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From Driving to Dating: My UX Inspirations (With Sketches)

“What app has the best UX you know of?” someone asked me once. That got me thinking: could I pinpoint apps that set, redefined or even went beyond industry standards? Where should I look to understand what first-class UX is? What should be our UX inspirations? Who do we all need to learn from?

After chatting with my colleagues, I started noticing that they were mentioning pretty much the same apps over and over. A few names kept being repeated — and I list them here by order of occurrences: Google Inbox, Instagram, MailChimp, Airbnb, Facebook and Tinder. (more…)

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4 Stages of App Creation for Avoiding 5 Stages of Grief

Great app creation can seem elusive when everyone is coming to you with different requirements. The pressure can be so intense and the timelines so short that you're tempted to take shortcuts. Do that, however, and you might end up experiencing the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When you follow the 4 stages of great app creation in order, you can avoid the 5 stages of "app fail" grief.

UX for Enterprise: Why You Should Play Devil’s Advocate when Business and User Needs Clash

As custom applications become more common and more critical to businesses, there’s a tendency to think in grander terms than what the business and the end-user really needs. People may look at what’s available in the app store and get sidetracked from what the company and its employees require to achieve their goals. As UX experts, it is essential for us to think about what the end-user really needs to do their job. This simple observation forms the basis of UX, or User Experience. What UX seeks to achieve is to ensure that the application not only meets the company’s need for security, solves critical business challenges, and integrates with legacy systems; UX also ensures that the app simplifies the end-users’ tasks so they can improve their job performance.