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House of Cards, Monument Valley, and Design

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Millions of people enjoyed the new season of House of Cards on Netflix this weekend. If you were one of them, you might have noticed Frank Underwood playing a beautiful game in episode five called Monument Valley. Some have even written about parallels between Underwood and the 2014 award-winning game’s heroine, Ida. Such prominent placement will surely be a boost for the popularity of the game, and it was a welcome alternative to the more typical analogy of chess and politics.

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10 Criteria for Better Website Usability: Heuristics Cheat Sheet

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When visitors arrive, how easy is it for them to use your website?

Twenty-five years ago, usability expert, Jakob Nielsen, developed a set of general guidelines to help answer this question. Sometimes referred to as a “heuristic evaluation”, designers and usability experts use lists like these to measure how easy or hard it is to use a website.

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Free Online Photography Resources

Free-photography-resourcesNo matter what business you’re in today, almost everyone has a website and a blog. Photography has become one the biggest trends to create an aesthetic design no matter what the context. As a designer, I always try to use photography as much as possible, but I often need more resources than just iStock to create different looks and feels. I’ve come across numerous great resources, but I want to share with you the most hassle-free and free of cost photography resources.

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Implementing Process Frameworks Like Lean UX in Your Organization

Last week we kicked off our 2015 NoVA UX meetup calendar at AddThis HQ with a visit from author and Lean UX specialist Jeff Gothelf. On the evening before his full-day DC Lean UX workshop, Jeff shared a talk titled, “Purity vs Pragmatism,” in which he passed along his experience with helping organizations implement frameworks such as Agile development and Lean UX. Continue reading

6 Things that Recently Inspired Our UX/Design Team

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Our UX team recently started a new tradition. Every Thursday for half an hour, we host “Lightning Rounds” where we share cool softwares, apps, or anything new that we’re into—whether or not it’s related to design. It gives us a chance to show what we’re passionate about, both related to work and in our personal lives. Check out some of the cool apps discovered this past month. Continue reading

How AddThis Builds Mobile-Friendly Widgets

When you design a mobile version of your website or create a responsive design that adjusts to different screen sizes, chances are that not all your widgets will work well with your new design. And then you have to go through and restyle them for every screen size in your theme. Unless you have AddThis’ mobile-friendly widgets.
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