Happy Halloween! As October winds down, I’m gearing up for a big month in November with more guest curators, exclusive UX deals, and of course, the best UX articles each week.
The winner of the free Rosenfeld Media book for October is Jessica Anerella from New York. Want to enter to win a free UX book for November? Enter the giveaway now.
Designing for Large Screen Smartphones
Smartphones are getting larger but our hands aren’t. Luke Wroblewski explores design solutions that ensure mobile interactions remain comfortable, quick, and easy on our thumbs.
Design Details: Inbox by Google
Here’s an in-depth breakdown of the many design details of Inbox by Gmail. If that’s not enough to wet your appetite, also check out How Inbox Onboards New Users and the Design Review Podcast review of Inbox.
The Three Laws of Interaction Design
A fundamental set of guidelines that Diogenes Brito, Product Designer at Slack, finds himself returning to repeatedly as touchstones of a successful interface.
What I Drew From Sketching
After 70 sketches in 3 days, Tara Sripunvoraskul writes about his learnings to become a better designer.
How we Figured Out What Makes People Love Ghost 1,000% More
Do you know what your product’s “Aha!” moment is? Ghost, a blogging platform, was able to create a more successful onboarding experience by understanding the impact of features on usage.
What’s Your (UX Design) Superpower?
If you want to be a superhero (and not just on Halloween), having the superpower to interview users will make you quite powerful.
How do your users feel about your website or app?
UserTesting can show you! Get videos of real people speaking their thoughts as they use your website or mobile app. With easy test creation, access to over a million users, and results usually within an hour, UserTesting will help you see where your users get stuck and hear how they feel. Sign up for a free account and give your users an experience that they’ll love.
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Tools & Resources
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a central location to go to when looking for user research results? This site is a hub for everything user & customer experience research.
A useful checklist on interface design, iconography, typography, interaction and navigation.
Midwest UX Videos
The annual Midwest UX conference was last week and they have already posted over 30 videos of the talks including those from Jared Spool, Stephen Anderson, Peter Morville, last week’s guest curator Skip Allums, and many more.
User Experience How-To with Luke Wroblewski
Luke Wroblewski presents over 25 how-to tutorials on a variety of user experience topics.
A recent graduate and now Product Designer at Facebook, Kevin Schaefer uses a combination of images, words, and videos to show design problems he helped solve.
A User Experience Designer at Google, Elizabeth Windram keeps her portfolio simple, breaking down her projects by giving a summary, details, her role on the team, and additional information about metrics or impact of the project.
Last But Not Least
ReadMe Password Micro-Interaction
Put your cursor in the password field and you’ll see the owl covering her eyes. It’s a small detail but one that brings a smile to my face.
“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.”
— Brian Reed
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Have a great weekend,