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Collaborative Journey Maps

In many organizations, the design team does some research then retreats to their tower to conjure deep magics that turn note filled notebooks into a customer journey map. At least that’s what it looks like to their peers.

Journey diagrams capture tons of detailed info about users, processes, and systems. The best teams share the same understanding of the user’s journey. Instead of having your team wonder where you got this information or how you came to these conclusions, have them build the journey map with you.

When you map the user journey with your team, everyone understands

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Understand the Social Needs for Accessibility in UX Design

As UX designers, we have a lot on our plates. The term “UX Unicorn” exists for a reason. We are responsible for our clients’ goals as well as our users’ needs. You might ask then, why should you think about Accessibility in your UX Design process? Imagine going into a design workshop and telling your client that you need more hours to make his or her company website accessible. You’ll need a good use case to convince your client and maybe even yourself that accessibility should feature in the UX Design process. Here, we will look at the social need

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The Golden Ratio – Principles of form and layout

Now, we’re going to look at a subject that comes directly from mathematics and that we can also find all around us – the golden ratio. Don’t worry; we’re not going back into the classroom for long. We will examine what this concept is and exactly how much it is a fundamental part of making designs pleasing to the user’s eye. The golden ratio’s story is the stuff of legend. With a history dating back almost to the time of Pi (another great mathematical formula, which is essential in understanding properties of circles), scholars, including Pythagoras and Euclid, have called

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[Book] Privacy is Power

Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data
Carissa Véliz
Bantam Press
September 2020, 288 pages

The first book to call for the end of the data economy. Carissa Veliz exposes how our personal data is giving too much to big tech and governments, why that matters, and what we can do about it.

Have you ever been denied insurance, a loan, or a job? Have you had your credit card number stolen? Do you have to wait too long when you call customer service? Have you paid more for a product than one of your friends?

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Experientia speaks at Turin’s Technology Biennial

The Technology Biennial is a major, wide-ranging event – available online for free – that offers articulated, inclusive and accessible reflection on the increasingly relevant issue of the relationship between technology and society, starting from the most recent technological innovations, but also recalling the history of Italian technological roots. It is organized by the Polytechnic University of Turin. This year’s theme is “Mutations – Towards a Sustainable Future”.

Experientia’s Jan-Christoph Zoels and Mark Vanderbeeken will each be part of discussion panels.

Designing mutations
Friday 13 Novembre 2020 at 2:30 pm .
With Stefano Mirti, Pier Paolo Peruccio, Graziella Roccella, and Mark

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Carbon-tracking Apps are Designed to Foster Responsibility. Is This a Flaw?

Busy lives can leave us with little time to trial and adopt the kinds of major lifestyle changes necessary to reduce our carbon footprints. The intangibility of how much carbon we emit on a daily basis also means that even if we want to make changes, in practice, the urgency to act isn’t always the first thing on our minds. That’s why a new host of carbon-tracking apps has emerged, promising to take some of the cognitive—and moral—load off the shoulders’ of the carbon-conscious consumer. 

Mobile apps like Almond, Capture, and North claim to measure an individual’s carbon footprint, and

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From Need to Impact: Designing Products for Social Good

Illustration by Taylor Krut

If you’re one of the over 2.5 billion people who uses Facebook each month, you likely know it as a place to find news, keep up with friends, or even buy or sell some of your belongings. But did you know that you can also mark yourself as safe during a crisis, raise money for nonprofits you care about, sign-up to donate blood to local blood banks, and help safely return children when they go missing nearby? In fact, there is a team at Facebook dedicated to using the platform to create real-world, social impact.

But at a company as

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8 Writing Tips to Supercharge the Quality of Your UX Work

Content is king—and how you write your content is key. Any UX designer worth their salt needs to write effectively, whether it’s case studies for your UX design portfolio or copy for your product. Want to be a better designer? Read on! Here are 8 practical writing tips that will significantly improve your UX work: Use the inverted pyramid to state your main points first. Be concrete and walk down the ladder of abstraction. Write active sentences for an easier read. Kill your filler words. Mix short and long sentences for variety. Use bullet points and numbered lists to help

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How to Create the Perfect UX Resume and Cover Letter

Your cover letter helps sell you as a good fit for the company and serves to introduce your resume and portfolio. The cover letter plays a major role because this is your first chance to help the recruiter know that you’re the perfect fit for the company and job role. You need your UX design portfolio and resume to back that up. Your UX resume is a quick summary of your work experiences and educational background. Your most important asset in your job application is your UX design portfolio. Recruiters evaluate your skills through reading your UX case studies. However,

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