Mobile app prototyping, UX design & design principles: June’s best blog posts

From effective mobile app prototyping to how UberEATS keeps its customers’ appetite satisfied, here are June’s best blog posts

The summer is here and it’s the time to round up some of this month’s best UX design and iterative prototyping reads. Whether you’re on the hunt for a pool-side read or simply want to keep your hand on the pulse of UX news across the internet, Justinmind has whipped up a few of this month’s best blog posts.

This month’s favorites cover UX design principles, evolutionary biology and how to build your own in-house UX team. Let’s get reading.

Can you UX this for me?

Barry Prendergast is on a mission to demystify UX design language and offers clear and practical distinctions between those all-important, often misused UX design terms.

From customer experience, service design and user experience, Barry outlines the importance of design language, its proclivity for change and how these regular changes can lead to confusion both in and out of the design community. Gone will be the days when the lay person asks “can you UX this for me?”

A call for coherency in an informative tone, the article clears the air and offers effective definitions so all of us can be on the same page.

Time to read: 5 minutes

Key takeaway: “Clarification is good for our design process, the conversations we have with colleagues, and ultimately, better for our customers.”

Design lessons from evolutionary biology

In UX design circles, we often succumb to the whim of the day or fleeting UX trends that capture our attention. Of course, there should always be serious research behind our decisions, even those which are ephemeral.

Joey Knelmen postulates that rarely do we consider our biological tendencies when it comes to UX design. Perhaps our natural environment can be injected into UX design to create something more biophilic. Knelmen breaks down the 5 principles of biophilic design and puts forward the case for more evolutionary based UX design.

Time to read: 6 minutes

Key takeaway: “Biophilic Design incorporates elements of nature (e.g. water, natural light, plants), indirect exposure to nature (e.g. natural materials and geometries that reflect natural forms), and experiences of space (e.g. prospect and refuge).”

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