Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users

Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users Barry Rueger 2019-11-04T13:00:59+02:002019-11-05T10:36:59+00:00 With the single exception of my 94-year-old mother, I don’t know a single person over the age of 65 who doesn’t have a smartphone, computer, or tablet, and usually all three. I’m well past sixty, and have worked my way through punch cards, a C-64, many versions of Windows, Apple and Linux. I know at least a few people over seventy who have a programming background or who have spent a lot of time doing graphic design and computer music composition on various machines. That’s why I’m always amazed to read comments like these: “Amazon Echo has been particularly popular with the older generations, as it allows them to interact with technology and the Internet in a natural, personal way, rather than via a computer.” We are the generation Read the full article…

Mobile Dark Patterns

By Steven Hoober In addition to the misuse, misunderstanding, and bad implementations of perfectly good UX design patterns, we’ve long understood the concept of anti-patterns. These are things that we know don’t work well for users. We’ve clearly defined and documented them so we can avoid using them. However, as much as I’ve studied the concept of pattern languages and libraries, as cynical as I am about how businesses use and abuse product design, I simply didn’t expect the rise of dark patterns. Dark patterns are design patterns that are effective, but evil. When they succeed, they drive users to make accidental or uninformed decisions against their best interests. During the creation of dark patterns, there’s typically much argument that they are positive for the business, that they expose ideas and encourage behaviors that the average person would do. I don’t think I need to convince you that businesses often Read the full article…

Artificial Intelligence, Supervised Learning, and User Experience

By Robert M. Schumacher and Gavin Lew For machine-learning (ML) scientists to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems and algorithms, they need data. They collect many of the datasets they use to build AI systems from human behaviors and people’s interactions with the technology they use in their everyday lives. Whether the data comprise a set of liver-disease diagnoses and outcomes, come from a consumer survey on attitudes toward marijuana usage, or derive from active/passive data collection of spoken phrases, AI systems always need training data to ensure their algorithms produce the right outcomes. Such data can frequently be hard to come by. And even once ML scientists have acquired a dataset, how can we be sure that it includes what an AI system needs? Read the full article…

Molding Yourself into a Leader, Part 1

By Jonathan Walter Many articles about UX leadership focus on what managers do or target those who have direct reports. Such articles typically cover building a UX culture, hiring the right people, developing people, and of course, selling the value of User Experience to the C-suite. While these are all valuable pursuits that are vitally important to building a user-centered culture in your company, leadership does not end with directors, managers, or even team leads. Leadership extends to individual contributors, too. In fact, depending on your company’s UX maturity level, leadership arguably begins with individual contributors—perhaps you, the UX designer. Unfortunately, UX designers are often in short supply in large enterprise environments, in comparison to people in information technology, engineering, and marketing roles. This, in turn, perpetuates scenarios in which UX designers must be, in equal parts, practitioners, evangelists, and presenters—roles that together exceed the scope of what most UX Read the full article…

Learn new creative skills with these leading online courses

A great mind never stops learning. So if you want to pick up a new skill or perhaps even branch out into a second career path, you’ll want to check out these comprehensive training courses. The best laptops for graphic design in 2019 Covering everything from productivity to SEO and data analysis, these bundles will equip you with the capabilities to take your professional life to the next level. What’s more, you can save an additional 20% on the massively reduced prices when you use these download codes. Project Management Professional Certification Training Suite Start leading your own team Learn how to become a brilliant project manager with this 5-course training suite. The 60-hour certification course teaches you various principles involved in managing a project effectively and guides you through each lesson to easily pass the required PMP exams. MSRP: $1,248 / Buy Now: $39 (96% OFF) Take an additional Read the full article…

Can green UX save the world?

Green UX is probably a term you’ll hear more and more in the coming years. For all the benefits that technology brings, there is a dark cloud that hangs over all of us. This cloud chases us in newspapers every day and is felt across the entire world. It makes us fear for the future and question our habits – our youth is even skipping school to demand action. This cloud is mostly made up of CO2 and its name is climate change.  Among the many culprits of rising carbon emissions is the IT sector. It embodies the very thing that has defined the 21st century and includes everyone from UX designers to tech giants such as Apple or Google. It connects the entire globe and, unsurprisingly, requires a lot of energy to operate.  Data – and our growing need to send and receive it faster than ever before – Read the full article…

