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How To: Design

Here are practical guides, tips, and advice to practice UX design

From Paper to Infinity Whiteboard

Inspiring Creativity and Digital Collaboration in Online Design Workshops

Human-centered Design, Where to Start?

Instead of learning methods and tools, you can start by developing a design mindset. From our video series, Design Spots.

Quick Tool Feedback

Designing alongside your users will make your tools respond best to their needs. We'll show you how to get instant input from your users. From our video series, Design Spots.

High-Risk User Research

These are additional considerations for conducting user research involving high-risk participants. From our video series, Design Spots.

Designing For Security

How can design help make your tool more secure? We have three places to start. From our video series, Design Spots.

Onboarding New Users

A complex tool can be hard to understand for new users. Here are four tips around designing for their specific needs. From our video series, Design Spots.

How to improve the UX of your documentation

A quick card sorting exercise to improve the information architecture of your documentation.

Don't Let Color Drown Out Your Message

Visual design makes for compelling software; learn about color and how to choose a persuasive color scheme.

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: how the user moves from one screen to another. Example wireframes taken from GoodUI.org. Both show the same content organized with two different structures, but the left wireframe is better because it discloses choices rather than keeping them hidden.

Compelling Color

Great user experiences are born through the hard work of professionals with a variety of skills. As illustrated by the UX unicorn we've seen before, there's a lot that goes into what we call "design" or "usability". The skills and responsibilities of an effective UX team. Originally published in Building an enterprise UX team by Rachel Daniel (also on LinkedIn), UX Director at MaxPoint. Used by permission. Looking at this unicorn illustration, it may be tempting to dismiss visual design as a "

Contracting Creatives, in Brief

Your team has reached the stage where you need to hire a professional designer. Maybe you want to finally get a great-looking logo, make a website that doesn't look like it was designed in 1996, or create a really compelling video for your Kickstarter campaign. In any case, you know that it might be tricky to express what you're looking for – especially if you come from a technical background and aren't used to dealing with folks who work in pixels.

Be a self-starter: UX educational resources

Are you part of the technical team? This list of resources will help you apply a design perspective to your development work.

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 master the basics of sketching storyboards – even without drawing skills. You don't need to be artistic, just follow these simple steps.

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 look and feel, but also interactive behavior, such as the alerts and form templates in the U.S. Web Design Standards.

Ninjas + Hemingway: Writing for User Interfaces

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