UIEtips: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams

In this week’s UIEtips, we reprint an article. In it, I share ideas on how to hire the best UX professional. I also make the case that hiring the right person is the most important factor to a UX team’s success. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Hiring is not a natural process. It needs to be designed, just like any experience. In our research, we learned that most teams amble into the hiring process by copying actions from others or by inventing wacky steps. Read the article: Hiring a UX Pro – 4 Techniques from Smart Teams. How do you get the most out of your UX hiring process? Leave us a note...

UX as the New SEO: an interview with Marianne Sweeny

October 21, 2014A deep passion for technology, accompanied by a complete ineptitude at programming, brought Marianne Sweeny to search engine optimization while studying Information Science at the University of Washington. She considers herself a Search Information Architect with a focus on human factors as well as system functionality.Sweeny joined Portent Inc as SR Search Strategist in 2012 where she focuses on the user experience factors of SEO for client sites. Previously, as Director of Search Services at Ascentium, she designed a search practice that brought a strategic approach to search optimization. In 2004, she co-founded Microsoft Information Architects, a 300 member, company-wide, cross-discipline community that continues to evangelize the best practices of IA within Microsoft....read more By Jason Gillard...

Designing for Dyslexia (Part 1)

There are fifty-two cards in a standard deck of cards, and we are tasked with putting them in order, whatever that might mean to us. We might choose to simply place the cards into two piles: blacks and reds, and leave it at that. Alternatively, we could separate these two piles into two further piles: hearts and diamonds for the red cards, and spades and clubs for the black cards. Adding another layer of complexity, it is possible to arrange each of these four piles into numerical order from ace to king. If this deck of cards were handed to a random person, the expectation is that the user would be able to find a particular card. If, for example, the person were tasked with finding the ace of spades, he or she would most likely flip through the cards, recognize the pattern, and extract the card with ease. This is an understandable expectation, but it relies on the assumption that the searcher’s cognition is the same as that of the card’s arranger. What might occur if the person were unable to recognize the pattern? What might occur if they were able to recognize the pattern, but it took additional time to find a particular card? Dyslexics worldwide face this very challenge. The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity estimates that 20% of the population is dyslexic, yet designers are generally ill equipped to create designs that are accessible for dyslexic users. In this article, we’ll take a look at the study I created and what I learned about dyslexia. Then, in part two, we’ll review the five universal...

Collective #138

Inspirational Website of the Week: Impossible Bureau Wonderfully smooth animations with excellent typography make this agency’s website our pick of the week. Get inspired Hotjar Insights Hotjar Insights is a new and easy way to understand your web and mobile site visitors. You can request free early access for the platform. Check it out Palettab Palletab is a Chrome extension which uses Google fonts and ColourLovers palettes to create inspirational combinations whenever you open a new tab. Made by Tim Holman and Claudio Guglieri. Check it out Advertisement A Guide to SVG Animations (SMIL) A fantastic compendium of everything you need to know about SVG animations in SMIL. By Sara Soueidan. Read it ProgressBar.js Beautiful and responsive progress bars with animated SVG paths. You can use built-in shapes or create your own paths. Made by Kimmo Brunfeldt. Check it out Lazysizes Lazysizes is a fast and jank-free lazy loader for images (including responsive images), iframes and scripts/widgets without any dependency. Made by Alexander Farkas. Check it out Free Font: Curely Konstantine Studio’s cute and playful handmade decorative typeface. Get it Tools Tools Tools Designer tools on acid? An epic audio-visual instrument of animated loops for designer tool actions. Check it out Touristic Icons (100 Icons, PNG, SVG) A beautiful icon set related to tourism by Freepik on Smashing Magazine. Get it Aerial Bold: Kickstart the Planetary Search for Letterforms! A very creative project on Kickstarter by Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee: Aerial Bold is the first map and typeface of the earth which will be composed of the earth’s alphabet shapes. Check it out CSS-Only Solution For UI Tracking...

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Aviva Rosenstein – Working with UX in an Agile Environment

[ Transcript Available ] Integrating UX into an Agile workflow has historically been a bit of a challenge. This could be due to a general lack of communication with the development team, or not feeling like the proper time or value is given to UX within the organization. Through her research, Aviva Rosenstein discovered that many problems people were having are commonplace. Additionally, she found that others had actually already worked out solutions to some of these. In her virtual seminar, Making UX Work with Agile Scrum Teams, Aviva discusses the position of UX on Agile teams and some of the problems they face. There were a bunch of great questions from the audience during the live seminar and Aviva joins Adam Churchill to answer some of those in this podcast. How do you manage the change from Waterfall to Agile? Are requirements fairly well defined before the Agile process? If the designers are working sprints ahead, then how much time are they also spending on the current sprint? Where do research and testing fit into the Agile process? Can you give some examples of UX tasks that are estimated? What are some best practices for documenting design in this process? What’s the development team’s role in UX design? How do you handle technology limits in UX design? Are there UX success measures for new products? Can a dedicated UX design team work successfully with product development teams in this scrum environment? Recorded: September, 2014 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Adam Churchill: Welcome,...