Things we've been reading

Facebook’s UX master offers some must-reads

So what principles of design does she live by, and how does she think about scaling them?
http://ideas.ted.com/want-to-dig-into-design-facebooks-ux-master-offers-some-must-reads

The best icon is a text label

Let’s talk about icons now. They’re an essential part of many user interfaces. The thing is: more often than not, they break clarity.
http://thomasbyttebier.be/blog/the-best-icon-is-a-text-label

The Best User Experience Design Links of 2015

A look at the year in user experience design with the best UX links for 2015.
https://medium.com/@kennycheny/the-best-user-experience-design-links-of-2015-5f4b50b2a6bc

Gamestop CEO says Playstation Virtual Reality launching this autumn

During a television news interview, Gamestop CEO Paul Raines let the cat out of the bag about PlayStation VR.
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/02/16/gamestop-ceo-says-playstation-vr-launching-this-fall/

The Future of Design in Technology

10 predictions for the next 10 years.
https://medium.com/the-year-of-the-looking-glass/the-future-of-design-in-technology-fe1697e5826

How Google Finally Got Design

Today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth...
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3046512/how-google-finally-got-design

E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/science/recycling-cardboard-online-shopping-environment.html 

Ecommerce Strategy

Defining the pros, cons and 10 steps to start planning.
http://www.smartinsights.com/ecommerce/ecommerce-strategy/international-ecommerce-strategy

What's new for designers, February 2016

Frameworks, code resources, UX and UI design tools, JavaScript resources, design and dev tools, apps, stock photo sources, and much more.
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2016/02/whats-new-for-designers-february-2016/

Pocket now works with a font to aid those with dyslexia

Pocket has released a feature that would make it significantly easier to use for those with dyslexia.
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/02/12/pocket-now-works-with-a-font-to-aid-those-with-dyslexia/

My Bathroom Mirror Is Smarter Than Yours

Great!
https://medium.com/@maxbraun/my-bathroom-mirror-is-smarter-than-yours-94b21c6671ba


Tools that have interested us

UX Assist

Workflows driven by UX workflows. Neat.
http://uxassist.com/


Videos we've been watching

Mobile Eye Tracking in User Experience Design

By Andrew Schall at UX+DEV SUMMIT 2016.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv5F4nTbEck

Top 5 New Best Future Technology Smart Awesome Things in 2016

Wallet looks great.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRZH_lcgZts


Podcasts we've been listening to

Articulating design decisions with Tom Greever

How do we talk about our designs effectively with stakeholders?
http://uxpodcast.com/119-articulating-design-descisions-tom-greever/

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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