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Michael Boeke – UX Antipatterns

UX Antipatterns
by Michael Boeke

Let’s face it, as designers we’ve all been guilty of carelessly adopting popular usability and design conventions from time to time. Usually, we get the benefit of someone else’s thoughtfulness and research - no effort required. Unfortunately, popular solutions to user interface problems are sometimes actually counterproductive.

In this session, Michael Boeke will be discussing user experience antipatterns - design conventions that appear to be good solutions at first, but actually end up hampering usability. We’ll look at a number of real life antipatterns collected from around the web, and explore some better approaches. Hopefully, we’ll all walk out with a few new items in our design toolkit, and an increased awareness (and wariness) of design conventions.

About Michael

Michael Boeke is a designer, product guy, and startup veteran, who currently designs and manages products at online payments company Braintree. He focuses on applying design thinking and modern technology to shake-up traditional (boring) industries.

Prior to Braintree, Michael launched the first web-based CRM and accounting platforms for hedge funds at Backstop. Previous to that, he designed the CarePages social support platform for hospital patients, which is now part of the Everyday Health network.

Michael lives, works, and runs countless miles in the wonderful city of Chicago. He writes about product design and startup life at and on Twitter @mvboeke.

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  • Michael B.

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for UX Antipatterns discussion. Here is a link to the slides:

    Also, here are the links to other resources people asked about:


    Design Pattern Gallery by Theresa Neil:

    Web Form Design by Luke Wroblewski:

    March 27, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Thank you Michael for bringing awareness to some of the habitually used web conventions that don't serve well. The charge to create more usable patterns was inspiring!

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Lars D.

    Thanks Mike for the interesting talk on anti - patterns it is refreshing to hear there is a better wat than the Same old, same old

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for an enlightening talk!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Michael for a very insightful and engaging presentation on antipatterns.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speaker with a perfect balance of humor and content and demeanor

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Denice S.

    Interesting. I want to see more antipatterns!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Marsha K.

    Can't make it.

    March 26, 2014

  • Eileen L.

    Very bummed that I'm going to miss this!

    March 26, 2014

  • Christopher C.

    Was really looking forward to this, but something came up and I won't be able to make it. Will there be slides available?

    March 24, 2014

  • ceci m.

    super bummed I have to miss it!

    March 20, 2014

  • Renee J.

    Hello all, I am looking forward to this discussion.

    March 20, 2014

  • Alicia W.

    Hi! Really looking forward to this discussion!

    March 20, 2014

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