Things we've been reading

Disguising your AirPods as dental floss is the best way to deter thieves

No sensible thief will steal your teeth cleaning accessories!
http://thenextweb.com/apple/2017/01/02/airpods-dental-floss-disguise/

Decoding The 7 Core Features Of Successful Social Apps

Nice list.
https://www.tapglue.com/blog/social-features/index.html

Product Management Without UX Research is Doomed to Fail

It's a team effort.
http://www.userzoom.com/user-experience-research/product-management-without-ux-research-is-doomed-to-fail/

Review of Popular Design Trends for Interfaces in 2016

How many of these were true?
https://uxplanet.org/review-of-popular-design-trends-for-interfaces-in-2016-f09bb0711ee7

5 Hottest Trends in Fintech for 2017

All good tech to look forward to.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/molly-reynolds/5-hottest-trends-in-finte_b_13860654.html

Lab Results: 3 UX Tweaks for a More Effective Homepage

I've seen similar results too. Good insight.
http://www.neurosciencemarketing.com/blog/articles/ux-homepage.htm

Top 6 Trends to Watch in Mobile App Development for 2017

Gartner predicts that more than 268 billion downloads in 2017... wow.
http://www.iamwire.com/2016/12/top-trends-mobile-app-development-2017/146687

Chat is the New Browser

Bots are starting basic. So did the web.
https://medium.com/@tedlivingston/chat-is-the-new-browser-cef0ead46c8b

Why User Testing Beats A/B Testing All Day Long

Jakob Nielsen was able to show in an analysis that the mean increase of conversion rates with usability optimisation was 87%.
https://klientboost.com/cro/user-testing/

UX tools: A Map of User Journey Optimization Tools

You'll hear a lot about conversational UX this year.
https://onvey.io/ux-user-experience/tools-for-user-journey-optimization/

Embracing Bad Ideas To Get To Good Ideas

Listen, and keep listening.
https://hbr.org/2016/12/embracing-bad-ideas-to-get-to-good-ideas


Tools that have interested us

PhotoLine

Good value tool praised for its efficiency and extra features its bigger rivals lack.
http://www.pl32.com/


Videos that have interested us

Web UX 2016 vs 2004 (Jakob Nielsen)

Jakob Nielsen goes over recent research and compares it to his studies from 2004.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKOlga_xkKA


Podcasts we've listened to

Stories from the field: An interview with Steve Portigal

Stories about ethnographic research from practitioners in the field.
http://uxpod.com/stories-from-the-field-an-interview-with-steve-portigal

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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