05 Jun 2018 by
UX Link Roundup – May 2018

One of the best things about the field of user experience design is that it’s always evolving and growing. We’re constantly finding better ways to make things work, even as the “things” themselves are changing. As such, it’s critical that we stay on top of what’s going on in our industry – from a myriad of angles and perspectives. Fortunately, the internet offers more than a few articles to keep us up-to-date – here’s a collection of the ones we found most interesting just in the month of May. As there are always new sources of information and interesting articles being written, we will try to share some of our favourites with you on a more regular basis.

May 1, 2018
The importance of zooming out in the design process by Fabricio Teixeira
Switching between doing and evaluating to ensure we’re thinking strategically about design.

May 2, 2018
The psychology of colour by Jessica Pollard
Applying the basics of colour psychology to UX design.

May 2, 2018
Biomimicry in UX: learning design from nature by Craig Phillips
Emulating patterns and strategies from the natural world for better design solutions.

May 3, 2018
Information doesn’t want to be free by Jorge Arango
Information helps people most when it’s presented at the right time and place.

May 3, 2018
Priority guides: a content-first alternative to wireframes by Heleen van Nues & Lennart Overkamp
Avoiding the drawbacks of wireframes with user-centered priority guides.

May 4, 2018
Invest in your digital products up front or you’ll pay for them forever by Rusty Farrell
Taking shortcuts results in bad user experience, which has long-term costs.

May 5, 2018
What I’d rather talk about when you’re talking about UX by Christina Wodtke
Christina lists 15 things more important than what “UX” means.

May 7, 2018
The jobs-to-be-done canvas by Tony Ulwick
With a link to a downloadable jobs-to-be-done canvas.

May 8, 2018
Alexa Skill Blueprints and the promise of user-centered voice design by Dylan Wilbanks
How Amazon limited choices and used existing metaphors to improve adoption.

May 9, 2018
Color affects performance — what Salesforce’s latest design studies reveal by Steve Fadden
Study of how colour palettes can help improve response time and accuracy.

May 11, 2018
What social responsibility do UX designers have when it comes to teens and tech addiction? by Sheena Lyonnais
The role UX designers play in tech addiction for vulnerable young users.

May 11, 2018
Three questions with An Event Apart speakers by Amy Grace Wells
Q&A with An Event Apart speakers Jen Simmons, Kate O’Neill, Jason Grigsby, and Jeremy Keith.

May 16, 2018
Smartphones are reshaping customer journeys; marketing must now align with CX to improve experiences by Brian Solis
Mobile use is ubiquitous, so mobile UX must be a priority.

May 17, 2018
The new guidelines in WCAG 2.1 explained by Alexander Skogberg
WCAG 2.1 is coming this summer with new guidelines for website accessibility.

May 20, 2018
Site search suggestions by Kate Moran
The importance of useful search suggestions to provide relevant results.

May 21, 2018
5 naughty conversion “dark patterns” to avoid in 2018 (+what to do instead!) by Sam Hurley
Avoid the mistakes of using evil/illegal “dark patterns”.

May 22, 2018
The importance of good animation in UX by Will Fanguy
Good animation can make a UI both delightful and considerably more usable.

May 23, 2018
Why we removed the only feature everyone liked in our new advice tool by Katherine Vaughan
User research can go beyond what people like to get at what they need.

May 23, 2018
UX design and GDPR: everything you need to know by Armen Ghazaryan
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect May 25 in the EU.

May 24, 2018
UX Lisbon 2018 – Talk Notes by Scott Berkun
Notes from former nFormer Jess McMullin’s (and others’) talk at User Experience Lisbon.

May 24, 2018
Tab bars are the new hamburger menus by Fabian Sebastian
The problem with hamburger menus and a new solution.

May 24, 2018
Why UX design for machine learning matters by Beverly Lerch
How UX design is changing machine learning in product design.

May 27, 2018
Forgoing buttons for gestures by Erik Christiansen
Transitioning from buttons as the core mobile usability component to a gesture-based model.

May 28, 2018
Beyond The UX Tipping Point by Jared Spool
Video of Jared Spool’s talk at From Business to Buttons.

May 30, 2018
Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: all the slides, plus analysis by Rani Molla
Video & slides from Mary’s influential internet trends report at Code Conference.

New book release:
Orchestrating Experiences; Collaborative Design for Complexity by Chris Risdon & Patrick Quattlebaum
A practical guide to help create products and services in complex environments.

Also very cool:
The Tarot Cards of Tech help creators explore the impact of technology.

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18 May 2018 by

Meet Carissa

Carissa Ng is well-versed in user research, content strategy, brand strategy and facilitation. Her broad experience allows her to step into several roles. She has crafted and implemented a variety of strategies for large public-sector and non-profit organizations. Here is … Read More

06 Jun 2018 by

Inaugural UX Meetup

We are happy to announce that we have reignited the UX meetup group in Edmonton! We want to create a space where people interested in UX can come together on a regular basis to share ideas and learn from one another.  … Read More