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How Creating A Design Language Can Streamline Your UX Design Process

    Around a year ago, while working at a digital agency, I was given the objective of streamlining our UX design process. Twelve months later, this article shares my thoughts and experiences on how lean thinking helped to instill efficiencies within our UX design process. When I arrived at the agency, wireframes were already being created and utilized across a variety of projects. Winning advocates for the production of...

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Pixel-Perfect Specifications Without The Headaches

    Designers, developers and managers often work with compressed timeframes and multiple projects simultaneously. A team must be able to respond quickly to feedback on their product from clients, project managers and developers. Each minor revision in the UI or UX needs to be reflected in the documentation, so that designers and developers always have the latest information. A style guide ensures that your project doesn’t encounter serious problems...

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Creativity Under The Microscope: Running A UI Design Critique

    Criticism is easy. It seems like everybody has an opinion, but, as the author Harlan Ellison points out, "You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion." To become informed, though, requires exploration. Design critiques are an important part of any product exploration. A design critique — where the creator discusses and explains the creation with the rest of the team and/or client...

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Developers “Own” The Code, So Shouldn’t Designers “Own” The Experience?

    We've all been there. You spent months gathering business requirements, working out complex user journeys, crafting precision interface elements and testing them on a representative sample of users, only to see a final product that bears little resemblance to the desired experience. Maybe you should have been more forceful and insisted on an agile approach, despite your belief that the organization wasn't ready? Perhaps you should have done...

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Quick UX Prototyping With Adobe XD Shortcuts (PDF Cheatsheet)

  Every designer has their favorite prototyping tools. However, when it comes to UX wireframing and prototyping, there is often more than one tool involved. Sooner or later, you find yourself switching from one tool to another to cherry-pick the best ones among them. Adobe announced Project Comet in October last year to provide a fast and efficient all-in-one solution. A few months ago, the secret behind the codename was revealed...

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How To Integrate Motion Design In The UX Workflow

  As UX professionals, we play a key role in raising the bar for customer experiences. A simple attention to detail is often what signals to the customer that we’re thinking about them. In the digital space, we focus on user interactions within applications devices and processes. With the ever-increasing computing power of desktops, browser sophistication and use of native apps, every day we learn of new ways to push the...

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Optimizing Your Design For Rapid Prototype Testing

  Product teams in startups and mid-sized and large companies are all implementing usability testing and prototyping as a way to de-risk product development. As the focus shifts from engineering to prototyping, it is becoming increasingly important for anyone who creates prototypes to understand the differences between a prototype and a product build. By optimizing the prototyping process, you can produce mockups that deliver the most actionable user insights, while being...

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Fitting After Effects Into A UX Workflow

  We all aim to be as agile as possible in today’s fast-paced web design world, while also remaining thoughtful of the end user and those we work with. After Effects is a great tool that enables us to quickly visualize and test robust animation patterns throughout web design, share those with the development team and clients, and even test variants with users to get quick validation on a design before...

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Useful Adobe Fireworks Resources: Extensions (Part 1)

Fireworks is an excellent UI design tool; however, Adobe decided to feature-freeze1 it back in 2013 and (at the same time) did not offer any replacement tool to its users. Nevertheless, since Fireworks runs fine today on the latest Mac OS X and Windows OS, and since it still offers a solid UI-design feature set, many designers continue to use it and rely on it daily. For those of you...

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