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January 13, 2014

Job market for UX professionals growing and growing. In the US, that is. "Across a thousand UX professionals we found high job satisfaction and extreme diversity in terms of hugely varying educational background, 210 job titles, and wide-ranging work roles and activities." (Jakob Nielsen ~ Nielsen Norman Group)
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January 10, 2014

Typography as the integral part of UX design. "The right font choice along with the absence of sidebars and popups makes everything feel easier and better to read. Websites like Medium, Signal vs. Noise, and Zen Habits are like yoga studios for content. Their presentation of content puts me at peace while reading, allowing me to fully focus on the stories without distraction." (Mikael Cho a.k.a. @mikaelcho ~ The Next Web)
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January 9, 2014

Empty SERPs are pages with a purpose too. "When users try a search and get no results, there’s a high risk of site abandonment. But paying attention to design details can turn this potential disaster into an opportunity for content discovery." (Kathryn Whitenton ~ Nielsen Norman Group)
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January 8, 2014

Slow food for thought for UX and interaction designers. "This article sketches a theory of slow change interaction design as one way for designers to approach what we will call slow change problems-attitudinal and behavioral changes that are difficult to initiate and sustain. Those familiar with persuasive technology will recognize the theoretical foundation atop which slow change interaction design sits. The domains of persuasive technology and captology cast sufficiently wide nets as "the research, design, and analysis of interactive computing technologies created with the purpose of changing people’s attitudes or behaviors or both without using coercion or deception". Slow change falls within these domains. Importantly, however, slow change offers evolved perspectives, or lenses, on the ethical, temporal, and systemic thinking that any designer should adopt in slow change interaction design practice." (Martin Siegel and Jordan Beck ~ ACM Interactions Magazine Jan-Feb 2014)
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As there is always UX, there's always lean or fat UX. "This all boils down to something that I call principle-driven design. As stated, some lean UX is better than none, so applying these principles as best you can will get you to customer-validated, early-failure solutions more quickly. Rules are for practitioners who don't really know the value of this process, while principles demand wisdom and maturity. By allowing principles to drive you, you'll find that you're more nimble, reasonable and collaborative. Really, you'll be overall better at getting to solutions. This will please your stakeholders and team members from other disciplines (development, visual design, business, etc.)." (Anthony Viviano a.k.a. @anthviv ~ Smashing Magazine)
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Always thought service design and UX design were close cousins. "We hear plenty of talk about the power of design. It is a very pragmatic discipline. Look around you, nearly everything you touch has been designed. For this particular scenario, design attempts to ask (and answer) questions such as: what should the customer experience be like? What should the employee experience be like? How does a company maintain a consistent brand essence and stay relevant to its customers? How might we take the principles of design and stretch them to examine the intangibles?" (C. Todd Lombardo a.k.a. @iamctodd ~ jaxenter)
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As long as we have content, we have metadata. "Here's something about taxonomies that might surprise you: they're not just for librarians anymore. Taxonomies were once a niche concept - useful but complex structures tackled only by the most hearty of information managers in sprawling databases. The past few years have seen taxonomies demystified and 'rebranded' as powerful yet approachable tools for anyone with an interest in making content easier to find and use. One of the most popular applications of taxonomy to come out of this renaissance is taxonomy-driven publishing." (Stephanie Lemieux a.k.a. @stephlemieux and Michele Ann Jenkins a.k.a. ~ UIE)
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January 6, 2014

Differentiation of the UX field into multiple roles: customers, patients, citizens and kids. "Designing for kids is a unique and challenging situation for any UX professional. While many principles and practices span across all ages, there are many issues which arise exclusively when dealing with children. In this introductory article we'll look at kids and the specific issues that they bring about. We'll also examine some guidelines, constraints, and considerations that you should take into account when designing UX for kids." (Justin Smith a.k.a. @xenoabe ~ webdesign tuts plus)
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When is still was HCI, it was called a science. Now, it's an art. "User experience is an art form of its own. You never can predict for certain how your site or app will be perceived. What you can do is arm yourself with the tools to make informed decisions about UX in the design process." (Carrie Cousins a.k.a. @carriecousins ~ Design Shack)
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Believe it or not, humans are still cognitive animals. "The total cognitive load, or amount of mental processing power needed to use your site, affects how easily users find content and complete tasks." (Kathryn Whitenton ~ Nielsen Norman Group)
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December 19, 2013

Embedding UX capabilities in the enterprise is a major challenge for the field. "The biggest barrier I've seen to using UX in a firm is often simple lack of knowledge of what UX can deliver. (...) An integrated internal UX team is critical to organizational success, and the stakes are higher in larger enterprises. An internal practice that builds lasting relationships, provides thought leadership, and acts as trusted advisors provides long-lasting value to the firm. As the digital space becomes increasingly human-centric, and organizations evolve offerings around consumer need, the internal user experience agency plays a significant part in delivering both short term wins as well as long term success." (Stephen Turbek a.k.a. @Stephenturbek ~ Boxes and Arrows)
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December 17, 2013

Formal education and curriculums of design for UX, interaction or information architecture has been a neglected area for years. "For the inaugural event, we brought together 25 people interested in education to listen to provocations from educators within different contexts and then to workshop around those same provocations. Although the outcomes were not as I had hoped, I do think it was a successful and well-timed event. I didn't even know that the hosts of the next year's Interaction conference were already thinking along the same lines and wanted to lead their own initiative. So we coupled our talents together to help prepare this year's event with lessons learned from the previous year and we have prepared an amazing single-day event for people interested in the intersection of education and interaction design around the world." (Dave Malouf a.k.a. @daveixd ~ Core77)
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December 16, 2013

Great collection of content when you haven't attend the event in Cardiff. "Service Design is the application of design practice to the other 80% of the economy. It demands new skills, tools and techniques, perhaps even a rethinking of what we mean by design itself. Designing product service systems and the business models that enable them, means crossing boundaries between design disciplines, business and technology. It means changing the processes and practices not only of designers but how firms innovate and organize themselves. This isn't easy as we share different working practices and cultures, but, it's essential, for service designers, if we are to collaborate or even lead innovation. Innovative service systems can create rich and integrated customer experiences -- delivering real social and economic value, opportunities for self-expression, and bring meaning to peoples' lives, as well as to the world we share." (Service Design Network 2013 conference videos and presentations)
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