Boxes and Arrows is an online journal filled with peer-written design articles by contributors that tend to have experience in the industry. Anyone can suggest a topic, and readers can comment on it or even write an article on what was suggested. That being said, Boxes and Arrows has many pieces worth reading. There is a lot of information to be absorbed from this site: articles, stories, case studies, ideas, and more. I especially enjoyed the article Are your users S.T.U.P.I.D? where the author provides acronyms to help designers consider their audience and design. Pretty creative, if you ask me.
I have yet to fully explore this blog seeing as there is so much to read, but thankfully it is well organized. If you have any questions on design, be it graphic design to information design, it looks like this is the site to go to!
Usability Blog is written by Paul Sherman, founder of a user experience consulting firm, ShermanUX. Sherman has been in the usability industry for the past 12 years and fills his blog with numerous posts of good and bad design examples. They include snapshots of various websites, objects, infographics, and more, along with a brief blurb on his opinion.
I suggest my classmates to take a look at this blog for not only design tips but to get some ideas for Good/Bad Design examples to post. He touches on a few things I never really thought about, like repetitive “My”s in a menu or physical obtrusion to an interface. Maybe something mentioned in Sherman’s blog will remind you of another site that fails or succeeds in the same thing.
On another note, be sue to look at Sherman’s explanation of severity ratings. I think this applies to us all very well, since we have a few more usability reports coming up.
I don’t know if anyone from class has yet to mention this blog, but I wanted to bring attention to the online journal on Cooper.com Yes, it is from the design firm of Alan Cooper himself!
While several of the posts seem less relevant to design, such as an entry on their Dodgeball Tournament, others are inspiring and provide great insights to what it is like to work for a design firm. (Or at least for Cooper.)
I absolutely love the use of photos in their posts; they really help provide the imagery of all that is Cooper and design. For example, take a look at “Good design is only half the story”, where you can briefly see how designers and non-designers can come together in a collaborative process.
I also recommend looking at the post, “What marketing executives should know about user experience”. It’s one of their longer ones, but really hits some key points as to what user experience design can do for a company.
Attack of Design is written by Sacha Greif, a 25 year old user interface designer from France.
His posts are very insightful and offer great design tips with relatable examples, including some of the work he’s done. Looking briefly at some of his posts, he offers a lot of food for thought, and I would encourage you to take a look. Also, follow Sacha Greif on Twitter. 🙂
Take a look at Pleasure and Pain by Whitney Hess at http://whitneyhess.com/blog/.
Whitney Hess a freelance user experience designer based in New York and has worked for several notable companies/products such as American Express, New York Times, Allstate, Claritin, Tropicana, Boxee, and more. Pleasure and Pain is her personal UX blog that includes examples of good and bad experiences on the Web and real world. She also has a list of other UX websites that she has many written articles for in the past.
I think this is a great reference because it is from an informal perspective of someone in the UX industry. Her posts are fun and easy to follow and provide interesting yet valuable information. For example, she has a post about the UX Design Process for the Boxee Beta that has information on usability testing, personas, and even interview questions that should prove beneficial.