Beginner’s Guide to Design Thinking Methodologies

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Introduction Yes, user experience, human centered design, usability; all those things, even affordances. They just sort of entered the vocabulary and no longer have any special meaning. People use them often without having any idea why, what the word means, its origin, history, or what it’s about. Don Norman in conversation with Peter Merholz _ _ _ Sonja is a … Read More

[Intro guide] The ROI of UX

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Article written by Meghan Hartman as part of the Design Writing Apprenticeship. The concept of “value” has been weighing on my mind as of late. I’ve been wrestling with some heavy questions like, how do I bring value to the world through my work? and, perhaps more importantly, how do I explain what I do in terms of the value I bring? … Read More

Know Your UX Terms: Common Words and Acronyms in User Experience Design

This is a guest post by Amber Stechyshyn, UX Designer and Content Fellow at Springboard. When starting out in a new field, one of the first things to adjust to is all the new terminology.  Job applications are full of them, networking event attendees use them casually, and many articles assume that you know exactly what they are. Glossaries and … Read More

The Ultimate List of UX Topics All Beginners Should Know

When entering a new field, there’s usually a standard curriculum to learn. Front-end developers learn HTML & CSS. Content producers learn the basics of copywriting. But… What about UX? Since everything about a product is technically tied to the user’s experience, it can be confusing to determine the most important topics for beginners to learn. That’s what we’re going to cover today. The methodology – I … Read More

Defeating Product Blindness

Customer: “Wait, I thought this place closes at 11pm?” Barista: “No, we close at 6” C: “But Yelp says 11pm!” B: “Yeah…that’s weird. Sorry.” This is a real interaction I overheard at the local coffee shop, but not the first time I’ve seen this interaction unfold. As a coffee & tea lover, it’s hard for me to find shops that open … Read More

Are We in a UX Job Bubble? [Mar 2015]

People are concerned that we’re in the midst of a UX job bubble. And they have a right to be. “UX” is now corporate jargon used as a filler word anytime there’s a discussion regarding design or digital strategy. Anyone could throw up “UX” in their LinkedIn profile and probably get messaged from a recruiter somewhere. Now that we see UX … Read More

“Users Are Stupid”

This is a guest post from Christine Ramirez, a UX/UI Designer and Art Director hailing from sunshiny Boulder, Colorado. She’s worked with several brands like Mercedes-Benz and Goldman-Sachs and writes about managing a career in design on her site. Every so often, I hear in various different ways that users are stupid. “Why are our users confused with the sign-up process?” … Read More

UX Implications of the Apple Watch (and smart watches in general)

It’s been a month since the September 9th unveiling of the Apple Watch. I more or less agree that it is Apple’s “most personal device yet,” and with that comes huge UX implications. We’re no strangers to wearables, much less smart watches. But I strongly believe that with its design leadership, Apple will disrupt wearables with the Apple Watch, just as it … Read More

“Am I Too Old For UX?” Yes, you are.

It’s no lie: kids are getting more technologically adept these days. Some get hired by Google at 12 or if you’re Tom Williams, you can get hired by Apple at 14. Hearing news like this often discourages those switching into the technology field, especially if you consider yourself “old” in this industry. It isn’t old age that’s the problem, it’s having an old … Read More

Use These 2 Minimalist Concepts to Hack Your Design Learning

I’m the best at psyching myself out when starting new projects. Before I even sketch out a simple plan of the project, my mind enters ultra-irrational mode: Well first, don’t I need to finish that Photoshop tutorial to learn how to make a better UI? Shouldn’t I also get a better grasp on typography, color and layout before I start designing this app? … Read More