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UX Basis: A UX Process and Toolbox

An incredibly useful resource for both UX folks and clients. We need to remember to educate as well as design. UX Basis is way of combining the numerous tools available to us and forming a unified process that sits within a digital agency and it’s other important departments – creative, tech and client services. The beauty about the model is it is fully adaptive to any clients needs, can fit with tech’s agile process and incorporates creative and development at key stages in the creation process.

The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions
A great visual depicting the many digital distractions that we encounter on a daily basis.

Study:  Fewer fields in a contact form sharply increases conversions
In the fall of 2007 and again in the spring of 2008, Imaginary Landscape performed a comparison of two types of contact forms on its Web site at www.imagescape.com.  The test compared an 11-field Contact Us form with a 4-field Contact Us form. The more abbreviated form resulted in a 160% increase in submitted forms.

Electrical Circuit Runs Entirely Off Power in Trees
You’ve heard about flower power. What about tree power? It turns out that it’s there, in small but measurable quantities. There’s enough power in trees for University of Washington researchers to run an electronic circuit, according to results to be published in an upcoming issue of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Transactions on Nanotechnology.

How to Design Buttons to Help Improve Usability
Buttons can play a big part in how visitors interact with a website. They come in varying shapes, sizes and styles but there are a few things to consider when designing buttons.

10 Productivity Tips for Web Designers and Developers
Productivity is something that all web designers and developers strive for. We all have too much work to do so anything that can help us along the way can make a big difference.

South African pigeon faster than broadband
A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country’s biggest web firm, Telkom. Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles – in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.

Zooming Interfaces for Augmented Reality on Phones
A video demonstrating this technology.

Digital Information Design Best Practices
What are some best practices for digital information design? There are many information design resources, however there are a few attributes that can make for an effective story with information design and infographics.

50 things that are being killed by the internet
The Internet has wrought huge changes on our lives – both positive and negative – in the fifteen years since its use became widespread.

The bright side of sitting in traffic: Crowdsourcing road congestion data
What if you could do a little something to improve the world during your daily drive to work? Some interesting ideas from the official Google Blog.

Communicating User Experience Design
When trying to communicate the process of user centred design to senior managers it helps to convey the idea as concisely as possible. This infographic conveys the various steps and phases of user centred design on a single page.

User Experience Designers vs Creative Director
With roles constantly in-flux, how do these two differ and overlap?

9 Things You Can’t Forget When Designing a Blog
Designing a blog can be quite a daunting task, to be sure. To-do lists alone for could fill pages if you were to include all the minor details that accompany the project.

The Definitive Guide to About Me Pages
One of the most important and least used aspects of any website is the “About Me” page. It’s not enough to have an interesting site and great product if your visitor can’t find a way to relate to you.

Monopoly City Streets
Now you can play Monopoly using Google Maps!

Organizations Should Leverage Social Sciences to Place Next-Generation Technology Jobs
As individuals and organizations progress in their adoption and leverage of the Web, new work streams and needs will arise, resulting in companies utilizing social sciences to fill next-generation technology jobs, according to Gartner, Inc.

The freelancer’s toolbox: 33 useful apps & websites for the freelance designer
As a freelancer, managing your time and business is mandatory if you want to get some time for designing. All the softares and websites introduced in this article can save you some precious time and money.

Web Design Trends: Call To Action Buttons
Call to action buttons are the buttons that you, as a web designer, want all your users to click on when they land on your page. Usually they’ll be a link to a download, sign up or sale. Seth Godin calls them bananas and your users are the monkeys. The objective is for the monkey to find the banana in less than 3 seconds (before they give up and leave). “Force yourself to design each and every page with one and only one primary objective. That’s the banana. Make it big. Make it blue (or red). Make it obvious.”

Moodboarding Methods for Web Designers
Moodboards help you gain a complete understanding of what you are trying to achieve design wise. They also keep you inspired, and you can create as many as you like for any one project.

10 Elements of Highly Effective Articles
Generally speaking, people visit your site for one of two reasons.  First, they come because you engage with them personally.  They are your friends and they visit to connect with you.  Second, they come for your articles.  They come because they view you as an authority in your field and they want to learn from you.  Or maybe they come because your writing entertains them.

Best of Best WordPress 404 Error Page Designs
High bounce rate can negatively impact your website by decreasing your revenue from advertisers and more. You can reduce the bounce rate and increase pageviews by simply optimizing your 404 Error Page.

5 Steps to Streamline your Creative Process
This article summarizes how to streamline a creative process to make it as efficient as possible.

How They Did It: District 9
How did a largely unheralded Vancouver VFX facility land the job of creating amazing CG aliens for one of the coolest movies of the summer?

Bradley Hebdon

Bradley Hebdon

Founder & Editor at UXbyDesign
Bradley is a User Experience Leader with over 15 years of interactive experience. He is currently employed as Director of UX at Slalom Consulting's Southern California office.
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