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The Great UX Race Intensifies – Web UX improved 2% in 2014

The internet’s quality has improved immensely these past few years, it goes without saying. The sites we frequent, the content we digest – everything is simpler, easier, and faster. Websites, brands, and designers are putting the user, the customer, first. This user centered approach isn’t new, but finally hit the mainstream with force.

CEOs are realising the profit potential of happy customers. Great user experiences = Happy customers = $$$. A simple equation.

This user centric focus has ensured online experiences are only improving. We’ve talked at length about the growth of the UX designer, but what are the causes & consequences?
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The Death of Web Design

Medium, Shopify, Behance. What do they all have in common? High-quality website templates. No longer does an innovative idea require the web design skills to match; all manner of websites now exist, allowing you to implement that idea without the efforts of an experienced (expensive) web designer. This is perhaps the greatest web design shift of the past 3 years.
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10 of the Best UX Infographics

Sometimes, as the old saying goes, pictures really do tell 1000 words. And if that’s the case, what’s better than a picture with 1000 words included on it?

We’ve gathered 10 more of the best UX relevant infographics from around the web for your entertainment and education. Marvel at the stunning visuals, and informative posters. You might just learn something! (Check out our previous collection here)
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The Best UX Articles of 2014, from the Usabilla Blog

As 2014 draws to a close, we say farewell to another year of blogging. Over the past 12 months, we have been producing an average of two articles a week here at Usabilla; that’s over 100 pieces of fresh new content out there – providing all manner of tips, tricks and discussion.

Admittedly, this may be a bit much for you all to wade through. So to ease that experience, our most successful articles of the past year have been summarised here for you to get a feel of just what’s happened in 2013.
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Usabilla UX Index – Fogg’s Behaviour model, Lean UX, Colour Theory and more…

Here we are again with another 5 words to update your vocabulary just in time for christmas.

Each month we continue to add new terms to our existing collection of Usability and UX definitions; terms we deem useful, interesting or – hopefully – a mixture of the two!

Discover something new, refresh your memory of the ones you thought you knew and find out interesting, little known, details.
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3 Ways In Which Fluency Psychology Will Shake Up Usability Design

As usability professionals, we love to understand what makes a website or interface ‘feel’ right. While usability testing remains an indispensable tool in ironing out our interface’s bottlenecks, new insights into the ways in which people process information are always welcome. What brain circuits are sparked when someone interacts with our work? And how do these processes guide further courses of action?

Currently, one of cognitive psychology’s most treasured topics is processing fluency. It’s a simple concept, yet amazingly powerful in creating interfaces that work. Let’s dig in.
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What Can Children Teach Us About UX Design?

On Wednesday afternoon we launched our new webinar series – Usabilla On Air – the first episode titled “What Can Children Teach Us About UX Design?’. If you’re unaware of Usabilla on Air we aim to produce one webinar a month, each with a different design theme and discussion with an expert in that field. All episodes will then remain on Youtube, so if you didn’t manage to catch it live you can still view Wednesday’s episode here in full.
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