What we've been reading

Front End v. Back End Explained by Waiting Tables At A Restaurant

Interesting visual explanations of HTML, CSS and JavaScript concepts.
https://blog.codeanalogies.com/2018/04/07/front-end-v-back-end-explained-by-waiting-tables-at-a-restaurant/

Why Users Make More Errors with Instant Inline Validation

Interesting take on in-line validation.
http://uxmovement.com/forms/why-users-make-more-errors-with-instant-inline-validation/

The Role Of Storyboarding In UX Design

“You cannot understand good design if you do not understand people; design is made for people.” - Dieter Rams
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/10/storyboarding-ux-design/

Why Dark UI Patterns are Bad for Business

Some nice examples to give when discussing dark UI patterns.
https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/why-dark-ui-patterns-are-bad-for-business--cms-30909

8 Profitable Pinterest Power Plays

How integrating Pinterest can boost profitability.
https://www.myfrugalbusiness.com/2016/04/profitable-pinterest-marketing-social-selling-ecommerce-media-sales.html

UX to LX: The Rise of Learner Experience Design

The groundswell of data and learning technology shows no sign of slowing down...
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-20-ux-to-lx-the-rise-of-learner-experience-design

9 Amazing Benefits of Technology in the Classroom (+18 Best Ways to Incorporate Technology)

Have you ever wondered if technology improves learning?
https://www.jenreviews.com/classroom-technology/

How To Improve Your Design Process With Data-Based Personas

"The best personas don’t just describe users; they actually help designers predict their behavior."
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/04/design-process-data-based-personas/

Multivariate vs. A/B Testing: Incremental vs. Radical Changes

Radical redesigns are best tested using an A/B experiment, while multivariate tests indicate how various UI elements interact with each other and support incremental improvements to a design.
https://www.nngroup.com/articles/multivariate-testing/

10 Principles for Good UX Design Documentation

A manifesto for UX design deliverables.
https://medium.com/the-versatile-designer/10-principles-for-good-ux-design-documentation-dd5b812bebc1

Micro-interactions: why, when and how to use them to improve the user experience

"Micro-interactions are events which have one main task - a single purpose - and they’re found all over your device and within apps."
https://uxdesign.cc/micro-interactions-why-when-and-how-to-use-them-to-boost-the-ux-17094b3baaa0


Tools that have interested us

Blackboard Collaborate

Delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in the same room, via collaboration and conference tools.
http://www.blackboard.com/online-collaborative-learning/blackboard-collaborate.html


Videos we've been watching

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti

What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5N2Jl8k14


Podcasts we've been listening to

#179 Net Promoter Score with Jared Spool

“NPS is the KFC of satisfaction scores – it’s everywhere and not good for you."
https://uxpodcast.com/179-nps-jared-spool/

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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