Early this week Wolff Olins revealed a complete multi-platform rebranding and design of USA Today. The simplified and dynamic logo works well as you transition between the sections of the newspaper.
The new site that goes along with the refresh, beta.usatoday.com, feels both fresh and modern. They took some huge risks by trying out unique UX design approaches, but I imagine it will encourage people to spend more time ‘browsing’ through the news.
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Alexis Ohanian - co-founder of Reddit, Hipmunk and Breadpig
Fi’s case studies are clearly in a league of their own to show off their client work. As a potential client you gain insight to their entire process and strategy, but as a designer the case studies are valuable tools in learning how to communicate design strategy with a client.
If you are a designer or a small design studio, this is the level of detail that you need to pour into every project to move beyond your tired hourly-based billing into the promise land of value based pricing. Charging by the hour is for chumps.
37signals have come up with some very unique although simple user experience patterns that should make using Basecamp easier than ever. Jump into the video at 3 minutes to see a demonstration of how they are allowing for you to easily navigate into a project.
Looks pretty awesome. That’s some smart “text as an interface” UI.
Preview of the new Basecamp UI (by 37signals)
Teehan+Lax just updated their iPhone mockup PSD to include all the new subtle design changes and details introduced in this week’s iOS 5. Overall not a lot has changed, but you can certainly tell that Apple spent a lot of time polishing and perfecting the details.
I think it’s becoming clear to everyone—except those certain clients stuck in 2002—the fold no longer exists or is relevant. If you’re not convinced read this article by Paddy Donnelly who makes the case that a build up to “the prize” at the bottom of a page is more effective than cramming the top of the page with the important stuff and filling the bottom with junk.
Like cake, the fold is a lie.
“Hail to all the great UX designers of the world!” Part II follows up the first ILUVUXDESIGN animation explaining exactly what a UX designer does.
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Who doesn’t love a good UX design, and who doesn’t get totally frustrated with bad experience design.
Hail to all the great UX designers of the world. Spread the love for UX design!!!
Fun animation explaining what a UX designer does—obsessed with changing the world one screen at a time.
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New Tumblr blog showcasing an inspirational collection of small UX details that make a huge impact.
A well written article by Andy Rutledge on the disservice universities and higher educations are doing to students going into user experience or web-related design. I would much rather hire someone self-taught and motivated to learn over someone who spent years learning out-dated methods and technology.
This article addresses the problem head-on, and I could not agree more. Read The UX Design Education Scam.
In the past I have worked with UX professionals that have an incredible grasp on user experience, but they present their work in a highly technical manner that makes it difficult for clients to digest. When we create wireframes for clients at New Ezra the three most important factors are to design beautifully polished UX, illustrate high level functional, and rapidly mock-up the wireframes so that we can move forward into execution.
Travis Isaacs put together a presentation that takes you through his workflow of wireframing in Keynote. This presentation not only covers tips on how to use Keynote as a rapid and effective wireframing tool, but it also goes into specifics on how to effectively communicate to the client through wireframes.
If you’re interested in giving Keynote a try for wireframing make sure you check out Travis’ Keynote Wireframe Kit - http://keynotekungfu.com/
Designer and open web advocate Chris Messina worked with Mozilla Labs to created a series of interface designs for a re-imagined, social focused browser. The ideas presented were based on the following emerging conditions:
In addition to the great ideas about the future of the browser, the set of designs posted to Flickr are rich with unique user experience concepts. Read more about the project on Chris Messina’s blog.
Reblogged from David Kaneda