Design is Design is Design is…UX?

Design is Design is Design is…UX?

Look, we all know at this point that UI design is not the same thing as UX, and that doing one well does not guarantee the quality of the other. But at the same time, the two are more closely related — interdependent, in fact — than most “experts” seem to want to...
The (Overlooked) UX Value of Stakeholder Arguments

The (Overlooked) UX Value of Stakeholder Arguments

We’re all on the same side here…aren’t we? In a previous post, I told you a story about me screwing up — and how I lived to tell the tale 😉 A big part of that failure was not doing the work upfront to learn all I could about all the players involved in the project and...
Signal vs. Noise: Removing Visual Clutter in the UI

Signal vs. Noise: Removing Visual Clutter in the UI

When I was a kid, terrestrial radio was pretty much our only option for listening to music on the go. Small, portable transistor radios (like the one you see in the picture) were essentially the blueprint for iPods and today’s smartphones. And if you were a...
Simplify UI Data Visualizations – in 7 Simple Steps

Simplify UI Data Visualizations – in 7 Simple Steps

To give you some context as to the importance of designing effective data visualizations, I’d like to give you a scenario to consider. Imagine that you’re standing in a room with 100 other people, all of whom are shouting at you at the very top of their lungs....
The Right Way to Use Icons in Your UI

The Right Way to Use Icons in Your UI

Back in 2005, a young man by the name of Jensen Harris was an intern program manager at Microsoft. During that summer, he says, he learned a key UX lesson — on the use of icons — that carried over into the DNA of the now-ubiquitous “Ribbon” toolbar. In a post titled...
The Power of Progressive Disclosure

The Power of Progressive Disclosure

Interactive design of any kind means walking a very fine line between not enough information and information overload. At the core of that balancing act is one of the most important principles of UX and Design: progressive disclosure. Progressive disclosure means that...