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Welcome to the first official monthly UX Roundup! During January I followed twitter and my feed reader to find some amazing links for you all. I hope you enjoy them!
Let the links begin!
Since this is our first monthly roundup I did include a couple links that predate January. However, I hope you like them all the same! Without further ado, the stars of the show:
In an effort to collect usability feedback, Mozilla is collecting user data on a voluntary basis. The article even mentions that the testing platform will be available to the public!
A simple difference in the E-Commerce stores of REI and L.L. Bean customers ordered boots more readily through REI. This post discusses different design styles and explains how each work.
An Engineering Director at Google who manages Google’s user experience team discusses the Art of User Experience at Google.
Ray Gulick discusses usability and web accessibility and compares it to the laws that require buildings to be handicap accessible. He discusses there are no such laws for websites in the US yet, while Britain has had such laws for 4 years.
Doubt the importance of UX? This study follows businesses who take UX seriously and sees a direct correlation their stocks doing well as a result.
This tumblr posts UX quotes such as the following: Just because nobody complains doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect — Benny Hill.
Jared Spool convinces Josh Holmes that UX does matter. The article discusses making sure you understand your users and other important UX tips.
Changing a button increased a site’s annual revenues by $300 Million! This article details the process.
Smashing Magazine does it again with a post detailing simple, intuitive and responsive user interfaces. Take tips from how these Web Applications have made users happy.
This article profiles what place ‘1, 2, 3’ links have in web design. Learn when to use them, when not to use them, and alternatives!
Seven simple rules that will lead to a better user experience.
This article profiles the loss of sales E-Commerce sites had over the year. Statistics break down exactly what user experiences lead to the downfalls.
People often perceive the same thing differently. The typical home page in some cultures can be very different than what you expect. Learn some differences across cultures.
Three things to avoid when designing systems. Find out what to avoid and an in depth look into why and how to avoid it.
Userability is a new weekly podcast that answers any user experience or design questions you can come up with.
Whitney Hess has created quite the buzz with this article! She has even said her dad now finally understands what she does. Learn common misconceptions about user experience design.
Journalists are asked about Press Area Usability. They are looking for a particular type of website and grow impatient finding bloated sites or a lack of a PR contact.
Applications with a great UI commonly lead to a great user experience. Become inspired by these 10 beaufitufl Web UI libraries.
Kim, a Usability Consultant, details how UX plays a role in search marketing and user experience design.
Read some quick tips to improve your site search.
Aaron discusses sacrificing usability for visual appeal and how to avoid it.
Dmitry describes a new feedback service powered by Mechanical Turk from Amazon. This service allows you to cheaply question new users on their experience on your site.
Oops, did I miss some?
If you have read some other great articles in January please drop them in the comments to share with the community! Also, make sure to submit great articles to our resources page!