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Meet the Respondents: Understanding User Personalities (Part 1)

UX researchers are exposed to a broad cross-section of people and personalities, especially when it comes to conducting user tests. Frequently, the people we encounter are willing, helpful participants to the research process — but what happens when respondents aren’t so willing or helpful? Although it’s far from ideal, it’s inevitable: some research participants are difficult to work with.

Top 10 CSS 3 forms tutorials

CSS3 brings to life countless new possibilities to make better web forms. In this article, I have compiled a list of the best 10 tutorials to make great forms using this new and amazing technology.

Practicing the Basics of Web Typography

Typography is an art form rarely covered in the spotlight. Web designers too often indulge into page graphics and CSS effects. Ironically page text is what carries the information you’re trying to spread, thus should hold much higher importance to your visitors. I find the problem isn’t with a lack of interest but a lack of knowledge on the subject.

Postmodernism (‘Po Mo’) in Graphic Design

Postmodernism is a movement away from the viewpoint of modernism. The term ‘postmodernism’ was first used around the 1870s. As a generalization, postmodernism is a style and concept characterized by distrust of theories and ideologies, and of drawing attention to conventions.

The Top 8 Placeholder Services for Web Designers

In the last year, there’s been a wave of helpful placeholder services. What’s a placeholder? Well, when you’re working on a new website, isn’t it a waste of time to use stock images, cropped to the right dimensions? A placeholder service allows you to automatically use a random image at the desired dimensions with minimal effort.

Inspiration vs. Working Hard: Why Working Hard Always Wins

The world is surrounded by people who are willing to sell you inspiration. And you know what? Chances are high that you are buying into it. Even worse is that it might be destroying your potential to do and create great things. Go to any bookstore and you’ll see a “business” section. It’s a popular place these days, particular for today’s professionals, who go in seeking validation. The promises of hopes and dreams are high. But it’s a trap.

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