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When less is usually — but not always — more

 

Article by Ed Orozco
Balancing Cognitive Load and Discoverability
  • The author explains how reducing cognitive load helps user interfaces seem easier to use.
  • The article covers:
    • Information Architecture & Cognitive Load
    • Staggered vs Flat Information Hierarchies
    • The case for a flat hierarchy
    • The case for a staggered hierarchy
  • Balancing cognitive load and information density requires a lot of skill and deep knowledge of your customer.
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Tips on how to champion HCD and design research to stakeholders and get them on board with all of your UX processes.

Article by Sara Fortier
How to Champion HCD and Design Research to Stakeholders
  • The article covers:
    • The importance of stakeholder management
    • Challenges to overcome with research resisters
    • Common objections to doing user research and how to respond
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How to Champion HCD and Design Research to Stakeholders

Breaking UX principles on purpose? No way! However, Snapchat and Netflix didn’t hesitate in doing so. And after all, who says we can’t occasionally break UX guidelines if it’s for the good cause? 

Article by Kumar Shubham
How Snapchat and Netflix Break UX Design Principles
  • The author takes a look at how Snapchat and Netflix purposefully break UX guidelines to achieve specific goals.
  • Real user experience is all about understanding your customers’ needs and implementing solutions that meet their expectations.
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Bad things happen as we stop solving people problems and start solving business problems

Article by Jesse Weaver
Human-Centered Design Dies at Launch
  • Even though every designer considers their most important stakeholder, this might only be good on paper
  • The problem is that as a company moves through each phase of the design process, the organization’s incentives can fall farther out of alignment with the needs of the people using the product and align more with the needs of the business.
  • The author walks through each designing phase, using a ride-sharing app as an example:
    1. Initial concept development/MVP (people problem)
    2. Reach product/market fit (product problem)
    3. Scale up (business problem)
    4. Cash out (market problem)
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Technology dependency, a shortening of the attention span and the overwhelming feeling of being always on in todays society are some of the matters we need to solve in our relationship with the Internet. We are here to create valuable, relevant experiences and it seems that it is more needed than ever.

Article by Robin Fransz
How Good User Experience Design Can Help to Solve Some of the Most Troubling Matters in Our Relationship with the Internet
  • The Internet has helped us advance significantly in various directions but it also shortened our attention span and gave us the overwhelming feeling of being always on.
  • The author brings up the problem of the Internet impact on people’s lives and believes bad design to be the reason.
  • The author considers Netflix losing subscribers and Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi not getting the expected iMDB score good examples of bad UX design.
  • The problem of being overwhelmed, dependent on technology and even bigger problems like the depression it can cause can be solved by focussing on good user experience design.
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How Good User Experience Design Can Help to Solve Some of the Most Troubling Matters in Our Relationship with the Internet
Article by Charles Adjovu
Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
  • Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are interfaces for recording and processing neurological data and turning these data into an output.
  • Neurodata can be directly recorded, e.g., by a BCI, or indirectly recorded, e.g., an individual’s spinal cord.
  • There are particular privacy risks associated with BCIs that might need the following solutions:
    1. Encryption
    2. Local-first software
    3. Separation of data and compute (or edge computing)
    4. Access control layer
    5. Data cooperative
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