5 Signs You Need to Fire Your Client (And How to Do It)

Nothing can make your life miserable like a bad client. From scope-creep to those that never pay on time, sometimes you just have to let a client go. It’s a tough decision and you don’t want to burn any bridges, but often it’s best to dissolve the relationship and move on. When do you know it is time? Today, we’ll look at five situations when it’s time to fire a client with some ideas on how to do it tactfully. 1. Problems with Payment The top reason to fire a client is a failure to pay. Regardless of how you bill or what your rates may be, there is an expectation and professional courtesy that clients will be invoiced and pay in a timely manner. If you are invoicing on a schedule (monthly billing is common), clients should pay within a reasonable time frame. Your invoice should include a due Read the full article…

Landing The Concept: Movie High-Concept Theory And UX Design

Landing The Concept: Movie High-Concept Theory And UX Design Landing The Concept: Movie High-Concept Theory And UX Design Andy Duke 2018-05-15T13:00:58+02:002018-05-16T09:21:38+00:00 Steven Spielberg once famously said, “If a person can tell me the idea in 25 words or less, it’s going to make a pretty good movie.” He was referring to the notion that the best mass-appeal ‘blockbuster’ movies are able to succinctly state their concept or premise in a single short sentence, such as Jaws (“It’s about a shark terrorizing a small town”) and Toy Story (“It’s about some toys that come to life when nobody’s looking”). What if the same were true for websites? Do sites that explain their ‘concept’ in a simple way have a better shot at mass-appeal with users? If we look at the super simple layout of Google’s homepage, for example, it gives users a single clear message about its concept equally as well Read the full article…

Watch Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots play her new single with Nintendo Labo

In an entirely expected turn of events, Ariana Grande showed up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform her new single “No Tears Left to Cry” this evening. What you might not have seen coming was her choice of instruments: Grande teamed up with Fallon and The Roots to play the song entirely using Nintendo’s Labo line of cardboard Switch accessories. It’s an impressive feat, and we should know, as attempting to program a song and build instruments using Labo proved to be a huge challenge during our testing. We’re not quite sure who handled the programming for tonight’s performance, though. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Roots have dabbled with video game music on the show. In 2016, just ahead of the launch of Super… Read the full article…

How to Make User Research a Conversation

By Meghan Wenzel A good user researcher is able to connect with participants, establish rapport and gain trust, and make people comfortable sharing their candid feedback and deeper needs. An effective user researcher must skillfully guide conversations with participants—allowing them to flow organically, while probing more deeply on interesting comments—and always remain mindful of leaving enough time to cover every strategically important topic. Sounds simple, right? It is important to keep user-research sessions natural and conversational, making participants feel at ease. Ideally, they’ll enjoy themselves and maybe even forget they’re talking to a complete stranger about their inner thoughts and feelings. Read the full article…

Paladins: Champions of the Realm Review

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as blasting the entire enemy team off the stage with Torvald’s hyper beam. Reanimating after you die as Terminus and vaporizing any opponents too slow to get away never gets old, and seeing Willo’s multiplying seedling attack come your way inspires horror. But the greatest achievement is that Paladins: Champions of the Realm allows you to dictate your playstyle. Whether it’s adding to the knockback of weapons or increasing the duration of your shield, Paladins empowers experimentation and true customization. Amid the thrilling battles is a diverse five-on-five hero shooter that puts the power of choice front and center. Whether it’s the wonderfully imagined characters, the in-depth card and item customization systems, or the inoffensive free-to-play model, there are plenty of options that make Paladins a worthy competitor for Overwatch. Read the full article…

A Strategy Guide To CSS Custom Properties

A Strategy Guide To CSS Custom Properties A Strategy Guide To CSS Custom Properties Michael Riethmuller 2018-05-14T13:30:38+02:002018-05-15T11:04:54+00:00 CSS Custom Properties (sometimes known as ‘CSS variables’) are now supported in all modern browsers, and people are starting to use them in production. This is great, but they’re different from variables in preprocessors, and I’ve already seen many examples of people using them without considering what advantages they offer. Custom properties have a huge potential to change how we write and structure CSS and to a lesser extent, how we use JavaScript to interact with UI components. I’m not going to focus on the syntax and how they work (for that I recommend you read “It’s Time To Start Using Custom Properties”). Instead, I want to take a deeper look at strategies for getting the most out of CSS Custom Properties. How Are They Similar To Variables In Preprocessors? Custom Properties are Read the full article…

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Harry Potter looks to mobile gaming’s past, while Fortnite looks to the future

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a newly released mobile game set in JK Rowling’s magical universe, is not inherently a bad game. On paper, a Hogwarts RPG where you can take classes, sling spells, make friends with fellow students, and experience a new Harry Potter story is a great thing. The issue with the game isn’t that premise; my biggest problem with Hogwarts Mystery is actually Fortnite. This will take some explaining. Three or four years ago Hogwarts Mystery would have fit comfortably in the Play Store and App Store. During an era when free-to-play games like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans (and the many, many clones) ruled the roost, and players were first introduced to the punishing idea of patience or payment systems, where you’d… Read the full article…

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Light Or Dark UI? A Usability Perspective

Often, the best way to explain the difference between user experience and user interface to the unfamiliar is through a more relatable analogy. If UI is how the car looks, UX is how it drives. If UI is a dating profile, UX is how the date goes. These comparisons illustrate the differences well, but sometimes […] The post Light Or Dark UI? A Usability Perspective appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

How to Plan Your Website Redesign for Success

You’re reading How to Plan Your Website Redesign for Success, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Redesigning a website is always a challenge because it requires a lot of resources and can be quite risky. The idea of implementing the newest technology and design trends is tempting. But as a rule of thumb, it is better … Read the full article…