Nice little video, not so little nostalgic, about one of the most famous and influential people on the web, Jeffrey Zeldman covering the origin of the web, challenges now and then, how mr Zeldman built a community about web, how the web has grown and more.
Satisficing in UX Design: Fast Access to Good-Enough Stuff
Unless faced with life-changing information, most site visitors won’t read all of the content provided but settle for a “good-enough” answer. Better sorting and clearer writing satisfy users without exhausting the limited time they’re willing to spend on a website.
Mobile Navigation: Image Grids or Text Lists?
For mobile navigation, image grids should be saved for deeper IA levels where visual differentiation between menu items is critical, as they increase page load times, create longer pages, and cause more scrolling.
Moving Beyond the Design
“How do you take user experience to the next level? … Stop tweaking those wireframes, editing those annotations, and pushing those pixels, because, if you don’t, you’ll never figure out how to move beyond the details and see the bigger picture.”
Filters vs. Facets: Definitions
The terms “filters” and “faceted navigation” are often used interchangeably; while related, these concepts have important differences. Both are tools to help users narrow down large sets of content, but faceted navigation—while more flexible and powerful—is more difficult to create and maintain.
Designing for Different Types of E-Commerce Shoppers
There are 5 main types of e-commerce shoppers. Knowing the different motivations and habits people have when they come to a site helps designers make decisions that improve overall site usability while supporting different users’ needs.
Login Walls Stop Users in Their Tracks
Demanding that users register or log in before they can use an app or see website information has high interaction cost and defies the reciprocity principle.
Writing blog posts for 100 days in a row was a mission that failed before it had even started. The reason isn’t that I didn’t have anything to say, or didn’t have the time to do it. I have a bunch of half-written posts already and I don’t have any less time than anyone else.
The reason is, I think, that I want to write when I feel like it, when I have something to present and also have made the effort to do it really well. I don’t want to do it just because I have to do it every day or because I’m expected to do it by someone else.
I think many people drop out of the blogging everyday thing when they feel quantity comes before quality, and I’m pretty sure I would have ended up there too. I’m gonna keep blogging, but not under the #blogg100 tag.
I’ve been doing link sharing roundups every week on and off for the last couple of years or so, and with the #Blogg100 thing going I thought I might as well pick it up again. So here you go, the lastest UX design links I’ve found and shared lately.
Designing a responsive form, 20 inspirational solutions
With so many new mobile phones, tablets and other devices coming out every day, designers have to be prepared to make common functions easy to do on these devices. The usual approach to this is responsive design. However, what some of us are still trying to figure out is how to use responsive desig
The Game-Changing Nature of Beacons
Bluetooth Low Energy (or Blutooth Smart) beacons have the potential for enormous influence on digital services. Utlilizing micro-location triggers to deliver new experiences and interactions, they will likely trigger the emergence of a new paradigm of applications and digital services for various industries.
Intranet Information Architecture (IA) Trends
Intranets are improving findability and discoverability by organizing content by task rather than department, using megamenus to present deep content, offering clear cues to help orient users, and providing shortcuts to important pages and tools.
Design Charrettes: Half Inspiration, Half Buy-In
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.
The best of 2013 for designers
In 2013, we covered a ton of new apps, resources, and more for designers and developers. In fact, we covered hundreds of resources!
4 UX mistakes that are killing your conversions
Conversion rate optimization (CRO, for short) is having a moment among marketers. With the rise of billion dollar companies built on the back of clever growth hacks and continual optimization, more marketers are jumping on the bandwagon. In general, a greater awareness of measurable website performance is a good thing.
The Usability of Legalese
“Because legal services involve both interactions and goal-directed behavior, one might expect the legal system to have been designed on principles of usability. Instead, the products of the legal system inflict legalese on people.”
“We haven’t yet gone far enough in bridging the gap between users’ social behavior and product design. The next step is to infuse personality into the products that we create.”
User Experience Versus Users
“Recently, … it seems that user experience is increasingly playing a role in formulating designs that diametrically oppose users’ wants and needs for the sake of generating greater profits.”
Why negative is positive in web design
With all the terms that get thrown at us during our design education (be we self or institutionally taught), it is easy to understand why some land only glancing blows with barely any penetration into our psyches.
The Top UX Trends of 2013
2013 marked another year of frenzied growth in the land of experience design. As connectivity has increased and mobile saturation has become a global reality, users expect more ease and sophistication than ever.
5 Reasons You Should and Should Not Test With 5 Users
There are a lot of misconceptions about when it is and when it is not appropriate to test with five users. There’s no reason to take an extreme position on this issue and think it’s never acceptable or always the right number. Instead you should understand what you can and cannot learn from just a handful of users in a usability test.
Avoid Category Names That Suck
Categories and hypertext act as signs and should give people a strong indication of what will happen even before they click on the link. People avoid clicking on unknown items or, even worse, ignore them all together.
For the third year in a row, there’s a blogging movement thing in Sweden called Blogg 100, which basically means you should write one blog post a day for 100 days. I’ve never been in it before, but I thought it could be the thing I need to get this blogging thing going again.
I’m probably gonna switch a little between English and Swedish, longer posts about things that’s been on my mind and surely shorter posts like videos or talks that I like in between.
I have a list of stuff I’ve been thinking to write about, but I leave you no guarantees that it will last for 100 days. But that’s ok, this is a good time to get the posts written and see if I like it as much as I used to before.
Read more ab out Blogg 100 at Bisonblog (in Swedish).
The last few months I’ve made one of my projects on the to-do list a reality. I’ve spent quite some time setting up a code base that I can feel comfortable with, implementing the features that I believe most of the users, myself included, would like to see – and it’s off to a pretty good start. It’s a nice feeling making a reality of all those sketches and notes.
What I’ve built is a web based betting portfolio management tool called Bettin.gs, used to track the progress of your bets and give useful statistics based on these bets, so you know what types of bets you make you’re money on and what you should avoid. I’m not a huge sportsbettor myself, but I’ve already made quite a bit lot of use by the site and it’s turned into a tool that is appreciated among the bettors out there, especially in Sweden and Norway so far.
Stats from Bettin.gs the last year
Personally, I’ve used this time to refresh my development skills and although that’s still not my favorite part of web design, it’s nice to stay up with frameworks like Laravel, jQuery and Zurb Foundation, which are the parts I’ve used the most. It’s also really sweet to have a little playground to implement new design ideas and solutions on people to see how it sticks.
Stats from Bettin.gs the last month
If your a person interested in sports and betting, feel free to sign up at Bettin.gs and start registering your bets. It’s all free.
A decent year, music wise. Top new finds for me was French Films and CHVRCHES. Best album overall was probably Lorentz & Sakarias. I can’t even count how many summer nights I spent this year on the balcony with that album on (well, actually I can, thanks to Last.fm).
Coding is Believing
There’s something that’s hard for some of us web designers to just flat out admit: we stubbornly hate to code.
UX Review of Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch poses unique problems due to the tiny touchscreen. The use of gestures and streamlining content are reasonable solutions, but need to be implemented in a more usable manner.