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A look at what's going on in the field of user experience.

Spectacular user experience within a tourism website: Visit Humboldt

, UX Collective - Medium

The landing page for Visit Humboldt’s website draws site visitors in with a mix of enchanting videography, mystical music and a surprisingly fitting “Alice and Wonderland” theme. Courtesy of www.visithumboldt.comWelcome to Jurassic Park! Er, I mean… Endor! Star Wars: Episode VI and scenes from Jurassic Park: The Lost World were filmed in Humboldt County, among a myriad of other movies including ET: The Extra Terrestrial.I have fond memories of attending college at a small but well recognized state university behind California’s redwood curtain in the far northern part of the state. Although remote, Humboldt County offers a lot in terms of outdoor activities, easy access to the ocean, and a short drive to southern Oregon.

It’s massive biodiversity of redwood trees, ferns, mosses and other flora inspired George Lucas to set it as the stage for Endor in the movie Star Wars: Episode VI. It also inspired Steven Spielberg to film the trailer scene for Jurassic Park: The Lost World, in addition to scenes from ET: The Extra Terrestrial, among numerous other movies. And it is easy to understand why; the area’s striking beauty, large amount of forest, aquatic biodiversity and mystical vibe draws in filmmakers and tourists from all over the place.

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Design patterns

, UX Collective - Medium

When figuring out a user flow and corresponding wireframes to address a user’s problem, rather than starting from scratch, it’s often…

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Learning the design process

, UX Collective - Medium

“Who am I?” This is a good question to ask ourselves more often. Personal research into our memories on why we make decisions the way we…

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What users really want you to know

, UX Collective - Medium

Having spoken to 4000+ users across multiple products as a support agent, I’ve found that what users desire spans across products and companies. How you experience your product and its changes, do not parallel what the user goes through. Consider the series of instances and moments of interaction a user has with your product and brand and you’ll get in the mindset of what they really want you to know.

Image courtesy of Bundo Kim1. The new feature launch that got you promoted probably did not make their life easier.Even the most well-intentioned feature launches and changes take customers (& support team members) by surprise. Users can be resistant to change, but sometimes, it can be that the added ‘functionality’ of the feature change/launch doesn’t really fulfill their needs.

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Improving UX Consistency

, UX Planet - Medium

UX consistency has become a global challenge as reported by 3,157 respondents in a recent industry survey. As a product scales, limited collaboration and communication make it difficult for different stakeholders involved in product development to work with a shared vision.

Therefore, it is important to follow certain established design rules to ensure that the overall experience of the product is seamless.

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Bias in tech and UX absolutely exists

, UX Planet - Medium

an open letter about inequality

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My Thoughts on User Onboarding + Tips on better ways to do it

, UX Planet - Medium

User onboarding should be a strategy rather than just a few slidesLalesh AldarwishUser onboarding are the steps or processes used to guide a user when trying to use a product/service and feature for the first time.

- Toptal

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Data Visualisation: questions you should ask before.

, UX Planet - Medium

Data Visualisation: questions you should ask before. What we’ve discovered working on the Map of Polish Composers.TL;DROckham’s razor is a designer’s most important tool. Data visualization has a value greater than the “wow effect” if and only if it allows you to show something better or explore more conveniently. The more non-standard your solution is, the sooner and the more carefully you need to test it.→ http://mapofcomposers.pl/en/

BackgroundOur task was to design and implement a website collecting information about Polish composers of contemporary music.

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The UX of Pet Websites

, MeasuringU

Over half of U.S. households have a pet. And for many people, they are more than pets; they are family.

But pets are also a big business. It’s estimated that pet related products and services account for $70BB annually in the U.S. alone. And a lot of that spending happens online.

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Molding Yourself into a Leader, Part 2

, UXmatters

By Jonathan Walter

In Part 1 of this multipart series, I communicated that leadership does not end with directors, managers, and team leads. It extends to individual contributors, too—especially when UX-design resources are a scarce commodity within an enterprise. I also explained that, in many cases—depending on a company’s UX maturity—leadership in the field of User Experience begins with UX designers.

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