UI/UX Articles and Interesting Tidbits of the Week


Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

The Future Users. Interesting article hailing from Fast Company Design, which focuses on how artificial intelligence and human input can work in tandem to produce more effective solutions. The article showcases the case study of Waze, and how its core functionality works in order to provide usefulness to the network of users, therefore bringing a new type of algorithm to the fray. Highlight of the article includes:

“That’s because Waze has built a machine learning system that’s monitoring every driver connected to the network in real time. Tell Waze where you want to go, and it sends you on a route optimized not just for you, but for the entire network of drivers using Waze. So sometimes Waze will send you on a route that’s a few minutes slower than the fastest possible one available, because sending you on the fastest route would have a negative impact on the network as a whole. Waze makes a decision that’s bad for the individual but good for the network.”

Useful Habits for UX Designers. A new article hailing from Tubik Studio, which highlights habits and processes that successful UX Designers should have, in order to finesse their approaches and keep evolving as accomplished professionals. Highlight:

“The level of usability is defined by five aspects: learnability, satisfaction, efficiency, memorability, and errors. Learnability stands for how easy users can attain tasks during the first usage and satisfaction is if the usage process feels pleasant. Efficiency is determined by users’ ability to accomplish a task quickly while memorability depends on time which people need to re-establish their proficiency after a period of not using a product. And finally, designers track the number of errors users make and how easily they can learn from these mistakes.”

Accessibility. Another article focused on accessibility, and how to effectively approach it when approaching product design. As product design evolves as a discipline, it’s adamant that solutions presented are more inclusive than ever. Highlight:

“It’s easy to assume everyone knows that a hamburger icon indicates a menu or that everyone is familiar with the various versions of LinkedIn’s icon. However, this is not the case, and it causes a moment of confusion and insult that isn’t necessary to site visitors that are less in-the-know than we are. Especially if your audience tends to be older and/or less tech-savvy, make sure you aren’t relying on what you think is common knowledge.”