UXmas 2013: Daily Digital Treats for UX Designers

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Published:  December 16, 2013

Last year we wrote about UXmas, the digital advent calendar for user experience designers. The team behind UXmas is back for 2013, launching a brand new design with brand new gifts.

“We were blown away with the traffic the site received last year,” reflects UX Mastery co-founder, Luke Chambers. “We launched UXmas partly as a way of giving back to the UX community during the festive season. But mostly we just thought the pun was too good to pass up.”

UXmas is a joint effort from the teams at Melbourne-based user experience design studio Thirst Studios and online training resource, UX Mastery. Each day, a new “gift” to the UX community is unwrapped.

UX tools of the trade

An excerpt from Everyday UX, showing UX designer Ruth Ellison’s workspace.

To date, the site has published a book excerpt about UX tools, an infographic about the history of usability, career tips for UX Designers, and a comic about personas. There are also a handful of discounts on training courses and books littered throughout the site, for those looking to up-skill over the summer break.

“The animated baubles were a neat effect last year, but we soon realised the design didn’t scale very well.” explains Thirst Studios’ UX Director, Benjamin Tollady. “This year we’ve gone with a timeline-style layout, with the article of the day appearing at the top.”

A screenshot of the uxmas.com redesign

The UXmas redesign shows each unwrapped “gift” as a moment along a timeline

As with UXmas 2012, the team tipped that some of the best gifts are being unwrapped during the final stretch. Check under the tree in the lead-up to Christmas Day at uxmas.com.

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