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Our 5 Favorite UX Articles (August 2013)

What have you been up to last month? Traveling the world during your well-deserved vacation? Juggling multiple jobs because you had to stand in while your colleagues traveled the world? Or maybe you treated yourself by leaving the office early – simply to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.

In any case, chances are you missed out on some good readings these last four weeks. No worries. First, it’s impossible to read every good article that’s out there anyways, and second, we have brought together a list of five must-read UX articles for you.

From this month’s top 5 UX articles, you’ll learn:

  • How to get users to make smarter choices now by showing them their future,
  • How artificial intelligence contributes to great user experience,
  • How to better access the reality of how people behave,
  • Why a new golden age for UI design is around the corner, and
  • Which awesome Web Design Events are coming up.

1. To Get Users To Make Smarter Choices Now, Show Them Their Future


To Get Users To Make Smarter Choices Now, Show Them Their Future by Nikki Pfarr, published on Co.Design.

“As designers, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future. We look for trends that give us clues about the Next Big Thing. We make predictions about how society, technology, and businesses will evolve. And we try to build products to withstand years of use…”
In this article, Nikki will show us how to think of the future as a tool for persuasive design.

2. Two Ways Artificial Intelligence Contributes to Great User Experience


Two Ways Artificial Intelligence Contributes to Great User Experience by Aria Haghighi, published on UX Magazine.

“When a stranger on a plane hears you do AI research, there’s a 60% chance you’ll get asked precisely how concerned they should be about Terminator-style renegade robots or when they can expect to have Rosie the robot maids do all their housework…”

In this article, Aria explains how artificial intelligence already makes up an increasingly large part of the consumer products we use every day and why it helps with creating great user experience.

3. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?


Are you thinking what I’m thinking? by Rob Egerton and Jeanette Kaye, published on Research-live.com.

“Gestalt rooms, image sorts, debates, projection and elicitation: as market researchers, we’ve become brilliant at exploring the depth of human perceptions and behaviour. We pride ourselves on challenging respondents and finding new ways to understand the workings of their minds and how they make decisions…”

In this article, Rob and Jaenette talk about two theories that shed light on how we can better access the reality of how people behave.

4. Why a New Golden Age for UI Design Is Around the Corner


Why a New Golden Age for UI Design Is Around the Corner by Cliff Kuang, published on Wired.

“Over the past four years, the Walt Disney Company has been engaged in a secretive effort to redesign the Disney World experience. It’ll go like this: You buy your ticket online and plan all the details of your visit. Then you’ll get a wristband in the mail, which will be a passport to the experience that you’ve curated. Snug around your wrist, the so-called MagicBand will use radio frequency to communicate with sensors around the park…”

In this article, Cliff talks about the coming era of ubiquitous sensors and miniaturized mobile computing, and how our digital interactions won’t take place simply on screens.

5. Upcoming Web Design Events (Sept. 2013 – Feb. 2014)


Upcoming Web Design Events (Sept. 2013 – Feb. 2014) by Jan Constantinhttps://twitter.com/@Smash_Scribe, published on Smashing Magazine.

“This year has already offered us lots of fantastic Web conferences and events, and guess what, it still hasn’t come to an end! You can continue to plan ahead and make sure that you don’t miss your chance to get away from your desk and meet some brilliant minds and peers — face to face!”

In this roundup of conferences, Jan presents us with a comprehensive list of upcoming Web-related conferences.

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