Tag Archives: Product/Interface Design

Can We Design Happiness?

You’ve seen the headlines: Facebook is making us lonely (The Atlantic); How Facebook makes us unhappy (The New Yorker); The social and emotional costs of technology use, and on and on. Apparently, our increasing use of technology is making us depressed, lonely, and unable to read social cues; it’s making us dumber, destroying our memory […]

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Q&A: Getting Started as a UX Freelancer

This is the first time I’ve attempted something like this. Let’s see how this goes. Suddenly, I’ve been receiving at least one email a day from someone looking to get started as a UX freelancer. First off, that’s awesome! I fully support your decision to rock on and take the world by storm. But, fair […]

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How to Design for Happy Users

Happiness seems made to be shared. Pierre Corneille At a high level, happiness is defined as overall life satisfaction.  What makes people the happiest is hard to quantify. Some items I assume would be ingredients to happiness (a high income, warm, sunny weather, access to great food) don’t even make a blip on the happiness […]

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Tips for Building a Trustworthy Application

It’s true, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and we have an interesting biological trick to thank for that. First impressions and judgments are made at an impressively awesome speed. Within the one-tenth of a second, we are able to decide if someone is trustworthy, competent or attractive. Jonathan Freeman, assistant professor […]

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How Storytelling Can Help User Experience Designers

This week’s guest post comes from Sarah Doody, a designer and product strategist I’ve long admired. For years, Sarah has shared her expertise on design, productivity and communication in such places as UX Magazine and her blog and weekly newsletter, the latter of which are two of my favorite resources for UX and product inspiration (I never know what […]

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The Science of Happy Design: An Interview with Pamela Pavliscak

I had the pleasure to talk to researcher and data scientist, Pamela Pavliscak, to talk about how technology affects happiness, understanding how to measure happiness, and, of course, our love of ModCloth. Her research is part deep dive interviews, part social science experiments, part data science. She founded Change Sciences to help companies like Ally, NBC […]

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The Ultimate Marketing Site Launch Checklist to Get Happy Users

You’ve checked your links, tested on different browsers, and settled on the perfect tagline to get your product’s message across… …But something else to keep in mind when preparing your website for launch is how every element of your site will affect its users’ happiness. According to on an intensive study by user researcher, Pamela […]

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