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Foundations: Design

UX design is about designing products based on user behavior insights. Start building your skills in UX design, including methods for sketching and visual design

What ‘90s London Raves Can Teach Us About Infosec

One of the highlights of HybridConf 2016 was hearing writer Stevyn Colgan talk about his time as a police officer at London's Scotland Yard. He entertained the audience of UX designers and front-end developers with stories from his book, Why Did the Policeman Cross the Road?. As someone who is... (Read more)

Illustrated Quick-start Intro to Wireframing

If you're new to UX design, wireframing is a powerful tool to understand how users experience your software. People with technical backgrounds benefit from wireframing because it forces them to take a step back from their coding mentality. Rather than focusing on the technical architecture, wireframing exposes the user-experience structure:... (Read more)

Comfortable UX, Not Just Open APIs

Simply Secure focuses its collaborative efforts on open-source, privacy-preserving software projects. In my conversations with designers, developers, and end users, I'm often struck by a divergence in their understanding of what "openness" means in software. For example, last December during a user study, participants reading app store descriptions of secure... (Read more)

How to Sketch Storyboards in 10 Minutes: No Drawing Skills Needed

Sketching storyboards – cartoon-like drawings showing how people use technology – is a way to get more, high-quality ideas for product design. Sketches are useful for taking notes during a discussion and for getting a team on the same page. Fine art drawing is difficult for many, but anyone can... (Read more)

Why Open-Source Projects Need Style Guides

Style guides specify the look and feel of how a company or team communicates with the outside word. Styleguides.io collects examples of website visual standards that maintain a consistent online presence. Brand guidelines typically focus on how logos are treated, while style guides are more extensive – including not only... (Read more)

Writing for User Interfaces

Here are tips for UX copywriting to explain how your technology works and reduce the need for additional user support.

Nostalgia, Trust, and Brand Guidelines

Last week Google unveiled a new logo as part of an updated brand identity. Professional typographic designers were swift to react. Tobias Frere-Jones, designer of Interstate and other widely-used fonts, said "I really hope this 'e' does not become a thing." Beyond professional designers, the New Yorker's Sarah Larson complained... (Read more)

Design Thinking

The latest Harvard Business Review (paywall, but with limited free content) has two articles about design thinking that arerelevant for teams working on security and privacy: Design for Action byTim Brown and Roger Martin and Design Thinking Comes of Age byJon Kolko. These articles describe how design thinking has moved... (Read more)

Making the Abstract Experiential

It’s difficult for many lay users who are unfamiliar with the mechanics ofhow the internet works to make assessments of risk or to secure theircommunications. One way that design can help is by making abstract conceptsunderstandable. There’s exciting work in understanding existing models ofsecurity and ways to leverage them in... (Read more)