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A journey along the creative landscape with stops for UX consumption
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Top Usability Mistakes in Web Design

Top Usability Mistakes in Web Design | A design journey | Scoop.it
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It's not the first article I have ever read on the topic, however it's still exciting when I find new heuristics to compare to my own experience. And luckily usability is a continuously changing field, along with both people and web design. I mean, we are in the middle of a paradigm shift where technology is becoming way more accessible and spread out around us. One example is how we suddenly changed our navigation patterns and interaction behaviors and adjusted to mobile devices. As a consequence expiration dates for usability guidelines are becoming shorter and shorter. What was hot yesterday might be cold today. So it's essential to keep up with the pace and frequently measure the usability temperature. And that's the reason why I keep reading best practice articles over and over again with the same enthusiasm.

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Mobile Research - Ten Aspects Of M-Commerce Usability

Mobile Research - Ten Aspects Of M-Commerce Usability | A design journey | Scoop.it
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It's fundamental for commercial websites to be mobile optimized and ready for customers to access content cross devices. Mobile users act in a different context with less tolerance than traditional desktop users. Consequently the conversion process must be as short and easy to use as possible. Here is a great article with guidelines to improve m-commerce usability.

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Flat Web Design: Trend Or Revolution? - The Usabilla Blog

Flat Web Design: Trend Or Revolution? - The Usabilla Blog | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Flat web design clearly has a positive impact on the usability

since the light graphics load fast on mobile devices, the clean grid based layout is scalable and reduced noise makes it easier to scan. Personally I like this minimalistic approach where form follows function and content is king. However, I still have a major concern, does flat web design lack soul? Because we are still designing for humans with personalities and emotional needs. And it's not easy for me to enhance an identity or simulate an atmosphere with only text, boxes and colors. Summarized, I think it's great for the right purposes, that is, where features are more important than visual impressions.

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The RITE Way to Prototype | UX Magazine

The RITE Way to Prototype | UX Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it

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This acronym contains aspects most user experience designers badly tries to cover in the creative process: Rapid Iterative Testing and Evaluation. Isn't that a generally sucessful recipe for digital development? The difference between a traditional design process and the one explained in this article is that the RITE approach iterates immediately when a problem appears for only one or two users, this saves a lot of time since the solution can be modified up to X times each study, assuming the test sample has X participants. But I can't help myself and must doubt the certainty of such model because sometimes, or even often, a so called A/B situation appears, and that requires a quantitative and holistic comparison which this approach doesn't support. So I think RITE is a useful way to fast detect general issues but might be misleading and confusing for ambiguous design questions.

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3 Ways Your User Experience Team Can Improve A Banking Website | Usability Geek

3 Ways Your User Experience Team Can Improve A Banking Website | Usability Geek | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Designing banking websites must be one of the most crucial challenges for UX practitioners, at least in the commercial domain. The more expensive something is, the more reliable you must be as a seller. Banks are not only expensive - sometimes customers trust them with all their savings. Consequently, there are no margins for mistakes and both front end and back end must work smoother than a purring cat. Users are not looking for an emotional experience that will tease the senses. Just a simple, clean and reliable solution without surprises. Here are three useful ways to improve UX for banking websites.

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The Many Hats of a Usability Professional :: UXmatters

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Usability can appear in many shapes, like a cameleont or multi-character changing hats on the theater stage. Every aspect of human-computer interaction can be considered from a usability point of view, all the way from identifying basic needs to coding the implementation - and the users must be advocated in each phase.

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Quick Overview of User Experience for Web Designers

Quick Overview of User Experience for Web Designers | A design journey | Scoop.it
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There are so many definitions and interpretations of UX out there. I read whatever I find to extend my own view of the dicipline. However, I think that the common denominator is that UX is the user's complete feeling of interacting with and perceiving the elements of a solution. This is the result of our content, information architecture, interaction, graphics, intuition, brand identity, context of use and possibly others. I see UX design as the attempt to set the stage for genuine experiences that evokes desired emotions, all the way from basic needs to sophisticated identities.

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5 Simple Conversion Rate Optimization Tips For Your Website | Usability Geek

5 Simple Conversion Rate Optimization Tips For Your Website | Usability Geek | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Taking a cup of coffee with a friend, asking someone for a date or buying a pair of sneaker is all about communication - you need to conduct a dialog. In web design this is where you might transform your visitors into customers by optimizing the information exchange. Register for a betting account, adding a dress to the shopping basket or subscribing to a network provider requires a common language and good tone - just like in real life.

