Why is web accessibility so critical? Learn about the WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 guidelines from the W3C (commonly referred to as POUR), who needs to be compliant, the cost of noncompliance, and types of disabilities impairing web access.
Design systems shouldn't replace essential conversations and validation with the people that will use a product. However, that doesn't mean that design systems aren't of value. In this article, we'll outline what design systems are, what they aren't, and how they can be best leveraged in product design.
When you think about design, you might imagine advertising’s golden age. You’ve probably seen it on Mad Men: A challenge is presented to “the creatives,” they slip behind a curtain and reemerge with a dramatic, “grand reveal” design. The suspense and tension (not to mention liquid lunches) make for great TV, but not software delivery. This article instead analyzes the modern role of design on a product team, and how the role of design can catalyze those teams and provide immediate business value.
Most of the software, computer systems, devices, and digital interfaces that we constantly interact with have a shocking number of qualities in common with people who are psychologically classified as psychopaths. Despite increased awareness, discourse, and focus on “user-centered” design, people are continually exposed to what can be defined as psychopathic interfaces. Find out if your software is a psychopath with our 16-point checklist.
From exploratory, to generative, to formative, and summative, research helps make the right decisions throughout the product design and build lifecycle. Learn more from our Director of Product Design Chris Wilkinson.
At a bare minimum, software applications need to be usable and useful. But more organizations are seeing the benefit in building digital products that tolerate user mistakes and allow users to learn the systems in a fraction of the time and training costs. This approach, design thinking, has given the discipline of design a greater voice in enterprise digital strategy. Products that adopt design thinking not only meet the bare minimum usability requirements, they also create brand advocates. This post details how design can take products from usable to useful. Then, to desirable—and finally—to delightful.
Heuristic evaluation helps uncover and fix problems before you test your product. Here's our approach for conducting heuristics, and why it works.
As experience design continues to evolve and mature, it’s important to understand not only what interaction behaviors and patterns users adopt, but how those digital patterns affect real-world interactions and modify conventions. This post looks at how digital and real-world convergence is impacting experience design.
Looking to simplify your UX process? We’re here to make it easy for you! Our latest post includes an assortment of starter wireframe templates so you can accelerate your UX design.
“Focus on the user and all else will follow.” This is the opening statement of Google's guiding principles entitled, '10 things we know to be true.' That document sits within the 'about' section of their company website. Tucked away from beloved products like Google Search and Gmail, it's in all likelihood hardly noticed by the millions of people who use their products each day. Despite the fact this statement isn’t exactly being shouted from the mountaintops, Google chose to lead with it. Why?
Is your company building the right products, or just generating activity? We take a look at the processes and workflows that help organizations leverage the insight of their users and customers to make leaps and bounds of progress in product development.
To keep up with a constantly changing industry, we are always trying new tools and processes. About a year ago, we joined our development team in using JIRA as the primary tool to track our design tasks, and started using Dual-track Scrum. Here's how we've learned to integrate.