How To Hire A UX Designer

Start with people who are inquisitive, and interesting. Look for designers who can communicate quickly in pictures, someone who can draw well. It’s a skill that can be applied across almost every interaction a designer has with others...


Guerilla User Research

A few years ago I worked as a designer at the corporate headquarters for a national real estate company. We had plenty of budget for design and marketing, but basically no budget for usability testing in spite of its importance. Here’s what we did.t....

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Communicating Design

Explaining design decisions requires the ability to discern the difference between the objective and subjective. Engineering is objective - the thing works and plays or it doesn’t. A bridge can mathematically sustain a load of 20,000 pounds or it can’t. Design is subjective...

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Good Design is Appropriately Elegant

Misano is an industrial designer working on a project with a collaborative team to create a set of kitchen utensils for users with moderate to severe arthritis. The design constraints for the project required that the tools be easy to hold without....

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Good Design is Comforting

Monica is a freelance designer working on a login experience for a national bank. One of her challenges is the layout of information on the landing page, after the user’s credentials are accepted...

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Good Design is Aspirational

Marco is a designer at a Los Angeles studio tasked with developing a new electronic dashboard interface for a car. In his benchmarking he finds that the products of lots of companies compete at a low level. He consults with his UX lead, Mary...

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Everyone Together, Far Away

Organizing teams around products rather than discipline to improve investement and the speed of decision making in software teams...

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Structural Grids

Using grids to increase stability, organization, and credibility among users....

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Typography and Font Hierarchy

The application of font stacks to website development increases readability, heirarchy, and stability...

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