Tips & Advice

[ Video ] Your Burning UX Questions Answered!

Whether you’re at the very beginning of your UX career journey or are just dealing with the natural challenges that arise in any situation, questions come with the territory.

In a recent webinar, I fielded questions that ran the gamut from “How do I leverage my business degree in UX?” to “what do I do when the dev team says my UX/UI solution is impossible?” to “what is the most important thing to know about UX?”

These were fantastic questions, and I was honored to give my two cents. I think

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Tips & Advice

[ Video ] The Art of Selling UX

One of the most common struggles people share with me is the obstacles they face in “selling” UX to their organizations and their clients. This is a road I’ve been down more than a few times, and in a recent webinar I presented some of my tips and strategies for dealing with and overcoming resistance to best UX practices. We also had a follow-on Q&A session where attendees asked their most burning questions.

These are time-tested tactics that you can add to your own methodologies to reduce the friction you’re experiencing. I

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UX Career Guidance

UX Career Advice for Beginners: Feel the Fear. Do it Anyway.

Advice for Anyone New to UX: Feel the Fear. Do It Anyway.

It’s your first big project, your first time working with an experienced team of product owners and designers and developers. Part of you can’t help thinking that it’s a miracle you landed this gig, and another part of you is silently hoping that no one finds out just how much you don’t know. And as excited as you are to be here, to have the chance to really do what you’re best at, you just can’t seem to shake that

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User Experience

Think First Virtual Book Tour: Interviews, Articles and Podcasts (Oh My!)

Think First Virtual Book Tour

One of the great things about writing a book is that you get to have some inspiring, thought-provoking conversations with people you admire and respect. Over the past few weeks, a number of websites whose founders and contributors I hold in high regard have asked me for my two cents on UX, design, product strategy and, of course, my new book, Think First.

I’ve enjoyed these conversations and writing these pieces; I feel like they’ve been as valuable to me as

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UX Career Guidance

How can a print designer break into UX?

how can a print designer break into UX?

This is a question I am asked several times a week, and it’s a good one. It’s also a hot-button item for me related to a myth I’d like to annihilate. A significant portion of the media — aided and supported by UXers in fear for their jobs — would have you believe that UX is an exclusive club that only those with the right talent and extensive training can join.

It’s not true.

In my opinion, every designer — whether we’re talking print

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Tips & Advice

5 Rules for Better UX Interviews

5 rules for better UX interviews

If you’re responsible for helping make a product reality, then it’s also your responsibility to uncover what’s going to make that product useful, usable and valuable, to both users and to your client’s business. In other words, it’s your job to identify the strategy behind the work you’re doing and make sure you’re solving the right problems.

The best way to do that, of course, is the UX Interview. Talk to the people who have the most to gain (or lose) from your work: stakeholders and

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User Experience

London Bound: I’m speaking at DEVWEEK 2015!

Join Joe Natoli in London for DevWeek 2015

I’m sure some of you have noticed the radio silence lately — that’s because I’ve been busy preparing for DEVWEEK 2015 this coming week. I am absolutely honored to have been asked and am looking forward to a fantastic week of learning from all the sharp minds sure to be in attendance.

I’ll be doing three sessions; here’s a quick summary of each.

Think first: why great UX starts between your ears
(and not on the screen)

Wednesday 25th March / 11:30 –

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UI Design

4 Reasons Minimal UI May Mean Minimal Users

4 Reasons Minimal UI May Mean Minimal Users

Common UI elements — buttons, menus and common actions —are a very significant part of what makes a site or app useful. The “chrome” as these elements are called, is being minimized in favor of increasing the amount of valuable content on the screen. In theory, Minimal UI is a solid approach; the intent is certainly noble and logical.

But hiding those elements, while certainly trendy, comes at a cost that many designers, developers and organizations are slowly waking up to.

Take our ubiquitous friend the

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UX Career Guidance

3 keys to launching your UX career

3 keys to launching your UX career

Not a day goes by that I don’t receive an email from someone who’s new to the world of UX and isn’t sure where to start. Whether you’re just out of college or are transitioning from a related field, the discipline can seem daunting because it’s comprised of so many parts and processes. But while there’s definitely a lot of ground to cover in answering that question, there are 3 keys to launching your UX career that are absolutely at the top of the list.

So

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UI Design

5 Crucial Principles for Great Mobile Design

5 Crucial Principles for Great Mobile Design

The exponential and continual explosion of apps for mobile devices is certainly keeping us designers and developers on our toes; it’s tough to keep up. The good news, however, is that while technology advances and devices evolve at breakneck pace, the principles for great mobile design remain the same. Here are the five you need to know and apply.

  1. Design the parts to be consistent with the whole. Designers are often expected to break with convention. Apple encourages all of us to “think different.” But
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