The empathy paradox

Empathy is so hot right now. Whether you’re a user experience professional, visual designer, marketer, developer, empathy is the new skill to have. Unfortunately, like most buzz words that become jargon, the value of the word is being lost in the noise. What really is empathy? The first definition that may likely come to mind is […]

What do top UI designers do differently?

Yesterday, I was asked to answer a question on Quora: What do the top 1% of user interface designers do differently than the other 99%? I think the original poster was assuming that the top eschelon of UI designers use different tools or techniques in their practice. However, I see expert UI design differently. Those designers […]

This may be the best UX quote I have ever read

I stumbled upon this great article,  Slaying 5 UX myths for the good of mankind, and was blown away by the reality (and humor) of this quote: Gone is the view of humans as rational beings who make decisions based on logical reasoning. Embrace instead humans as they are, turning to intuition when too tired […]

The pre-processor isn’t the problem with your CSS

There has been a lot of bashing on pre-processors lately, and rightfully so. Sort of. Certainly, these tools, such as SCSS and LESS, can result in excessive bloat and specificity issues in their generated CSS. Lyza Gardner struck the nail on the head in A List Apart this month: Pre-processors have a way of keeping us at arm’s […]

“Designer”: It’s what you do, not what you’re called

As designers, we spend far too much time analyzing how to refer to ourselves. “Product designer, UX/UI designer, visual designer, full-stack designer, lead designer of products”…do any of these really tell you about the person behind the title? If you saw a resume with one of these titles at the top, would it shape your […]

Being willing to fail, fail again

What is it about our culture that some people are so keen to fail while others aren’t? The ability to cast off from the shore with the full ability that you may sink is a trait many envy. I envy it. In Silicon Valley, failure has become somewhat of a badge of honor. A startup […]

Designing for Humans

There is a growing trend throughout the web community to embrace an understanding of behavioral science, and to apply its tenets to our designs. This progress helps us walk the delicate balance between providing an emotional and pleasurable experience for our users and communicating content and information through clear, intuitive patterns. When the web was […]

User Types: The Tourists and The Explorers

User research is paramount to a well-balanced design process. It helps us create and implement interfaces that adhere to the needs and expectations of our users. But how do we adjust for different behavioral patterns amongst that group? People tend to fall into one of two categories – thinkers and doers; cautious and impulsive; perceptive […]

Empathetic Design is Honest Design

Content first. User experience design. These terms are tossed around daily by eager commentators. The new trend of “flat design” has been founded on the premise that realistic elements on a web page diminish the experience for the user by presenting a dishonest representation of what the page presents: digital content. Or, as opined by […]

This Designer’s Toolbox

If you ask any web designer or front-end developer what tools they use regularly, the answers will most likely include Photoshop, Illustrator, or another program out of the Adobe Suite; a text editor (I prefer Coda); some sort of color picking tool; maybe a screenshot clipper… Outside of these regulars, however, you often don’t hear […]