What I’ve been reading lately (week 44)
- Retina Displays and File Sizes
I’m spending this day in maintenance mode doing backend stuff, and I started thinking about Retina quality images and their file sizes.
- Design for Experience: Experience that Makes a Difference
Technology exists to solve problems. Some solutions are to common problems like counting calories. Other solutions effect major change and improve lives worldwide.
- Selling Responsive Website Design
Designing and developing websites that work well on mobile devices is an important aspect of the work we do on today’s Web. This importance is reflected in the conversations I have with clients, almost all of whom list “support for mobile devices” as one of their top goals for a redesign — all except one, that is.
- Customer Experience Versus User Experience: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?
“In ecommerce, … you have to convert the user into a customer. That’s why, in my experience, executives at ecommerce firms get that user experience matters.”
- Five Principles of Writing for Users
Writing for users is a deeply intuitive and technical trade. As with web design, digital writing needs to resolve the user’s existing knowledge and instincts with an interactive product.
- The 5 best tools for responsive design
Let me start by saying this, I will not be including any point-and-click design tools in this list (think Adobe Edge Reflow). The reason is simple enough, I believe that they’re bad for everyone; designers, clients, coders… everyone suffers.
- From My Head to the Browser
As the web evolves, there will always be two ever-growing lists: one of all the pieces of content that will need to appear on any given site over time and another with all the ways we can access that content. Creating flexible, modular design systems makes both of these lists a little less daunting and a lot more manageable.
- The Psychology of Text
The written word. The primary source through which we share our knowledge. From ancient religious texts and history books, to learning of our friend’s adventures on Facebook. It is this marvelous medium that allows us to express emotions, share thoughts and tell stories. It has done for centuries.
- How white noise affects UX
Web Designers are typically thought to only solve design problems and create trendy sites. Little credit is given to the subtler role we play in commercial sites.
- Five Tips for Conducting Scientific Research in the UX World
Despite the fact that research plays such a pivotal role in the practice of user-centered design, much has been written about how to approach it in a “quick and dirty” manner. Why the rush? I believe that the application of a more rigorous, scientific methodology could lend some much-needed credibility to our approach.