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Why successful companies invest in UX during downturns

To remain competitive, companies should invest in UX rather than cutting it to reduce costs Intentional user experience (UX) research, design and development is a regular causality of project cost cutting, but successful companies avoid doing this and rather make an investment in UX. Companies that cut UX investment in economic downturns are short-sighted, and […]

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Design
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How to know it’s time for a website redesign

5 reasons your company might need a website redesign Is your website attracting customers or turning them away? If it’s turning people off, it’s probably time for a website redesign. But how do you know? Fact: It takes about 50 milliseconds (that’s 0.05 seconds) for someone to form an opinion about your website. That opinion […]

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Standard Beagle Nominated for 2022 UX Design Awards

2 UX projects nominated for awards The 2022 UX Design Awards announced nominations and Standard Beagle has two projects honored. Judges nominated Standard Beagle’s design work for Circlage’s surgical evaluation platform and MedNet’s clinical database platform from among 124 projects to compete in the global competition for user experience excellence. These entries now move to […]

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Design
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Displaying Lots of Data: Table Usability

Poor usability with workplace applications is no secret The usability requirements and tradeoffs for workplace app designs are different from consumer apps. As UX experts, we have to focus on different points. For consumer apps, we tend to focus on the UI and fix show-stopping roadblocks. Meanwhile, for workplace apps we must focus on making […]

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4 ways to avoid unintended design consequences

Designers aren’t looking for unintended consequences Designers often don’t consider what consequences — good AND bad — can arise from their designs. The reason? Human psychology. But there are four things designers can do to try to avoid unintended consequences. What are unintended consequences in design? One example of unintended consequences is cyberbullying. Today more […]

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Design

Optimizing images for web performance

This is part two of a two-part series on the best practices for designing with images. Read part one here. Inattention to images can slow down web performance and hurt your metrics. Here’s how designers can ensure they are optimizing images for web performance! Website performance is an essential factor for improved user experience and […]

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5 Best Practices for Designing with Images

This is part one of a two part series on the best practices for designing with images. Designing with images increases engagement Why? Humans are visual creatures This is why visuals matter when it comes to capturing the attention of people. In this article, we will review five best practices for designing with images that […]

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Business
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Dark UX: Crime Doesn’t Pay

The Villainy of Dark UX   When a website is not providing the results you need, it can be tempting to trick users to navigate, interact, or behave the way you need. Initially, it may work in your favor. However, it will create animosity towards your product and brand that will ultimately turn users away […]

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Tips & Advice

Investing in UX Design Improves ROI

UX Design is a lucrative investment. “Every $1 invested in UX results in a return of $2 to $100” is a commonly used phrase in the UX design sphere. However, investing in research and design can feel less like an investment, and more like a sunk cost. When success can vary, investing in UX may […]

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Design
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How to design for a CMS

  UX design for content management systems isn’t the same as designing for a static application Design for a CMS requires specific design techniques that allow for reusability and flexibility without breaking the design. It’s no secret that a large majority of web applications — including mobile apps — are powered by CMS. These include […]

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Designing voice interfaces

What designers need to know about designing for voice apps Designing apps that use speech recognition software are fundamentally different from designing screens. Without visual guides, designers must focus on the UX writing and voice interaction of the app. Creating a voice user interface means the personality of the app is unseen and must be […]

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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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