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#160 I need more sleep 💤

Episode 160 is a link show. James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.

Article one is Emojis: Tools for Emotions Communicating affect in text messages by Monica Riordan “Being unbound by linguistic rules, they engage a user in considering the vast potential emojis have in communication.”

The second article we discuss is Why your design team should hire a writer by John Saito. “The next time you’re wrangling with words, just consider it. What if you added a writer to your design team? A writer might be that one missing piece to your puzzle.”.

Our third article is Long Term Hidden Text Experiment by Shai Aharony. “Google was no longer content with just reading the code of the page, it actually rendered it so that it could see the page as a human would see it.”. SEO and design and hidden texts.

(Listening time: 35 minutes)

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#153 Ruthless Prioritisation

Episode 153 is a link show. James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.

Article one is Ruthless Prioritization by Brandon Chu. “All high functioning teams must prioritize. Not once a month, not once a week, but rigorously, and ruthlessly.”

The second article we discuss is How a knowledge kanban board can help your user research by Kieron Kirkland. “We needed a way to plan this research and also to document it, share it with the rest of the team and integrate it into the way the product is developing. To do this, we set up a knowledge kanban board.”

Our third article is The dangers of delightful design by John Saito. “In the world of design, we often praise delightful details. But as you’ll soon see, delightful details can sometimes get you into trouble.”

(Listening time: 34 minutes)

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#148 Lostness

Episode 148 is a link show. James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.

The first article is Decision Frames: How Cognitive Biases Affect UX Practitioners.  Kathryn Whitenton explains how we are all vulnerable to cognitive biases and the way in which we frame our problems can bias our design decisions.

Article two is Agile Doesn’t Have a Brain. Jeff Gothelf argues that the reason that organisations are working in an agile manner has changed dramatically over the years and now they are looking for faster, rather than better, ways to satisfy business needs.

Our third article is The Complete Guide to Measuring Lostness. Tomer Sharon explains what this metric is and how it can be used to gauge how lost people are on your website or in your app.

(Listening time: 32 minutes)

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#141 The death of web design

Episode 141 is a link show. James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.

The first article has the title Is web design dead in 2016? Marcus Bransbury suggests that web design is shifting focus from aesthetics to user experience. The death of web design, or perhaps it’s the birth of design standards?

Article two is Usability Testing of Inline Form Validation: 40% Don’t Have It, 20% Get It Wrong. Based bench-marking of 50 e-commerce sites, Christian Holst writes that in-line validation has seen rapid adoption during the past 4 years, but many sites are implementing it badly.

Our third article is Chatbots: Your Ultimate Prototyping Tool by David Boardman and Sera Koo. They walk us through three case studies using SMS and conversations (through fake chatbots) as a prototyping and research tool.

(Listening time: 31 minutes)

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#127 The Compassion Team

A linkshow. James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.

The first article is Users always choose the path of least resistance by Paul Boag. Paul says that users will always take the easy option so to maintain a competitive advantage, we need to focus on simplicity.

The second article is Transitions and animations and all that jazz by our one and own James Royal-Lawson. James looks at the impact of animation and transition details on the user experience and how to successfully get this implemented into our solutions.

Our third and final article is The Facebook Breakup by Penelope Green. The New York Times takes a look at “the breakup flow” as it is called. How the compassion team at Facebook have worked with the UX of ending a relationship on social media.

(Listening time: 29 minutes)

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#115 The utility of UX

A linkshow. James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.

The first article is The Business of User Experience by Jonathan Beckman, founder of Apptourage. Jonathan explains why UX is good business. James goes off into economic theory.

The second featured article is Design Thinking comes of age by Jon Kolko, founder of the Austin Center for Design. Jon describes how the principles of design are becoming more integrated into the enterprise.

Our third article is Why Behavioral Economics is Cool, and I’m Not by Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School of Business. Jon looks at why behavioral economics appears to be more cool than psychology.

(Listening time 38 minutes)

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#111 Meta moments

A linkshow.  James and Per discuss three articles that have caught their attention.

The first article is Who Needs UX Strategy by Paul Bryan. Secondly we look at 7 things that make it harder to manage your multinational websites by Lise Bissonnette Janody. Last but not least we discuss Meta-moments, thoughtfulness by design by Andrew Grimes

(Listening time: 43 minutes)

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#103 What is Zero UI?

A Linkshow. James and Per discuss three recent articles they have found on their digital travels. Our first article is Designing with Analytics by one of our previous guests Pamela Pavliscak. Hands on advice for using web analytics for research. Our second article is What is Zero UI? John Brownlee’s Coverage of Andy Goodman‘s talk at SolidCon. The third and final article is Fixing 6 Mistakes Companies Make when Working with UXers by Sarah Doody. We adapt and remix Sarah’s list a little.

(Listening time: 35 minutes)

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#99 James & Per hide their hamburgers

Three articles stumbled upon recently by James and Per are up for discussion in this Link Show.

First up – Why It’s Totally Okay to Use a Hamburger Icon. Or rather, why you should support top tasks with your designs. Second – Content first design. Using content prototypes to perfect your content. Third and finally – The Fallout From MobileGeddon: What’s the Impact on Your Business? Google tweaked their algorithm to punish poor mobile experiences.

(Listening time: 37 minutes)

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#96 James & Per give micro-feedback

Episode 96 is a linkshow. James and Per discuss three articles they’ve stumbled upon whilst roaming the internet.

First – Leisa Reichelt tweeted that she thought domain expertise was at times a hindrance. We discuss her in-depth follow-up blog post. Second – Micro-feedback. Seizing opportunities at specific points to collect little bits of feedback to aid your research efforts. Third – lets’s get drunk and test web sites… for money!

(Listening time: 35 minutes)

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