This week Chris and Jon talk about awful meetings, why we have to have them, and what we can do about them. There’s lots of useful information to help you have better meetings, so definitely stick around for this one!

Along with all that, we mentioned a couple other things on the show…

First, the book by Sarah Cooper:

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying
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We were also included on CSS Author’s list of Best UX Podcasts!
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At long last, here’s episode 51! Yaaaaaayyyyyy!!! This week, Chris and Jon discuss production design and how we transition from the big idea to an implemented product. This is where the rubber meets the road, and you don’t want to miss this important episode!

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We’re a little late with this show, but Chris and Jon are back in the studio to discuss A/B testing! We break down what it is, why it’s important, and even go over some of the common myths about it. So stay tuned to another great episode!

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This week Chris and Jon answer some listener questions on taking a product to market and then later, how to deal with monetization. Stay tuned!

Thanks to Joanna and Leander for submitting questions this week!

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This week on the Design Review, Chris and Jon discuss what it takes to land your first job as a professional designer, and answer some of the most common questions on what to do. Later in the show, we have a short discussion on equal pay! Stick around for a much longer than normal 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/

Other Really Awesome Stuff

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!

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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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It’s part 3 of our 5 part series on UX fundamentals laid out by Jakob Nielson: 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design

If you missed part 1 & part 2, feel free to catch up after this episode. You won’t need to have heard the first two, but they cover 4 other important UX principles.

Today we will be discussing:

Error prevention
Even better than good error messages is a careful design which prevents a problem from occurring in the first place. Either eliminate error-prone conditions or check for them and present users with a confirmation option before they commit to the action.

Recognition rather than recall
Minimize the user’s memory load by making objects, actions, and options visible. The user should not have to remember information from one part of the dialogue to another. Instructions for use of the system should be visible or easily retrievable whenever appropriate.

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Having good onboarding is critical to the success of your product. This week, Chris and Jon talk about onboarding! What is it? Why is it so important? Chris asked on Twitter what questions people have about it. So later in the show, we also answer those questions about what makes a good onboarding experience. Thanks to everyone that wrote in!

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We discussed a bunch of different apps on this show. They are:

  • Carrot
  • Candy Crush
  • Jawbone Up
  • Sketch
  • Meerkat
  • Mailbox
  • Rooms

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It’s part 2 of our 5 part series on UX fundamentals laid out by Jakob Nielson.

If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

User control and freedom

Users often choose system functions by mistake and will need a clearly marked “emergency exit” to leave the unwanted state without having to go through an extended dialogue. Support undo and redo.

Consistency and standards

Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations, or actions mean the same thing. Follow platform conventions.

10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design by Jakob Nielson

The apps are:

Webflow

Carousel by Dropbox

 

Chris’ Project: Designers and Shoes

Jonathan’s Book: Tragic Design 

 

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This episode, Chris and Jon start a series of shows devoted to everyone’s favorite usability heuristics! If you never heard of these before, or if you heard of them and forgot about them, have a listen and refresh your brain! These principles in interaction design are critical to helping make your product successful. Later in the show, we talk about how different apps utilize these principles and whether or not they did them well.

The principles we are discussing:

10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design by Jakob Nielson

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

Google Analytics In Real Life

 

You can find Part 2 right here.

 

The apps are:

Jawbone Up https://appsto.re/us/8LlN2.i

Chris was less enthusiastic about this app as the poor onboarding (as of this post) made it really difficult to figure out what the app does. Needless to say, they didn’t apply Nielsen’s heuristics very well.

Breeze by FitnessKeeper https://appsto.re/us/TuMrX.i

As we were running out of time, Chris didn’t get too much of a chance to talk about this app. But it’s worth looking at simply because the language they use in the app matches the real world really well. The language is informal (not necessarily casual) but effective, and even works in concepts from the last show on playfulness!

MailChimp

 

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Jawbone

 

Breeze

 

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