All websites should start with a good plan. Focussing on the design process first may be common for smaller sites. For larger sites, when user experience is paramount, creating an initial sitemap or user flow map is an effective way of working out how you want visitors to use and navigate around. UX is key… Continue reading A Collection of Inspiring Sitemaps and User Flow Maps
If content is king, then design is the castle. Good web design for businesses not only has the content to peak audience interest for whatever product or service you’re sell-ing, but also has an intuitive UI to encourage sales. Lots of designers think they have brilliant ideas for designing UI, but without real world user… Continue reading Use Ptengine Heatmap to Make Your Website Perfect
The web user experience (UX) is the abstract feeling people get from using a website. The user interface (UI) is what people interact with as part of that experience. When designing a website, you want your UX to be as positive as possible — you want your users to enjoy being on your website, that’s… Continue reading It’s Not UX vs. UI, It’s UX & UI
Documentation is instrumental for concepting, designing, creating and measuring the performance of products. But it shouldn’t be done just for the sake of maintenance. After all, there’s nothing about a thick stack of paperwork which resembles the experience of your real product. As Lean UX advocate Jeff Gothelf describes in a piece for Smashing Magazine,… Continue reading The Guide To UX Design Process & Documentation
Both web design and mobile app design share many similar features. One of the most important features is that they’re both created for an audience, whether young kids or teens or adults or some kind of mix. The end user should be your most important priority when it comes to brainstorming new ideas. For this… Continue reading How To Design Interfaces from a User Experience Perspective
Photo: R Schofield In one of my recent articles, The Evolution of the Hamburger icon we talked about the history of this commonly-used pattern, and about who’s using it and why. In fact, there have been many recent discussions in UX circles that have raised the unintuitive nature of the hamburger icon and issues in… Continue reading 3 Old and Outdated UX Patterns (And How to Fix Them)
In the simplest of explanations, Google developed Material Design to unify the experiences users have across various Google platforms. Additionally, this unification is to bring improved overall experience a user has with technology by making the interaction easier, simpler and more intuitive. Tell Me, What is Google? Google is a very big company, which includes… Continue reading What is the Point of Material Design?
Working in an UX team usually requires mastering quite a few online tools. Whether you’re new to the user experience world, or you’re a seasoned professional you should never stop looking for online solutions that can make your work easier, faster and, most importantly, simply better. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of 21 tools… Continue reading 20 Useful Tools & Apps For Everyday UX Tasks
Often times when designers consider looking for the best websites for UX research, including case studies and tests, they contemplate not knowing where to begin to look. If you are really interested in further developing your UX skills, whether it’d be brushing up on your design or base concepts, you would need at hand all… Continue reading 10 best websites for UX research, case studies and tests
Lately, every app is “beautiful”. If you read tech news, you’ve seen this pageant: Beautiful charts and graphs1. Beautiful stories 2. Beautiful texting3. Beautiful notebooks4. Beautiful battery information5. Aspiring to beauty in our designs is admirable. But it doesn’t guarantee usability, nor is it a product or marketing strategy. Like “simple” and “easy” before it,… Continue reading Think Your App Is Beautiful? Not Without User Experience Design
Whether you design on paper, in graphics software, or in a web browser, typography is something that you’ll have to consider. No website or poster would be complete without some bits of text on the page. But text alone is not good enough – the symmetrical design and structure of text on a page is… Continue reading Typography Guidelines for Creating Balanced Website Layouts
If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first.… Continue reading How Do You Design Interaction?
Flat design has made a huge name in the designing world by completely taking over the graphic design in a short period of time. The biggest interface to go flat was Windows 8 but, it was also left behind when Apple released its iOS 7 in summer 2013. With the launch of Apple’s iOS 7,… Continue reading The Problems With Flat Design and How to Solve Them
We are accustomed to taking different helpful elements that are inbuilt into website design for granted. For example, a small load dynamic icon that allows controlling volume of sound seems to us a matter of course. Various effects that transform integral elements into brisk eye-catching items also do not cause delight. Trendy techniques of using… Continue reading Micro UX Effects: Bring Websites to Life with Microscopic Attention to Detail
In this article, Chris Bank of UXPin – The UX Design App details many of the top sources for finding wireframe examples, design patterns, templates, stencils, sketches, and other examples of web and mobile user interface designs for endless wireframing and prototyping inspiration. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “(Design) is a journey, not a destination.”… Continue reading The Design Pattern & Wireframe Libraries Guide
Today I’m speaking to those just getting started in design. Maybe you just graduated from design school, or you’ve read through all the fundamental lessons offered here and on other design blogs, and you feel you’re ready to start taking on clients. Or maybe you have a couple of projects under your belt and you’re… Continue reading What Should New & Inexperienced Designers Be Learning?
The Petersham Nurseries is an online store dedicated to an internationally-prized garden center has been nominated and recently received the title “Site of the Day” from the respectable Awwwards’ jury. The site was rated far above average and got quite impressive numbers in all presented factors that cover design, usability, creativity and content. So, what… Continue reading Pragmatic Landing Page Can Create Enjoyable Experience
Do you know that UI and UX are not the same concepts? Surely, they are closely connected, even mutually penetrated and rarely exist without each other. Would you like to study the differences between UI and UX design in detail? This article will give you such an opportunity. We believe that it is impossible to… Continue reading The Gap between UI and UX Design – Know the Difference
If you don’t have a responsive web design, then chances are you’re missing out on a lot of potential visitors and customers. You may even be losing some. Here’s why a responsive web design will help you get more visitors, and how not implementing this design could be handicapping your business: You cater to mobile platforms… Continue reading Why a Responsive Web Design Will Help You Get More Visitors
Creating an attractive visual identity is paramount to developing a memorable brand that will be remembered. With the development of the internet, even the smallest web sites now have their own logo, corporate (or web site) colors, and aspects that can make them stand out from the crowd. Because of the level of global competition,… Continue reading Visual Identity and Branding Series : CIN
The process of putting together a good user experience design has always been talked about as a deliverables-based practice where bureaucracy, specification documents, wireframes, mockups and site maps took the center stage. This deliverable based practice, meaning that everything, each step of the process, has to be delivered with proper timing and documentation, witch often… Continue reading Lean UX – How to Apply Lean Principles to User Experience Design
Some time ago I published an article describing a workflow which supports and emphasizes human-centric thinking in web design. In today’s artical, we’ll examining websites that apply this methodology and see how human-centric design has contributed to their success.
You know that attention spans are quickly becoming even shorter. When people watch movies and television, go shopping, browse for books, and surf the web, they make up their minds in seconds—sometimes to their detriment, true, but that doesn’t matter in cyberspace. You can’t track down every person who visits your site, delivers the Blink… Continue reading Human Visual Processing – Why understanding it is Crucial for Web Design [Infographic]