UX Design in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio
UX Design in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio
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Design, User Experience

7 posts
The Problem with Patterns

It started off as an honest problem with a brilliant solution. As the ways we use the web continue to grow and evolve, we, as its well-intentioned makers and stewards, needed something better than making simple collections of pages over and over again. Design patterns, component libraries, or even style guides have become the norm for organizations big and small. Having reusable chunks of UI aids consistency and usability for...

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I Don’t Need Help

We have no excuse…admit it. UX may brag about intuitive and pretty, but we sure suck at helping people—this one thing that most defines, most embodies great user experience. Throughout history, there’s one recurring theme: people need help. For all we know, the need for assistance might have triggered the development of communication. It could have led to bonding among tribes and our existence today. In the future, it might...

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A Dao of Product Design

When a designer or developer sets out to create a new product, the audience is thought of as “the user”: we consider how she might use it, what aspects make it accessible and usable, what emotional interactions make it delightful, and how we can optimize the workflow for her and our benefit. What is rarely considered in the process is the social and societal impact of our product being used...

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Why We Should All Be Data Literate

Recently, I was lucky enough to see the great Jared Spool talk (spoiler: all Spool talks are great Spool talks). In this instance, the user interface icon warned of the perils of blindly letting data drive design. I am in total agreement with 90 percent of his premise. Collecting and analyzing quantitative data can indeed inform your design decisions, and smart use of metrics can fix critical issues or simply...

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Never Show A Design You Haven’t Tested On Users

It isn’t hard to find a UX designer to nag you about testing your designs with actual users. The problem is, we’re not very good at explaining why you should do user testing (or how to find the time). We say it like it’s some accepted, self-explanatory truth that deep down, any decent human knows is the right thing to do. Like “be a good person” or “be kind to...

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Designing the Conversational UI

In the first part of this article, we discussed the basic principles of conversational interfaces, and why you should consider building one for your own product. Here, we’ll dive a little deeper into more specific patterns, and see how you can translate them into a conversational form. I want to present a few cases as examples to illustrate the challenges of designing a conversational interface, and go through some of...

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All Talk and No Buttons: The Conversational UI

We’re witnessing an explosion of applications that no longer have a graphical user interface (GUI). They’ve actually been around for a while, but they’ve only recently started spreading into the mainstream. They are called bots, virtual assistants, invisible apps. They can run on Slack, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, plain SMS, or Amazon Echo. They can be entirely driven by artificial intelligence, or there can be a human behind the curtain. WarGames:...

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