Things we've been reading

UX design trends are rubbish (but they're useful rubbish)

Timi's two cents on why design trends are "useful rubbish".
http://whatusersdo.com/blog/value-of-ux-design-trends/

Visual Hierarchy: Effective UI Content Organization.

“Chaos was the law of nature and order was the dream of man” - Adams
https://uxplanet.org/visual-hierarchy-effective-ui-content-organization-4a11a244b9e3

The Rise Of Conversational AI

Today 100,000 bots litter the Facebook Messenger landscape.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/12/04/the-rise-of-conversational-ai/

How To Use Live Chat To Improve Conversions

"Live chat solutions offer a win-win situation." Agree?
https://www.conversion-uplift.co.uk/live-chat-for-websites/

UX & Psychology Go Hand in Hand

How does Gestalt theory appear in UX design?
https://blog.marvelapp.com/ux-psychology-go-hand-hand/

6 design principles for a better fintech user experience

Technology should enable solutions that make people’s lives easier.
https://blog.gfk.com/2017/12/6-design-principles-better-fintech-user-experience/

6 Tips for Designing Happiness

For business results, emotions matter.
https://www.fastcodesign.com/3047190/6-tips-for-designing-happiness

Virtual Reality Uses in the Military

$1.4 billion in revenues solely from the military by the year 2025. Wow.
https://appreal-vr.com/blog/vr-in-the-military/

Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility

Fantastic resource.
https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2016/09/02/dos-and-donts-on-designing-for-accessibility/

Making up metaphors

How metaphors can make or break your designs
https://medium.com/@jsaito/making-up-metaphors-4bcc85bc1039


Tools that have interested us

MindNode 

MindNode helps you visualize your ideas. Start with a central thought and then brainstorm, organise and share your mind maps.
https://mindnode.com/


Videos we've been watching

U.S. Army Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS) 3D Virtual Reality (Part 2/2)

Soldiers prepare to train on the Training Support Activity Europe's (TSAE) Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=X-LvRvOQowg


Podcasts we've been listening to

#172 Re-branding with Jon Bergsman

James and Per talk to Jon Bergsman, founder of WDW Creative, about the branding process and its similarity to the UX design process.
https://uxpodcast.com/172-branding-jon-bergsman

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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