The Best UX Articles of March 2014
Spring is finally here!. The Amsterdam tress are in bloom, and the weather is at a heady 20 degrees. Who said global warming was all doom and gloom..? Being so spoilt with the weather, you could be forgiven for missing out on the vast array of UX content at your disposal. Worry not.
With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at March 2014. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from March we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
From last month’s top 5 UX articles, you’ll:
- Discover which common UX mistakes are killing your designs
- See Washing Machines redefined for men
- Learn why more, better, faster is the mantra for UX design for startups
- Take note of why Paper Prototyping is a waste of time (& paper)
- See why Notifications are a UX anti-pattern
In no particular order:
1. Common UX Mistakes That Are Killing Your Design
Mistakes. We all make them. Whether it be bad teachings or lack of teachings at all, minimising or erasing them completely is part and parcel of the job.
Sufyan offers us a rundown of 4 the most common. From generalizations, to that blurred line between UI and UX which refuses to budge. A short but informative read (with a hilarious image to boot!)
2. Washing Machine for Men – Redefining washing machine user interface
Household appliances are some of the most confusing objects around. In an industry where ‘more features’ is often the main selling point, intuitiveness is lost. Specifically user experience. I always enjoy seeing UX applied to the ‘real world’, and Peter does just that.
Tantalizingly titled ‘Washing Machine for Men’ (don’t worry girls, we know you sometimes have issues too, you’re just less cumbersome than us), Peter sets about removing all of those ‘useless’ features. Replacing them with a simple step-by-step process. Manufacturers take note.
Peter has also provided an excellent followup – ‘Hack your Washing Machine’ showing how you can avoid the impossible wait for manufacturers to catch up and just fix the issue yourself!
3. More, better, faster: UX design for startups
To many, UX may seem like a premium commodity. Out of the reach of lowly companies – something that only the big players dare invest in and can afford. That’s not quite the case. Ux is for everyone. It is essential for everyone.
Stefan offers up some excellent tactics to ensure your startup doesn’t suffer from a lack of design in an environment where finances are tight.
4. Paper prototyping is a waste of time
It’s not all too often we see pasta compared to UX principles. Many see paper prototyping as a staple of the industry. they would be right. It’s where the majority, if not all, of our projects start.
Jake’s sobering article attempts to ensure we don’t take this too far however. Paper can only work up to a point, and he explains why right here.
5. Notifications are a UX Anti-Pattern
We’re affected by that nagging feeling daily. Checking out Facebook to see if those little icons in the top right corner have their tint of red. Notifications have become a part of our daily online experience. If it isn’t Facebook, it’s our emails, our chat client, our games.
Stephen unleashes a tirade, explaining how notifications serve only to trap our users. To break immersion and experience in preference of a cheap distraction. A worthy read.