We’ve published over 50 articles since launching UX Mastery back in August.
Here’s a rundown of the 10 most popular articles to date. We thought we’d count them down in reverse, David Letterman-style, up to the most popular.
Towards the end of the year, I shared a brain dump of 5 frustrations that he has experienced during his time as a freelance UX designer, and shared some ideas about how you can deal with them. The fact that it made the list after only being live for a couple of weeks reinforces the fact that this topic resonates with many designers.
Everyl contacted us about writing the occasional guest post for UX Mastery, and this was her first submission. In this post, she posits that most designers take a task-oriented approach, and argues that, while counter-intuitive, creating an object-focussed navigation system results in a menu that is more usable.
Not every project will afford you the luxury of time or funding for comprehensive user research or more than one design iteration. Luke lists some practical, pragmatic ways that you can make the most of the situation and sneak in some UX best practices without blowing your deadline or your budget.
When someone on the street or at a party asks me, “What do you do for a living?” I usually say I’m a web designer. But when it comes to talking to clients, recruiters and co-workers, I make a point of the fact that my job title is user experience designer. In this article, Matt explained why you should too.
Matt started publishing his sketchnotes on this website because the sessions he was fortunate enough to attend covered topics of interest to UX designers, and thought that a sketch of the presentation would be an interesting way to pass on the content of the talk. However, it seems that many readers are interested in the sketches themselves, and the process of creating sketchnotes. The sketchnotes he took at UX Australia were the first of these.
In this post, I pulled together some of the most useful—but not obvious—tips that he could think of for crafting a high quality, memorable user experience. Full of sage wisdom, this is one to print out and pin to your cubicle!
The Web Directions South conference is the web conference that Australians look forward to each year. 2012 did not disappoint, and the presentations were great fodder for Matt to hone his sketching skills. In these sketchnotes I experimented with some grey shading, and folks seemed to like the style!
This question is one that plagued me for years. The “jack of all trades, master of none” dilemma has given me cause to evaluate my entire career on occasion! These days, I’m comfortable with my approach to specialisation (or lack thereof). In this post, I spelled out why, and offered some help to those facing the same career crisis.
The UX Mastery website was launched at the Web Directions “What Do You Know?” event in Melbourne on August 23rd 2012, and to coincide with the launch we created this fun little animated video that explains UX Design. Inspired by the RSA Animate video series, we’re rather proud of how it turned out, and judging by the traffic this post continues to receive, our visitors seem to enjoy it as well.
And the Number 1 most popular post on uxmastery.com for 2012 is …
After getting positive feedback on the sketchnotes that we’ve published, Matt decided to break down the process he uses for creating sketchnotes. It seemed like a bit of a risk at the time, as sketchnoting a presentation isn’t really directly related to UX Design (although there is some overlap).
Ultimately, it proved to be a good decision, as it has been our most popular article ever, and several readers have emailed me personally to thank me for the article and to share their own sketchnotes that they’d created as a result of reading it.
What was your favourite article on UX Mastery last year? Let us know in the comments!