Skills required for UX Designer

Collaborating on a user interface

Below is a set of skills that makes you a passionate UX designer. These skills are truly simple to learn and adopt in your design process.

Number 1.

A must skill for UX designers is to do research, and do it at all the time. Keep yourself up to date with latest trends. Spend the maximum time you can to explore upcoming designs, techniques and tools in your field. Always compare the knowledge that you are attaining each day and see how quickly things are evolving. (Usually very quickly)
Its a great feeling when all that research and effort clicks, and falls into place.

Introducing the new Google Analytics

Theres a new way and kid in town and its called Web and app property…

image showing googles new analytics logo
Google Analytics 4

While working on my ranking for my website, I soon discovered that I had some major fixing to do and some detective work to get to the bottom of it all. My site was showing errors ….. and this by the way….was using the Google Analytics system which people are migrating away from. Your normal Google analytics was for measuring web traffic and if you would like a refresher course the link will take you to the academy.

With the need to address privacy and cookies as well as needing to fine tune your marketing results and plans the major shifts in consumer behavior and “privacy-driven changes to longtime industry standards, current approaches to analytics aren’t keeping pace. In a survey from Forrester Consulting, marketers said that improving their use of analytics is a top priority, and that existing solutions make it difficult to get a complete view of the customer and derive insights from their data.”

“To help you get better ROI from your marketing for the long term, we’re creating a new, more intelligent Google Analytics that builds on the foundation of the App + Web property we introduced in beta last year. Also known as Google Analytics 4 properties It has machine learning at its core to automatically surface helpful insights and gives you a complete understanding of your customers across devices and platforms. It’s privacy-centric by design, so you can rely on Analytics even as industry changes like restrictions on cookies and identifiers create gaps in your data. The new Google Analytics will give you the essential insights you need to be ready for what’s next.

I am currently runing both analytics and slowly ironing out the bugs.

GIMP

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This is your open source version of Photoshop,  My personal feeling is that open source rocks!  I won’t go into a rave about why right now,  but Gimp.. is just as good if not better than the Adobe application photoshop and whats more its free!

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Use GIMP as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible; it can be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

Icons and UX

The Trip advisor app uses icons with text labels on their start page and on their tab navigation menu.

ICONS COULD MEAN A LOT OF THINGS

The icons are given meaning by the user, in regard to the task they’re carrying out at the moment.

Icons are like abstract paintings. They get different meanings for different people. It’s all through the eyes of an observer. And that ambiguity is really exciting with art. But not so much in user interfaces.

Abstract art. Painting.
Abstract art. Painting.

What’s the icon for offline downloads? It could be a folder, star,  heart, down arrow. Or even a profile icon. It’s very hard to rule out any one icon.

ICONS SHOULD HAVE LABELS

When icons are used to save space, things go wrong. Icons should not be used in that way. To a designer of tight mobile interfaces, using an icon to save space is really compelling. At first glance, the interface looks so clean and tidy!

However, for the user it’s usually the second glance that counts. The one where they look at the icon when they are carrying out a task.

Icons + labels = Happy users

If you label icons, they suddenly become awesome, accessible and understandable. An icon with a label:

  • makes it easier for the user to find the most important features – the ones with icons.
  • makes it easier to remember where you clicked the next time you come back.
  • makes the interface more aesthetically pleasing than if there were just text buttons.

A text and icon combination also improves the experience for people who have a hard time reading, like many users with dyslexia, autism, aphasia or other reading impairments.

This article first appeared in Axess Labs 30 August 2017

 

 

What is GIT?

Octocat GIT

Understanding version control

Git is software for keeping track of  changes in files and directories , particularly text changes. Git gives you the ability to store (for example)
three different versions and allows you to compare different versions, move between different versions, and control them. This is referred to as a Version control system or VCS. Git was not the first version control system by any means, but all have been designed with the purpose of tracking computer code. They wanted to be able to track changes over time fix bugs and update source code. Ninety Five percent of VCS is used to track source code  hence the name, source code management or SCM, these terms are almost interchangeable. You may well of as a designer, used non source code version control to name files like Budget_4.xls, or logo_v2.png so that you can keep track of changes over time. You have done this by changing the text at the end of the file. Think of the History palette in Photoshop this palette shows each change you have made to your file and allows you to view your image at different stages. You can even roll back your image to an earlier time, this is a primitive example of  version control.

What is ? REST API

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REST API

APIs allow different software to talk to one another. The REST API, for example is an alternative to the outdated XML-RPC, it allows for example, WordPress to easily interact with other websites and services on the Internet using JavaScript Object Notation, or JSON.

Nowadays, the acronym REST has become a buzzword, and as such, it’s being thrown into the digital wind very carelessly by a lot of tech people without fully understanding what it really means. Just because you can interact with a system using HTTP, and send JSON back and forth, doesn’t mean it’s a RESTful system. REST is a lot more than that.

REST has proven to be a huge jump forward regarding distributed systems interconnection, which is what developers were  looking for solutions to ” how to easily interconnect a nonhomogeneous set of systems.”
Developers before REST used to interconnect systems, mainly going over SOAP and XML-RPC (the two main players before REST).