Writing blog posts for 100 days in a row was a mission that failed before it had even started. The reason isn’t that I didn’t have anything to say, or didn’t have the time to do it. I have a bunch of half-written posts already and I don’t have any less time than anyone else.
The reason is, I think, that I want to write when I feel like it, when I have something to present and also have made the effort to do it really well. I don’t want to do it just because I have to do it every day or because I’m expected to do it by someone else.
I think many people drop out of the blogging everyday thing when they feel quantity comes before quality, and I’m pretty sure I would have ended up there too. I’m gonna keep blogging, but not under the #blogg100 tag.
I’ve been doing link sharing roundups every week on and off for the last couple of years or so, and with the #Blogg100 thing going I thought I might as well pick it up again. So here you go, the lastest UX design links I’ve found and shared lately.
- Designing a responsive form, 20 inspirational solutions
With so many new mobile phones, tablets and other devices coming out every day, designers have to be prepared to make common functions easy to do on these devices. The usual approach to this is responsive design. However, what some of us are still trying to figure out is how to use responsive desig
- Creating Responsive Prototypes With Adaptive Views In Axure RP 7
Creating responsive prototypes without writing code is now possible with Axure RP 7’s new adaptive views feature. The feature enables you to create one page in Axure RP with several “views.”
- The Game-Changing Nature of Beacons
Bluetooth Low Energy (or Blutooth Smart) beacons have the potential for enormous influence on digital services. Utlilizing micro-location triggers to deliver new experiences and interactions, they will likely trigger the emergence of a new paradigm of applications and digital services for various industries.
- Intranet Information Architecture (IA) Trends
Intranets are improving findability and discoverability by organizing content by task rather than department, using megamenus to present deep content, offering clear cues to help orient users, and providing shortcuts to important pages and tools.
- The Magnifying-Glass Icon in Search Design: Pros and Cons
Users recognize a magnifying-glass icon as meaning ‘search’ even without a textual label. The downside is that icon-only search is harder for users to find.
- Minimize Cognitive Load to Maximize Usability | Nielsen Norman Group
The total cognitive load, or amount of mental processing power needed to use your site, affects how easily users find content and complete tasks.
- Design Charrettes: Half Inspiration, Half Buy-In
Design charrettes inspire design sketches and ideas, include more people in the design process, explore and expose goals and objectives of colleagues in multiple functional roles, and drive off designer’s block.
- The best of 2013 for designers
In 2013, we covered a ton of new apps, resources, and more for designers and developers. In fact, we covered hundreds of resources!
- 4 UX mistakes that are killing your conversions
Conversion rate optimization (CRO, for short) is having a moment among marketers. With the rise of billion dollar companies built on the back of clever growth hacks and continual optimization, more marketers are jumping on the bandwagon. In general, a greater awareness of measurable website performance is a good thing.
- The Usability of Legalese
“Because legal services involve both interactions and goal-directed behavior, one might expect the legal system to have been designed on principles of usability. Instead, the products of the legal system inflict legalese on people.”
- Designing Personality
“We haven’t yet gone far enough in bridging the gap between users’ social behavior and product design. The next step is to infuse personality into the products that we create.”
- User Experience Versus Users
“Recently, … it seems that user experience is increasingly playing a role in formulating designs that diametrically oppose users’ wants and needs for the sake of generating greater profits.”
- Why negative is positive in web design
With all the terms that get thrown at us during our design education (be we self or institutionally taught), it is easy to understand why some land only glancing blows with barely any penetration into our psyches.
- The Top UX Trends of 2013
2013 marked another year of frenzied growth in the land of experience design. As connectivity has increased and mobile saturation has become a global reality, users expect more ease and sophistication than ever.
- 5 Reasons You Should and Should Not Test With 5 Users
There are a lot of misconceptions about when it is and when it is not appropriate to test with five users. There’s no reason to take an extreme position on this issue and think it’s never acceptable or always the right number. Instead you should understand what you can and cannot learn from just a handful of users in a usability test.
- Avoid Category Names That Suck
Categories and hypertext act as signs and should give people a strong indication of what will happen even before they click on the link. People avoid clicking on unknown items or, even worse, ignore them all together.
- Competitive Usability Evaluations: Learning from Your Competition
Data on what works well or poorly on other sites saves you from implementing useless features and guides UX investments to features that your users need.
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For the third year in a row, there’s a blogging movement thing in Sweden called Blogg 100, which basically means you should write one blog post a day for 100 days. I’ve never been in it before, but I thought it could be the thing I need to get this blogging thing going again.
I’m probably gonna switch a little between English and Swedish, longer posts about things that’s been on my mind and surely shorter posts like videos or talks that I like in between.
I have a list of stuff I’ve been thinking to write about, but I leave you no guarantees that it will last for 100 days. But that’s ok, this is a good time to get the posts written and see if I like it as much as I used to before.
Read more ab out Blogg 100 at Bisonblog (in Swedish).
The last few months I’ve made one of my projects on the to-do list a reality. I’ve spent quite some time setting up a code base that I can feel comfortable with, implementing the features that I believe most of the users, myself included, would like to see – and it’s off to a pretty good start. It’s a nice feeling making a reality of all those sketches and notes.
What I’ve built is a web based betting portfolio management tool called Bettin.gs, used to track the progress of your bets and give useful statistics based on these bets, so you know what types of bets you make you’re money on and what you should avoid. I’m not a huge sportsbettor myself, but I’ve already made quite a bit lot of use by the site and it’s turned into a tool that is appreciated among the bettors out there, especially in Sweden and Norway so far.
Stats from Bettin.gs
Personally, I’ve used this time to refresh my development skills and although that’s still not my favorite part of web design, it’s nice to stay up with frameworks like Laravel, jQuery and Zurb Foundation, which are the parts I’ve used the most. It’s also really sweet to have a little playground to implement new design ideas and solutions on people to see how it sticks.
If your a person interested in sports and betting, feel free to sign up at Bettin.gs and start registering your bets. It’s all free.
A decent year, music wise. Top new finds for me was French Films and CHVRCHES. Best album overall was probably Lorentz & Sakarias. I can’t even count how many summer nights I spent this year on the balcony with that album on (well, actually I can, thanks to Last.fm).
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