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  • In recognition of National Puppy Day, we're happy to share how our teaching web accessibility courses led to a guide dog puppy that you'll find in our Boston area offices. While we've been teaching UX (user experience) design, and HTML classes for more than a decade, the type of...
  • A signal of the far reaching expansion of user experience comes from the role UX is playing in restaurant menu design. Many traditional graphic designers have found work helping restaurants update and revise menus. With more than 500,000 restaurants in the U.S. alone, even designers in the smallest...
  • All Boston-area UX classes as well as WordPress coures and Creative Cloud classes scheduled for February 13 at American Graphics Institute have been postponed due to the winter storm. These classes will start on February 14. Those registered for these training courses should plan to...
  • While avoiding website accessibility lawsuits is a worthwhile endeavor, businesses, agencies, and organizations should also focus on the benefits of website accessibility and the reasons behind web accessibility laws. Just as all peaople are able to visit a business or store in-person that is open...
  • The new Adobe UX app for prototyping and designing user experiences continues to receive updates. Adobe’s UX app is simply called Adobe XD, short for Experience Design. Designs can be created within the app, then previewed within the same app, or on iPhones, iPads, and Androids using a...
  • UX Accessibility - October 17, 2016
    Creating an accessible user experience (UX) is important consideration for all types of businesses, governments, and non-profts. Any type of organization that has an online presence should be concerned about incorporating UX accessibility into their web presence. Accessibility is more than a series...
  • Even some of the biggest and most prominent technology companies can make costly user experience (UX) mistakes and might benefit from some UX courses. Bad UX is at the core of problems that brought Amazon, Apple, and Google into the cross-hairs of the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC)....
  • The Adobe UX design app released earlier this year in a beta (pre-release) form has received a number of new capabilities in an update rolled-out this week. The UX app is called Adobe Experience Design, or Adobe XD, and this user experience app is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud...
  • Additional evidence showing the importance of design and UX in modern businesses surfaced this week as the action video camera company GoPro hired a key designer from Apple. The move caused a rapid spike in GoPro’s stock as investors viewed the hiring as an indicator of future success. The...
  • Creative Cloud for UX Design - April 14, 2016
    Many user experience professionals use the Creative Cloud for UX Design tasks, yet it’s important to not jump into the Adobe CC applications too early in the process. Adobe Creative Cloud fits into the UX process well after the dust from the post-its has settled, the whiteboard is scribbled...
  • There are many benefits of responsive web design as it solves issues created by the explosive growth of mobile devices. As UX designers and web developers are confronted with the task of ensuring that modern websites provide a user experience that works well across a range of devices, they have...
  • The first UX test for any website is one that tests speed. While most UX tests want to focus on the speed in which the user can perform a task, find an item, or use a service, the UX testing that is needed is the speed in which a page loads and when a user can first interact with a site. Website...
  • While UX designers often use Adobe’s tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator for their work, Adobe has yet to offer a dedicated UX application until this week. The Adobe UX app is Experience Design CC, and it is now available as a public preview on the Adobe website. Experience Design CC is...
  • A technology firm that was founded in Boston and creates tools that help mobile application developers has been acquired by Microsoft. Xamarian makes software tools that are used by the creators of mobile applications that run on smart phones. Their software enables independent application...
  • UX Typography Improves Designs - February 8, 2016
    A focus on UX typography leads to improved designs. While it’s not often that UX typography in digital products such as apps or websites can be the difference between life and death, this was the case with early user experience efforts that focused on typography. In the case of one graphic...
  • The process to improve creativity is something that can be applied across every profession and role. Improving creativity provides important benefits for people at all ages and levels or work. Creative thinking is often associated with designers, artists, architects, and other creative...
  • The winter storm that hit the east coast on this weekend has not impacted the UX courses and Adobe classes at American Graphics Institute. All classes at American Graphics Institute’s locations in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston are occurring on schedule. All locations are easily...
  • Microsoft announced this week that older versions of Internet Explorer (IE) have been discontinued. In Microsoft’s official terms, the old IE browsers have reached the “end of life” and must be upgraded to receive support from the company. Support has officially ended for Internet...
