Things I found on the web this week (3rd May)

Image from: Why UX Designers Need to Think Like Architects

This week: I got a bit obsessed with conceptual models, why teeny tiny copy has a big big impact, some quality UX courses, a new typeface from Google, have fun with Agile games.

Here are the things I found interesting on the web this week.

Happy reading!
@jennybee

// CONCEPTUAL MODELS THINGS

Conceptual Model — The Critical Part of Web Application Design

“You should be designing the Conceptual Model right at the start of the design cycle. Even before you have drawn a single line of the User Interface.”

We Think Therefore It Is — Conceptual Modelling for Mobile Applications

“Conceptual modelling can be carried out at a very early point in the design cycle so that there is a basic understanding of how users conceive tasks and this can then be brought to bear on UI design.”

The Secret to Designing an Intuitive UX

“Psychological concepts underlying good user experience and usability.” Including (you guessed it) Conceptual Models!

// UX DESIGN THINGS

Why UX Designers Need to Think Like Architects

“A look at the parallels between architects and user experience designers, and how the latter group can benefit from the work of the former.”

// UX COURSES THINGS

Learn UX Design

(Shameless plug…) Join the Interaction Design Foundation for access to a quality set of courses to help you master user experience design.

// PROTOTYPING THINGS

The 5 Most Common Rapid Prototyping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

“Turns out there are a number of common traps designers encounter along the way. From prototyping too early to falling in love with your ideas, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details and forget your goals.”

// MICROCOPY THINGS

Microcopy: Tiny Words With A Huge UX Impact

“When we think about designing a great user experience, it’s easy to get caught up with all the things. The fonts, the colors, the flows, the content. Everything. But there’s another component to UX that can instantly delight your users that you might be overlooking. [It’s] microcopy.”

// AGILE THINGS

Agile Games

“Introducing a range of games to help you get to grips with the key principles of Agile.”

// NEW TYPEFACE THINGS

Spectral Typeface

“Spectral is a new and versatile serif face available in seven weights of roman and italic, with small caps. Intended primarily for text-rich, screen-first environments and long-form reading.”

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