The Layer-Cake Pattern of Scanning Content on the Web

From Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/layer-cake-pattern-scanning/ Summary: When headings and subheadings visually stand out on the page and are descriptive, users engage in an efficient scanning pattern that allows them to quickly find the information that they need. People don’t usually read every word on a webpage, in an app, or even in an article or text … Continue reading The Layer-Cake Pattern of Scanning Content on the Web

Inspirational Websites Roundup #7

From Codrops: https://tympanus.net/codrops/2019/08/06/inspirational-websites-roundup-7/ We are thrilled to share yet another inspirational websites roundup with you! This past month has been pretty exciting design-wise: beautiful storytelling combined with unexpected shapes and a welcomed comeback of sans-serif goodness; these were the main mottos in our website picks of the month. We hope you enjoy this fresh collection … Continue reading Inspirational Websites Roundup #7

Cognitive Maps, Mind Maps, and Concept Maps: Definitions

From Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/cognitive-mind-concept/ Summary: Cognitive maps, concept maps, and mind maps are diagramming techniques that can be utilized throughout the UX process to visualize knowledge and surface relationships among concepts. Cognitive mapping, mind mapping, and concept mapping are three powerful visual-mapping strategies for organizing, communicating, and retaining knowledge. They help us lay out complex … Continue reading Cognitive Maps, Mind Maps, and Concept Maps: Definitions

How to use Screening Questions to Select the Right Participants for User Research

From Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/screening-questions-select-research-participants/ Summary: To recruit appropriate UX research participants, assess people’s characteristics without giving away the purpose of the study. Finding the right participants for a user-research study can be challenging, even if you have clearly defined your target audience . You can learn something from almost any user, but you’ll get more … Continue reading How to use Screening Questions to Select the Right Participants for User Research

Collective #532

From Codrops: https://tympanus.net/codrops/collective/collective-532/ Visualizing Risk: Remotely Triggered Earthquakes A really amazing project by Will Chase that he created for the VizRisk challenge. Read it Our Sponsor Be Theme: 450+ pre-built websites you can “steal” If you want gorgeous visuals AND smooth UX, Be Theme offers you 450+ pre-built websites that you can easily customize. You … Continue reading Collective #532

Dot Voting: A Simple Decision-Making and Prioritizing Technique in UX

From Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/dot-voting/ Summary: By placing colored dots, participants in UX workshops, activities, or collaborative sessions individually vote on the importance of design ideas, features, usability findings, and anything else that requires prioritization. There are few UX-workshop activities that work well in any situation. Dot voting is one of them. Dot voting is a … Continue reading Dot Voting: A Simple Decision-Making and Prioritizing Technique in UX

Synthesizing usability test results

From Flow: https://filippodt.blog/2019/06/27/synthesizing-usability-test-results/ This week we got another usability study in the books by testing the most recent iteration of our signup and onboarding flow. Thanks to some help from our design operations team I was able to pull it off without a hitch. All I had to do was fill in a request, slightly … Continue reading Synthesizing usability test results

Popups: 10 Problematic Trends and Alternatives

From Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/popups/ Summary: Whether modal or not, most overlays appear at the wrong time, interrupt users during critical tasks, use poor language, and contribute to user disorientation. From conducting decades of user research, we know that people dislike popups and modals . I was reminded of this fact during a recent usability study. … Continue reading Popups: 10 Problematic Trends and Alternatives

Why User Interviews Fail

From Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/why-user-interviews-fail/ Summary: User interviews are often used for the wrong purpose, they’re not planned or analyzed properly, and stakeholders don’t see the value in doing them. User interviews are an important generative method for UX. Generative methods (like interviews and focus groups) produce knowledge. In contrast, evaluative methods (like a usability test … Continue reading Why User Interviews Fail