  • Apple's earnings report emphasizes the growing importance of designing for mobile web viewers with an emphasis on mobile UX. The report, which Apple released yesterday, stated that Apple sold more than 48 million iPhones, a record number for the company. Separately Apple announced last week...
  • Creating a prototype for an app or website is an important step in the UX design process. To create prototypes that show the user experience process and user flow, designers currently work with a variety of tools such as Sketch, Balsamiq Mock-ups, and OmniGraffle. Adobe appears to view the UX...
  • Because American Graphics Institute offers UX classes and workshops, the staff closely follows awards relating to usability and design of applications, websites, and even operating systems. Despite the final version of Windows 10 being released to the public only weeks ago, it received a design...
  • Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2015 last week supporting more languages and platforms than ever, and reinforced the diminished emphasis being placed by Microsoft on UX. Developers who create desktop and mobile apps on the Microsoft stack, whether for Windows, Windows Phone, or Azure, will already...
  • The Apple Watch UX is unique, but in what may become an endless cycle, the Watch has not been attracting many apps from developers, and the lack of apps may be one of the reasons that it isn’t selling at a higher rate. If the slow rate of sales keeps up, it is unlikely to attract many new...
  • UX Designers and IT pros now have access to a preview iOS 9, the next release of the operating system that powers iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. iOS app developers have had access to iOS 9 for many months, but this is the first public preview of this future update to this operating system....
  • Those involved in the field of user experience design will want to take note of the continued trend of declining PC sales, including both desktop and notebook computers. Research firm Gartner indicated that PC shipments fell more than nine percent in the most recent quarter. A similar trend was...
  • Over the past several years Microsoft has made a big investment in trying to become a major player in the smartphone industry. They created a new user experience with Windows Phone that was well received by technology professionals, yet they weren’t able to crack Apple’s dominance in...
  • Ford Simplifies UX Design - July 6, 2015
    The user experience (UX) for automobiles has undergone a revolutionary set of changes over the past decade. As technology expanded at a rapid pace, user experience often took a back seat to automaker’s desire to include the latest technologies. Having connectivity to Bluetooth or offering an...
  • Yesterday we had a chance to present a UX design principles workshop to the 2015 fellows with Venture for America, or VFA. The fellows learned the principles behind creating great websites and apps, and also gained an appreciation for the entire user experience design process that is put into any...
  • Even with the addition of multiple artboards in the latest release of the app, using Photoshop for UX design is not the best option for most UI and UX designers. Many UX and UX designers use Photoshop because they know the app, or at least they are comfortable using it. Yet comfort with a tool...
  • For the past few years, Microsoft has been working to convince UX designers to adopt their modern app design for Windows 8 and they are extending this to W. Modern apps can be created that work well with touch interfaces, and also support keyboard and mouse controls when they are available. Yet...
  • Web font company Monotype has started to make it easier to enhance the UX design for digital ads through text and type improvements. Monotype is making it possible for advertisers to include a wider array of fonts in digital advertisements that are created and distributed using HTML5 and CSS3....
  •  Commonly used UX icons can cause confusion among users or apps and visitors to websites. An example of this is the nearly ubiquitous hamburger icon found in the upper corner of many responsive websites and mobile apps. The three horizontal lines are stacked like a hamburger, and UX designers...
  • UI UX Classes - April 7, 2015
    There are several UI UX courses available at American Graphics Institute. These teach user interface (ui) tools and design techniques, along with user experience (ux) courses. These courses include:The UX design principles course serves as the foundation for understanding the broader field of user...
  • Adobe wants designers to give-up paper and pencil in the early stages of the design process and instead create early versions of design projects using Adobe Comp CC, a new iPad app. This new app was announced today by Adobe, and they are expecting designers to use it for a variety of projects,...
  • At the Boston UXPA Conference 2015 you can learn from American Graphics Institute's Jennifer Smith among more than 30 speakers. Jennifer will be presenting a session focused on how typography is essential to UX design and the visual information hierarchy.The workshop session covers reasons why...
  • User experience (UX) planning is different from project planning or even project management. UX planning begins at the start of a project, and determines the type of UX resources that are required for any given project. The planning considers what type of research is needed, how use case scenarios...
