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Anybody’s Guess: Why Research Matters

By Valle Hansen on June 23, 2015 in Process and Strategy, User Research and Testing

As a user researcher, I am, of course, an evangelist of all things research. I love research! I love reading everything and learning everything and understanding everything I possibly can about a subject. Infographics are neat but I want more more more information! Give it to me—all of it! As a user researcher, I also, of course, realize that not everybody feels the same way. Often including clients. Do We […]

Watch Our Free Webinar: Creating Useful & Usable Interactive Visualizations

By John Morkes on May 21, 2015 in Design, Process and Strategy

Ever wonder about the best way to visualize your application’s data sets? Is a tree map the way to go? Maybe a bubble chart? Are there certain visual mechanisms that lend themselves naturally to certain data types? Do your users even understand common visualizations? This webinar can help. Expero’s Lynn Pausic and Chad Huff present best practices for creating useful and usable interactive visualizations for complex data sets, starting with […]

Watch Our Free Webinar: UI Design Patterns for Navigating Complex Data Sets

By John Morkes on May 1, 2015 in Design, Process and Strategy

Expero recently gave a webinar on user interface design patterns for complex data sets. Now we’re sharing it here. A design pattern, as we explained in our January 2015 blog post, is “a good, reusable solution for a common but specific interaction design problem.” In this webinar, Lynn Pausic and I present design problems that are often seen in applications and sites […]

Beware the Two-Tap Rule

By John Morkes on April 1, 2015 in Design, User Research and Testing

I’m a fan of Yahoo for news and email, but I’m not a fan of their new “two-tap rule.” The rule states that once a user is in a Yahoo application, it should take only two taps to do anything the user wants to do. Fast-to-use apps are the goal here. The two-tap rule sounds a lot like our field’s misguided

Toward a Screenless World?

By Valle Hansen on February 24, 2015 in Design, Inspiration

A Review of The Best Interface Is No Interface by Golden Krishna  Several years ago, I attended a neat speech by a young but awesome UX Designer named Golden Krishna, with credentials ranging from product innovating at Samsung, to designing at Zappos, to writing for major publications. The speech was titled “The Best Interface Is No Interface,” and the room was packed—presumably full of user interface designers. It was a […]

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