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Back in the old days, people needed to come up with ways how to communicate with computers in order to use their magnificent power and make the most of it to serve user needs. The way the interfaces worked was dictated by limitations of the computers’ capacity to behave like humans. Therefore, we needed to adjust our behaviour to line up with technology. And so, we learned to bend our natural style of communication and type in lines of commands easily recognized by machines but not so easy to memorise for a human being.
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When I think of Italy, there are plenty of images that come to my mind. However, apart from such obvious things like the Colosseum, the Grand Canal in Venice or Tuscan hills, there’s one thing without which this south European country wouldn’t be the same – industrial design from the early 70s.
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Products need to serve a purpose. Everything we do as designers, developers, managers, and founders should have clear objectives and aim to be useful and valuable for recipients and customers. It’s fair to say that one of the main goals of product design is to ensure the right product-market fit. And one of the best ways to verify a product’s usefulness is to conduct user testing sessions.
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You have an idea for a product. Excitement is going through the roof, you have all the ideas in your head, and you’re ready to start assembling the team. The business plan is flawless, all features are well described, and you even know the approximate date of releasing the product. But wait… aren’t you missing something? Are you sure that your potential clients will love your product? Is your solution going to fulfill their real needs just as you’ve imagined? Are you positive that it will be useful? If you don’t show your product to your potential clients, you can’t be 100 percent sure you will succeed. That’s why you should validate your idea by creating a prototype of your solution. In this way you can make necessary changes before spending money on developing a product that simply won’t work the way you’ve imagined.
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If you want to build a product, you can’t do it by yourself. You need a hard-working and fully devoted team. Unfortunately, sometimes there are tensions and misunderstandings between members. It’s important to know how to deal with them and help people with their workflow. I will look closer at the relationship between UX designers and developers. What can we do to improve this cooperation, how can we build understanding, and what are the profits for business and product?
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Conversion rate is usually the main metric that entrepreneurs use to measure the success of their business. Companies invest a lot to increase their conversion rates and to improve sales as a result. However, they often underestimate how UX design influences this really important metric. With some simple tricks and UX methods you can significantly raise your conversion rate.
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Some time ago I talked with my colleague Mateusz Jankowski, who is a Senior UI designer. I was telling him that I’m going to write a post about the truth of working as UI designer. The deeper you dig, the darker it gets, but maybe there’s one specific term that describes your daily duties? - I asked. His answer made me cry with laughter - sure, it’s like a visual OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Well, it’s hard to disagree. But it’s just the tip of an iceberg.
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Heavily illustrated websites and apps are quite common nowadays, no matter the industry, but not too long ago that wasn’t the case. Some of the world’s smartest companies have bet on illustrations early on, gracing their digital products and accompanying marketing pages with tiny artworks, and today they are reaping the rewards. They’ve sparked a worldwide trend in digital design, which others have been trying to catch up to ever since. I believe that the storytelling element of illustrations is crucial to their effectiveness. In this article, I’m going to share some insights on how Dropbox, Uber and Slack – world-renowned leaders in their industries – have increased conversion rates through illustration.
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A design system is way more than just a buzzword repeatedly mentioned on every design blog. It provides your products with consistency, streamlines the design and development process, and increases productivity. No wonder that the biggest players on the market, like Atlassian, Dropbox, AirBnb, Shopify, and Audi are investing in design systems. Here’s a bit more on what value they can bring to your business.
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The role of a UX designer in development process is often unclear. They may seem to only create boring boxes and arrows, but, in fact, these are tools that help to push the digital product in the right direction.
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