May’s Top User Experience Articles

The world of UX was busy this past month writing some great articles. I compiled a list of some of the best articles I found with topics ranging from defining what using a certain font means, to some of the most creative and unusual user testing methods. I definitely learned a lot from these design experts, and I’m sure you will too!

 

1. What Do Font Names Actually Mean?

As user experience designers, there are so many different design options available to us. From fonts, to color schemes, to graphics, the possibilities are endless. This article explains what each popular font means, how user friendly it is, and why it’s used. A small detail such as the font may not seem important to UX, but in reality it can change the experience for most people without them even being aware of it. This just goes to show the importance of every detail when designing an app or website.

2. UX vs UI vs IA vs IxD: 4 Confusing Digital Design Terms Defined

There are so many terms these days in the graphic design community, at times it’s hard to keep track. This article provides an overview of the four major terms in the digital world. Each term means something different and specific to its use. This useful guide provides tools of trade and deliverables that apply to each term in order to better explain the term’s practical application. This is a really great article to read whether you’re new to the digital design world, or you’ve been around the block a few times.

 

3. 5 Best User Experience Videos For UX Designers

Inspirational speeches, articles, and videos are all useful learning techniques. Cassandra Naji put together a list of useful UX videos which touch on a lot of important topics. From usability testing, to discussing the latest web design trends, these are videos you’re not going to want to miss! My personal favorite is the first video by David Pogue, who discusses the importance of simplicity. According to Pogue, simplicity is sometimes the hardest decision to make when designing your UI.

 

4. Understanding How User Experience Designers Think and Work

Based on an interesting survey put together about what the average user experience designer’s process looks like and includes, this article outlines some of the insights gathered from the designers’ answers. The survey tackles some of the main steps in the design process, prototyping, and user testing. Each designer answered according to their own practices, providing interesting insight into each individuals’ practice.

 

5. Improve Your Designs With The Principles of Continuation and Common Fate (Part Three)

As the final article to an interesting three part series, the principles of continuation and common fate are discussed, which are used for animation to create a top notch design. Jon Hensley uses graphic examples and photographs in order to illustrate just how important it is to establish relationships between elements or direct attention to specific groups. Hensley stresses how essential it is to user experience to create a design that speaks to users, and proves his point by bringing in some extremely successful companies who have utilized these tactics.

 

6. Six Effortless Ways to Improve User Experience- and The Most Common Mistakes to Avoid

Ned Wells provides some useful tips on how to avoid common mistakes while improving your company’s user experience in order to better entice your customers to remain loyal to your company, and to attract new ones as well. By making small improvements such as optimizing images, making thing easy to find, and becoming more mobile friendly, I’m sure your customers will have a better user experience all together.

7. The Fundamental Concepts of Good UX

It’s always good to go back to the basics every once and a while and brush up on some important fundamentals. This article lists some of the key concepts you need to utilize when implementing UX strategy. Visual design, information architecture, and functionality, are among some of the most important concepts to make sure to take into consideration in order to successfully design a user friendly site.

 

8. Engaging Video: Salt Shaker, Pepper Shaker, and UX

This interesting video shows the beginning of Don Norman’s spectacular presentation about the principles of smart design based on UX and usability. He utilizes relatable examples to bridge the gap between the audience and the concept of user experience, proving that each person experiences a UX design every day in a different way. You’ll learn a lot of user experience design from this talk, it’s definitely worth watching.

 

 

 

Megan Wilson
Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)walkme.com
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