Shortly after we opened up Drizzle, our pattern library framework, Luke Askew started a wonderful discussion of pattern library maintainability in that project’s repository. This inspired me to reflect on the pattern libraries we’d started or contributed to (as well as those that clients established prior to our involvement). Why did some succeed where others […]
A mental model is just a concept you can use to help try to explain things (e.g. Hanlon’s Razor — “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by carelessness.”). There are tens of thousands of mental models, and every discipline has their own set that you can learn through coursework, mentorship, or first-hand experience.
You’ve never heard of ‘Complexion Reduction’ you say? Well yea, that’s because I just made the term up. Recently I’ve noticed a new trend that is beyond flat design, beyond minimal design and independent of progressive reduction. Some may claim that this is just the next step of minimal design being implemented into the mobile […]
UXDPV is an interactive chart inspired by research in UX Design practice verticals by Nathaniel Davis. UX design practice verticals represent a group of eight interrelated areas of practice. Each practice is represented as a vertical that contains six area of interests. Each area of interest builds on the one before it—starting from the bottom. UXDPV […]
Design patterns often have a bad reputation. They are often considered to be quick, lazy, off-the-shelf solutions that are applied blindly without consideration of the context of a problem. Solutions such as the almighty off-canvas navigation, the floating label pattern or carousels for featured products are some of the prominent ones.