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Book in Brief: Digital and Marketing Asset Management

2017-06-07T08:38:40+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Editors’ note: The second “Book in Brief” feature here on Boxes and Arrows is from Theresa Regli’s Digital and Marketing Asset Management: The Real Story About DAM Technology and Practice. Use the discount code ‘dmambanda’ to add this to your library; it’s good for 20% off. We’ll publish an excerpt, up to 500 words, of your book. [...]

Could You Hand Me the Dry Rub Please?

2017-06-07T08:46:36+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Tree testing is an effective technique for evaluating navigation and taxonomy. In an environment devoid of visual design and cues, tree tests are useful for assessing existing site navigation and proposed site structure changes. Using my kitchen, I devised a plan to test the findability of my kitchen’s spices and pantries. Card sorts versus tree [...]

Panda’s Guide to User Experience

2017-06-07T09:00:22+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

I blacked out when he said he wanted to underline text so that the site looked more interactive. I couldn’t hear him anymore because of the internal dialogue reinforcing my superiority. “He doesn’t think of the user. He only cares about sales. What kind of stupid idea is that? A really, really stupid one. What [...]

Benchmark Your UX at All Costs

2017-06-07T09:00:24+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

In the user experience (UX) industry, benchmarking is a practice that measures the usability of a website. Benchmarking helps the UX researcher understand the current state of the site so the team can attack problem areas and improve them. It is very difficult to fix or improve something when you don’t know what is wrong. [...]

Beyond The Conversation: Context-Fluid Experiences and Augmented Cognition

2017-06-07T09:00:25+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Have you ever felt like you were having a one-sided conversation with someone? It feels as if you are exerting much effort with minimal feedback or response in return. When we use an application, we can think of this experience as a conversation between the user and the technology. Sometimes, it feels as if we [...]

Creating the Persuasive Pattern Card Deck

2017-06-07T09:00:26+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

One of our finest tasks as designers is to filter the abundance of choice into easily digestible bits. Creating great interfaces is as much about motivating, teasing, leading, and guiding users along—so that they experience value, faster—as it is to improve usability by removing friction. This requires an endeavor into product psychology and the art [...]

Here’s What May Sound Like a Crazy Idea

2017-06-07T09:00:27+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Build a command line option into your next user interface. Some of you techies may be reading this and thinking, “Yes! I live in a command window all the time on my computer.” Well, I’m not really thinking about you as my target audience. I’m talking more about applications used by everyday people outside the [...]