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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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Optimize customer experience with A/B Testing

A/B testing is a vital tool for product optimization   A/B Testing Compares Success Rates User experience research helps create the ideal experience for your product. It aligns both customer and business goals, reveals strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately saves you money. By testing your digital product with users, you increase your return on investment […]

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How to measure retention in your digital products

Customer retention is one of the most important metrics you can track Companies often track metrics to understand the health of their digital products. These might include the number of new customers that sign up, how many people abandon the process, and where new customers come from. But one metric that some products may not […]

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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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Tunes from the Team: Motorcycles

The music that reflects the freedom of the open road, and the feeling of a hog between your legs. Standard Daniel here, and I have a confession to make. I’ve never seen the classic film Easy Rider, staring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicolson. It premiered on July 14, 1969, almost 52 years ago […]

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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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Meet the Team: Lauren Ashizawa

Interview with the designer… 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 quarter, we’re introducing you to a team member so you can get to know them just a little better. […]

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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 quarter, 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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Standard Beagle Studio Named as one of the Best UI/UX Designers in Austin, Texas by Clutch

As digital products and website grow more essential each day, making one standout is one of the hardest things to do.  Thankfully, the people at Standard Beagle know how to make your products one of the best in the market leveraging website design best practices and avoiding UX pitfalls that can sink your customer acquisition. […]

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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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