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UX Insights From Design Agency Barrel

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In Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood, a team of designers, developers and strategists craft innovative UX designs for some big name companies, such as Kind, Boxed and Daily Burn.

This is Barrel — one of the top design agencies around and one of our favorite customers.

They’ve been using UXPin on a daily basis to collaborate with their clients. We recently sat down with UX Designers Angel Ng and Yvonne Weng to chat about building the agency’s UX design process, what the future of wireframing looks like, and the best design advice they’ve ever received.

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Understanding Simple Heat Maps for Smarter UI Design

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Traditional analytics provide you with an overall look at how your website or mobile application performs. Unfortunately, they fail to explain why certain actions are taking place.

In this post, we’ll explain a more visual approach to analytics for better design decisions.

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Free e-book: Space, Ratios, Minimalism in Web UI Design

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Following the success of our first standalone book on white space, we are expanding our discussion of white space with another new ebook.

Take a look inside the Zen of White Space in UI Design: Space, Ratios, Minimalism.

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Why Content Is the First Ingredient in UI Design

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We’ve heard time and again that content is king, and for good reason. Placeholder text will only get you so far. Lorem copy is fine for low-fidelity wireframes and prototypes, but later on you’ll be designing blindly if you don’t know exactly what sits at the core of your design.

In this post, we’ll explain why you should design content first.    

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3 Problems Killing UX Design in the Enterprise (And How to Fix Them)

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UX design in large enterprises is a whole different animal. With insights from some of the top UX practitioners today, we’ll explain the three most common problems with UX design in large companies – and how the experts solve them.

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Free pocket guide: Style Guides for Modern Designers

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Style Guides for Web UI Design: An Overview for Modern Designers gives a practical overview of styles guides for web design, pointing you in the right direction depending on your project needs.

Let’s take a look inside the pocket guide.

 

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Free e-book: Web UI Techniques (Cards & Minimalism)

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We’re proud to announce the latest expansion to our free downloadable library: Cards & Minimalism, a part of the Curated Collection of Web Design Techniques.

Analyzing examples from real-world sites like Google, Microsoft, Trello, and Squarespace, this book explains the best practices, history, and pros/cons of two of the most popular design techniques around today.

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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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