  • The Boston UX Conference 2015 is happening May 15, and American Graphics Institute is pleased to be supporting the event in several ways. Once again Jennifer Smith who leads our User Experience Practice and delivers many of our user experience classes will be speaking, and AGI is also helping to...
  • It might seem that the responsibilities of UX Designers and vacationers at Walt Disney World might be worlds apart. After all, what could designing an application or website have in common with visiting an amusement park? As it turns out, there’s a great deal.Walt Disney World recently...
  • Michael Graves is a designer that impacted so many facets of American life. All those across any field of design can respect his work: architects, user experience designers, product designers, and industrial designers can all appreciate his influence. He died this week, leaving a big hole in the...
  • With the increase in demand for creating well designed user experiences, many professionals in other design fields are considering adapting their skills to make a move from graphic design to user experience (UX) design. While graphic design and UX design do have some commonalities, it’s...
  • When talking to those interested in working in the field of user experience, they often ask what skills are required for user experience (UX) jobs. When describing the field, they frequently surprised to learn the diversity of roles and functions across various UX positions. User experience jobs...
  • When adapting the user experience (UX) of apps that started on the desktop, or updating websites originally created for desktops and notebook computers, to enable them to perform well on mobile devices, many developers tend to think only about the reduced screen size. While the reduced screen real...
  • User Experience (UX) designers often are asked to assist in creating a consistent UX for apps that have different versions for phone, tablet, desktop, and sometimes even a gaming console. Working with development teams assigned to create apps for each of these platforms, teams go through distinct...
  • American Graphics Institute offers both individual UX courses as well as a UX certificate program. Both of them are ways to learn about user experience design, yet they are different programs, and serve the unique needs of individuals at different stages of their careers. To address questions about...
  • Traveling around the world delivering UX training courses for major corporations provides us with global perspective of how user experience is approached in different organizations and cultures. While we certainly see differences between organizations and cultures, we also find one consistency,...
  • Completing a user experience certificate program shows that you have made a commitment to mastering many of the skills necessary for a successful UX career. Most UX certificate program generally include foundational courses, such as an Introduction to UX principles class, along with other courses...
  • There is a clear ROI of UX training from a development perspective. By implementing user experience best practices, development time is reduced, and products are completed with fewer revisions. Yet this only tells part of the story, as good UX can improve profitability for virtually all online or...
  • Product managers understand and promote customer needs and develop product initiatives. They also may have responsibilities that overlap with a business analyst. As such, product managers must choose the best solutions from those proposed by the development team by using their business, domain and...
  • If you’re working on Windows 10 UX for an app that will be used on phones, you will benefit from downloading the new Windows 10 for Phones preview. The Windows 10 preview is an early release of the operating system, and is intended for app designers and developers. It can be downloaded and...
  • Windows 10 UX Guidelines - February 11, 2015
    The Windows 10 user experience guidelines include changes from Windows 8 as Microsoft consolidates the Windows UX that has had some inconsistencies across Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Windows for desktop until this time.Windows 10 user experience with legacy applicationsThe new Windows 10 UX will...
  • American Graphics Institute has rescheduled all UX classes in Boston that were scheduled for today, February 9. Also affected by the storm are InDesign courses that were scheduled for February 9. Those who are registered for UX training classes will be contacted with alternate dates, or they can...
  • Windows 10 UX revisions - February 7, 2015
    The Windows 10 user experience will have some changes from Windows 8 as Microsoft consolidates the Windows experience that has been fragmented across Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Windows for desktop.Windows 10 user experience with legacy applicationsThe new Windows 10 UX will still allow older...
  • UX events in Philadelphia - February 4, 2015
    Working as a Philadelphia UX professional places you in a city that is striving to be friendlier to technology-focused businesses, and supportive of innovation. Even the Philadelphia government is looking to be more innovative, hosting open-government conferences and initiatives.One of the methods...
  • When thinking of UX many assume that user experience professionals are focused exclusively on website design and app design. Yet many of the same principles in user experience design for websites and apps can also be used to create better products and services. One process for improving website and...
