Things we've been reading

Visual Mapping - The Elements of Information Visualization

Great write-up about first defining the spacial substrate, considering the graphical elements, and choosing properties to assist these elements.
https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/visual-mapping-the-elements-of-information-visualization

Can “Ugly” Still Be Good UX?

It's all about the user experience. Understanding user goals and providing efficient user journeys.
https://codeburst.io/can-ugly-still-be-good-ux-f25df37875ab

Why Product Thinking is the next big thing in UX Design

Product Thinking establishes a fruitful relationship between Product Management and UX Design and therefore leads to stronger products.
https://medium.com/@jaf_designer/why-product-thinking-is-the-next-big-thing-in-ux-design-ee7de959f3fe

8 Tips On Bridging The Gap Between Design & Development

Communication, communication, communication!
https://blog.prototypr.io/8-tips-on-bridging-the-gap-between-design-development-88c4cf24a0a6

Human factor in virtual reality data visualization

https://medium.com/inborn-experience/vr-dataviz-41ef0dc879c

Cognitive biases during user research

“Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.” Claude Lévis-Strauss, 1908–2009
https://uxdesign.cc/cognitive-biases-during-user-research-part-2-20a1ed485a86

A huge redesign is coming to Snapchat

The idea is to personalise the experience in a more relevant way, while still maintaining the exploratory nature of the service.
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/7/16620740/snapchat-redesigned-app-announced

The Power of Defaults

Defaults are incredibly powerful tools for guiding users, speeding up system usage, and influencing responses with the power of suggestion.
https://uxplanet.org/the-power-of-defaults-992d50b73968

Calculating the Cost of Creating Website Content

How there is a need for content to meet business goals and user needs, making for even more complex requirements.
http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/calculating-the-cost-of-creating-website-content/

How To Ensure Colour Consistency In Digital Design

Love the colour psychology piece.
https://usabilitygeek.com/how-to-ensure-colour-consistency-in-digital-design/


Tools that have interested us

Sketch Libraries

Super useful resource.
https://www.sketchapp.com/docs/libraries/


Videos we've been watching

Playing with Apple's new augmented reality platform

CNN Tech's Laurie Segall takes a look at the augmented reality apps coming to Apple's iPhone and iPad.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EfMCTOQd6A


Podcasts we've listened to

#170 Discovery with Dan Brown

James and Per talk to Dan Brown about the discovery phase - or perhaps, as Dan suggests, the "discovery mindset".
https://uxpodcast.com/170-discovery-phase-dan-brown/

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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