Things We Can’t (Yet) Do In CSS

Things We Can’t (Yet) Do In CSS Things We Can’t (Yet) Do In CSS Rachel Andrew 2019-11-01T17:00:00+02:002019-11-02T11:06:17+00:00 Building “magazine-style layouts” by using CSS Grid has become something of a pastime of CSS fans, keen to play with the capabilities of new Grid Layout. It’s something I’ve done myself as well as with people who’ve attended my workshops. However, I always have to pick the layouts carefully because, in truth, there are a number of very common print layout patterns that we can’t currently do on the web. In a lot of cases, however, we can do these things with CSS —just not on the web. If you have read some of my previous articles, such as “Designing For Print With CSS”, you’ll be aware that CSS is also used for print formatting via user agents designed for outputting to PDF. These user agents have often implemented specifications or extensions to Read the full article…

20+ Best iPhone 11 Mockups (PSD, AI & Sketch)

With the all-new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro out in the market, it’s that time again to update your website’s old iPhone mockups with brand new ones. To help make the process easier for you, we rounded up a collection of both premium and free high-quality iPhone 11 mockups you can use to showcase your designs in a professional way. This collection includes various styles of iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max mockups in different formats, including PSD, AI, and Sketch so you can edit the files using your favorite app. Have a look and start downloading. How to Use iPhone Mockups Using and customizing iPhone mockups is quite easy. Especially thanks to Photoshop’s smart objects feature, you can place your own designs in the mockup with just one click. To start customizing the mockup, first, open the PSD file in Photoshop and use the organized layers Read the full article…

Signs Your Website Feels More Like A Haunted House Than A Welcoming Home

Signs Your Website Feels More Like A Haunted House Than A Welcoming Home Signs Your Website Feels More Like A Haunted House Than A Welcoming Home Suzanne Scacca 2019-10-31T12:30:59+02:002019-11-01T10:06:05+00:00 When building a website or PWA, no one ever thinks, “I really hope my visitors run away in fear!” Yet, one wrong move could make a visit to your website seem like a nightmarish walk through a haunted house instead of an awe-inspiring tour of a new home. To be clear, I’m not talking about dark color palettes or blood-red typography that might remind someone of something they’d seen in a horror movie. If those kinds of design choices make sense and don’t intrude on readability, go for it! What I’m talking about are those ominous feelings emitted by the design and content of a website — similar to the ones someone might feel when walking through a haunted house. Dr. Read the full article…

Creativity Sparks Shining Through The Fog (November 2019 Wallpapers Edition)

Creativity Sparks Shining Through The Fog (November 2019 Wallpapers Edition) Creativity Sparks Shining Through The Fog (November 2019 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2019-10-31T11:37:00+02:002019-10-31T11:05:57+00:00 The fascinating world of aviation, classic movies, sweet childhood memories — these are just some of the things that inspired artists and designers from across the globe to participate in our wallpapers challenge this time around. The monthly challenge has been going on for more than nine years already and we are very thankful to everyone who tickles their creativity each month anew to keep the steady stream of wallpapers flowing and caters for some colorful inspiration with their artwork — no matter how gray the weather outside might be. The wallpapers in this collection come in versions with and without a calendar for November 2019, so it’s up to you to decide if you want to keep things minimalistic or have an overview of the month Read the full article…

Writing A Multiplayer Text Adventure Engine In Node.js: Creating The Terminal Client (Part 3)

Writing A Multiplayer Text Adventure Engine In Node.js: Creating The Terminal Client (Part 3) Writing A Multiplayer Text Adventure Engine In Node.js: Creating The Terminal Client (Part 3) Fernando Doglio 2019-10-30T13:00:59+02:002019-10-31T11:05:57+00:00 I first showed you how to define a project such as this one, and gave you the basics of the architecture as well as the mechanics behind the game engine. Then, I showed you the basic implementation of the engine — a basic REST API that allows you to traverse a JSON-defined world. Today, I’m going to be showing you how to create an old-school text client for our API by using nothing other than Node.js. Reviewing The Original Design When I first proposed a basic wireframe for the UI, I proposed four sections on the screen: (Large preview) Although in theory that looks right, I missed the fact that switching between sending game commands and text messages would Read the full article…

How to Scrape the Google Search Results with ZenSERP API

You’re reading How to Scrape the Google Search Results with ZenSERP API, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Scraping SERPs is hard for developers – proxy networks, captcha-solving, etc. You can’t afford to sit and do it manually. It will not only take a lot of time but it may also leave you irritated and frustrated. Fortunately, there … Read the full article…

Speed Up Your Website With WebP

Speed Up Your Website With WebP Speed Up Your Website With WebP Suzanne Scacca 2019-10-29T12:30:59+02:002019-10-30T11:06:36+00:00 (This is a sponsored post.) Spend enough time running websites through PageSpeed Insights and you’ll notice that Google has a major beef with traditional image formats like JPG, PNG and even GIF. As well it should. Even if you resize your images to the exact specifications of your website and run them through a compressor, they can still put a strain on performance and run up bandwidth usage. Worse, all of that image manipulation can compromise the resulting quality. Considering how important images are to web design, this isn’t an element we can dispose of so easily nor can we afford to cut corners when it comes to optimizing them. So, what’s the solution? Here’s what Google suggests: PageSpeed Insights demonstrates how much storage and bandwidth websites stand to save with WebP. (Source: PageSpeed Insights) Read the full article…

