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Slack

Slack

Designing teamwork: how our customers helped shape the future of Slack

Today, we’re launching a significant update to Slack’s design. It’s not just one change, but a constellation of them—some shiny new things (channel sections!), some old things in new places and a general spring cleaning of information architecture.

These changes address a basic challenge that has grown naturally with Slack: with size comes complexity. As different product teams added new capabilities piecemeal, Slack started to feel not intuitive for people trying it out for the first time.

Our header alone had over a dozen places to click, and included two search bars:

A dozen places to click the top nav in Slack

And our menus were a bit sprawling:

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UX Collective

UX Collective

UX myths to forget in 2020

InIn August, 1971, a Stanford psychology professor designed a simulated jail environment in the basement of Jordan Hall, where 18 college students would role-play prisoners and guards during 2 weeks.

The hypothesis: witness how people would abuse power when given the proper circumstances.

It was called the Stanford Prison Experiment.

The experiment became widely accepted by the psychology community. It has been cited in hundreds of papers. Films and documentaries used it as inspiration. No one ever questioned the validity of the experiment. No one but Ben Blum.

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NN Group

NN Group

Remote UX Work: Guidelines and Resources

Summary: Even though in-person UX sessions are typically ideal, sometimes budget or travel restrictions necessitate remote UX work. This article presents guidelines for remote user research, UX workshops or presentations, and collaboration.

When it comes to conducting user research, presenting UX work, or collaborating with other team members or stakeholders, we know that face-to-face interaction can have a lot of advantages: It’s easier for participants to build trust and rapport in person than remotely, and attendees are likely to pay attention and be cooperative for longer.

However, we can’t always conduct UX activities face to face. Sometimes, budget or time limitations, travel restrictions, or other unforeseen circumstances make in-person sessions impossible, unaffordable, or even unsafe. In these cases, remote sessions can offer immense value in maintaining the flow of insights and ideas.

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NN Group

NN Group

Good Abandonment on Search Results Pages

Summary: Now that people can easily find answers to their questions directly on results pages, content creators must rethink their role in providing information to their users.

Search-engine results pages (SERPs) traditionally had a straightforward purpose — they delivered links to users. If a user did not click any result from the page, it meant that the user didn’t see anything valuable and that the search algorithm had failed.

Today, user engagement on a search-results page cannot be so easily captured.

Good abandonment is when the user’s information need is successfully and entirely addressed by the search-results page, with no need to click on a result or reformulate the query.

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UX Planet

UX Planet

Top UI/UX Design Works for Inspiration — #97

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:

NORCAL BOARD SHOP CONCEPT
👨‍🎨 Nick Herasimenka
👥 Ramotion

COMPRESS FILES
👨‍🎨 Aaron Iker

HOUSE DECORATION APP
👨‍🎨 YanBin Tan
👥 IronSketch

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