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Issue 80


In Search of the Ultimate User Experience
The next evolution of UX: the human experience.

Why I love ugly, messy interfaces — and you probably do too
In some cases, a cluttered interface does an incredible job of solving their users’ problems.

Enemies of UX and how to kill them
Using data and testing to counter the highest paid person’s opinion.

What the hell is design thinking anyway?
Andy Budd attempts to define the term “design thinking.”

Difficult Designs Are Better (for Humanity)
Expand your users’ cognitive abilities and make them think harder. Create complex interaction flows and clever, non-obvious interfaces.

Does Your Site Pass the Honeycomb Test?
Seven handy questions anyone can ask to evaluate a user’s experience.

Product Design & The Asshole Contingency
Not all users act with the best intentions so we need to embrace reality and plan for the worst. Also, check out Compassionate UX for when design decisions aren’t thought through.

Tools & Resources

A free browser-based app for vector graphics and UI design.

Techies is a portrait project focused on sharing stories of underrepresented in the tech industry including many designers.


The User’s Journey
An excerpt from Chapter 5 of Donna Lichaw’s new book, The User’s Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love.

The Little Book of Design Research Ethics
A practical guideline by IDEO to a wide range of situations in which it’s crucial to build relationships of trust.

UX Portfolios

Allie Miller
Allie is a UX researcher who shows her past projects broken down into project challenges, the research approach/methods used, key learnings, and impact.

Last But Not Least

Hollywood Mockuuups
Your favorite movie scenes turned into editable mockups.

“There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.”
— Massimo Vignelli