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The Best 5 New UX Books Published In 2017

The Best 5 New UX Books Published In 2017

Nowadays, one of the most important habits for a successful UX designers and product designers is to learn and expand their knowledge and experiences through books, articles, working on side projects and courses that will boost their skills.

This is a list of the best 5 new UX books that have been published in 2017 and will help you in boosting your UX skills and experience.

The Ultimate Guide to Chatbots: Why they’re disrupting UX and best practices for building

The Ultimate Guide to Chatbots: Why they’re disrupting UX and best practices for building

The incredible potential of chatbots lies in the ability to individually and contextually communicate one-to-many.

Let’s break that down.

One-to-Many Communication: There are plenty of tools out there that allow us to communicate one-to-many at this point in history. These tools, including everything from basic mailers to email marketing to social media, make it easy to reach a large audience and target groups within that audience all at the same. But, for the most part, these tools do not allow us to communicate with people on an individual level.

Rethinking UX Design for Human-Centered Machine Learning

Rethinking UX Design for Human-Centered Machine Learning

Machine learning (ML) is the science of helping computers discover patterns and relationships in data instead of being manually programmed. It’s a powerful tool for creating personalized and dynamic experiences, and it’s already driving everything from Netflix recommendations to autonomous cars. But as more and more experiences are built with ML, it’s clear that UXers still have a lot to learn about how to make users feel in control of the technology, and not the other way round.

As was the case with the mobile revolution, and the web before that, ML will cause us to rethink, restructure, displace, and consider new possibilities for virtually every experience we build. In the Google UX community, we’ve started an effort called “human-centered machine learning” (HCML) to help focus and guide that conversation. Using this lens, we look across products to see how ML can stay grounded in human needs while solving them in unique ways only possible through ML. Our team at Google works with UXers across the company to bring them up to speed on core ML concepts, understand how to integrate ML into the UX utility belt, and ensure ML and AI are built in inclusive ways

Designing Interactive Experiences - 'What, When, and How’

Designing Interactive Experiences - 'What, When, and How’

The ‘what, when and how’ of interactive prototyping.

More than 5 years ago, when I started to steer my design career towards the technological dark side, interactive prototypes weren’t as popular as they are now, but you could find some of them on the Internet. They were mainly simple animations about new ideas for interactions. What fascinated me most was how these animations communicated an idea in a way that a simple image or a detailed explanation couldn’t. I hadn’t been aware of the full potential of an interactive prototype then, but I put my efforts on making my own animations. Using After Effects and some other complex tools, I did some experiments. Once I finished my first animations, which weren’t nearly as cool as the references I had, one thing was clear to me; my results weren’t worth the effort it took to make them.

The Unicorn Skill: A Reading Guide For Designers Who Want To Write

The Unicorn Skill: A Reading Guide For Designers Who Want To Write

The 2017 Design In Tech Report, John Maeda’s influential industry overview, lists writing as a key design skill. There are several reasons why. With the rise of chatbots and artificial intelligence, the success or failure of a software product increasingly falls to interface copy–the text with which a user interacts. In a more general sense, design is about communicating ideas, and writing can help clarify your thoughts. To paraphrase George Orwell: Write well, think well.

One problem: Few designers are trained to write. Or the training is so rudimentary, it’s largely useless in a professional setting. Luckily, the best way to get better at writing is to do something you already do every day: read.

Types of Design Research Every UX Designer Should Know NOW

Types of Design Research Every UX Designer Should Know NOW

In UX design, research is a fundamental part in solving relevant problems and/or narrowing down to the “right” problem users face. A designer’s job is to understand their users, which means going beyond their initial assumptions to put themselves in another persons shoes in order to create products that respond to a human need.

TOP 20 Books for UX Designers and Interaction Designers

TOP 20 Books for UX Designers and Interaction Designers

User experience design is a rapidly growing industry and there’s always room for more talent. You might want to learn UX design just for your own projects or to help your web design clients improve their websites.

That’s where great UX books come into play, and for this post I’ve curated my top 20 picks for the best titles covering everything UX from the basics and beyond.

The Rise of Empathy Enabling Technology

The Rise of Empathy Enabling Technology

When AI joins us at work, people will focus on tasks in which brain beats machine. This means that the most valuable human work will require cognitive skills that are difficult to automate: creative thinking, learning, flexible thinking, and empathy. As a result, amidst all the tech-hype, the greatest competitive advantage can now be gained through better understanding of human beings.

10 UX And Visual Design Trends For 2017

10 UX And Visual Design Trends For 2017

The Year 2017 is off to a fast start and it is time to set the tone for what we will be seeing featured in designs this year. We believe that the following 10 trends will continue to be important: minimalism, material design, white space, duotones and gradients, geometric shapes, videos, micro interactions and SVGs, and lastly customization and personalization.

The Year 2017 is off to a fast start and it is time to set the tone for what we will be seeing featured in designs this year. We believe that the following 10 trends will continue to be important: minimalism, material design, white space, duotones and gradients, geometric shapes, videos, micro interactions and SVGs, and lastly customization and personalization.