Standard Beagle Blog

What we write about

We like to write about design, research, coding, and mentor new designers. You can also find posts, opinion pieces, strategy, theories and ideologies related to our industry.

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Design
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  • UX in the Gaming Industry

    An inside look at UX in the gaming industry UX in ATX hosted a panel of UX designers currently working in the gaming industry to discuss the unique aspects of UX in this industry. Panelists Stephanie Sarvis, Rotational Designer at Zynga Amber Holkenbrink, Associate UI/UX Lead working on Call of Duty: Warzone at Raven Software […]

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  • The animated beagle

    When we redesigned our website in 2019, the animated beagle that had originally been featured on our home page was removed and archived. It was created by Bren Wilson, a talented character animator and friend of the Brummers.

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    Challenges Women Face in Design

    In August of 2020, the Austin based meetup group, UX in ATX hosted a paneled discussion with women designers. The topic was, ‘Challenges Women Face in Design.’ Read more to review key discussion points from the meetup.

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UX Research
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    The UX Research Career Path

    Many new UX designers want to learn more about the research career path That's why the Austin-based meetup group, UX in ATX, hosted a paneled discussion in July 2020 with UX Research experts to talk about the research career path.

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    5 Benefits of Usability Testing

    Benefits of Usability Testing The importance of testing How many times have you been to a website and thought, “Why can’t I find what I am looking for?”. Or, “I wish I could order online from this website instead of having to call in.” Thoughts like these are common when usability testing is not valued […]

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  • A Guide for User Testing

    User testing can be very beneficial to the design and development of a project. Whether the product is a digital experience or a physical object, getting feedback from users who have no experience with the project is crucial to get valuable unbiased opinions.

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Coding
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  • Web Accessibility is no longer an option

    With the January 15th United States Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit handing down an opinion in Robles v. Dominos Pizza, it’s clear that site owners are going to need to really look at how their websites (and mobile apps) are complying with the American with Disabilities Act.

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  • What You Need to Know about WordPress’ Gutenberg

    Page builder to come with WordPress core If you have a WordPress site, it’s likely you’ve heard about a new feature that was released recently as a beta and will be part of the WordPress 5.0 update: Gutenberg. Gutenberg is WordPress’ answer to the demands for page builders. For many years, plugins, like Visual Composer […]

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  • How to use CSS animations to improve user experience

    The Cascading Style Sheet, more commonly known as CSS,  not only styles your website in terms of colors, buttons, font selections, but can also help give users feedback and improve their experience on your site. Using a few different techniques you can really improve UX on your site. Examples Hover effects – different effects for hover […]

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Tips & Advice
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  • How to make your past skills relevant when moving into UX design

    Many designers come to us thinking they are starting over to enter UX, but you can make your past skills relevant when moving into UX design UX in ATX hosted a discussion on how to make your past skills relevant when moving into UX design. The topics include how to make your past skills relevant, […]

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  • Fierce Females: Stories of Women in Design

    Fierce Females is a new series of interviews with women in design. This series is intended to spotlight women in the design community and spark inspiration for anyone interested in design.

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  • Female UX Architect Has Discussion with Male Design Engineer, They Work on Mobile Application Late at Night, She Drinks Coffee. In the Background Wall with Project Sticky Notes and Other Studio Employees.

    How to improve designer to developer communication

    Why designers and developers should talk more Designer-developer communication improves product team efficiency. When designers and developers spend more time communicating, it’s easier to keep constraints on top of mind. Designers can also improve their process to ensure the developer can easily understand their decisions and ultimately can create a frictionless experience. There was a […]

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Business
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    How Figma streamlined our UX processes

    Why we chose Figma It is important for companies to frequently reassess how they do things. One of the drawbacks of investing in new tools is the resources it takes to try out new software. Sometimes, a team may agree to try a new tool, but don’t necessarily take the time to learn. This can […]

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    How to implement design thinking in your workplace

    Why implementing the design thinking process in your workplace is important It is important to implement design thinking in your work environment because it helps to simplify complex problems. By thinking like a designer, teams can learn to create human-centered solutions instead of solving problems based on assumptions. It helps to break down key issues, […]

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    How to strengthen remote communication

    Tips for improving online communication With many companies working remotely for the first time, companies are adjusting to learning how to remotely communicate. For companies that have experience working with remote employees, this transition will probably go more smoothly. Still, there is always room to improve existing processes. Remote work intensifies the need to ensure […]

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News
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  • A New Brand Look for Standard Beagle

    Joy captures the overall aesthetic of the new look and feel for Standard Beagle We are rolling out a brand new look and feel for Standard Beagle this week, complete with a new website. Our team has been working on this for most of 2020, and we’re thrilled we’re able to roll it out before […]

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  • Standard Beagle Co-Founder to be Published

    Standard Beagle Co-Founder and Creative Director Cindy Brummer is among the authors chosen for "97 Things Every UX Designer Should Know" from O'Reilly Media.

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  • On Going Remote

    UPDATE: March 16, 2020 – All employees are required to work from home. Important update to clients and partners regarding our response to COVID-19. As the global health situation continues to evolve regarding COVID-19, I want to let you know the steps Standard Beagle is taking as an agency that may affect you. At Standard […]

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Social Media
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  • Tunes from the Team: Austin Musicians

    This week we’re celebrating the Live Music Capital of the World. Standard Daniel here, and hot dog am I excited to share with you this week’s playlist; songs from deep in the heart of the capital of Texas. As a life long Texan, I have a deep love for my home state, but Austin shares […]

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  • Tunes from the Team: Playlist of Strong Women

    We’re celebrating the strong Woman in our lives, and the strong women in our ears. Some philosophers have said that girls “make the rocking world go round.” (Freddie Mercury) Other introspective souls have noted that “it’s a man’s world,” but then clarified that it would be “nothing without a woman or a girl.” (James Brown) […]

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  • Tunes from the Team: Playlist of the Damned

    We’re celebrating Torchy’s Tacos this week. One of our favorite taco joints just launched their Torchy’s Family Foundation website and so we put together a playlist that reflects our feelings when we sink our teeth in a delicious taco. Much like the love put into every savory taco, we made sure this playlist was balanced, […]

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Musings
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  • Tunes from the Team: Austin Musicians

    This week we’re celebrating the Live Music Capital of the World. Standard Daniel here, and hot dog am I excited to share with you this week’s playlist; songs from deep in the heart of the capital of Texas. As a life long Texan, I have a deep love for my home state, but Austin shares […]

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  • Tunes from the Team: Playlist of Strong Women

    We’re celebrating the strong Woman in our lives, and the strong women in our ears. Some philosophers have said that girls “make the rocking world go round.” (Freddie Mercury) Other introspective souls have noted that “it’s a man’s world,” but then clarified that it would be “nothing without a woman or a girl.” (James Brown) […]

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  • Tunes from the Team: Playlist of the Damned

    We’re celebrating Torchy’s Tacos this week. One of our favorite taco joints just launched their Torchy’s Family Foundation website and so we put together a playlist that reflects our feelings when we sink our teeth in a delicious taco. Much like the love put into every savory taco, we made sure this playlist was balanced, […]

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