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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Tips & Advice

Pick My Brain #011: Do I have to use blue for hyperlinks in my UI design?

Do I have to use blue for hyperlinks in my UI design
Today’s question comes from Krista, one of the 11,000+ students taking my User Experience Design Fundamentals course on Udemy.

Q: Is it important to use blue for hyperlinks? Blue clashes with our color palette. Do I need a different color for links moused over? selected? If so, what is a rule of thumb for that?

A: Great question Krista. The short answer is no, blue is not required at all. What is important, however, is that:

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Tips & Advice

Pick My Brain #010: Navigation Design vs. Interaction Design

Navigation Design vs Interaction Design

Today’s question comes from Ganesh Kumar, one of 11,000+ students taking my User Experience Design Fundamentals course on Udemy.

Q: If I am not wrong, interaction design is where we make decisions like what happens when user clicks on a button, e.g. should it launch a new window or take the user to another page etc. Isn’t that the navigation as well? I am very confused on these two elements, could you please clarify?

A: Thanks for the great question Ganesh, and it’s one that gets asked more

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Tips & Advice

4 Tips for Adding Lean UX to an Agile Development Process

4 Tips for Adding Lean UX to an Agile Development Process

As organizations of all shapes and sizes come to grips with the fact that UX is critical to project and product success, a common question resurfaces time and again:

“How do we add Lean UX practices to our current process?”

When I hear this question, I know that what’s really being expressed is concern, and in some cases, fear. What they really want to know is how can we do this without screwing up the way we do things

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Tips & Advice

Pick My Brain #009: Interaction Design vs. Interface Design

Interaction Design vs. Interface Design

Today’s question comes from S. Mitra, one of the 10,000+ students taking my User Experience Design Fundamentals course on Udemy.

Q: In principle, I understand why Interaction and Interface design may be worded differently, but am having a bit of a difficulty getting head around the difference between them. For example: when I have an entire wireframe complete with planned functionality waiting for the visual design to sit on top of it, is that interface or interaction?

A: This is an excellent (and very common) question. Here’s my quick

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