5 Inspiring User Experience and Design Articles for Your Week

Another week has gone by, yet the influx of amazing user experience resources is strong. With that, I have selected some of the top UX articles that I believe will inspire you this week. Happy reading!

1. Visualizing Evaluation and Feedback

Visualizing Evaluation and Feedback
by Cameron Normon, published on Censemaking

Evaluation data is not always made accessible and part of the reason is that it doesn’t accurately reflect the world that people see. To be more effective at making decisions based on data, creating the mirrors that allow us to visualize things in ways that reflect what programs see may be key.

2. Mobile Design Details: Performing Actions Optimistically

Mobile Design Details: Performing Actions Optimistically
by Luke Wroblewski, published on Luke W Ideation + Design

The situation on mobile is dire. People expect a faster experience on mobile then they get on the desktop but the networks connecting them to your service are naturally slower. As a result, your Web site or native app ends up fighting performance on both sides. In these situations it really pays to be an optimist.

3. “Designers shouldn’t code” is the Wrong Answer to the Right Question

“Designers shouldn’t code” is the Wrong Answer to the Right Question
by Joshua Seiden, published on JoshuaSeiden.com

My friend Wayne Greenwood asked me what I thought of his recent blog post in which he argues that designers shouldn’t write code. He wrote, “Your time is the ultimate zero-sum game. The more you spend on the complexity and details of coding, the less you have to make the product experience better for your users or to influence product strategy.” My friend @miniver sucked me into the twitter debate on the subject–so I thought maybe I should share my thoughts without the 140 character restriction.

4. From Google Ventures: How To Hire The Best Designer For Your Team

From Google Ventures: How To Hire The Best Designer For Your Team
by Braden Kowitz, published on Fastcodesign

Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough–there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right designer. And if you’re an engineer or MBA without a background in design, hiring a designer can be daunting, frustrating, or even downright scary.

5. 17 Compelling Stats That Make the Case for Smarter Site Design

17 Compelling Stats That Make the Case for Smarter Site Design
by Rachel Sprung, published on Hubspot

 As marketers, we’re constantly thinking about our company’s website and coming up with ways to improve it. Questions about it keep us up at night. Could we improve the layout? Do we need a clearer call-to-action on the homepage? Do we need a responsive site? Besides quelling your daily concerns, you also need to be aware of the trends in website design. And that’s a lot to worry about … especially when your time is spread thin among a ton of other projects.