Some bookmarks added by Alex Horstmann on January 13th

I bookmark a lot of pages and sites which I find interesting, inspirational and informative every day! I’d like to share some of them with you here. In general they are about user experience, usability, UCD, accessbility and design. In general, but not always!!

  • Interaction Design’s Early Formal Education & Beyond
    There are many interaction designers like myself whose growth into the field was a feat of organic if not chaotic chance. Our community of practice was born out of the convergence of people who did not have the option to be formerly trained in interaction design in almost any way what-so-ever. So we educated ourselves – sometimes alone and sometimes with the support of peers and mentors. It is a common presumption that because we did it this way we have to somehow hold out a universe where that path continues to not just be an option, but to be a viable one; and one that we even laud over other more formal ones.
  • The more you try and practice Agile the less agile you become. And vice versa
    Tim’s post on Agile as a ‘Cargo Cult’ highlights a problem in the adoption of Agile, not only for software development but for creative and business processes. Everyone is trying to adapt to a rapid and disruptive world screwing with business models in every category. Organisations are looking to close the gap with nimble digital start-ups who are out-innovating them at a fraction of the cost-base. Agile seems to offer a well-packaged magic ability to compete in a new way.
  • Fewer buttons means more conversions | Blog | Econsultancy
    Reducing the number of buttons on shopping basket pages can provide an instant boost to conversion rates, according to the results of an A/B test.
  • Why microcopy matters
    When you’re writing for the web, small details make a big difference. Your microcopy should guide people through processes like registering and its tone should help them to trust your brand.
  • More Like This: A Design Pattern :: UXmatters
    We’ll explore the simple, but very powerful design pattern called More Like This, which provides the information scent and motivation necessary to make customers navigational decisions quick, easy, and intuitive.
  • Testing Content Concepts :: UXmatters
    Most companies haven’t given testing content the attention it deserves—partly because it’s challenging.
  • Questionnaires in Usability Engineering FAQ
    Over the years, I have seen many questions asked about the use of questionnaires in usability engineering. The list on this page is a compilation of the questions I have heard most often and the answers I gave, should have given, or would have given if I had thought of it first.

Please do feel free to suggest other related (and unrelated ones)!

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An experienced, commercial and creative user experience professional with a proven record in UX leadership, strategy, people management, branding and innovation. Responsible for the design and delivery of several high profile, big brand web sites and enterprise software applications. All opinions here are my own.

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