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  • The Roots of Minimalism in Web Design

    June 28, 2015

    Many popular web-design trends originate in minimalism, a movement that aims to reduce information overload by presenting content in its simplest form.

    Don’t Prioritize Efficiency Over Expectations

    May 10, 2015

    Features meant to increase user efficiency by reducing steps can end up hurting users if they do not conform to existing mental models and expectations based on past experiences.

    Animation for Attention and Comprehension

    September 21, 2014

    Moving elements are a powerful tool to attract users’ attention. When designing an animation consider its goal, its frequency of occurrence, and its mechanics.

    Interaction Cost

    August 31, 2013

    The interaction cost is the sum of efforts — mental and physical — that the users must deploy in interacting with a site in order to reach their goals.

    The Human Body as Touchscreen Replacement

    July 22, 2013

    When you touch your own body, you feel exactly what you touch — better feedback than any external device. And you never forget to bring your body.

    When the UI Is Too Fast

    July 8, 2013

    Users might overlook things that change too fast—and even when they do notice, changeable screen elements are harder to understand in a limited timeframe.

    How Long Do Users Stay on Web Pages?

    September 12, 2011

    Users often leave Web pages in 10-20 seconds, but pages with a clear value proposition can hold people's attention for much longer because visit-durations follow a negative Weibull distribution.

    Test-Taking Enhances Learning

    January 31, 2011

    People remember much more after reading if they retrieve information about the text from memory. Quizzes are one way websites can help users remember more.

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