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The Everyday Button

The Everyday Button

We all have that one part of our day which we repeat over and over, like we’re trapped in our own personal version of Groundhog Day. Maybe you’re constantly running reports and have to go through a set of steps to get to the finished product. Maybe you’re always updating your blog or your Instagram… Read More

4 Reasons You Need To Test Drive Your Own Product

4 Reasons You Need To Test Drive Your Own Product

If given a choice, would Elon Musk drive a Ford? Would Jony Ive use a Samsung Galaxy 5S phone? Would Sara Lee eat cake made from Duncan Hines? As a company, are you and your employees using the products you’re selling? If not, you might want to reconsider. After all, if your customers are expected… Read More

How To Avoid Detrimental Design

How To Avoid Detrimental Design

Last week, we discussed designing yourself into a corner and making the user experience more questionable and less obvious. Or, as I like to call it, detrimental designing. Detrimental designing happens more often than you think. When you’re sitting in the chair that looks great, but feels like torture, that’s detrimental design. When you can… Read More

When Simple Design Becomes Too Simple

When Simple Design Becomes Too Simple

Sometimes as designers, what we think is simplifying is really obfuscating. Decluttering a webpage is all well and good, but sometimes going a bit too minimalistic can have diminishing returns for your users. Case in point: Earlier this month, Google Chrome moved to remove URLs from the page you’re reading. Why? Because “most people” don’t know… Read More