Promptframes: Evolving the Wireframe for the Age of AI
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by Evan Sunwall
1d ago
Summary: Promptframes complement traditional wireframes by integrating prompt writing and generative AI to increase content fidelity and accelerate the path to user testing. Never use lorem ipsum again. The Need for Quality Placeholder Content Using placeholder text or images early in your design workflow can help you explore possibilities and cope with evolving requirements. However, placeholder content (especially the notorious lorem ipsum) can be a barrier to gathering insightful feedback from users and stakeholders. I have personally experienced derailed usability testing sessions be ..read more
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Job Opening: International User Experience Researcher (Fluent in Mandarin Chinese)
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3d ago
Job Title International User Experience Researcher (Fluent in Mandarin Chinese) Application Deadline June 15, 2024 Location United States   Responsibilities Analyze the dynamics of client website or mobile app interface, identify issues and problems causing inefficiencies, and recommend changes to improve UX experiences for clients’ employees or users.   Plan and conduct a variety of user research methodologies, including: Qualitative usability testing Field studies Benchmarking studies Diary studies Surveys Interviews Conduct these research studies in both English and Manda ..read more
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Design Taste vs. Technical Skills in the Era of AI
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by Sarah Gibbons, Kate Moran
1w ago
Summary: The need for discernment is amplified when generative AI enables anyone to create anything. Creative skills will still be necessary to produce superior designs. Shift in Technical Capabilities Generative-AI (genAI) tools are enabling people to create things they never could before. You don’t have to own a camera to create a photograph, you don’t need any visual-design skills to make an illustration, and you don’t have to know anything about meter to create a poem. With just a few clicks, anyone can generate almost anything, unbound by traditional barriers. This is one of the exc ..read more
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Content Standards in Design Systems
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by Anna Kaley
1w ago
Summary: Content standards in design systems support a holistically consistent user experience and efficient collaboration between writers, content, and UI designers. Efficiency and consistency are always at the top of UX practitioners' minds, especially for teams facing tight deadlines or resource constraints. While design systems commonly prioritize UI design components and patterns, incorporating content standards is equally important for producing high-quality, consistent content. This article outlines what your design system should include to effectively integrate content standards ..read more
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7 Tips for Memorable and Easy-to-Understand Imagery
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by Sara Ramaswamy
1w ago
Summary: A few relevant, high-quality visuals placed next to associated text can boost users’ comprehension of your content and its memorability. When implemented strategically, visuals can enhance users’ ability to understand and remember products. Here are seven best practices for memorable visuals. #1 Choose or Create Relevant Visuals Visuals exist alongside other content, and users leverage this content to interpret them. Our eyetracking research shows that users focus more on images that strengthen text content. Designers should choose imagery that promotes the key message that user ..read more
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The Picture-Superiority Effect: Harness the Power of Visuals
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by Sara Ramaswamy
3w ago
Summary: People often remember visuals better than words. Designers can leverage the picture-superiority effect to make their products memorable and learnable. You may have heard the popular saying: a picture is worth a thousand words . Pictures can communicate concepts better than words alone, partly because people tend to remember information better when presented visually. This is known as the picture-superiority effect. What Is the Picture-Superiority Effect? Definition : The picture-superiority effect refers to the fact that people tend to remember pictures better than words. This p ..read more
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UX Conference July Announced (Jul 21 - Jul 26)
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3w ago
Take up to 9 in-depth training courses, teaching user experience best practices for successful design. Live virtual training focused on long-lasting skills for UX professionals. July 22-27, 2024 (Asia/AU), July 21-26, 2024 (Americas). See Full Schedule and Pricing ..read more
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12 Design Recommendations for Calculator and Quiz Tools
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by Tanner Kohler
1M ago
Summary: Calculators and quizzes are useful and trustworthy when they are easy to use. Users like calculator and quiz tools because such tools offer an opportunity to get expert advice without having to speak to anyone or make long-term commitments. However, these tools quickly become frustrating and get abandoned when they aren’t easy to use. The following guidelines help you increase the usability, trustworthiness, and usefulness of calculators, quizzes, estimators, converters, or of other similar types of tools. This article refers to all these tools as “calculators.” 1. Optimize Calc ..read more
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3 Types of Online Calculator and Quiz Tools
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by Tanner Kohler
1M ago
Summary: Most calculator and quiz tools provide at least one or more of the following services: converting inputs, predicting the future, or providing recommendations. Calculators and quizzes are decision-making tools that accept information from users and generate personalized outputs based on their circumstances. Depending on the output they provide, there are 3 types of calculators and quizzes. For the sake of simplicity, we refer to both calculators and quizzes as “calculators” throughout this article. Conversion Calculators Conversion calculators translate user inputs from one forma ..read more
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AI UX-Design Tools Are Not Ready for Primetime: Status Update
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by Caleb Sponheim, Megan Brown
1M ago
Summary: Our research and evaluation shows that there are currently few design-specific AI tools that meaningfully enhance UX design workflows. AI tools won’t be replacing UX designers any time soon. Currently available LLM-based tools are not shortcutting steps in the design process just yet. Our Study There’s so much marketing hype around AI that it’s hard to know what tools and strategies can help UX right now. To find specific, useful ways in which practitioners integrate AI into their work, we conducted in-depth interviews in early 2024 with UX practitioners (researchers, designers ..read more
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