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How to Build an Award-Winning Web Design Team

2017-06-07T09:00:19+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

As Art Director over at Vintage, I have had the opportunity to build and grow an outstanding web design team. Together, our team has managed to work on plenty of innovative, award-winning projects. I would like to share some of my tips and techniques for hiring, helping cultivate the skills of team members, and creating [...]

13 Free Data Visualization Tools

2017-06-07T09:00:20+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

Data doesn’t have to be boring. Adding a dash of visual appeal to raw data can make it easily comprehensible and instantly appealing. In the interest of (1) making your data more user-friendly and (2) not boring the eyes out of anyone who sees your work, picking a trusty data visualization tool is a must. [...]

How Selling Pastries Helped Us Design a Better Product

2017-06-07T09:00:21+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: , |

It’s 8:30 in the morning and employees are trickling into the office kitchen, bleary-eyed and cocooned in thick scarves. Soft greetings are whispered over the tinkling of Cheerios. What they don’t notice is Alan, one of our product managers, beaming from the center of an extravagant display of breakfast pastries. "Get your bagels! Muffins! Croissants!" [...]

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 [...]