25 User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time

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We’re all mostly accustomed to educating ourselves by reading articles. Rare are the opportunities to attend conferences or watch live shows on subjects that we’re interested in. That’s why we are presenting here phenomenal videos and related resources on the topic of user experience (UX) by different presenters at different events. We have focused on current content but have included some older videos that are still relevant. It will take you more than 16 hours to watch all of these videos. So, make some popcorn, turn off the lights and enjoy.

User Experience Videos

The State of User Experience
Jesse James Garett, founder of Adaptive Path and author of the book The Elements of User Experience, speaks on what UX and UX design is, what UX looked like before and what are some of the challenges people are encountering now. He cites engagement as the main goal of UX design and, through some fantastic examples, shows that engagement is an universal quality achieved through visuality, sound, touch, smell, taste, body and mind. One of the most impressive moments from the session is when Jesse compares Beethoven to an experience designer, accompanied by the Ninth Symphony. Duration: 40 minutes.

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UX Best Practices
In this excellent video session, Nick Finck pries open the most popular websites today, including eBay, Amazon, Toyota, Flickr, Twitter and Netflix, to explain user experience best practices. Nick discusses both the good and bad experiences on these websites on the basis of visual design, information architecture, interaction and ease of use. For those unfamiliar with UX, Nick explains the basic concept and contributing factors. The last 20 minutes of the session are reserved for Q&A, and some very interesting questions and great answers come up. Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes. There is no video of the session, only 75 slides with an audtio track.

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The Three Ways That Good Design Makes You Happy
In this short but fantastic lecture, Don Norman, known to many as the author of The Design of Everyday Things, explains visual, behavioral and reflective design and the ways in which each of them affects people. In his witty way, Done shows examples from everyday life. Duration: 13 minutes.

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5 Minutes on Imitation in Design
In this brilliant short talk, Jeffrey Veen explains what is meant by “Good artists copy, great artist steal.” By way of an interesting short story about World War II and the American army’s contact with natives of the Pacific Islands, he also explains “cargo cult” and how it still present today. A truly brilliant video. Duration: 6 minutes.

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UX Team of One
In this half-hour session held at the IA Summit 2008, Leah Buley of Adaptive Path shows what it means to be a UX team of one by telling her own story and recounting a real-life example. Leah explains the concept of generative design, which is the process of creating and sketching a lot of different ideas and then refining them. The slides are amazing because Leah drew them by hand. Duration: 32 minutes.

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Experience Is the Product
Peter Merholz explains why it is important to focus not on technology or features but on the product and the experience you want to create. The session is rich in good and bad examples drawn from real life. Duration: 43 minutes.

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Behavior Is Our Medium
In this fantastic session, Robert Fabricant talks about interaction design beyond computing technology. His examples include the family tree and one particularly interesting tree that his daughters drew. His examples from history, especially ancient history, are amazing and put interaction design in a broader context beyond the computer interfaces we’re so used to. Duration: 61 minutes.

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Web Form Design
If you think Web forms suck (because you have to fill them in every day), then you must see this video. This talk by Luke Wroblewsky at MIX 09 is based on years of experience in usability testing and study. Luke shows examples from the real world and addresses the major problems with Web form design today. You will see how some of the biggest websites have failed and what you can do to prevent such failures in your Web forms. Duration: 75 minutes.

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User Experience Design for Non-Designers
In this short mini-breakout session, Shawn Konopinsky explains what UX design is at a very abstract level. He shows three different types of user interfaces and how UX design applies to all three. He explains basic concepts such as concept ideation, interaction design and visual design and emphasizes the importance of an “Agile” approach to projects. Duration: 18 minutes.

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The Importance of Identity and Vision to UX Designers on Agile Projects
If you watched the previous video, you will know why the Agile approach is important in UX design. This video and the slides go deeper into the Agile approach, relying on research done at London university. Johanna Kollmann explains the research and the results. Duration: 32 minutes.

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Learning IxD from Everyday Objects
“Inspiration surrounds us in everyday objects.” This is how Bill DeRouchey begins this brilliant talk about interaction design. We use icons, words or shapes to create a language of interactions. If we use the wrong language, the interaction becomes confusing, and this is what Bill shows, using many common objects and devices. One of the most interesting slides is the one that shows how users “hack the interface.” Duration: 45 minutes.

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Two videos: Information and Architecture
In these two short videos, Mickey McManus explains related concepts: information and architecture, using everyday objects, such as cup of tea, to illustrate his argument. The videos are part of a short article in which Mickey draws these concepts together to explain what information architecture is. Duration: a few minutes.

