Popular Design News of the Week: September 18, 2017 – September 24, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news. What will the Design Industry Look like in 2022? GitHub Desktop 1.0 10 Free WordPress Themes from 2017 The… Read More

Popular Design News of the Week: September 11, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news. Safari is the New IE Gone – An Ephemeral To-do List Design for iPhone… Read More

4 Tricks to Make Load Times Feel Faster

No matter how well-designed your user interface may be, at some point or another, people using it are going to have to wait for something to load. The loading time could harm the overall experience. Making users wait too long for your app to load can make users impatient. If users get that feeling, they’ll abandon your site and go somewhere else. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to speed up your user’s sense of time and make them feel like your content loads faster than it does. 1. Never make users wait without giving them feedback If the user’s connection is slow, it can take a while for a site to populate content on the screen. A user’s wait time begins the moment… Read More

What 3D UIs Will (Probably) Look Like

Okay WDD readers, this one is going to get real conceptual. I’m here to talk about leaving two-dimensional user interfaces behind. Ditching the screen. Going 3D in the real world. Well, you know what I mean. You know, the stuff of science fiction that always ends up looking sort of fun, but really tiring and impractical. And that’s before the holo-deck malfunctions and Picard starts shooting the Borg with hard light. Anyway, everything I’m writing about here has little to no practical application outside of VR… for now. Most of this won’t be applicable to web design for a little while. We’ll get there. And in the meantime, it’s fun to speculate on what it will look like… The Challenges Display We don’t have true… Read More

How to Master Microcopy

Microcopy  is the little bits of text that guide users through an experience. In apps and websites, microcopy includes things like button labels, hint text, and error messages. Often an afterthought that gets quickly added at the end of the development process, microcopy actually provides a really simple way to assist users as they interact with your product. Microcopy is small yet powerful copy. Don’t judge it on its size, judge it on its effectiveness. In this article, we’ll see how microcopy can be used in all sorts of functional and delightful ways. Microcopy is design Design is about words. Words still form the backbone of communication on the web and in the apps, and microcopy should be a vital element of the design process from the… Read More

5 Ways the Floating Action Button Boosts UX

A Floating Action Button (FAB) is a circled icon floating above the user interface. Its shape, position, and color ensure it stands out from the rest of a UI. FAB was popularized by the release of Google’s Material Design principles in 2014. Since this release, the FAB user interface element has been widely adopted in web and mobile design. Although the FAB may be seen as a small, seemly insignificant UI component, its effects can be important. Given that the pattern is used correctly, it’s meant to be instantly identifiable and accessible. Floating Action Button in Android app 1. Represent a Hallmark Action Ideally, FAB should highlight the most relevant or frequently used actions, it should be used for the actions that are the primary characteristics of your app… Read More

How to Design Checkout UX Like a Pro

The checkout experience is arguably the most crucial aspect of your online store. Any hiccups and the customer could get distracted, disappointed, or leave—outing your company (that pays your salary) of precious revenue. It needs to be perfect. As a user experience designer, it’s your job to ensure the checkout experience is seamless and effective. No mistakes. In this article, I’d like to discuss checkout design and several tenets that make for the best shopping-to-payment experience. I know. When you hear “checkout design,” you’re probably jumping for joy… …but it’s where the rubber meets the road when it comes to making money online. Without a checkout, you don’t get paid. So it better be good. To answer this question of what makes the best… Read More

The Micro-Conversion Controversy

The UX design process is, in a word, complex. The discipline itself is a jam-packed intersection of contrasting fields, including art, engineering, experimental research, and interpersonal skills—a blend of technical and creative skillsets. UX designers must test, design, architect, write, and do it all ad nauseum until they’ve crafted a completely usable solution. There’s a hint of irony to the job—making something simple truly is complicated. And yet despite the intricacies of UX design, we often use a singular metric to measure its quality: conversion rate. It’s not a particularly robust benchmark; conversion rate is simply the percentage of users that go on to fulfill your platform’s purpose, whether that’s making a purchase, downloading an app, or registering for an event. Conversion rate is the king… Read More

6 Ways Innovative Navigation Enhances UX

There are two aspects to designing navigation: How will the content be structured, and how will that structure be presented to the user. Obviously these are not separate, and structure (usually) informs presentation. Navigation involves curation—even though the content that needs to be included may be already decided—how that content is grouped, how the groupings relate to each other, and how the user moves between them, is what makes up the navigation. The menu, whatever form it takes, provides the signposting for the navigation. It tells the user where they are in the site and how to get to somewhere else. John Gall John Gall is probably best known for his book cover designs, and his site plays on this. Instead of a standard menu, we get… Read More

5 Lessons UX Designers Can Learn From Game Development

Game development and web development have more than a few things in common. Specifically—if you’re lucky—you’re developing a product that will be seen and used by thousands, if not millions, of people on a regular basis. You’re going to need a good team, good quality assurance, and whole lot of support staff to answer questions. You’re going to need god-tier servers. You’re going to hear a lot of complaints that range from constructive criticism to outright petulant whining. Gamers are a rather demanding audience. Many companies often hide their development and project management processes behind a veil of secrecy (and sometimes outright shame) sticking mostly to press releases. Game developers are usually a bit more transparent. This isn’t because they&#… Read More

Popular Design News of the Week: July 24, 2017 – July 30, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news. Adobe Just Built the Prettiest UI Ever Git for Designers is Here – Meet Abstract… Read More

3 Secrets of Successful AR Design

Over the past several years, augmented reality (AR) technology has established a home in entertainment, marketing, education and many other industries. The use of AR apps in the enterprise will grow to $2.4 billion in 2019. On the flip side, augmented reality also brings a lot of challenges for designers. Today most experienced designers have got skills in designing web and mobile apps, but these skills aren’t always applicable for immersive AR experiences. This article will look at how AR is affecting UX, and how UX designers can rise to the challenge of designing engaging augmented user interfaces. What is AR? Augmented Reality refers to technology that uses real-time inputs to create an output that combines both real-world data and some programmed elements. AR adds a… Read More

The 3 Times UX Design Is Bad Design

Good UX design is terrible. At least it can be. As designers, we’re told that good UX boosts user engagement and satisfaction levels. Want your website or application to be successful? Make the UX your focus. Just one problem: We shouldn’t make UX our focus. There’s a time and place for everything. The vast majority of the time, good UX is a must-have; when our users are happy they reward us with more time, money or access. That’s a no-brainer, right? What about the times when you absolutely need to ignore good UX? I know, it sounds ridiculous. The Ridiculous Truth: Good UX Can Be Bad On at least three occasions you’ll want to abandon UX, shifting your focus away from good UX to bad… Read More