Whitney Hess’ UX Design Principles

Super useful (and short) talk by Whitney Hess on UX design principles.

Make sure to watch the talk, but here are the 10 she lists.

1. Stay out of people’s way

2. Create a hierarchy that matches people’s needs

This is a plate that can go on top of a thermostat to allow people that can’t see well to see the most important information.

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3. Limit distractions

4. Provide strong information scent

5. Provide signposts and cues

6. Provide context

7. Use constraints appropriately

8. Make actions reversible

9. Provide feedback

10. Make a good first impression

Here’s an example of making a poor first impression…

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4 UX Questions I Had While Reading a Blog Post

1._openingI clicked a link to an article called “Top 25 Best Jobs in American for 2015” article from Facebook. When I got to the page I instantly had questions.

1. Why is the job title text so small?

Understanding the 25 best jobs is why someone clicked on the link to this article. It should be the highlight of the slideshow. Currently it’s just lost.
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2. What purpose does this text serve?

Currently it only clutters and distracts. Plus it’s redundant. There is a count of the 25 jobs next to the job title and readers don’t need a reminder of the title of the blog.
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3. Why didn’t anyone proofread?

The article is titled “25 Best Jobs in America for 2015″
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4. Why aren’t there job descriptions?

Sure it’s interesting to know that solutions architect is the 11th best job. But what does a solution architect do?
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Making a few tweaks to the slideshow could go a long way to improving this post’s user experience.

7 Things I’m Excited About Right Now

Seeing Reignwolf on New Year’s Eve

Reignwolf at the Showbox

Reignwolf at the Showbox

Drums and guitar at the same time, sure why not #reignwolf

A video posted by Cameron Plommer (@camplommer) on

Seeing The Roots at The Showbox

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The Roots at The Showbox

Greatest show ever #TheRoots #Showbox A video posted by Cameron Plommer (@camplommer) on

Making my own music

Playing Sim City on my iPhone

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Sim City Build It

Watching The Wire (for the second time)

The game is rigged #TheWire #HBO   A video posted by Cameron Plommer (@camplommer) on

“You come at the king, you best not miss” A video posted by Cameron Plommer (@camplommer) on

 

Reading about how the Brooklyn Bridge was built

 

Experimenting in the kitchen

Avocado and banana chocolate mousse A photo posted by Cameron Plommer (@camplommer) on

  Banana, egg and almond butter pancakes #food   A photo posted by Cameron Plommer (@camplommer) on

#juice A photo posted by Cameron Plommer (@camplommer) on

What are you excited about these days?

10 Things I Like and Don’t Like About Munchery.com User Experience

Munchery is a relatively new service that delivers ready-to-eat meals to your door.

Here are six things I don’t like and four things I like about their desktop website user experience (UX)

Homepage

Homepage

What I Don’t Like

1. You have to scroll the entire page to find what you want, whether it’s an entree, side, dessert, for kids, or drink. They could add a dropdown menu at the top of the page.

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Header navigation

2. It’s really difficult to figure out how to remove or modify an item in your shopping cart

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Cart

When you are in your cart there is nothing obvious about changing your order in any way. You have to click on the number which takes you this the pop-up window:

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Update pop-up

My guess is that they don’t want easy for people to remove items. But really it’s just confusing and annoying and only creates ill will toward the brand.

Why not just do what Amazon.com does and at a Delete button?

Take a cue from Amazon.com

Take a cue from Amazon.com

3. The next action to take after putting an item in your bag is not obvious. There could be a prompt telling you to check out or could give suggestions on other items to compliment your selection.

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Add an item

4. Bulleted instructions would be easier to read.

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Preparation instructions

5. User’s should be alerted that an item is not available in their zip code before they add it to their bag. Or it shouldn’t be shown at all.

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Pop-up

6. The stars or number is not clickable or linked to a page showing reviews for an item.

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Reviews not clickable

 What I Like

1. The entire site is very visual. This makes it easy to decide which items you’d want to eat. Text on the site is very small in contrast. This is seem to be like a conscious design choice.

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Delicious

2. Munchery makes it clear what they offer, which is crucial for a new service such as this.

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Step-by-step instructions

3. Header navigation is simple and without fluff. The two most important pages — Daily Menu and How It Works — are prominently displayed. The More tab contains page links that are not needed to most users.

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Nice nav

4. Products are highly detailed, including nutrition/calorie information, how to prepare and ingredient lists (very important for people with allergies). Delivery healthy, high quality, read-to-eat meals is going to attract customers that will want this kind of information.

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Product details

The Walking Dead Continues to Look Like The Wire

Yet another actor from HBO’s show The Wire has joined the cast of The Walking Dead. This time Sergeant Ellis Carter is playing a wimpy Minister, who carries no weapons but has somehow survived the Zombie Apocalypse thus far. He joins D’Angelo Barksdale / Bob Stookey and Cutty / Tyreese Williams.

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Hyperlapse videos: a cliche coming soon

This past Monday Instagram unveiled Hyperlapse.

I’m impressed and eager to use it as I’m sure most people are.

Soon Hyperlapse videos will be mainstream cliche and EVERYONE and their mom will shoot this way; probably also replacing use cases where photos would have once been shot.

But I’m okay with this cliche, the videos are beautiful.

 

What the fuck is in Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte?

It’s that time of year where white girls (my gf included) all over America collectively freak out over the coming of fall and Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte.

But what is in the damn thing?! Turns out a lot of shitty stuff: this article breaks it down as well as does the detective work to uncover the ingredients for Starbucks.

The image below is handy if it’s tl;dr. Essentially it’s a bunch of chemicals, flavoring and a ton of sugar (50 grams for grande)

But the thing is NOBODY CARES.


Everyone already knows that there isn’t any real pumpkin in this drink and nobody expects there to be.

Nobody expects Starbucks’ to put pumpkin in their pumpkin spice latte. Isn’t THAT the problem?

The thing is corporations are not going to put real food in their products over cheaper artificial alternatives unless they have to, e.i people don’t buy their products. You can’t blame Starbucks, this is how they can maximize revenue with this product. Maximizing revenue is how our economy works.

Bloggers and people tweeting can make a big stink over products like this all they want, but until consumers stop buying and depend an alternative, nothing will change.

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