Best UX Articles of July 2016

This month the focus in the user experience world was primarily centered on what not to do as a user experience designer. With articles focused on warning designers against making major design and user testing mistakes, to helpful advice on how to improve specific designs, this monthly roundup is a must read!

1. The Seven Deadly Sins of User Experience Design

User experience design is a delicate balance of design and insight in order to please the user and stay ahead of your competition. Paul Boag presents seven severe UX design mistakes that every designer should avoid at all costs. I think it’s important for designers, new and old, to review this list in order to make sure they aren’t guilty of any of these deadly sins, and to know what to avoid doing in the future.

2. 6 Myths That Stop Companies Form Doing Enough User Testing

Codrin Aresene discusses the importance of user testing in software development. It not only saves time in the long run, but it is morally the right thing to do. Aresene lists six reason he’s come across as to why developers determine user testing isn’t useful. He makes sure to carefully and intelligently explain each myth away, stressing just how vital user testing really is.  

3. Bad UX Kills

Bad user experience is never something you want to hear in relation to your company. In the digital world of today, every company strives to attract their clients with a unique user experience that stands out from their competitors. Colin O’Donnell talks about just how serious bad UX is, especially in relation to urban planning, and how to make sure your UX is on the right track. bag-and-hands

4. How Shutterstock Uses Machine Learning to Improve the User Experience

It’s always interesting to learn about the practices of other companies in order to widen your knowledge of the field. Michael Petry, the mobile product owner at Shutterstock, discusses the growing importance of artificial intelligence, and how it is used to drastically improve user experience.  

5. Design in a Remote Setting: A Toptal Design Talk

In this fascinating discussion between Toptal Technical Editor, Kent Mundle, and Toptal Design Lead Lubos Volkov, many helpful design strategies and tips are revealed. I found this talk extremely interesting, as it is always useful to learn how other designers manage their professional lives.    

6. Has Wix Killed Web Design?

Check out this interesting interview with Nir Zohar, about how Wix has affected web design. Recently Wix introduced Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence), which is designed to reduce some of the challenges of website building. Find out how Wix will affect the world of web design, and how it could affect you and your company.  

7. How to Design a Walkthrough That Users Will Read

Learn all about how to design a successful and promising walkthrough that your users will actually take advantage of. Walkthroughs should motivate and inspire users to continue utilizing your app, rather than ditching it because they are confused and frustrated. Take a look at this helpful step-by-step guide full of dos and don’ts when it comes to designing a walkthrough.  

8. How Boston College’s Website UX Simplifies the Admissions Process

In my recent post I discuss an alternative use for UX that may not having crossed your mind. When applying to college there are many steps one must take in order to complete the application process, which can make it a long and tiring process. However, recently institutions such as Boston College have taken it upon themselves to improve their user experience in order to benefit their applicants, and make sure they maintain a steady number of applicants each year.
Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)