This week, while Jon is busy editing his new book, Chris spends some time talking (ranting) about usability testing, and addressing some of the common myths about it. It’s a bit of a long show, so just be warned… šŸ˜›

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This week, Jonathan spends some time alone (while Chris was out cycling around Northern California) and talks about empathy in design. It’s an important topic that is good for the whole company, not just designers. Stay tuned!

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This week, we were LIVE on Blab with Michael Darius, formerly a designer at Apple, to discuss UX design mentorship! This is the audio version of everything that we discussed. Thanks to the team at Blab and Michael for a great evening of discussion.

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This week, Chris and Jon talk about design critiques! If you ever had a difficult time both giving and receiving critical feedback on design, listen to this episode! Even if you’re not a designer, this episode is full of helpful information to be a better participant in a design review which will help improve your product overall!

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This is it folks! We made it to episode 25 and we definitely couldn’t do it without your support!

This week Chris and Jon discuss one of the most difficult design projects of them all, portfolios. We talk about what they are, how they can help move your career forward, and how we’re faring on this journey to portfolio greatness!

Chris’s Portfolio

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P.S. We built our portfolios using Webflow, heres a referral link if you are interested.

 

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This week, Chris and Jon discuss the new Apple Music app! They go through the onboarding, discuss the app’s design, and talk about some possible solutions. Do you think Apple did a good job? Or have they resorted to using some dreadful UX dark patterns? Stay tuned! We have a great show for you!

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Duet Display app Chris mentioned

This week, Chris and Jon ask the most important design question in the entire universe, “Why?”. We discuss what is “Why”, why “Why” is so important, and try to figure out how to make your “Why” more obvious. Listen to this very important episode!

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This week, Chris and Jon talk about one of the design industry’s least favorite topics, consistency! We discuss what it is, why it’s important, who owns it, and highlight some real world examples. Stay tuned! You won’t want to miss it!

The idea for this post was spawned from a draft of a blog post that Chris started writing. It has since been published and is available below, complete with links to all the content and articles referenced on the show!

https://ydsgn.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/consistency-and-user-experience/

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Jonathan’s new book, “Tragic Design” is now available for early release or pre-order! Yay!! If you’re interested in how design can actually save lives, or if you just want to support an amazing designer publish a book, definitely get a copy of it!

http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920038887.do

Are you a super fan of the show? On Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. PDT, Chris and Jon will participate in a Blab talk! Don’t really know what Blab is? It’s ok. Chris doesn’t really know either! (ROFL!) But Jon has assured him that it will be fun and exciting. Information is below and definitely stop by the Blab stream to ask your witty design-related questions, or just poke fun at us!

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This week, Chris and Jon spend quite a while discussing Jon’s favorite subject, credit card forms! Along with that we go over some general tips on form design.

Below are the links we mentioned on the show if you’re interested in learning more.

We discussed how certain visual designs can help your form feel more secure based on information from the Baymard Institute.

Jon talked about the different types and levels of transactions.

At the end of the show, we mentioned a series of different links:

Luke Wroblewski’s book on form design

Brad Frost’s experimental credit card form

A very cool animated credit card form by Jesse Pollak

 

Anyway, there is a lot to talk about this week, so stick around! This is a good one!

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Jon and Chris wrap up this series on usability heuristics. Lots of good information about how to handle error messages and help documentation, and how important user assistance is to good design.

If you missed the previous episodes you can start at episode 1Ā of this series onĀ Nielsen’s 10 Usability Heuristics.

Today we talk about 9 and 10!

Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
Error messages should be expressed in plain language (no codes), precisely indicate the problem, and constructively suggest a solution.

Help and documentation
Even though it is better if the system can be used without documentation, it may be necessary to provide help and documentation. Any such information should be easy to search, focused on the user’s task, list concrete steps to be carried out, and not be too large.