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Wireframes for the Wicked
Nick Finck, along with Michael Angels and Donna Spencer, goes over wireframing basics via short easy questions. What are wireframes? Why use wireframes? What does the process of wireframing look like? The three of them also explain the different types of wireframes and show examples of their work. Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes.

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Design Prototyping: Bringing Wireframes to Life
Dan Harrelson explains the purpose of prototyping, why it is important and how it differs from wireframes and visual comps. With wireframing, instead of seeing how a concept functions or works, we see how it actually feels, which contributes to better usability testing. The video, like all videos from MIX 09, has “double view”: while looking at the large slides, you have a synchronized inset video of the speaker. Duration: 60 minutes.

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Journey to the Center of Design
Does user-centric design really exist? In this funny keynote, Jared Spool asks whether user-centric design (UCD) has lost its way and needs to evolve into something else. Ironically, as studies have shown, many great projects have succeeded without UCD. Jared suggests three key attributes of great experience design that can replace UCD. Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes.

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User-Centered Design 101
In this Web seminar, Frank Spiller demystifies the paradigm of UCD. He explains the difference between usability and UCD, which has confused many. From the perspective of the development process, he compares UCD to the Agile and Waterfall processes. At the end, he shows some UCD success stories. Duration: 58 minutes.

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The Mint.com Experience
Aaron Forth of Mint.com speaks of the importance of aligning your user experience and business objectives. He goes over the challenges of delivering such a user experience at Mint, what the company did to attract brand interest and how Mint became one of the best personal-finance software tools today. Interesting fact: Mint discontinued IE6 support because it spent almost 20% of its time designing for the browser. Duration: 40 minutes.

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Mobile User Experiences
Rachel Hinman start her talk about mobile user experiences with a provocative thought: that technology disengages us from real life. She says we should rethink our relationship to devices and use them in the context of concrete tasks. Duration: 24 minutes.

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Tap Is the New Click
“Several years ago, Minority Report was a sci-fi movie, and now we’re already there with [the touch wall].” At the beginning of his session, Dan Saffer shows a couple of examples of touch-screen technology that marks the beginning of a new era of interaction in which gesture and touch replace mouse clicks. He explains how to design for these technologies by going over how touch-screens differ from traditional websites and devices. Duration: 67 minutes.

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10/GUI
This is a fantastic experiment that examines current mouse-driven user interfaces and their limitation while offering a completely new way of interaction. Although keyboard and mouse were really great innovations in past century, Clayton Miller think we shouldn’t stop there but rather innovate further. Duration: 8 minutes.

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The Least You Can Do About Usability
Steve Krug, known to many as the author of Don’t Make Me Think, here tries to convince people to do their own usability testing. Confirming Jacob Nielsen’s advice, that developers can do it themselves, Steve identifies the minimum requirements to make usability testing meaningful. At the end of the session, Steve performs a short usability test right in front of the audience, which makes this session truly outstanding. Duration: 60 minutes.

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AJAX Usability
Kelly Norton talks about a very interesting, and often forgotten, subject: AJAX usability. He covers usability basics and how to design AJAX applications for humans. Full of real-life examples, he offers several concrete suggestions on how to improve usability in AJAX applications. Duration: 55 minutes.

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Jason Fried of 37signals Speaking at Business of Software 2008
In this short amazing session, Jason Fried shares his thoughts and experiences from 37Signals. Ideas are agile, some even radical. This video is interesting because many of Jason’s thoughts contrast with widespread opinion. In the second half of the session, Jason uses audience questions to explain his ideas in more detail. Duration: 55 minutes.

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Bonus videos

Sketching User Experiences
In this keynote from MIX09, the first 25 minutes are taken up by Bill Buxton, known to many as the author of the book Sketching User Experiences. In an optimistic talk, he explains why now, in these days of crisis, is a good time to pay attention to design and what key factors are required to revitalize the user experience. Duration: 25 minutes.

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Interview With Don Norman on UX Week 2008
In a relaxed atmosphere at UX Week 2008, Don Norman answers interesting questions and share his thoughts on various aspects of design. One of the best bits comes at the beginning, when Don speaks of his “crusade” to replace the word “users” with “people.” Will we ever have “People Experience”? Do we already have it? Find the answer in this fantastic interview. Duration: 53 minutes.

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Janko Jovanovic is user interface designer, software engineer, blogger, speaker and artist. In his free time, he writes about user interfaces on his blog JankoAtWarpSpeed and tweets regularly on Twitter.

  1. 1

    Excellent roundup here! Where do I start?

    User experience is something that I have been focusing a lot of time on recently, as I believe it is a very important aspect of design. Since most of my research has been in the form of written articles, having a nice compilation of videos is absolutely priceless.

