Brand as Context in Interaction Design


Change with a smile


The Value Of Multiple Evaluators In Heuristic Evaluations


Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths




Gadgets of the week:


Leap Motion:


Little Printer:

Is the 1,9,90 Rule Outdated?

Do A/B Tests Focus Us On The Wrong Problems?

Behavioral Targeting Pros and Cons

Designing Search: As-You-Type Suggestions

Scalable Navigation Patterns in Responsive Web Design


Video of the week (purely on the sheer numbers below)
Gotye – Somebody That I Use to Know

13,951,108 shares all time
13,940,367 Facebook shares
10,741 blog posts


How Mobile Technologies Are Shaping a New Generation


UX Immersion: The Mobile Frontier


5 Ways to Create Better iPad Applications


Behavior Change as Value Proposition


Clicks Don’t Count!


Usability testing video games with biometrics



Quote of the Week:
“Being a geek is all about your own personal level of enthusiasm, not how your level of enthusiasm measures up to others. If you like something so much that a casual mention of it makes your whole being light up like a halogen lamp, if hearing a stranger fondly mention your favorite book or game is instant grounds for friendship, if you have ever found yourself bouncing out of your chair because something you learned blew your mind so hard that you physically could not contain yourself — you are a geek”

The Mary Sue (via Curiosity Counts)


Video of the Week:

Viral Video Chart

Alex Horstmann’s user experience, usability, design, eCommerce and design bookmarks for November 23rd.

  • James-Lange theory – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The James-Lange theory refers to a hypothesis on the origin and nature of emotions and is one of the earliest theories of emotion, developed independently by two 19th-century scholars, William James and Carl Lange.
  • Web Content That Persuades and Motivates :: UXmatters
    There are several key elements that are missing from a large number of Web sites, and these missing elements often lead to bad user experiences and the total ineffectiveness of those sites.
  • » Design Jam London 1 Johnny Holland – It’s all about interaction » Blog Archive
    Design Jams are one or two day design sessions, during which people team up to solve engaging UX challenges. While conferences and talks are very popular in the UX community, we don’t have many events for actual collaboration, like the ‘hackdays’ enjoyed by the development community. Only a few UX designers participate in hackdays or open-source design initiatives –  how can we change this and get UX designers more involved? How can we introduce them to open collaboration formats? The idea of an event to get designers together to learn from each other while working on actual problems was born. Design Jams champion open-source thinking & sharing and are non-profit, run by local volunteers. The London team are Desigan Chinniah, Johanna Kolllmann, Joe Lanman and Franco Papeschi.
  • E-commerce (A-Z of user experience design resources)
  • Bounce Rate Demystified
  • Agile UX in Practice | Agile UX
    Agile development and user experience can work brillantly together… well, but how?<br />
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    Even if the effort related to Agile User Experience (Agile UX) continues throughout the project (with “just in time” designing and user testing) the User Experience foundations must be initiated at the very beginning of the project, during the first sprints.
  • Stressed Out About Holiday Shopping? Your Customers Are! | experience matters
    Regardless of their budget though, consumers told us that holiday shopping is stressful. Of course there are obvious reasons like crowded malls, outrageously chaotic traffic conditions and increased family obligations, but consumers face other speed bumps that companies can help with.

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

Alex Horstmann’s user experience, usability, design, eCommerce and design bookmarks for November 18th.

  • Weary of online booking, clients return to travel agents –
    Vacationers who hire Suzanne Burr book their travel the old-fashioned way. They tell Burr where they want to go and what they need when they arrive, and leave it to her to make it happen.
  • Google AdWords: Website Optimizer Help
    This handy calculator helps you estimate the potential duration of your experiment. Try out various numbers of combinations and see how they affect the length of the experiment. For pages with very high traffic, the differences may be negligible.
  • The Battle Between Thoughts and Emotions in Persuasion — PsyBlog
    Nowadays people tend to use 'I think' and 'I feel' interchangeably. For some this is a linguistic faux pas, but what about psychologically? Does it make any difference whether what you say is couched in 'thinking' or 'feeling' terms?
  • Mobile User Experience Trends on the Horizon | UX Magazine
    The majority of the world's digital experiences now happen through mobile devices linked by wireless networks. It is this untethered medium that is defining future trends in user behavior, sweeping away the legacy of interaction methods established for fixed computing scenarios.
  • Verified by Visa and Mastercard SecureCode are broken and need to be fixed | cxpartners
    Verified by Visa and Mastercard SecureCode are broken. At cxpartners we’ve watched hundred of users on e-commerce websites and seen some serious trust and usability issues that are hurting e-commerce. Our clients have seen conversion rates drop because of it. E-consultancy published an article over a year ago with specific examples of 3D secure harming sales.
  • Failure by Design / FINCH
    Losses feel worse than gains feel good. Rationally we should treat losses and gains the same. But that isn’t the way we are built. Consider how people make decisions when buying and selling stocks. Most people will sell stocks that go up in value, but they will tend to hold onto stocks long term that are going down in value. Selling the losing stock will make the loss tangible and the feeling of that is much worse to deal with. No one wants to lose. It’s painful.1
  • Introduction | The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web
    Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style is on many a designer’s bookshelf and is considered to be a classic in the field. Indeed the renowned typographer Hermann Zapf proclaims the book to be a must for everybody in the graphic arts, and especially for our new friends entering the field.

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