UX Design Blog

UX Design blog articles written by Ben Ellis covering user experience design (UX), prototyping, design process and thinking.

2nd March 2020

Designing With Data In Sketch App

A Sketch App tutorial showing how you can create UX mockups in 7 simple steps using Sketch, the Data Populator plugin and JSON.

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23rd February 2019

How To Create A Design System With Sketch & Zero Height

A step-by-step account of how I created a design system for my own website using Sketch App and Zero Height.

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21st October 2018

Gym Class Booking Experience Design: A How Not To Guide

12 tips to consider when designing an online gym class booking experience. A personal story of bad UX and frustration trying to sign up for gym classes.

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2nd July 2018

My UX Design Tools

Here I share the design tools I use on a daily basis to help others going through the same predicament of which tools to incorporate into their workflow.

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7th June 2018

24 Sketch Plugins to Improve Your Design Workflow & Productivity

An overview of the 24 most useful Sketch plugins that you can use to make your design workflow smoother and more productive.

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7th February 2017

Remote User Testing Framer Prototypes With Hotjar Analytics

A short guide for UX Designers and Prototypers interested in remote user testing Framer prototypes using the Hotjar analytics package.

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7th January 2017

Connecting Two Prototypes Using Framer Studio & Firebase

An account of how I connected two Framer prototypes using Framer Studio & Firebase to create a virtual light bulb and switch.

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23rd September 2016

Principle Prototype to Improve Runkeeper’s Manual Activity Logging

Frustrated with manual activity logging in Runkeeper, I built a Principle prototype to demonstrate how the experience could be improved.

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14th September 2016

User Experience & Luxury Fashion Brands: A UX Designer’s Perspective

The opportunities and challenges that I've faced, whilst consulting as a UX Designer for a leading UK, luxury fashion brand.

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18th August 2016

12 Tips For UX Designers Who Want to Learn Prototyping

12 Tips For UX Designers Who Want to Learn Prototyping. A list of 12 tips & tools for UX Designers looking to improve their prototyping skills

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27th January 2016

Prototyping with Framer Studio

A short article about my experience of using Sketch and Framer Studio whilst working at Travel Supermarket in autumn 2015.

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31st August 2015

iPhone 6 UX prototyping with Sketch & Framer Studio

A few thoughts on creating my first iPhone 6 UX prototype using InVision's Now UI Kit for Sketch and Framer Studio.

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20th June 2014

Improving the UX workflow for responsive design

A few notes on how I've tried to improve the UX workflow when designing and developing responsive experiences (RWD) for BT at Karmarama.

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19th April 2014

UX Faux Pas: Image Optimisation

A little story about image optimisation and how not to build a fashion website.

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4th February 2014

Prototyping responsive user experiences with Foundation

Bringing the awesomeness of Foundation 5 to UX design: Prototyping responsive user experiences.

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12th August 2012

Prototyping for UX Presentation

I conducted an informal workshop for the in-house team at Candi covering the basics of UX prototyping with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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27th July 2012

DPD Poor Customer Experience (CX)

An overview of the frustrations I had with delivery of goods by DPD couriers and the poor customer service experience that accompanied it.

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27th July 2012

O2 Poor Customer Experience (CX)

An overview of the frustrations I had dealing with O2 Broadband and the poor business logic and customer experience that accompanied it.

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15th July 2012

The UX Lottery

What to look out for when hiring freelance UX resources for your next digital design project.

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6th May 2012

Using the new iPad for UX sketching

I've started using the new iPad, Paper and the Alupen to digitise my UX design sketching process.

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15th April 2012

Rapid HTML prototyping with Twitter Bootstrap

I used Twitter Bootstrap to build a functional HTML prototype for a responsive e-commerce checkout.

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6th March 2012

Rapid HTML prototyping with jQuery Mobile

I used jQuery Mobile to build a basic web app prototype for a tablet-based user experience.

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25th November 2011

Life & Times of a UX Designer Presentation

Overview of my presentation about working as UX Designer that I delivered to the students of London College of Communication (LCC).

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20th July 2011

7 Reasons to Love OmniGraffle for UX Design

7 reasons why OmniGraffle wins hands down when creating common UX deliverables such as wireframes, user flows and sitemaps.

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