  • User experience is based on user needs, preferences and data that helps develop the framework of the design.What is data-driven UX design?Data driven design takes the quantitative data that shows who, what, when and where and pairs it with the qualitative data, which shows how users arrived to your...
  • If you are considering studying user experience design, there are several approaches you can take, ranging from UX workshops and short-term courses, through longer term certificate programs and diplomas.UX courses If you are already working as a UX professional, or in a related field, you may...
  • To design faster and more efficiently, you can use rapid prototyping, whether you are using rough paper sketching or creating advanced simulations as part of the UX design process. Rapid prototyping provides you the ability to showcase the look and feel of your final product in rapid time. Use...
  • An important part of the UX design process involves understanding your users and what motivates them. One way to achieve this is by creating personas to represent the users you are serving with your app or website. Creating personas as part of your UX design process ensures you are designing for...
  • When creating a user experience for a website that includes e-commerce, there are several factors that will help improve the Shopping Cart UX and provide greater success for your business or organization. Whether this involves more sales of products, increased donations to a non-profit, or more...
  • When thinking of user experience, we tend to think of apps or websites. As someone who teaches UX design courses, and practices UX as a profession, I tend to think about user experience throughout the day, but generally it is related to technology and websites. Yet recently a loaf of bread, and...
  • The Windows 10 user experience (UX) provides a consistent approach across devices and form factors. From mobile phones to tablets, desktops, and even wall-mounted computers. By creating a consistent Windows UX on every device Microsoft is taking a positive step that enhances user experience, and is...
  • When developing an app or designing a website, how do you determine what the user wants or needs? How do you understand the way in which they will interact with your app or navigate through your website? Rather than making assumptions, the best way to get clear feedback on user needs, along with...
  • Starting a UX Career - January 20, 2015
    You can start a career in UX, whether it is your first job as you are entering the workforce, or are transitioning from another role. The route you may take to a career in user experience will depend upon your previous professional experience or academic experience.If you are just entering the...
  • When you think of professionals that need to learn UX design, web designers and app developers are typically at the top of the list, and not hardware developers. Yet some UX training could have saved Google from their ill-fated attempts to sell Google Glass to the masses, and in the process also...
  • Why UX training is necessary - January 18, 2015
    If you want to pursue a career in User Experience design, or create successful apps and websites, UX training is necessary and beneficial as it helps improve what you are creating. UX training courses and workshops help you understand the fundamentals of user experience, as you gain an...
  • User flows for UX design - January 17, 2015
    A user flow describes the path that a user takes when visiting a website or using an app. With websites, user flows involve the sequence of pages users visit, including the order in which they are visited. When discussing an app, the user flow describes the screens that a user goes through while...
  • Mobile and tablet devices require principles for user experience design that tailor the experience for smaller screen sizes, touch, and unique use-case scenarios. Fully incorporating mobile design principles into your apps or websites enhances the user experience, and streamlines the developmental...
  • Paper prototyping for UX Design - January 14, 2015
    Transforming thoughts and ideas into working websites and applications isn’t easy. In our digital age we often forget that you don’t always need to use digital tools for evaluating and expressing your ideas, or even for building an app or website. When working in user experience,...
  • Benefits of UX - January 13, 2015
    User experience design isn’t exclusively the domain of app developers and web designers. Creating a successful UX can differentiate your firm, no matter how old fashioned the business. Banking giant Capital One Financial Corporation is a large bank in the United States, with ATMs and many...
  • Rapid prototyping for UX is an iterative approach to the development of the UX or UI of websites or software applications. Rapid prototyping involves quickly creating mock-ups of a system before it is built in production. This allows for the UX or UI to be validated by prospective users and other...
  • If you are looking to break into the user experience field, there are several ways you can get the skills and experience you need to get a job in the UX field. You can start with introductory UX classes and user experience workshops, or take a comprehensive UX certificate program and you’ll...
  • A user flow is the sequence of steps that a user takes on a website to complete a particular task, such as purchasing a product, making a reservation, and subscribing to a mailing list. Creating the right user flow is essential for optimizing the user experience (UX) and maximizing the conversion...
  • UX Events in NYC - January 9, 2015
    New York City has a large and active user experience community, filled with opportunities for networking and learning more about user experience. You can participate in different UX events in New York City such as classes, workshops, seminars, conferences, informal meetups, and even award events....
