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Issue 34


Becoming a More Thoughtful User Experience Designer
The difference between creating good experiences and amazing experiences often comes down to how thoughtful we can remain during the design process.

Why It’s Totally Okay to Use a Hamburger Icon
Steven Hoober writes on the use of menu icons today, how they have become ubiquitous on mobile devices, and how some of the current thinking about them is wrong.

9 Hidden User Experience & Interaction Gems on Airbnb
Michael Wong breaks down and finds interesting interaction and UX gems from Airbnb’s seamless experience.

Ultra-Contextual Design
We’re constantly bombarded with dumb experiences but Abi Jones, UX Designer at Google, writes how we can make them smarter with ultra-contextual design.

Rapid User Research With Intercom, PowWow And GoToMeeting
The rapid workflow the folks at Mailgun uses to get quick feedback on new features.

Filtering UI: A Horizontal Toolbar Can Outperform the Traditional Sidebar
A horizontal filtering and sorting toolbar is only appropriate for certain types of e-commerce sites but when done right, can significantly outperform the traditional left-hand filtering sidebar.

Large Touchscreens: What’s Different?
Compared to designing for mobile devices, designing for larger-scale touchscreens requires particular attention to input, screen focus, and privacy.

Don’t Count Taps, Count Stresses
Mark Mezrich writes that instead of trying to reduce the number of clicks or taps, try reducing the number of stress inducing moments in a given user flow.

Tools & Resources

Deekit – Shared Whiteboard for Remote Teams
A virtual and collaborative whiteboard to help remote teams work smarter by ex-Skype employees.

Android Apps – Before and After
Android design pattern comparison before and after material design.

User Experience Book List
Another UX book list. If you’re interested in others, check out The Only UX Reading List, UX Beginner Book List and some of my favorite UX books.


2015 IA Summit: Ted Nelson Keynote Address
Father of hypertext Ted Nelson explores what it means to be part of a new field, and how information architecture could be placed into new contexts.

UX Book Giveaway
Win one Rosenfeld Media book of your choice. Choose from over 20 short, practical, and useful books on user experience design:

UX Portfolios

Kim Liu
Kim Liu is a junior UX designer & research at Fuzz Productions. She shows some of her work and her process by putting her portfolio on SlideShare.

teehan+lax: Medium Case Study
Before the principle designers moved on to Facebook, teehan+lax put out some amazing design case studies on some of their projects. This one’s on Medium but there’s many more on their site like Readability and Prismatic.

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

UX Jobs

User Experience Designer at Income Discovery (Greater New York City Area)
Income Discovery, a highly successful fintech startup, is hiring a User Experience Designer to design the UX across investor and financial professional mobile and web applications.

Last But Not Least

Monday – The Redesign for Joy
The first day back after a weekend can be dreadful. IDEO devised three concepts for making Mondays more joyful,

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”
— Steve Jobs

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