Things we've been reading

Creating A More Human Conversational UX: Lessons From Google

Tips for building voice interactions that feel natural and authentic.
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90109020/creating-a-more-human-conversational-ux-lessons-from-google

What I think about Emotional Design from a UX Perspective

It is basically the pyramid of needs translated into product design and it works like a charm!
https://blog.prototypr.io/pretty-and-pretty-useful-emotional-design-81328b521e93

The Law of Similarity - Gestalt Principles

Realizing the potential for applying Gestalt thinking helps us create (literally!) eye-catching works.
https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/the-law-of-similarity-gestalt-principles-1 

The Sneaky Psychology Of Apple Pay - And How It Could Cost You

Apple puts me first, and it’s a positive mentality that infects all Apple products.
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90128304/the-subtle-psychology-of-apple-pay-and-how-it-could-cost-you

How Human Faces Affect User Experience in Web Design

Humans are born with a visual preference for faces, over other images, that begins less than an hour after birth.
http://www.intechnic.com/blog/how-human-faces-affect-user-experience-in-web-design/

A Guide to Color and Conversion Rates

No matter what colors you choose, they have a definite influence on the design as a whole.
https://uxplanet.org/a-guide-to-color-and-conversion-rates-f3a28e8e32bb

So You Have A New Gesture

Great article on teaching new users the gesture and its function.
http://usabilitygeek.com/so-you-have-new-gesture/

A Rant against Pretty Designs

Are your designs asking these questions?
http://theappecosystem.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/a-rant-against-pretty-designs.html

IKEA designers are living in a Mars simulator to get inspiration for future collections. Really.

"How people talk about homes is all about memories, so this makes sense for us."
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ikea-and-mars

Successful Security? Stop Blaming Users

Experts offer insights on gaining information security buy-in.
http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/successful-security-stop-blaming-users-a-9980

Tools that have interested us

UserTest.io

Thanks for sharing your tool with us Preston :-)
https://usertest.io

Videos that have interested us

Balancing Creativity with User Testing -- Designer vs. Developer #2

A show that tries to solve the challenges faced in the industry by opening a conversation between the two, providing takeaways, solutions to workflows, tools and discussions on everyday struggles. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJJDwpyzlS4

Podcasts we've listened to

#160 I need more sleep

James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.
http://uxpodcast.com/160-linkshow/

About the author

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris is an experienced Principal User Experience Consultant specialising in user testing, Information Architecture, HTML prototyping and web accessibility. Over the years he has worked with the likes of the Virgin Group, Land Rover, Kia, Orange and Unilever, and many other enterprise organisations.

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