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Things we've been reading

Empathy maps: the business of putting users first

UX can’t save a business that wasn’t designed with customers in mind.
https://www.invisionapp.com/blog/empathy-maps-ux/

How to Write a Perfect Error Message

Good points on language, placement, and visual design.
https://uxplanet.org/how-to-write-a-perfect-error-message-da1ca65a8f36

What’s the Difference Between UI and UX? What to Tell Your Client if They Ask You This

Always a good question and this answers it well.
https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/whats-the-difference-between-ui-and-ux-what-to-tell-your-client-if-they-ask-you-this/

Should you invent a new UX?

Don’t be different. Be awesome.
https://blog.asmartbear.com/new-ux.html

The virtues of digital: creating a truly digital bank

Great read on the difference between incremental development of digitised banking, and working back from the virtues of digital to create truly digital services -that deliver against deep customer needs.
https://11fs.com/blog/virtues-digital-creating-truly-digital-bank/

To Drive Conversions, Don’t Forget Clueless Shoppers

Uninformed people shop - a lot!
http://www.practicalecommerce.com/to-drive-conversions-do-not-forget-clueless-shoppers

Simplifying UX Design Through Storytelling

Data can be visually striking, but it needs a language and story to follow in order to be effective.
https://www.uxpin.com/studio/blog/simplifying-ux-design-through-storytelling/

Calculating the Cost of Creating Website Content

Great read about the considerations associated with calculating content.
http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/calculating-the-cost-of-creating-website-content/

Design Patterns for Fluid Navigation – How to Use Inline Linking

"The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time."
https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/design-patterns-for-fluid-navigation-how-to-use-inline-linking

5 Popular UX Patterns That Users Hate

Try empathising with your users and think before you employ any of these patterns.
https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2017/07/5-popular-ux-patterns-that-users-hate/


Tools that have interested us

UX tools

There's a new design tool every week. What's the difference? See how these design, prototyping, collaboration, and monitoring tools work for you.
https://uxtools.co/


Videos that have interested us

Accessibility is My Favorite Part of the Platform - Google I/O 2016

Rob Dodson on accessibility.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qjgxH384Nc


Podcasts we've listened to

SEO, metadata and information architecture: An interview with Shari Thurow

Does metadata matter - and why? Shari Thurow talks about making your content usable and accessible for both humans and machines, and the importance of information architecture.
http://uxpod.com/seo-metadata-and-information-architecture-an-interview-with-shari-thurow/

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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