What I’ve been reading lately (week 42)
- Flat UI and Forms
Though some decry flat user interfaces as pure fashion, or the obvious response to skeuomorphic trends, many designers have embraced the flat approach because the reduction in visual styling (such as gradients, drop shadows, and borders) creates interfaces that seem simpler and cleaner.
- All About Responsive Iconography
Responsive iconography is the approach of displaying icons of appropriate fidelity based on an icon’s display size to ensure optimal legibility.
- The Problem with Android is Choice
Android is flexible. Most reviews tout that as a key advantage of the operating system, particularly when it’s being compared with iOS.
- Outlook: Your Best Worst Enemy for Responsive Emails
When it comes to email marketing, content is king. Getting your message out to a diverse group of email subscribers can be a huge pain, though, thanks to a highly fragmented market of email clients, many of which have extremely poor support for modern HTML and CSS features.
- Remote Usability Tests: Moderated and Unmoderated
Remote usability testing allows you to get customer insights when travel budgets are small, timeframes are tight, or test participants are hard to find.
- Fight Against “Right-rail Blindness”
As an adaptation to information overload, web users have trained themselves to divert their attention away from areas that seem unimportant or look like advertising. When designed well, sidebars can effectively increase content discoverability and usability.
- iOS 7 User-Experience Appraisa
Flat design hides calls to action, and swiping around the edges can interfere with carousels and scrolling.