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EXCELLENT UX BLOGS: Konigi

Konigi is a relatively different UX blog compared to UX booth, which I recommended before, or to be precise, different with most of UX blogs. Written by Michael Angeles, it is a blog sharing showcases, tools, and knowledge with UX practitioner.

As mentioned in many comments of this blog, it is a fantastic website to check out inspiring designs and useful tools. I took a quick tour around the website and found something definitely invaluable for my future use. For example, you could find Konigi designed tools such as Graph Paper, and OmniGraffle Wireframe Stencils, or you could find other popular used tools recommended by Konigi. For example, I found Usaura, a website running free 5-second test quite interesting. And by the way, the graphic interface design of Konigi itself is a good showcase for UX designers, great alignment, great hierarchy and grouping, simple and easy to find information. Another section of Konigi that appeals to me a lot is the Wiki section. You could find fruitful lists of  UX related information, including terminology, deliverables, and even UX jobs resources.

Well, at the end, if you still insist on finding some recent topics about UX design, as what you could do in UX booth, Konigi actually has its blogging articles under “blog” section. I will say, it is definitely a website worth checking out from time to time.

Major hierarchy of Konigi: Home, Blog, Showcases, Tools, and Wiki

Major hierarchy of Konigi

Recommended tools by Konigi

Recommended tools by Konigi

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A Good Research Tool: ZOTERO

ZOTERO is a free and easy-to-use tool to collect, organize, cite, and share research sources. Combined with firefox, it is very convenient to use while we are searching for different resource.

I recommend it because it is a very well-designed software for users — easy to install, easy to learn, and easy to use. I will not jump in details about how you could use ZOTERO, because you could pick it up really quick. One key feature that might facilitate our classroom study is the “Group” function. It allows us to set up a group to share research sources among members of the group. For instance, we could build a folder named “RAA” below the root folder, to share the information and PDF files of RAA article we choose. For each article, people could also add notes below it, conveying personal opinions about the article. In this way, all members could have a clear achieve of all sources, and avoid wasting time to do duplicated work such as downloading. I found it very useful in my research to share articles within lab, or within project team members in the past, and hopefully ZOTERO could help with yours too.

Finally, below is how it looks like in my firefox:

Screenshot -- a website with hidden Zotero Fig.1 A screenshot of a website with a hidden ZOTERO.Screenshot -- a website with expanded Zotero

Fig. 2 A screenshot of a website with an expanded ZOTERO.