Things we've been reading 

What is material design? 10 pioneering examples

Part of the '17 crucial web design trends for 2015' series.
https://econsultancy.com/blog/65966-what-is-material-design-10-pioneering-examples/

Website navigation: best practices for menus

Interesting insights into one of the most important aspect of any website.
http://www.mstoner.com/blog/design-and-usability/website-navigation-best-practices/

Automate Your Life With These Apps

Seven of the best automation apps available right now.
https://medium.com/@producthunt/automate-your-life-with-these-apps-2a85f27f0d41#.4y84q2t3z

The Surprisingly Complex Design of Facebook’s New Emoji

Interesting take on Facebook's new Emoji.
http://www.wired.com/2015/10/facebook-reactions-design/

Writing kick-ass hypotheses

Really good presentation on writing lean UX hypotheses.
http://www.slideshare.net/intelleto/lean-ux-meetupvegashypotheses201307

Which UX Deliverables Are Most Commonly Created and Shared?

Really insightful article into UX deliverables.
http://www.nngroup.com/articles/common-ux-deliverables/

MasterCard adds corporate cards to m-wallets

MasterCard is to provide tokenisation services to commercial credit card issuers, enabling corporations and business travellers to load their cards into participating mobile and digital wallet services.
http://www.fstech.co.uk/fst/MasterCard_Commercial_Payments_Digital_Wallets.php

Invisible Banking – which superpower would Gavin choose?

"Let us hope, for the love of all that’s FinTech holy that I worry for nothing..."
http://duenablomstrom.com/tag/invisible-banking/

Open Letter to the Challenger Bank – Reloaded

"I need a banking experience to blow me away and I’m too old to be a student again..."
http://duenablomstrom.com/2015/09/28/open-letter-to-the-challenger-bank-reloaded/

The 6 Elements of Persuasion

Great infographic.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/237072367862146074/

UK bank branch closures accelerating

Despite what all the banks say publicly...
http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx

5 Tips to Increase ROI With Marketing Analytics

Recognising distractions and executing differently. Here are five tips to help your business thrive.
https://blog.kissmetrics.com/increase-roi-with-analytics/


Podcasts we've been listening to

Jenn Lukas – Developing a Living Style Guide with CSS

One of the greatest benefits of using CSS is speaking the same language as your developers... works very well here at Box UK.
https://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2015/09/01/jenn-lukas-developing-a-living-style-guide-with-css/

Chris Risdon – Orchestrating Experiences for Complex Ecosystems

A user’s interaction with you as an organisation isn’t necessarily confined to just your digital identity.
https://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2015/01/21/chris-risdon-orchestrating-experiences-for-complex-ecosystems/


Tools we've reviewed

Google customer surveys

We're always on the lookout for new survey sites.
http://www.google.com/insights/consumersurveys/how

FullStory

FullStory lets companies instantly record, replay, search, and analyse each user's visit to their website.
https://www.fullstory.com/

Elastic Progress

Based on the Dribbble shot 'Download' by xjw.
http://tympanus.net/Development/ElasticProgress/


Videos we've been watching

Mind-Blowing Technologies of 2015

A compilation of some of the most exciting and interesting new technologies discovered in 2015.
https://vimeo.com/142780779

Coco, the world's most advanced android robot, comes to Gitex Technology Week in Dubai

This Android robot has freaked a few of us out... they are getting smarter!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54_x-_Js7s8

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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