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Issue 32

Happy Friday! Just a quick reminder – it’s the last week to enter in this month’s Print & Art Block giveaway from Busy Building Things. I’ll announce the winners next week, along with a new giveaway.


How To Become A UX Leader
Some solid advice by Robert Hoekman Jr. about how to get what you want and be great at leading UX.

Immersive Design: How to Design for Virtual Reality
Virtual reality could be the next big field for UX design. Matt Sundstrom writes about the principles and challenges when designing for VR.

Note to Designers: Forget Wearables, Tackle Senseables
Wearables are personal devices but Ravi Sawhney, CEO of RKS, says the next stage of personal technology is designing around sensors.

Designing Settings
An often overlooked screen, this article talks the problems and solutions when designing settings.

Mobile User Experience: Limitations and Strengths
A good summary of the strengths and limitations in good mobile user experiences.

Rise of the Product Managing Designer
Andrew Mercando writes about how Skillshare blends the role of the designer with that of a product manager.

Improving Your App Design with User Testing
How Soundwave used user testing to get insights and inform the design of their app.

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Tools & Resources

UI Haus
A showcase of the best mobile app designs ever made.

Designing for Google Cardboard
Google put together a guide on how to design great virtual reality user experiences.


Mobile App UX Principles (PDF)
A paper on improving user experience and optimizing conversion on smartphones by Stephen Griffiths from Google.

This is Product Management (Podcast)
Hosted by Mike Fishbein of Alpha UX, this podcast is more product management focused but there are lots of topics that touch on UX.

PS – Check out some of my favorite UX podcasts.

UX Portfolios

A lot of what makes great UX portfolios are the case studies. Some of the best come from design agencies so I’m going to start highlighting some of them along with the usual individual UX portfolios.

Case Study: Virgin American Responsive Redesign by Work & Co (PDF)
When Virgin American reimagined how we book travel last year, their site got the attention of lots of people for their slick and clean UX. How good was it? Forrester even wrote a case study about it.

Rob Deegan: UX Video Portfolio
Not sure how I feel about video portfolios but Rob Deegan attempted to reinvent the UX portfolio by creating a 2-3 minute experience for the reviewer.

UX Jobs

Senior UX Researcher at LearnVest (New York, NY)
Join one of New York’s top venture-backed startups to understand how their product can be adapted to align with users’ behaviors and needs.

UX Designer at MXM (Culver City, CA)
MXM is hiring a User Experience Designer to join their creative, fun agency to deliver innovative, user-centered digital solutions.

Last But Not Least

Smile Suggest
A fun little Chrome extension that automatically saves the pages that make you smile.

“Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous.”
— Ralph Caplan

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