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  1. Rdio unavailability

    Rdio is a subscription-based music streaming web application that seeks to provide you with music that it thinks you’ll like based on artists you like and the people you follow. Sometimes, some songs aren’t available on Rdio. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, Rdio does a good job at telling you what’s up and why.

     

  2. Currently, the popular Chrome add-on, shows a digital clock when your browser can accommodate for it, and an analog clock otherwise.

    Nicely done.

     

  3. At the risk of coming off as a total fat-so, I’d like to share this fantastic progress bar on the Dominos website.

    The first step lights up when you place your order, then when someone at the store takes your order and processes it, the tracker tells you that it’s being fired up! It also adds the name of the employee who processed it, to keep things real.

    Each segment/step also pulsates, so it’s never static, which gives the perception that things are moving along (even if they aren’t).

     

  4. There’s very little James has produced that I don’t totally love. 

    uzicopter:

    I’m the feature interview in this month’s edition of Adobe Inspire Magazine. They let me design the cover, so I put a panther on it.

     

  5. Walkthroughs are an essential part of software delivery. While most designers will argue that good design doesn’t need a walkthrough, chances are, if you’re in the software tech space, you’ll encounter one sooner or later.

    At Wave, we try to limit the number of walkthroughs we present to our users and if we somehow *have* to hold their hand through a process, we try to keep it short and sweet. Last month, I worked on a walkthrough for one of our core products that is set to be released soon - keep an eye out for it!

    While I was designing mine, I really wished more people had documented walkthroughs. So here’s me doing my part!

    Nike Fuel is a universal currency of energy. The Nike Fuel band is a sleek sports-accelerometer-equipped band that tracks your everyday movement to give you a pulse on how much movement you’re getting in a day. You set your goal for the day and you strive to meet it. Up your goal to increase your motivation, connect with Facebook (of course) to compete against friends, and get trophies for completing goals! I’ve had the Nike Fuel band for a little over a year and I love it! It’s been great at keeping me motivated and has me going on midnight runs if I haven’t reached my goal for the day.

    The walkthrough itself starts at a great point in the process - I’m excited about this cool new gadget and I’m ready to go, but my fuel band is charging. So OK, I’ll click through your slides to see what I can do with this thing. Each slide starts with a question and proceeds to succinctly answer it, nice! And it all wraps up nicely with a call to action to download the free mobile app to sync on the go.

    If you’re on the market for a health band, go with this one. The FitBit sucks and is honestly a little ugly.

    Disclaimer: Nike has not paid me to write this. Promise.

     


  6. Getting started in the UX space

    The field of User Experience encompasses a broad range of different subjects ranging from usability testing to visual design. My first job as a UX Designer was at a fantastic little Toronto startup that goes by the name of Wattpad - a unique community of readers and writers all over the world. While there, I sort of (read: completely) wrote my own job description and led the way to creating personas for the product, remote usability testing, and interaction design.

    When I graduated from undergrad in June 2013, I was in a unique position. Almost every startup I knew was looking for a UX Designer - the unicorn who can design and write code. So it was great for me, but how come there weren’t more people in this space?

    Lately, I’ve been speaking to a lot of people about UX Design, what it comprises of, and how they can learn more about it. Some of these people are in the software tech space and are developers, others are engineering students interested in the research and data aspect of it. 

    Here are 5 things I find myself telling people who are interested in a career in User Experience Design:

    1. Read about it. Seriously. You can’t just go to school for psychology/graphic arts/engineering and come out of it ready to be a UX Designer. You need to stay abreast of things. I made a list of my favorite books to get you started. You can also follow my list of folks who talk UX Design on Twitter.

    2. Build a network of people interested in the design space. I can’t stress this enough. As human beings, we learn from each other. Head on over to meetup.com, and check out UX meetups in your city.

    3. Have an opinion. As a designer, it’s your job to have an opinion. It’s also your job to always be questioning the why. If you go into a project completely passive, everyone will walk all over you. Have an opinion and make sure you can back it up.

    4. Embrace data. Data is king and you’d do well to make friends with it. Yes, sometimes, trial and error and gut decisions work, but most of the time, data will guide you like the northern star. Make sure you look at metrics, compare them before and after you complete a project and learn from it for your next project.

    5. Learn some skills and showcase your projects. There are a large number of disciplines that the field of User Experience comprises of. Pick the ones you want to specialize in and get really good at them. This image does a good job of showcasing them. If you’re interested in Interaction Design, for example, learn how to code so you can make interactive prototypes instead of static PhotoShop images.

    Bonus tip: Promote design culture everywhere you go and help others get into it if they’re interested i.e., Don’t be a dick.

     

  7. Tumblr’s new user onboarding workflow immerses users in its current interface and holds their hands through the first few steps of following blogs in order to craft the ideal user experience.

     

  8. The words “currently based in Toronto” when in reference to artists who create such beautiful stuff is like music to my ears.

    neil-gaiman:

    odditiesoflife:

    Clever Graphic Art Travel Posters

    These simplistic and fun graphic art travel posters, both real and imagined, are the work of a talented artist who goes by the moniker of Jazzberry Blue. He states “I am a self taught, travelling artist currently based in Toronto.” These are just a few of his collection titled “travel.” Other collections of his work include: originals, abstract, surreal, yoga, animals, stairways and landscapes. Even the gif that greats you on his homepage is awesome, complete with sound effects!

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    Beautiful, clever stuff.

     


  9. I’ve often thought about this concept, but never quite put it into words. Big props to Chris Dixon for doing it for me.

    cdixon:

    Let’s say you are planning to be in California on Monday and New York on Tuesday. You have a meeting in California on Monday at 1pm local time (Pacific) and a meeting in New York on Tuesday at 2pm local time (Eastern time). Do you think of the first meeting as happening at 1pm Pacific time and…

     

  10. When you hover over sample mobile screens on pttrns, a magnifying glass shows up to help you analyze each sample in detail.