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Web Design

For what the future seems to unfold, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology without alternative. Today’s modern industry verticals are crucially reliant on faster, accurate and more affordable modes of online business. With its unlimited potential, designers and developers can immensely leverage AI applications in web development to streamline their daily website management tasks and […] The post Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Web Design appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

15+ Best PowerPoint Flyer Templates

Not everyone can afford a subscription to expensive software like Photoshop or InDesign. Did you know that PowerPoint is actually a great alternative to designing flyers and posters? In this post, we’re showcasing a collection of unique PowerPoint flyer templates you can use to design simple flyers and posters without an effort. Believe it or not, it’s very easy to design a flyer using PowerPoint, especially when using pre-made templates. All you need to do is download one of our handpicked templates below, open it in PowerPoint, and start editing. Our tips for making a flyer in PowerPoint should be helpful too! Top Pick Be – A4 & US Letter PowerPoint Flyer Template This PowerPoint template is the perfect choice for designing a flyer as it comes with a set of slides with print-ready designs. The template includes more than 125 slides featuring vertical layouts and lots of editable graphics, Read the full article…

Serpstack: Search Result Data Made Easy

Collecting real-time and accurate search results just got a whole lot easier with the serpstack API. The lightning-fast JSON REST API pulls search data. serpstack was built by parent company apilayer out of an in-house need to keep track of search engine positioning with ease. That grew into what is one of the most trusted SERP APIs on the market. Here’s a look at the tool and how you can make it work for you? What Is serpstack? serpstack is an API service that creates an automated method of gathering targeted search result data. Collection uses a powerful proxy network combined with proprietary and scalable web scraping with CAPTCHA solving technology. While all the technical details are interesting, the important part is function. The API supports almost every type of search result returned by Google — web results, image results, video results, news results, shopping results, sponsored ads, questions, and Read the full article…

“Create Once, Publish Everywhere” With WordPress

“Create Once, Publish Everywhere” With WordPress“Create Once, Publish Everywhere” With WordPress Leonardo Losoviz 2019-10-28T16:00:59+02:002019-10-29T11:09:11+00:00COPE is a strategy for reducing the amount of work needed to publish our content into different mediums, such as website, email, apps, and others. First pioneered by NPR, it accomplishes its goal by establishing a single source of truth for content which can be used for all of the different mediums. Having content that works everywhere is not a trivial task since each medium will have its own requirements. For instance, whereas HTML is valid for printing content for the web, this language is not valid for an iOS/Android app. Similarly, we can add classes to our HTML for the web, but these must be converted to styles for email. The solution to this conundrum is to separate form from content: The presentation and the meaning of the content must be decoupled, and only the meaning Read the full article…

The Best Time to Send Email Newsletters for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

You’re reading The Best Time to Send Email Newsletters for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are marked with red ink on every retailer’s calendar. Combined, these dates offer an excellent opportunity to increase revenue. They are peak volume days when potential clients are eager to wander around digital stores. Use … Read the full article…

Create A Bookmarking Application With FaunaDB, Netlify And 11ty

Create A Bookmarking Application With FaunaDB, Netlify And 11ty Create A Bookmarking Application With FaunaDB, Netlify And 11ty Bryan Robinson 2019-10-24T13:30:59+02:002019-10-25T11:07:01+00:00 The JAMstack (JavaScript, APIs and Markup) revolution is in full swing. Static sites are secure, fast, reliable and fun to work on. At the heart of the JAMstack are static site generators (SSGs) that store your data as flat files: Markdown, YAML, JSON, HTML, and so on. Sometimes, managing data this way can be overly complicated. Sometimes, we still need a database. With that in mind, Netlify — a static site host and FaunaDB — a serverless cloud database — collaborated to make combining both systems easier.  Why A Bookmarking Site? The JAMstack is great for many professional uses, but one of my favorite aspects of this set of technology is its low barrier to entry for personal tools and projects. There are plenty of good products on the Read the full article…

Bootstrap Carousel Guide: Examples and Tutorials

You’re reading Bootstrap Carousel Guide: Examples and Tutorials, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Bootstrap carousel is a generic unit of the framework that it is a standard component for cycling through elements. However, it can do much more than that and is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after details in interfaces these days. … Read the full article…