What I’ve been reading lately (week 38)
- The Dribbblisation of Design
Only one of these weather apps is attempting to solve the real problem.
- Design for Experience: Bridging Digital and Physical Experiences
On the heels of today’s article on the Internet of Things and the struggle to make the mythical smart fridge a reality, it seems appropriate to take a closer look at the Design for Experience category, Bridging Digital and Physical Experiences.
- How Does Flat Design Damage and Improve Usability?
As skeuomorphism falls out of favor and the trend towards flatter design takes hold are we losing something more than depth in the interfaces we design? Is it possible we’re making our sites less usable? Could it be that flat design is damaging to usability.
- Designing Effective Carousels
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.
- Mobile: Native Apps, Web Apps, and Hybrid Apps
Native and hybrid apps are installed in an app store, whereas web apps are mobile-optimized webpages that look like an app. Both hybrid and web apps render HTML web pages, but hybrid apps use app-embedded browsers to do that.
- Making Usability Findings Actionable
For usability testing to be valuable, study findings must clearly identify issues and help the team move toward design solutions.