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Our 5 Favorite Articles On UX (October 2012)

The end of the month is approaching and once more we have gathered our most favorite articles on UX for you. So if you are still looking for some good reading material for the weekend, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the top 5 articles from the month October:

1. What’s Your Problem? Putting Purpose Back into Your Projects


What’s Your Problem? Putting Purpose Back into Your Projects by Whitney Hess, published on Pleasure & Pain. (Image Source)

In this nice read, Whitney explains why designing is all about problem solving. In order to know we are creating the right solution, we have to make sure we’re solving the right problem. Whitney identifies and describes three principles of problem solving: (1) Process: Defining the problem before designing the solution. (2) People: Asking people to root out the truth. (3) Purpose: Being obsessed with the problem, not the solution. I recommend this article to anyone, who ever wants to design something.

2. The Top 5 Techniques for Staying Up to Date in an Ever-Changing Field


The Top 5 Techniques for Staying Up to Date in an Ever-Changing Field by Kayla Knight, published on onextrapixel.

It can often be difficult to find the time to stay up to date in a technology-related field. With the growth of the web as well as web design and development communities as a whole, that also means that there’s far more to learn and it’s coming about at an exponentially faster rate each year. In this interesting article, Kayla offers 5 useful techniques that can help us with staying up to date. This is a recommended read for anyone, who works in an industry that requires constant learning and keeping up with new technology and trends.

3. A Field Guide To Mobile App Testing

A Field Guide To Mobile App Testing by Rosie Sherry, published on Smashing Magazine.

In this insightful guide, Rosie takes us through the thought process of testers and discusses the types of things they consider when testing a mobile app. She highlights their thought processes and shows the coverage and depth that testers often go to. The article offers a very practical approach to mobile app testing with a bunch of relevant questions to consider. I recommend this guide to anyone, who is involved in developing, designing, or testing a mobile app.

4. Adaptive and Fluid Approach in Responsive Web Design


Adaptive and Fluid Approach in Responsive Web Design by Jamal Jackson, published on 1stwebdesigner.

In this article, Jamal explains the difference between adaptive and fluid web design and points out the pros and cons of both. While both approaches lead to responsive websites, they differ in a fundamental way. Adaptive web design is the more rigid and structured approach because elements of a website only change upon reaching declared breakpoints. In contrast, the fluid approach is very liquid and organically responds to different screen sizes. You should read this if you either design, or build a responsive website yourself, or if you want to boost the user experience of an existing site.

5. Web Designer’s Arsenal: a Collection of Free Useful Websites


Web Designer’s Arsenal: a Collection of Free Useful Websites by Pavlushka, published on instantShift.

OK, this is not really an in-depth read, but we still thought it was valuable enough to be shared in our top 5 list. Pavlushka shares a wide collection of free useful websites for designers. A great source of inspiration, be it for Photoshop brushes, Photoshop custom shapes, icons, vectors, photos, fonts, and more. You should certainly check this out if you are a designer, but also if you like free stuff, or if you ever lack inspiration for your site.

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