Topic: Visual Design
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.
February 1, 2015
What appears at the top of the page vs. what’s hidden will always influence the user experience—regardless of screen size.
September 28, 2014
Large images are visually appealing, but they can harm the overall user experience if they aren't appropriately prioritized.
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.
August 17, 2014
The tighter the mapping between icons and the thing they represent, the easier they are to understand, but standardization can also make an icon easy.
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.
April 27, 2014
Even as more sites mimic swiping gestures and incorporate horizontal scrolling in desktop designs, users remain reluctant to move sideways through content.
March 30, 2014
For mobile navigation, image grids should be saved for deeper IA levels where visual differentiation between menu items is critical.
February 23, 2014
Users recognize a magnifying-glass icon as meaning ‘search’ even without a textual label. The downside is that icon-only search is harder for users to find.
February 16, 2014
Instructions in mobile applications must be designed for optimal scannability, as users tend to dismiss them quickly and do not read thoroughly.
December 22, 2013
Design charrettes inspire design sketches and ideas, include more people in the design process, explore and expose goals and objectives of colleagues in multiple functional roles, and drive off designer’s block.
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 :-(
November 3, 2013
Improve the layout of your online forms by placing form labels near the associated text field and by grouping similar fields.
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.
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.
January 19, 2013
The user's target was at the top of the page in 98-point font. But she failed to find it because the panel auto-rotated instead of staying still.
"User experience" encompasses all aspects of the end-user's interaction with the company, its services, and its products.
July 2, 2012
Decent computer screens with pixel densities of 220 PPI or more lead to new usability guidelines for on-screen typography.
May 9, 2011
Websites and mobile apps both frequently cram options into too-small parts of the screen, making items harder to understand.
April 6, 2010
Web users spend 69% of their time viewing the left half of the page and 30% viewing the right half. A conventional layout is thus more likely to make sites profitable.