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Doing the Dirty Work of User Testing

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We’ve all heard the old adage: test early and test often. Yet user testing can be a daunting task for some. After all, there’s gathering the participants, doing the actual test, documenting and analyzing the results. Not to mention, making sense of the feedback, figuring out what to prioritize before taking action. And that can feel like dirty work.  

In this post, we’ll break down how to make sure that what you’ve discovered during testing is properly documented and turned into solutions that create a better user experience.

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How to Use Media Queries in Responsive Web Design

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Responsive web design has exploded in popularity — thanks to the need to create sites that work across numerous devices.

However, responsive design comes with some problems of its own. The issue of slow-to-load sites is now well documented. Let’s walk through some of the tricks designers are using to better load content and images on different devices. 

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Creating Better UX Portfolios: 4 Do’s and Dont’s

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In today’s design world, it’s a common saying that portfolios matter more than degrees. That’s due in large part to the gap between theory and practice. No matter your level of formal or informal education, the best indicator of your skills is your portfolio — the quality of your past work, and the way you present it.

In this piece, we’ll give you some real-world advice based on DesignLab‘s experience helping hundreds of designers. 

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Free pocket guide: Web Design Trends (Vibrancy of Color)

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We have a new addition of our popular Web UI Trends Present and Future Series – which explores the current landscape of UI design, and how designers can stay ahead of the curve in the future. The Vibrancy of Color deconstructs the modern take on color, showcasing its points with 22 hand-picked examples from some of the most gorgeous sites around today. 

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Free e-book: Zen of White Space in Web UI Design (Balance & Contrast)

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White space – or negative space as it’s also known – is a highly misunderstood and underappreciated component of proper UI design. That’s why we wrote our latest ebook, Zen of White Space in Web UI Design, to clarify its importance and explain its application, using 14 real examples from companies like Apple, Lever, Wanderlust, Sketchapp, and more.

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Free e-book: White Space in Web UI Design (Mastering the Power of Nothing)

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Our free library is again expanding with another free e-book, White Space in Web UI Design. Using examples from Apple, Microsoft, Marvel, Wunderlist, Medium, and others, this book explains and shows how to use white space – or negative space – to make the most out of your design. Take a peek inside! 

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Free e-book: Visual Consistency in Web UI Design

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This free e-book explores how the importance of visual consistency in making interface design intuitive yet interesting. Let’s take a look inside. 

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Free e-book: Minimalist Web UI Design Trends

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This free e-book explores the techniques behind some of the most stunning minimalist designs we’ve seen to date. Take a look!

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Responsive vs. Adaptive Design: What’s the Best Choice for Designers?

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Google has always recommended responsive web design (RWD) and is actually due to roll out a big update on the 21st April which will work to rank mobile-friendly sites higher. It doesn’t specify in the update that you must use responsive design though, just that a site be accessible on mobile, with good UX and performance.

With that in mind, let’s examine the pros and cons of adaptive vs. responsive design with regards to performance and UX. 

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Important Considerations for Responsive Design Performance & UX

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As you know, UX is not a new discipline. But given the rise of responsive design, mobile design, and adaptive design in past years, the question of compromising between performance and experience still seeks a clear answer. 

In this piece, we’ll dive into some of the important criteria for responsive performance and the overall mobile experience. 

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