99U.com is my go-to page when it comes to team work and communication. They have plenty of resources and articles and it’s a really helpful site. As almost every job nowadays, Ux requires good communication. As Heidi Grant Halvorson states, we are more often misunderstood than understood.
1. Change blindness
Change blindness is the inability to detect subtle changes in objects or situations that would be perfectly obvious upon closer inspection (or after someone told you). Several experiments show that if people are distracted or focus their attention on something else they are oblivious to changes going on around them. Change blindness even includes the recognition of human faces. Continue reading “4 social psychology experiments that will improve your Ux design”
Having choices is a good thing, right? We highly value the feeling of being in control and it is assumed that choice brings freedom. Studies however show that too many choices lead to decision paralysis and frustration. In sales it is a known fact, that if people are given too much choice, they don’t buy. What … Continue reading How much choice is too much?
Interested in training your UX skills? You want to learn from the heavy weights in the field? Then 2014 is your year. From March 31 to April 4, Amsterdam will be the location for Usability Week Amsterdam. Usability Week is organized by the Nielsen Norman Group (founded by Don Norman and Jakob Nielsen), which since … Continue reading Best UX events 2014: Usability Week Amsterdam
As a quiet “new” discipline (it has been around for some decades but has really taken off the last years), Ux is in continuous evolution. You won’t find big manuals in book stores and to get familiar with the field your best shot is to browse the web: it is full of precious information and the number of blogs and articles is growing exponentially.
Said this, some might feel slightly disoriented by the overload of choices available.
If you want to start reading about UX but don’t know where, I think the following 3 pages are a great read if you’re new to UX.
In his book “Designing for Emotion”, Aaron Walter rightfully states: “As we gaze at the world, we discover ourselves looking back”. We humans are narcissist beings seeking ourselves in the world around us. Our minds are guided by emotions and emotions are to some extent universal. Darwin wrote that we all have a common emotional … Continue reading Why we like to engage with things – anthropomorphism in design
There is a fine line to walk when designing with simplicity as goal. Products should be simple to use but as it turns out too simple gets rejected by people for different reasons. First, it takes away the sense of control we strive for. As Don Norman writes: Would you pay more money for a … Continue reading Simplicity is not about LESS… it’s about BETTER