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Topic: Visual Design

4 iOS Rules to Break

July 19, 2015

Page control (dots), Submit at top, and the Plus (+) and Move icons are 4 common iOS patterns that cause usability problems in testing.

The Characteristics of Minimalism in Web Design

July 12, 2015

Our analysis of 112 minimalist websites revealed the defining features of minimalism: flat design, limited color schemes, few UI elements, use of negative space, and dramatic typography.

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.

Low-Contrast Text Is Not the Answer

June 7, 2015

Low-contrast text may be trendy, but it is also illegible, undiscoverable, and inaccessible. Instead, consider more usable alternatives.

Beyond Blue Links: Making Clickable Elements Recognizable

March 8, 2015

Whether you adopt a flat-design style or not, interactive components must retain sufficient cues to suggest clickability. Signaling clickability with cues such as borders, color, size, consistency, placement, and adherence to web standards can give interactive components the proper look.

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.

Icon Usability

July 27, 2014

A user’s understanding of an icon is based on previous experience. Due to the absence of a standard usage for most icons, text labels are necessary to communicate the meaning and reduce ambiguity.

Homepage Real Estate Allocation

November 16, 2013

Websites spend too little homepage space on content of interest to users and fail to utilize modern screen sizes. And? It’s worse now than it was 12 years ago :-(

Fight Against “Right-Rail Blindness”

October 12, 2013

Users have trained themselves to divert their attention away from areas that look like advertising. When designed well, sidebars can effectively increase content discoverability.

Designing Effective Carousels: Create a Fanciful Amusement, Not a House of Horrors

September 14, 2013

Carousels allow multiple pieces of content to occupy a single, coveted space. This may placate corporate infighting, but on large- or small-view ports, people often scroll past carousels. A static hero or integrating content in the UI may be better solutions. But if a carousel is your hero, good navigation and content can help make it effective.

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