Validation with UXMyths.com

For those in the digital brand management industry, no matter the practice you specialize in (we all are a part of developing the UX goals), this UX Myths list is for us. It will at least have you smiling about a past project, or thinking of the way it used to be, and glad you know better.

Educating Expected

I really shouldn’t be surprised by how often these myths are part of each project or even industry group discussions, but the fact remains this resource will be in my back pocket for a bit longer. Each myth is well documented with additional reading links that are fodder for educating the client. Best for that client who hasn’t had this conversation since the last time they refreshed, 5 to 10 years ago.

When myth #3 is part of an initial stake holder meeting, I learn quickly the path of education will include additional duties and perhaps some pushback on our initial concepts. And yes, people do scroll.

Grab the evidence at UX Myths >

p.s. The navigation reveals alternate languages for translation

XtraFinder, Thank You

I’m not the only one that probably lived with this Mac Finder bug way too long. I’m talking about having a Finder window open in List view and all you see is the Name column but you know there is are more columns to see. Since Mac hides all the scrollbars too, it takes a fraction to figure out what to do next.

Finder window before XtraFinder install and setup

Finder window before XtraFinder install and setup

That fraction of a moment adds up though when you work on a computer all day.

Finder window after XtraFinder installed and setup

Finder window after XtraFinder installed and setup

Easily installed XtraFinder, clicked a few checkboxes. Sanity restored. At least when I’m in a finder window.

 

Download XtraFinder here, for plenty more reasons than my one need.

Less Friends . com

Do the people you follow on Twitter, follow you? Find out.

Nifty and accurate, it’s all the rave!  Check the “level of friendship” for each of your “people”.

Personally I was surprised to find out who is still following me after excessively tweeting. If you use Twitter a bit more professionally though, I would suppose this is a great tool to keep your active network up to date.

konigi.com: Wireframe Paper, OmniGraffle Tool

Just found out about konigi.com today by way of a tweet from @jasonsantamaria. I found a few great tools on the site.

“Konigi is a resource for user experience designers published by Michael Angeles. Konigi showcases examples of interface and visual design in its galleries, and points you to some of the best resources for UX in its notebook.”

Wireframe Graph Paper Notepad

The Product: “The Wireframe Graph Paper Notepad is made for visual designers, interaction designers, and information architects. The notepad has 40 sheets at 8 1/2 x 11 inches on…”

I ordered 2 notepads today!

Print your own: You can actually download and print your own PDF graph papers that konigi sells. I guess if I really like this product I should get a printer.

OmniGraffle UX Template

The Free Download: “Made for Web Designers. An OmniGraffle Pro (version 5) template for User Experience Designers with the formats you’ll need most for interface and interaction design. The doc is sized so you can work at 100%, and print at 8.5″ x 11″ or 11″ x 17″.”

Email Signature Control

WiseStamp

How have I lived without this?! This signature creator is a great tool for sprucing up the often overlooked email signature. It’s base is feature rich but if you know HTML you can take it to another level. (Just make sure you know how different email systems translate HTML)

Just a few of the features I loved right off the bat were:

  • Use multiple email signatures (Business and Personal)
  • Add your logo or image to your signature
  • Easily Include all your IM (Instant messaging) ID’s + icons
  • Easily link to all of your social services-links & Profiles + icons
  • Works with Gmail, Google App’s, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL and more…
  • Add your personal signature to any online Html supported page (Google Docs…etc)