OneDevice: The next big thing to replace all other devices

All smartphones will become obsolete by the end of 2018. They might share their fate with the laptops, eBook readers, tablets, phablets, consoles and myriads of devices we have in early 2017. In this article, I will explore the cause of this imminent and unavoidable revolution. I will talk about the next device type, the usurper that will dethrone the smartphone and replace many devices with a single ingenious solution. Finally, we will see what can you do to gain a competitive advantage in the OneDevice era.
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5 skills to skyrocket your UX career in 2017

What do I need to learn to get an amazing UX/UI jobs in 2017? – This is the most frequent question I get from Senior UX/UI designers. In this article, I will tell you the answer, which will give your career (and your paycheck) a huge boost.
5 UX skills for 2017
Why not UX or UI? Like it or not, most senior and/or manager level jobs in our trade are UX/UI jobs, rarely pure UX or UI jobs. People try very hard to explain the differences, but from a hiring manager’s perspective, it looks miles better if you have UI skills for a UX design job and vice versa. Obviously, you don’t need to be able to install Yeoman using npm to grab a well-paid UX researcher job, but if you know some JavaScript wizardry, you might be on the right track for a £75k+ salary. So let’s get started with the 5 bulletproof UX/UI skills for 2017.
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Black Hat UX

A few weeks ago I met a guy at a workshop, and we started talking about women and fast cars. Naturally, after about two minutes we have arrived to user experience. He told me how his dream-job turned out to a nightmare-job. His boss cared for only one thing: conversions. At first, he fought back vigorously, but after a few days (of torture, one would assume) he bought a black hat, and ignored the crying hordes of the users. He did a few things that would make a mass murderer shiver.
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Minimum effort accessibility

Quick Win

Create a site/web application with very simple and logical structure (navigation and branding in the header on top, then meaningful heading, followed by the main content), dark gray text on a white or very light background. This way you will please all your users, disabled or not. Fill the alt attribute of the images with meaningful content. Try to navigate the site using a (free) screen reader like VoiceOver or ChromeVox, and adjust accordingly.
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From wireframe to prototype with Axure RP

This blog post does not start with a quick win, because using the tool I will present is a quick win, by itself. Axure RP is the most advanced wireframe, mockup and rapid prototype creation tool with built in collaboration features.

From wireframe to prototype

Pre-production user experience testing has three stages: wireframe, mockup and prototype. Obviously any of them can be omitted, and even if all three stages are present, the boundaries between them can be quite blurry.
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