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Issue 36


9 Pieces of UX Advice I Stole From People Smarter Than Me
Some secrets and strategies that Spencer Lanooue learned from world-class designers.

Designing without a Designer
There are people who make the design decisions and people who refer to themselves as the designers. This is a tale of two designers, one design leader.

Really starting a career in UX design
9 great tips by Ian Fenn to those starting out in UX design. Also check out 9 Top Designers On What Every New Grad Should Know.

User is the King
Benjamin Berger writes about some basic principles about how to ask for permission, signing up, and loading that will make your app better.

Communication: The Cure for Common UX Design Challenges
Keeping open lines of communication at every stage of product development will save time and lead to better experience design.

On the Wrist: Android Wear vs. Apple Watch
A look at the differences between the Appple Watch and Android Wear by Luke Wroblewski.

UX is UI
Mike Atherton makes a case about how UX and Product Management should merge to focus on making the right thing rather then making the thing right.

Tools & Resources

All the slides (and more) from the 2015 IA Summit
Links to all the slides, posters, and notes from this year’s IA Summit in Minnepolis.

The User is My Mom
The guy that brought you The User is Drunk will have his mom review your website.

Released in beta, Iconjar organizes, stores, and uses your icons all in one place.


User Experience Branding: How to create experiences that create loyal customers
A talk at Lean UX by Bill Beard about a process that helps build loyal customers and brand ambassadors by integrating our brand experience with our user experience.

Designing Monument Valley: Less Game, More Experience
Ken Wong talks about how rethinking games as user experiences inspired the led ustwo games to create a chart-topping game.

How to Use Empathy to Build Software Products
There’s one skill that every wildly successful product manager, UX designer, businessperson, and leader has in common – empathy.

UX Portfolios

Austin Knight
Autsin is a UX designer at Hubspot. His portfolio is really nicely done with detailed case studies, explaining his process, and even his philosophy.

Have a UX portfolio you want to share? Contact me.

Last But Not Least

Online User eXperience Institute
This site was made in 2009 and it shows.

“Embrace the failure.”
— Milton Glaser

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