August 10, 2018

User Experience Tips, Awesome Style Guides & More

Another work week is nearly behind us, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Fridays! As always, our design team had a lot on their minds and were more than ready to share it. From user experience to style guides to NOT sucking at giving feedback, there’s plenty of topics touched on this week’s Top 5 articles.

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So, take a moment to see what Ben, Lindsey, and Maggie had to say before you head out for the weekend. It might be Friday, but there’s always something new to learn!

1. User Experience Research Field Guide
“I had to share this because I think it would be PERFECT for our own Discoveries. Also, you’ll probably notice that this isn’t the only user-related article I’ve shared this week…I’ve just been thinking about UX a lot.”
-Maggie O’Connor, Digital Designer

2. 50 meticulous style guides every startup should see before launching
“From huge companies like Skype and Apple to lesser-known brands like Double Knot, this list shows a wide variety of awesome style guides in an easy-to-skim format. Bookmark if you think you’ll need some Monday morning inspiration.  Thank me later.”
-Ben Stone, Digital Designer

3. A Designer’s Go-To Guide for Usability Testing
“Another article I shared because it’s related to users and also relevant to our Discovery process. At BSM, we always emphasize a data-driven approach, and one hallmark of that is approach is usability testing. However, there’s a TON of feedback that comes with user testing. At first, all that data can seem overwhelming, but if have the right processes in place and a good way to sort through it all, you can make some truly great data-backed designs.”
-Maggie O’Connor, Digital Designer

4. Why Do Facebook, Google, And Pinterest All Have Such Similar Logos?
“An interesting article discussing why all these giant tech companies seem to shift to logos with strikingly similar sans-serif fonts. Branding experts weigh in with their opinions on that matter which leads to some interesting perspectives on the state of modern design. Not all of which are necessarily positive.”
-Lindsey Maymon, Digital Designer

5. “Make it Pop”: How to not suck at giving feedback
“I really liked #3 but I definitely enjoyed reading the whole thing! In a field as intensely collaborative a digital design, it’s so important that you know how to give and receive feedback appropriately. It’s a team effort, people!”
-Maggie O’Connor, Digital Designer