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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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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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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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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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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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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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ux helps you achieve business goals

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 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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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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Tunes From the Team: April Showers Bring May Flowers

This week we’re hoping the storms have passed so that we can stop and smell the flowers. Standard Daniel here, and I actually love working when it’s raining outside. Something about the rain is very comforting to me. I may be alone in that view, and if so, that’s fine. A wise man once said, […]

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Tunes From the Team: Star Wars

This week we are strong with the force, and we’re celebrating one of the most storied franchises ever; Star Wars. Standard Daniel here, and it may be a stretch of the imagination, but we at Standard Beagle are fans of light saber battles, the sounds of blasters, and everything Star Wars related (well, most everything). […]

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Tunes from the Team: Jazz

This week we’re celebrating the original bad boys of the music world, just in time for national jazz day on April 30. Standard Daniel here, and there is something about either Standard Beagle or development in general that attracts musicians; two of the three developers here (that’s a whopping 66%!) have music degrees. And it […]

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Tunes From the Team: April Showers Bring May Flowers

This week we’re hoping the storms have passed so that we can stop and smell the flowers. Standard Daniel here, and I actually love working when it’s raining outside. Something about the rain is very comforting to me. I may be alone in that view, and if so, that’s fine. A wise man once said, […]

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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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MusingsSocial Media

Tunes From the Team: Star Wars

This week we are strong with the force, and we’re celebrating one of the most storied franchises ever; Star Wars. Standard Daniel here, and it may be a stretch of the imagination, but we at Standard Beagle are fans of light saber battles, the sounds of blasters, and everything Star Wars related (well, most everything). […]

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