  • Both the business analyst, or BA, and the user experience professional are responsible for finding ways to use technology in meeting the needs of users, as well as those of the business or organization. Both BA and UX professionals have skills and functions that overlap, and both use design...
  • UX Groups in NYC - January 2, 2015
    There is many UX groups in New York City and the surrounding area. The large UX community in NYC supports those involved in a variety of user experience roles. You will find a large network that offers informal and structured meetings, conferences, and training that includes UX workshops, courses,...
  • How to get a UX job - December 31, 2014
    Getting your first user experience job  Job postings for User Experience (UX) positions often ask for previous experience in the UX field. Aspiring UX designers shouldn't allow a relative lack of specific user experience work to make them feel as though they can’t break into the...
  • UX courses for managers - December 31, 2014
    UX training is for more than just developers and designers: learning user experience is useful for managers involved in all phases of planning, creating, promoting, and maintaining apps and websites. Management from a variety of backgrounds and roles find UX workshop to be a valuable addition to...
  • Being able to consistently create clean, useful, and efficient user experiences helps you, your work, and your organization or business to stand-out. Participating in UX courses and workshops helps you to develop a process for creating high-quality experiences in all of your work.Benefits of UX...
  • Designing websites for a good user experience helps to create a better brand for your organization, helps your website to achieve its objectives, all while making for happier visitors to your website. One of the most important pieces of a good UX design is understanding why visitors come to your...
  • Whether you are a designer or developer looking to improve your understanding of user experience, you will find both online and in-person UX courses available. Here we address questions about the differences between online and in-person UX classes, and provide some guidance regarding which options...
  • Understanding Lean UX - December 26, 2014
    Lean UX is a way to approach user experience that fosters collaboration across business and functional groups in an effort to quickly generate and test solutions to design and development needs and challenges. In typical UX design research, design, prototyping, and testing occur, often before...
  • UX Groups in Philadelphia - December 24, 2014
    Finding fellow UX professionals in Philly is as easy as finding a cheesesteak. With user experience professional groups, UX courses and workshops, and even a book club, there are many networking and training opportunities where you can interact with others in UX fields in the Philadelphia area....
  • Providing an entire team with UX training creates a common understanding across all roles and responsibilities, making for easier and more effective communications across the entire organization. A team can participate together in a private group UX workshop. These courses can improve communication...
  • Boston UX Community - December 23, 2014
    The UX community in Boston supports a number of organizations and a wide range of opportunities for learning user experience or continuing your professional development if you already work in the field. In and around Boston you will find an active and educational community ranging from informal...
  • Who takes UX courses? - December 23, 2014
    UX courses are for anyone who is involved with the planning, design, development, or management of apps and websites. This ranges from product managers, and business analysts, to designers and developers. User experience impacts how a site or app is conceived, planned, designed, built, and updated...
  • User experience plays an important role in the use and adoption of websites and apps, and there are a number of different ways in which you can learn user experience, including classes and workshops that you can take in-person or online.Before looking at learning options, it’s important to...
  • The Best Ways to Learn UX - December 16, 2014
    Application and web developers often consider functionality and technology ahead of end user's priorities. Similarly, the users of a site or an app generally take functionality for granted, until a much needed feature or function is difficult to access, or possibly even missing. The art and...
  • Those involved in user experience design, whether it is a formal UX team, or a group with varying responsibilities, can benefit from participating in a UX workshop for all members of the team. This involves taking all the designers, developers, business analysts, and product managers and having...
  • UX Events in Boston - December 15, 2014
    Boston is a great place for user experience professionals, as there is a large community of supportive professionals, and there are many UX events in Boston every month. Whether you are looking for a professional networking event, or to learn something at an educational seminar covering the latest...
  • The integral role of user experience in websites and applications creates many opportunities for those who have received UX training. There are many benefits for professionals involved in all aspects of design, development, and product management roles working with websites and applications to...
  • ROI of UX Training - December 11, 2014
    There are many benefits to learning UX design principles for most roles involved in website or app development and design. Whether you are in a true user experience role, or work as a developer, BA, or product manager, you’ll find that understanding user experience can help you to perform...
