Here’s our round up of the useful UX Design resources we’ve come across recently.

A Guide to Design Critiques (Google Ventures)

“Critiques are one of the most important ingredients to great design, but far too often designers leave critiques secretly feeling scattered, frustrated, and disempowered. Even when everyone is well-meaning, there are many subtle ways a critique can go off the rails and hurt your design process. Thankfully, with a bit of thoughtfulness and care, any company can craft a culture of productive, passionate, and candid feedback. Here’s how.”

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Privacy is User Experience (A List Apart)

“Government snooping. Identity theft. Sale of personal data. Privacy is out there in a big way. But it’s not in here, meaning on most product development teams.”

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The Perception of Control (UX Booth)

“Every day, at the street by my house, I press the “walk” button, and I wait. Each time, as soon as the traffic cycle is complete, I get the walk signal. On a whim, one day I didn’t press the button… but at the end of the traffic cycle, I got the walk signal. The button I press every day has absolutely no impact on when the light will change. Is it still worth having the button?”

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Object-Oriented UX (A List Apart)

In this really candid article, Sophia Voychehovski introduces object-oriented UX, and share her object-mapping UX process.

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Utility Navigation: What It Is and How to Design It (Nielsen Norman Group)

“Utility navigation consists of secondary actions and tools, such as contact, subscribe, save, sign in, share, change view, print. These activities strongly affect website visitor satisfaction, user experience, and engagement. Put utilities where people expect and need them.”

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François Roshdy

François is director of user experience at Border Crossing UX. He specialises in helping clients continuously improve the experiences they deliver.