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2nd Issue of UX Design & DataViz for Life

Posted on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

Welcome to the 2nd issue of the UX Design & DataViz for Life. Find some of the latest UX design and data visualization news items from around the web. This month's roundup includes some exciting articles such as:

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Tags: UX, Data Visualization, News

Introducing the UX Design and DataViz for Life News Site

Posted on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

In industries, such as in healthcare and the life-sciences where complex information is distilled, compared, reanalyzed, and repurposed, visualization and user experience are essential. With the ever-growing number of projects aiming to make sense of the vast amounts data and the decreasing cost of DNA sequencing, it is more important than ever to stay current with the latest methods and practices in UX design and data visualization techniques and engage the community for feedback. This is why 5AM has started the UX Design and Dataviz for Life curated news site.

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Tags: UX, Data Visualization, News

A Review of 3 Mockup Approaches - Pros vs. Cons

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

There are as many approaches to mockup as there are tech stacks and team variations. If you only have one approach or tool, you may consider how it is limiting your workflow and process. What you choose may be dictated by several things: 

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Tags: Wireframes, UX

4 Tips on Incorporating UX Design into Agile Software Development

Posted on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Here are some of 5AM’s best practices for incorporating User Experience (UX) design into your agile software development process.

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Tags: agile development, UX

Top 7 Most Read UX Design Articles of 2013

Posted on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Need some quick tips on user experience (UX) design for your next project? Here are the top 7 most read UX design articles of 2013. Thank you for your support and continued readership. Let us know which article you liked most? 

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Tags: UX

5 Ways to Incorporate Gamification Into Your Work

Posted on Thu, Jan 02, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Often when trying to convey an idea, we write, and write, and write some more. Though this is often the easiest and most accessible form of communication, it is not always the most effective or best user experience. In the first post of this multi post series “Beyond the Written Word: Showing, Not Telling” we will explore gamification.

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Tags: UX

A Review of Color in UX Design - 4 Tips on Designing a Color Palette

Posted on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

In our first two blog posts on color in UX design, Color Limitations and Color and Emotions we looked at some interesting facts about color and some of the context around their meaning. Part three brings these ideas together and provides tips for choosing color palettes for you designs and graphics.

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Tags: UX, Color

Extreme Visualization Makeovers - Genome.gov’s Published Genome Wide Associations Chart

Posted on Thu, Dec 05, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

This is a revisted article that is as relevant today as it was four years ago. Welcome to  Extreme Visualization Makeovers! In each installment, we’ll look at a different data visualization, chart, or graphic from the literature or the Web, and see if we can find ways to make it more effective. While each installment may not prove to be “extreme” – that makes a better title for our series, so we’re sticking with it.
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Tags: UX, Data Visualization

A Review of Color in UX Design - Part 2: Color and Emotions

Posted on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

Mention Thanksgiving to any American and they will paint a picture in their head with gold, orange, red, and brown hues. It will also likely invoke a sense of family, gathering, and thankfulness. But color and the emotions we associate with them are not exclusive. If I were to show you a picture of red roses, a champagne bottle with an orange label and a gold foil box of chocolates, you would see the same colors but perhaps think of a different holiday and a different emotion.

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Tags: UX, Color

A Review of Color in UX Design - Part 1: Color Limitations

Posted on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

This is the first in a three part post on color. This first post addresses some common drawbacks to using color; the second, Emotion and Color, examines common emotional interpretations of color; and the third, Designing A Color Palette, presents some approaches and tools for building a color palette.

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Tags: UX, Color

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