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Designing for Thumbs, UX Jargon, UI Innovations, and Content Models: What We’re Reading

by Steve Singer

Designing for Thumbs, UX Jargon, UI Innovations, and Content Models: What We’re Reading

This week, we’re reading about designing for thumbs, demystifying the jargon of UX, user interfaces of the future, building content models directly into content management systems, and moving from responsive design to a responsive philosophy that involves the entire organization.

What are you reading?

How to Design for Thumbs in the Era of Huge Screens

As mobile devices get bigger, so do the interface design challenges. We’re used to working with and designing for a specific size, and now the user experience paradigm is in perpetual flux. This article talks about the "thumb-zone" and the "grip" and points out some of the design considerations for the new, larger devices.

UX Companion – How to Make Sense of all the UX Industry Jargon

For a project to succeed, it’s essential that team members communicate effectively. Having a common language and being able to make sense of jargon are among the best ways to "level the playing field." And now, with the UX Companion, there’s an app for that (at least when it comes to speaking “UX”). 

7 Experimental Interfaces That Show the Future of UI Design

To understand trends, and to get a sense of the next big thing, futurists often look at what’s happening at university and industry research labs and academic symposia. This article presents an overview (with videos!) of some interesting new user interfaces that may show the road ahead for how we will interact with our devices and the world around us.

Training the CMS

As the author of this post laments, when it comes to executing a content model via a content management system (CMS), “there’s a big difference between having a plan and actually getting people to execute it in their daily work.” Thankfully, she’s also discovered “a better way to get your content guidelines adopted in the real world: put them right where they’re needed, in the CMS itself.” Read the post if you want to find out how that’s done.

The Next Big Thing In Responsive Design

Mostly, responsive design is seen as a code and design challenge. The authors of this article take a higher-level view, and see responsive as an enterprise-wide issue. In their view, for organizations to succeed they need a “responsive philosophy,” one that suffuses “an entire organization’s culture, process, and technology with the ability to respond to any situation, anywhere, for any user, inside and out.”

Image Source (Creative Commons): Cushing Memorial Library.

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