    Thanks

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  2. 2

    Great post, very useful!

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  3. 3

    Thanks for compiling all the very informative videos but i think it will take at least 1 week for me to finish them all.

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  4. 4

    Nice poting

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  5. 5

    you read my mind! i was just searching for some UX related info :) thanks Janko!

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    Though it is arguably the most important, user experience is one of the most overlooked aspects of design.

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    Marie-Therese Le Roux

    January 5, 2010 7:47 am

    Gorgeous selection, and perhaps the missing piece to the puzzle of best meeting the needs of my own site’s users. Thanks for putting these super videos together on one page.

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  8. 8

    Really nice collection…thanks :)

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  9. 9

    oh . i never read about the user experience, i have to go through this post more detail. for me its a unique post :D , thanks for sharing :D

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  10. 10

    Awesome round-up! Thanks for putting these all in one place, bookmarked and shared!

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  11. 11

    Thank you so much for this! This is exactly what I have been looking for! My only problem now is that I have to try and find 16 spare hours to watch all of these! :)

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  12. 12

    fantastic videos. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. 13

    Awesome post. I love that “Good Artist copy but great artist steel.”

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  14. 14

    Awesome! You made my day =)

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  15. 15

    Janko, I thought you wrote a blog post about list articles and how you didn’t like them?

    http://www.jankoatwarpspeed.com/post/2009/11/27/things-I-like-about-list-posts.aspx

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      That is right, but if you read the comments on that article, you will see why. For me, as a reader, reasoning and insights on each item have value because it is highly likely that the author is familiar with the subject or at least that he/she studied it which make a real recommendation in comparison to screenshots only. And I still do not like meaningless-images-only list posts. I hope that answers your question.

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    Great resource!
    Thanks!

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  17. 18

    Awesome list of presentations. I had the pleasure of attending Leah Buley’s “A UX team of one” at SXSW last year, which was very inspiring.

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    I’m smashed. What a great article!

    Couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a great of “the” Digg guy (or Stumbleupon? Delicious?) from some conference. I loved it and tried to find similar stuff.. Couldn’t find anything like it. And now this article’s full of it.

    I especially liked “Wireframes for the Wicked”, “Learning IxD from Everyday Objects”, “UX Best Practices” and “The Three Ways That Good Design Makes You Happy”. (I’m only halfway down the list.. Very excited about what’s to come!)

    Keep it up with those kind of articles!

    Verspätetes frohes neues Jahr wünscht Rudi aus Österreich. :)

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    Jérôme Riguidel

    January 5, 2010 8:24 pm

    Whaoo, what an impressive selection… hours of video to look at. A great opportunity to re-visit the subject. Thanks a lot for this article/selection.

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    Awesome stuff. Thanks a lot!

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  21. 22

    take loooots of time to watch them all

    indeed a very good post.. all
    LEARN BY EAR and EYE

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  22. 23

    I am searching something like this from so many days!
    thanks smashing & Janko for this great easy to learn collection!!!

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  23. 24

    This is awesome Janko!! You deserve a treat now :) Well done and well helped! I bookmarked it…

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  24. 25

    excellent information in this article, thanks.

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  25. 26

    from this article i knew the ‘user experience’ is ‘UX’
    we often call it ‘UE’ in China

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  26. 27

    Thanks !!

    That is why SM rocks !!

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  27. 28

    Fantastic article, thanks Janko,

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  28. 30

    Thanks for your valuable Information.

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  29. 31

    Great article. Thanks.

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  30. 32

    Excellent collection !!!. I liked them all. Perfect resource for all the designers out there.
    btw can u suggest me some good links that teaches wireframing ( in interaction design/ UX design).

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  31. 35

    Excelent post! It’s amazing! Thanks! ^_^

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  32. 36

    What a great compilation! Thanks for putting it together!

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  33. 37

    Perfect post! UX + Videos!

    More videos, and more UX issues!

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  34. 38

    Great collection! Thank you! Just finished watching all of them. :D

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  35. 39

    ha ha ha ha. That is SO FUNNY. The first link I clicked on (User Experience Design for Non-Designers) won’t play unless I install Microsoft Silverlight (no chance). Well … there’s a usability issue right there: how about posting videos in a less proprietary format.

    Good article SM – thank you for assembling.

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    Thanks for the collection. We’ll be sure to imitate the style of some of them in our own videos. :D

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  37. 41

    Great and very informative videos. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice JObs

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  40. 44

    Great list. Here’s another one to consider adding to the “bonus video” list: What the @#$% is UX Design?

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