Product Design Weekly

Insights from fields like user experience, agile development, marketing and of course product design.

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Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine

How To Stop Analysis Paralysis With Design

As a web designer, you do your best to remove friction from the decision-making process. You place only one CTA above the fold. You keep interactive elements to a minimum. You make the menu only as large as it needs to be.

But what happens when the content itself causes analysis paralysis?

There’s an overabundance of choice all around the web, from e-commerce stores with thousands of products to content generation machines pushing out new posts every day. While you can’t do anything to stop the flood of information or items going out to your visitors, you can design your interfaces in a way that makes the decision-making process easier to bear. What’s more, you can help them walk away feeling more confident with their choice, too.

Let’s look at what it is about the psychology of choice that can be detrimental for conversions and what you can do to keep your PWA visitors from succumbing to it.

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UX Planet

UX Planet

Top UI/UX Design Works for Inspiration — #78

UI & UX Design Inspiration

Every day most digital designers look for inspiration on sources like Dribbble. In a large stream of the works, it is very easy to miss some quality shots with small number of likes and comments.

We decided to change that and every week showcase some of the recent cool shots of young designers who didn’t get much attention of the community. Here they are:

RED DOT AWARD WINNER UI
👨‍🎨 Gleb Kuznetsov✈

FOOTBALL MATCH APP
👨‍🎨 YanBin Tan
👥 IronSketch

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
👨‍🎨 JIANGGM🍿
👥 Animation

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UX Collective

UX Collective

How to use git to version control your designs

Git for Designers — Nitish Khagwal

Whenever a UI Designer prototype, he needs to focus upon every subtle detail of the product. Of course designing for a product is not a one day game, it takes dense efforts and endless revisions. UI Designer needs to create endless copies of multiple files to maintain backups of different revisions.

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Muzli

Muzli

Role of Proximity in Product Interaction Design (IxD)

Let’s learn how proximity can be used to increase usability and create more delightful human-product experiences

Have you ever noticed, whenever you make or answer the phone call and bring a smartphone closer to your ear, the screen automatically turns off — this is how proximity plays a role in interaction design.

Getting Started

The dictionary meaning of “Proximity” states “nearness in space, time, or relationship”.

By making use of the proximity, we can observe the user’s action or trigger path and in-return make an app or product respond accordingly.
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Mind the Product

Mind the Product

How Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile Work Together by Jonny Schneider

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, Jonny Schneider, Product Strategy and Design Principal at ThoughtWorks, discusses how using all of design thinking, agile, and lean means we can build better products.

Key points:

  • You should try to use design thinking, agile and lean when building your products
  • Testing and learning with real people, using real software in real contexts, is the key to competitive advantage
  • You can design the right experiments by asking the right questions
  • Measure things that contribute to decisions and solve for next order problems

Jonny Schneider talks at mtpcon London

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UX Collective

UX Collective

The immersive power of semiotic domains

One of the most powerful ways to engage your players in a game is to immerse them completely in a fully holistic environment and experience. The best way to describe something so all-encompassing in terms of a narrative, language, community and understanding is with the term: semiotic domain.

The concept of the semiotic domain is not something you will often come across in your daily life. The specific term of Semiotic Domains can be attributed to the works of James Paul Gee and specifically his book What Video Games have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2007).

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Copy Hackers

Copy Hackers

What Is UX Copywriting?

UX copywriting, or user-experience copywriting, is the act of writing and structuring copy that moves digital users, like visitors and customers, toward accomplishing a goal in an intuitive way. 

Let’s start by viciously ripping that term – UX copywriting – apart.

UX = user experience

UX describes how, when and why people interact with a product or service – and how they feel about their experience. If you wear clothes, eat food and have a roof over your head, you’re having multiple user experiences every single second. 

Let’s use an article of clothing as an example. Socks! 

If you wear socks, you’re a user of that product, and your experience starts long before your toes get warm ‘n’ cozy. 

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UX Planet

UX Planet

10 tips for better Financial UX Design

Creating smooth user experience for banking, wealth management, and other areas of fintech.

1. 📊 Show, don’t tell

Humans tend to be bad at dealing with numbers. Single calculations like addition, subtraction, and multiplication are simple enough, but add in a few figures and you’ll likely reach for a calculator. It’s especially difficult for humans to compare strings of numbers or complete multi-step calculations. That’s why it’s important to translate that information in a much more digestible form, and data visualization can help. Data visualization is already commonly integrated into reporting and analysis functions, but there are plenty of other potential applications in deposits and loans, investments, and other financial activity workflows.

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UX Collective

UX Collective

Be a fly on the wall during Pair Design

For ten years I was part of a consultancy that was committed to Pair Design. I’m a big believer in this mode of working, and have evangelized it on stages and in an e-book that I co-authored with Gretchen Anderson. Hey, look, that book is available for free through O’Reilly.

The cover to the e-book I coauthored with Gretchen Anderson about Pair Design.

Anyway, in anecdotes, talks, and case studies, I’ve taken pains to explain the benefits of pair design, but it’s sometimes hard to imagine what it’s like in actual, day-to-day practice. So, one day in 2015 I approached my awesome design pair Jenea Hayes (she currently works with DesignIt, I currently work with

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