Here is a useful archive full of inspiring examples of commonly used interaction flows out there. The path our users need to follow in order to complete a task is critical for conversion rates and usability. In my opinion the user journey should be short, smooth and unambiguous to avoid bouncing website visitors.
Typography for me is an essential aspect of digital communication because it defines how a design is able to communicate with people. With new devices come new restrictions, challenges and opportunities for a wider web based language. We already know how to use acronyms and smileys to adapt our text to the effort of using small keyboards, modular layouts support responsive solutions and flat web designs optimize the performance on mobiles. Further, we must find a visual language that represents the huge amount of content circulating the web, on smaller screens - that's why we need strategies for mobile typography.
Digital services can be divided in three main components: content, structure and interaction, which should support each other to deliver great user experiences. The first part in this series of articles about mobile design explains how to build information architectures that are suited for the right devices. The second part is focused on interaction design, which is the most exciting part of the creative field in my opinion. It defines the interface between humans and machines and explores how we engage with technology in order to accomplish our goals. This article presents a comprehensive introduction to the subject. It covers ergonomics like gestures and hit areas, transitions like swipes or expansions and finally common design patterns for inspiration.
This article from the Usabilla blog explores key concepts for mobile design. The mobile share of world wide Internet traffic is increasing continuously and the handheld revolution comes with new challenges. One crucial aspect is the range of Internet view ports, which are not compatible with a fixed layout anymore. We must therefore design user centered solutions that are applicable for a variety of interfaces. At the same time a mobile lifestyle will unchain us from stationary desks. We can walk freely and still have access to important content and functionality. Which is awesome, but it requires a cautious approach that is responsive, context aware and indulges mobile user behavior.
Over the past few years, the market of mobile applications has grown significantly, which, in part, was contributed by the rapid development of online stores like App Store and Android Marketplace. This article explores trends and presents examples.
Oh no, more responsive design. Can't help it, but it's so useful and significant to master it in the current multi screen time age. In order to complicate it even more, UXmag wants us to combine it with AWD (Adaptive Web Design). AWD, in contrast to RWD (Responsive Web Design), is not a multi platform approach. Instead it's fully efficient on the target device, like a mobile application, with optimized content and interaction, for a small-size touch screen. The essential lesson I absorbed is to learn when and how to use the different strategies. /Hans
A smartphone today is so much more than just "smart phone", it's a mobile accesspoint to our digital presence where we can communicate cross media, discover new knowledge about interesting subjects, get support for hard decisions, seek guidance when we are lost and find entertainment when we are bored. Our phones are like transformers, they look like something we used to have for making simple voice based calls, but when you touch the screen it turns out to be fully packed with advanced technology. And it's not over, soon sensors will be stabilized, mobile experiences will be more context aware and customized to the environment, gestures and speech will become natural ways to interact and all our devices will be interconnected in Internet of things.
Usability moved out from the testing labs along with the mobile revolution and is now a context aware discipline with multiple variables to consider. In opposite to stationed computers, mobile devices can be used in a variety of situations and environments. Obviously new challenges emerge from the shifting conditions, and the best way to practice usability testing is no longer like an isolated conversation between users and machines. I think remote recording, use your own device and contextual observations are useful techniques that allow users to access prototypes in a genuine way.
Mobile navigation can be a challenge due to all constraints of handheld devices, like small screens, touch screen interfaces and varying contexts of use. At the same time mobile design is far from defined and new ways of applying gesture based interaction develops rapidly as the medium adapts to the users. So it's not a simple mission to master the evolving field of mobile navigation. But this article might be a helpful piece along the way with guidelines and examples regarding the most common solutions right now.
Making web content available and suited cross devices is must these days. The mobile evolution has started and still there are plenty of opportunities to capitalize on. But the practice is not a complete animal yet and requires further interaction with the environment. People must try and evaluate a variety of solutions when technology is developing and contexts of use are still changing when the access to Internet is spreading. Many assumptions has been made because of technological constraints, but since we can't escape from true user needs there will always emerge ways to satisfy them. So let's think again, and ask ourselves if we can't do it differently?
Tablet, mobile and other touch screen devices are increasingly popular on the market. This have encouraged designers to deliver text that is easy to read, smart use of space, logical interaction clues, and large touch targets that allow visitors to navigate with confidence. When a touchscreen experience generates positive emotions it's called Tappiness - and it's more important than ever to aim for it. To maximize the conversion rate web site designs must indulge the multi device generation and satisfy users with any kind of interface in all possible contexts.
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