  • Why learn UX - December 9, 2014
    Benefits of UX training Even if you have limited time and budget, there are still many benefits in enrolling in UX classes and learning UX design principles. Although you’ll be investing your time and budget in a UX course, there is a considerable return on investment to you and your...
  • Application developers often create programs that are easier to write, rather than those that are easy to use. The focus is often on meeting the specific business requirements of an application rather than the usability and functionality. This tendency can make applications difficult to use. User...
  • Designing and building a website to conform to today’s demands takes research, a thorough understanding of your users and the know-how to deliver. As the success of websites hinge on a customer’s ability to successfully interact, receiving UX training can be beneficial in providing a...
  • Why UX is important - December 7, 2014
    User Experience is more than enabling users to easily complete everything they need with a product or service. Exceptional UX creates an emotional bond, from the first interaction to the moment a user powers-down and signs-off. A fantastic UX creates an emotional bond, causing users and customers...
  • UX courses for developers - December 6, 2014
    Learning user experience and its foundational principles helps developers of websites and apps provide users with a better experience that meets their needs, along with the needs of their business or organization. The user experience (UX) refers to all the interactions a user has with an app or...
  • Why take UX classes - December 6, 2014
    Many application developers and web designers take UX for granted, and don’t consider participating in UX training or attending UX courses until they have a complex project that is beyond their abilities, or until after they start to hear negative feedback about an existing user experience on...
  • If you've been thinking of taking UX training, either by participating in classes or attending a user experience workshop, it's useful to understand how they can help with your work, your career, and benefit your overall business. User experience (UX) is a collective term that refers to a...
  • The Difference between UX and UI - November 13, 2014
    Websites and apps that work well are often complimented for having a great UX or fantastic UI. This article explores the difference between UX and UI. When you hear someone criticize or praise either the UX or UI of a site, they may appear to be using the terms interchangeably. While they are...
  • The Boston community is participating in world usability day today with a user experience fair taking place at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) center located just across the river in Cambridge. Senior staff from American Graphics Institute are serving as mentors...
  • UX prototyping for mobile apps. - September 28, 2014
    A new tool for prototyping UX designs for mobile apps is being developed by Pixate. This prototyping app is designed to address the difficulty of creating functional prototypes for mobile apps. Most UX designers create early stage wireframes that are low-fidelity, then progress into creating more...
  • UX Prototyping Tools Offer Expanded Value to BusinessesUser Experience (UX) prototyping allows product managers, business analysts, and others creating apps to get feedback on their app ideas without needing to code the application before it can be reviewed. Prototypes are samples of what an...
  • The individual UX classes at American Graphics Institute have been expanded into a comprehensive user experience certificate program. The certificate programs prepares professionals for user experience design and user interface design roles.The program includes ten courses along with a UX design...
  • The user experience design process in an agile development environment supports the agile philosophy of iterating your work. With an agile development process, testing and revisions are ongoing, and the UX process is able to follow this same course. There are typically four phases to the user...
  • Microsoft is encouraging student developers and designers to give consideration to ux design with their 2015 User Experience challenge. The competition requires students to create many of the components used in a traditional user experience design process. This includes creating storyboards that...
  • When thinking of user experience design, most people direct their attention to websites and apps. Sometimes the field of industrial design also get some attention, but that is often limited to discussion of kitchen equipment or automobiles. Most user experience (UX) professionals don’t think...
  • With the important role that fonts play in user experience, it is surprising that a universal font that works across most languages, browsers, and operating systems doesn't yet exist. Google and Adobe are looking to change this as they are pushing forward with a method of creating a...
  • Microsoft has announced layoffs of 18,000 employees from the 128,000 employees currently in their workforce. Many of the job cuts are a result of Microsoft’s acquisition of the Nokia phone business, with approximately 12,500 coming from employees that were formerly with Nokia. This is half...
  • All indications are that Microsoft’s big experiment with a modern, touch-focused user experience is coming to an end on desktop devices – but not on tablets or mobile screens. While the move to the modern user interface by Microsoft that completely changed the user experience across all...
