Standard Beagle Blog

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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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How to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in your design workplace

Panel of design leaders share thoughts on DEI UX in ATX hosted a panel discussion of design leaders across the US on how to create a space at work where everyone can feel safe, accepted, and heard. Panelists: Ron Infante – IxD, Frog Rich Le – Product Design and Web Design Consultant Candace Anderson – […]

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UX Portfolio: Tips to Make a Winning Portfolio

Ask the Designer: UX Portfolio best practices  Video Transcript If you’re a UX designer like me, you’ve probably been told that having a ux portfolio is essential. The question is – why? Portfolios show hiring managers, product managers, other designers, and others the work you’ve done, so they can assess whether you will be […]

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Dark Patterns: Experiences designed to trick you

Dark patterns intentionally mislead you Dark patterns are experiences that are designed to trick you into doing things you typically wouldn’t want to do. These are often carefully created user interface elements that aim to deceive the user. Harry Brignull was the first UX specialist to coin the term dark patterns to describe these deceptive […]

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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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Development Dive into Craft CMS

A fresh developer’s take on Craft CMS Putting together the pieces together… The ever-changing landscape of the web is an inevitable fact of life. It can be overwhelming for a new developer coming from almost a decade teaching high school math (a landscape that hardly changes, but probably should). Now this can either be a […]

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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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5 UX Blunders: Design Consistency

Design consistency is important for user experience Why you need to understand how the human mind works It can be exciting to develop innovative ways to design your website. Each page is developed to suit the user’s needs. Whether they are looking for directions to a brick and mortar storefront or want to learn more […]

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5 UX Blunders: Responsiveness

The benefits of responsive design Did you know that designing the same site for different platforms increases traffic? Responsive design is smart design. Globally, 56 percent of internet traffic comes from mobile users. Desktop users take up 42 percent, and the remaining usage comes from tablet users. Responsive, mobile-first design practices can help to get […]

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5 UX Blunders: Know Your Customer Base

Not knowing your customer base can prevent you from reaching your goals How to collect the data necessary to create a strong understanding of your user Have you checked to make sure your product has a customer base before launching? It’s easy to assume that, if you and friends around you have a need, that […]

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Reaching Business Goals with UX

How improving the user experience can help you improve KPIs Successful organizations measure and track results, and organizations that invest in a better user experience are twice as likely to consistently achieve their goals. Improving the user experience can improve key metrics and help you reach your year-end targets. In fact, user experience design 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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Tunes from the Team: America

The music that reflects the beautiful juxtaposition that is America Standard Daniel here, back at it after a little break. This list came out on the 4th, but my post is a little late. This week we have a playlist of what our teamed deemed to be some of our favorite songs about America. I […]

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Tunes from the Team: Cindy’s Memories

The music I heard shaped me and how I remember the moments of life. I’ve taken over Tunes from the Team this week for a selfish reason — it’s my birthday this week. Yep! I pulled the boss card. At first I thought I would create a playlist of my favorite songs. But as I […]

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Tunes From the Team: Heroes and Villains

Whether they’re in our favorite books, television shows, movies, or in our everyday life, we look to our Heroes to show us the best side of ourselves. Standard Daniel here, and although I am serious about my job as a web developer, I’m also very serious about television and movies. If you get to meet […]

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Meet the Team: Seth Jones

Interview with the developer… We have some new and as well as familiar faces here at Standard Beagle. And it’s the unique qualities of each of our team members that makes this a special place. Each month, we’re introducing you to a team member so you can get to know them just a little better. […]

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Why it’s ok to have boundaries

“We jump through hoops for you” was our long standing catchphrase here at Standard Beagle, however looking back over the past 5 years, it’s something that led us all to the brink of burnout. We were so hyper-focused on jumping through hoops, we didn’t ever stop and look at what that sort of reactionary pace […]

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My 5 Strategies for Enjoying the Holidays and Minimizing Stress

Do the holidays stress you out? It seems like the countdown to Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year. For my family, we actually start looking ahead to the holidays when my son auditions for a role in The Nutcracker, which takes place in September. And some stores are putting out Christmas merchandise as early […]

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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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