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Hack Care - IKEA-inspired book uses design to help dementia caregivers

Tips to make furniture more comfortable or approachable for patients living at home with dementia, and their carers, in a classic IKEA catalog style

State-Switch Controls: The Infamous Case of the “Mute” Button

On–off controls that switch between two different system states need to clearly communicate to users both states.

Designing the Ada Lovelace hashflag emoji

On Ada Lovelace Day we celebrate the work of women in STEM. Jenny Brennan writes about how she designed a hashflag for the occasion.

The failed promise of Web Components

Web Components had so much potential to empower HTML to do more, make dev more accessible to non-coders & easier for coders. Or that was the idea.

The Evolution of the Google Sign Up Form: 2005 → 2020

The timeline of how Google has created its modern registration form.

Accordion Icons: Which Signifiers Work Best?

The caret icon most clearly indicated to users that it would open an accordion in place, rather than linking directly to a new page.

PDF: Still Unfit for Human Consumption, 20 Years Later

Research spanning 20 years proves PDFs are problematic for online reading.

Usability Testing for Voice Content

Many of us are turning to voice assistants in these times, whether for comfort, recreation, or staying informed.

How to create a remote usability test for fast, actionable insights

For UX designers and product managers, usability testing is a vital-and exciting-part of the product creation process.

The User Researcher's Guide to GDPR

Don't panic. GDPR may seem too big to tackle, but we've boiled it down to the 4 most important principles for design research.

Role of Proximity in Product Interaction Design (IxD)

Let's learn how proximity can be used to increase usability and create more delightful human-product experiences.

The league of evil designers

"So, you want to join the league of evil designers? Come in, sit down. Is the chair uncomfortable? Good. Let's go through your application."

Tools for Unmoderated Usability Testing

These days, we're spoiled for choice when it comes to remote user research.

Popups: 10 Problematic Trends and Alternatives

From conducting decades of user research, we know that people dislike popups and modals.

8 tips for writing great usability tasks

Whether you're new usability testing or want to improve your know-how, we want to share with you our best tips for creating usability tasks.

Design Maturity Model by InVision: The New Design Frontier Report

A 100+ page report from InVision that gives companies (and designers) insights into hiring trends in our industry.

Free Course: Intro to Data-Driven UX & UsabilitySponsored

Learn the proper methodology - a data-driven UX framework - that will help you improve your website for users. Get 10 Video Lessons.

Your Ultimate Guide To Successful Usability Testing

A super-detailed guide on all the nuances of usability testing.

A UX Guide To The Child's Mind

“Designing a good children’s app is more than just dumbing down adult concepts.”

Pen Tool… to use or not to use?

My findings from a usability study I did on the Pen Tool available in Figma & Sketch along with some recommendations for a better design pen tool.