, cameras, and other personal property. Welcome to the sharing economy. AirBnB, like … Read More

Tuesday UX Trainer: How to use color in your designs

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You’re reading an issue of Tuesday UX Trainer, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week. Today’s training? Using color in design. Here are the top 3 practical resources for working with color in your designs… 1. Color In Sight (20 min documentary on color in design) “If Coca Cola changed that red, to it’s [actual color] dull brown, … Read More

Tuesday UX Trainer: Empathy is not everything

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You’re reading an issue of Tuesday UX Trainer, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week. heads up designers – I’m working on a comprehensive soup-to-nuts (& cilantro) UX master course set to release in a couple months. If you’d like to be the first to get sample lessons & freebies, join the waitlist here. Here … Read More

Tuesday UX Trainer: Learning Typography

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You’re reading an issue of Tuesday UX Trainer, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week. Today’s subject line is adapted from Jason Santa Maria’s talk on typography: “Err on the side of making something too big, than making it too small.” Designers stress over a lot of details. The color. The padding & margins. The … Read More

Tuesday UX Trainer: WTF is an affordance?

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You’re reading an issue of Tuesday UX Trainer, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week. One of the first words I learned in UX class was affordance. It sounded fancy and made me feel 10% more hipster as a designer. To oversimplify, an affordance is a signal for something that a user can act upon – for example … Read More