  • On touch devices, the user experience behind the most recent version of Windows has gained accolade by many designers , but it’s likely to see some changes within the next year aimed at traditional desktop users. While the Windows user experience is perfect for a touch device, such as a...
  • This week I had the opportunity to kick-off the educational sessions for the new Fellows at Venture for America (VFA) by delivering a session on UX Design at Brown University. The VFA Fellows are recent university graduates who have committed to spend two years working at a start-up. VFA helps...
  • UX testing tools - June 22, 2014
    An important part of user experience design is usability testing. There are a wide range of UX testing tools and services, regardless of the size of your user experience team or company. Whether you work for a large organization, or small, there’s a number of tools available to help you test...
  • Usability testing is a critical component of user experience design. UX testing starts early in the design process. You can start to test with initial sketches and paper prototypes, long before you’ve built your first interactive prototype. Even while in the early UX design phases, while...
  • Knowing how to articulate is essential for companies looking to bring their brands to life through digital designs. While functional tools and stunning visuals are necessary for drawing people to your website, the text is an equally important aspect of user experience. Tailor your text to the...
  • Popular sites put UX first - April 17, 2014
    Some of the Internet's most popular sites recently underwent significant design overhauls that simplify the user experience.Spotify alters its color scheme, navigation and typographyThe most immediately noticeable change to the popular music-streaming website's layout are the new colors....
  • When studying the business benefits of UX design, we’re often looking at reports from major universities, academics, or large multinational corporations with entire design teams. The results typically show the varying ways in which investing in UX and design helps organizations reduce costs,...
  • Constructing an effective website or app requires planning and forethought along with knowledge of the goals and objectives for the site or app. User experience, or UX, is at the heart of this process, and no matter what your expertise is on the subject, it's important to keep up with advances...
  • UX Design processes can help many businesses. While we generally think of UX design as impacting the user experience of websites and applications, it also relates to everything from appliances in our home to the controls in an automobile. The process of creating successful UX design has benefits...
  • I just completed a week of delivering a UX training course to an internal design team at a large company. The public UX classes I deliver draw a cross-section of designers, developers, business analysts, and project managers, while many of the private UX classes I deliver are focused on one...
  • Tell a good story with UX - March 12, 2014
    The ability to tell a good story is important in a broad range of careers. Educators, for instance, use their ability to communicate complex ideas to students every day, using everything in their arsenal to impart their wisdom intelligibly. Even people who work in the hard sciences, such as physics...
  • If you've ever used a smartphone before, you may be familiar with a few different website designs. Some might be more attractive than others in very specific ways, but you might not immediately know why or how these seemingly similar webpages are, at their core, inherently different - or why it...
  • Top design trends for 2014 - February 21, 2014
    With 2014 well under way, designers are taking the innovations of the past and blending them with new, improved digital elements that are quickly becoming this year's top trends. While this does not necessarily mean that your burgeoning skills need to be completely revamped to keep pace, the...
  • Although user experience design is sometimes dismissed as the latest marketing gimmick or just another buzzword, the reality is that UX is essential to the success of a product. In today's media environment, companies must do everything they can to ensure that their apps and websites empower...
  • Whether you've got a firm grasp on the fundamentals of user experience design after taking UX training at the American Graphics Institute or are just starting to explore this exciting creative discipline, there is little doubt that demand for UX professionals has never been higher. However, if...
  • Although the concept of user experience design, or UX, has been around for more than 50 years, the principles of UX are very different today than they were in the past. While UX is often considered an integral part of the overall design process, the broad nature of the field sometimes creates...
  • By taking UX classes at the American Graphics Institute, you can learn what sets great products and services apart from the competition. In today's digital society, UX - a common abbreviation for user experience - has become of paramount importance. Media consumers are becoming ever-more...
  • Whether you work in marketing, sales or virtually any other sector of the modern workforce, there is little doubt that today's business environment is more competitive than ever. Many companies have transformed the way they do business thanks to the ubiquity of the mobile Web and the prevalence...
  • Although the principle of user experience is central to virtually all aspects of modern design, few people really know what this discipline entails. User experience, commonly abbreviated as UX, is essential to any good product or online experience, but what is UX, and why should you think about...