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UX Designers: Culture Affects Your Job

Cultural characteristics, such as norms or values, influence product design. Most people can give an example of cultural influences when it comes to tangible products. For instance, toilet seats are designed differently in the US and Thailand. Online, these cultural differences might be less explicit, but this does not mean they don’t exist. Just as with other products, the way we interact with a website is in large part defined through our culture.

In order to ensure that web sites are globally accessible and equally appealing to different cultures around the world, user experience designers need to be aware of how culture affects the way we think, communicate, and consume information. I’ll explain how culture affects us in terms of visual design, navigation design, and information design.

Cultural UX differences - Worldwide Internet Usage

Cultural UX differences - Worldwide Internet Usage


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How the leading Dutch news network was improved with user feedback Demo UX Cases

How the leading Dutch news network was improved with user feedback

NU.nl, the biggest news network in the Netherlands, redesigned it’s website this year. The main objective of the redesign was to improve the overall user experience and retaining the clear presentation of content, which the website is known for. One specific goal was to direct more visitors from the homepage to the content that the news network offers on different topics. Annemarie Boon, usability specialist at Sanoma Media, used Usabilla in the process to achieve this goal. Thank you Annemarie, for being so kind to share your findings with us.

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My time as an intern at Usabilla Announcements

My time as an intern at Usabilla

Suzanne helped Usabilla a great deal this summer. Her design skills proved invaluable, most of all in creating user flows and thinking about the user experience of our upcoming backend. It was great to have her as an intern, both on a professional and on a personal level! Suzanne was so kind to write a bit about how she experienced her time here, which you can read below. All the best Suzanne! — The Usabilla team

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5 Quick Wins For Your Website’s User Experience

You don’t have to be an expert in usability guidelines and research methods to improve the user experience on your website. Sure, there are countless methods and tools to measure, analyze, test, and improve the user experience. But a lot of these are tools for specialists, who have gotten down the basics. They already improved their design with a lot of quick and small wins.

Here is a list of things you can do yourself to improve the user experience (UX) on your website today.

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Different Ways To Approach User Centred Design

User testing. Everyone knows it, everyone does it, or at least knows he should be doing it when creating user interfaces. Over time many different kinds of user testing, such as classic in-lab user testing, remote, or automated user testing, have evolved. They are all based on the same idea: user centred design. And they all have their advantages and their disadvantages. Let’s look into different approaches to user centred design and how the saying ‘many a little makes a mickle’ applies to automated remote user testing.

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The Power Of Colors On The Web

Colors are powerful. No doubt that everyone who ever put a little thought in the subject has figured this out. However, I’m not talking about how red stands for energy and green has rather calming effects. There is quite some literature on the meaning of colors and for those who want to catch up on that I recommend the eBook A Guide to Color Symbolism by Jill Morton.

Instead I want to focus on the ‘why’, the ‘when’, and the ‘how’: Why do colors influence people? When do colors influence people? And how can we use the power of colors for our own purpose?

Figure 1 - Visible electromagnetic radiation between violet (380 nm) and red (760 nm)

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The Squint Test: How quick exposure to design can reveal its flaws Design

The Squint Test: How quick exposure to design can reveal its flaws

You’ve put in the hours, worked hard and pushed the pixels around until they’re perfectly positioned. You’re ready to call it quits and deliver your design to the client. Before you ship it though, have you put your design through The Squint Test?

Perhaps this is a bit much but you get the idea. (Photo courtesy of: http://www.realself.com/files/228024-5325.jpg)

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How User Scenarios Help To Improve Your UX

Why would I take the effort to write a user scenario? I know my target group—is that not enough to design for them? Knowing your target group is important and working with personas definitely helps to ‘get to know’ your users. What personas do not tell you is why users come to your site, what exactly they are looking for and how they go about it. A good user scenario helps you grasp your users goals and design your product to perfectly match them. Get to know your users, understand their motivation for visiting your site and then start designing. Let’s have a look at how working with user scenarios can help us to achieve a high user experience.

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Design for Conversion report – persuasion on the web in Cologne Theory

Design for Conversion report – persuasion on the web in Cologne

We had a long and very exciting day yesterday in Cologne. The 6th Design for Conversion was very well put together. The interesting and broad talks on the how and the why of persuasive design on the web gave enough ammunition to get our hands dirty in the real life case.

We met some nice people that we will definitely see again.

For now, we will leave you with some pictures below. Thanks all!

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