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Combining Responsive and Adaptive Strategies to Solve Mobile Design Challenges | UX Magazine

Combining Responsive and Adaptive Strategies to Solve Mobile Design Challenges | UX Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it

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

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Six Expected Web Design Trends in 2013

Six Expected Web Design Trends in 2013 | A design journey | Scoop.it

No one knows what the future holds - but I don't think these web design trends are aiming totally out of target, since we already can experience them today. One can argue, is it really predictions or is it rather measurements of a current state? I wish the crystal ball could enlighten me with something bold and innovative. /Hans

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A Tablet Still Is Not a Book ... Not Yet | UX Magazine

A Tablet Still Is Not a Book ... Not Yet | UX Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it

"A tablet still is not a book" is the title of this article, but must it be? I think we need to step out of our comfort zone and allow the digital book to evolve without trying to mimic the forerunner. I know that most users find it easier to use interactive patterns that correspond with earlier experiences and mental models. But I'm not talking about a single solution that should minimize the trails of frustration, I'm addressing a new medium with seperate possibilities that shouldn't be limited by traditional conventions. /Hans

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Fixing A Broken User Experience | Smashing

Fixing A Broken User Experience | Smashing | A design journey | Scoop.it

Unify the whole product experience, either by bringing the old products up to par with the new or by bringing your new efforts in line with existing ones.

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Design = emotions + usability

Design = emotions + usability | A design journey | Scoop.it
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I'm not sure if this is a correct equality, but I think usability + emotions = a lot of great user experiences at least. So how to measure the dimensions of these great user experiences? Considering usability should result in something that everyone understand and use with ease according to a standardized definition. But something emotionally satisfying, on the other hand, is not that simple to validate. We all have unique and unpredictable preferences based on our previous experiences, like natural instincts, cultural values and social identities. However, if you manage to maximize the two dimensions where there is a demand on the market, then success shouldn't not far away.

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Getting creative with usability | Webdesigner Depot

Getting creative with usability | Webdesigner Depot | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Good usability is easy to use and fast to learn. This implies that designs should map mental models and require no more knowledge than users already possess. Being creative on the other hand means to step out of the comfort zone and find new solutions that are not leaning on predecessors. So how can usability and creativity walk hand in hand and support intuitive experiences? Learning how to apply heuristic knowledge about usability is one way to cover the basic level, but users expect truly personalized solutions, therefore deeper insights about target populations are essential - so don't get lazy and forget research.

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Evaluating the Usability of Web Photos | UX Magazine

Evaluating the Usability of Web Photos | UX Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Photos are among the first things people pay attention to while browsing the Internet. They influence the first impression, and consequently might have a crucial impact on whether users want to continue exploring content or not. We can find photos everywhere in web design, and by representing the real world they complement information, explain concepts and augment atmospheres that we can relate to emotionally. But it's challenging to manage content in the currently growing multi screen landscape since the original purpose is easily lost in translation from one device to another. So I think it's a good idea to have a usability perspective on photos and maintain a consistency through every channel.

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Michael Allenberg's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:54 PM

Great insight and take it fro me... I spent a adecade as a professional photographer!

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Designing Life-Changing Solutions

Designing Life-Changing Solutions | A design journey | Scoop.it
The boundaries between design and psychology are progressively blurring.

Via Mario K. Sakata, Tom Van Looy
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Low Cost User Experience Testing | Usability Geek

Low Cost User Experience Testing | Usability Geek | A design journey | Scoop.it
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I like the idea that usability and other UX related aspects ain't leading to long term costs but instead cut long term costs, if considered in an early stage. Applying an iterative design process, first with low level conceptual solutions which evolves along with user envolvment, results in cost effective development in my opinion. The earlier you realize any mistakes the easier it is to solve them.

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5 Quick Ways To Improve Your Website's Usability | Usability Geek

5 Quick Ways To Improve Your Website's Usability | Usability Geek | A design journey | Scoop.it
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I enjoy reading guidelines, they are shortcuts to experience - or at least shortcuts to the conclusions you would make if you had the experience. I think there are two major ways to battle usability issues, one is to test the solution in reality, which demands that your idea has evolved to a product, in earlier stages another way is to consider the solution based on heuristics, i.e. experience-based techniques for solving problems. So if you don't have the experience use others, like these 5 quick ways to improve your website usability.

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How To Avoid Web Design Mistakes That Interfere With Usability - The Usabilla Blog

How To Avoid Web Design Mistakes That Interfere With Usability - The Usabilla Blog | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Working with UX or user centred web design requires a balance between creativity and usability. In your head maybe the ideas are emerging like colorful fireworks on the sky, with innovative interfaces and dazzling graphics. It hurts to kill a darling - but in the profession I think web designers are like entertainers adapting to the audience, in contrast to artists who are expressing themselves.

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How To Design Mental Models That Create a Superior User Experience | The Daily Egg

How To Design Mental Models That Create a Superior User Experience | The Daily Egg | A design journey | Scoop.it

Find out how the use of mental models can help with design direction and strategy by taking into account what previous experiences and expectations users carry in their backpacks. Personally, I believe that behavioral science is a key factor to successful UX along with computing science and design. /Hans

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5 Things You’re Forgetting About Responsive Web Design | The Agency Post

5 Things You’re Forgetting About Responsive Web Design | The Agency Post | A design journey | Scoop.it

RWD (Responsive Web Design) have been on every digital designer's lips since the mobile revolution. When the concept was introduced the challenge was to break each website apart and reassemble the pieces and style elements to fit different viewports. Nowdays I think we have the advantage to involve RWD from the beginning of our projects through the whole design process, just like any other requirement - cost effective, user driven and seamless. Here are some simple aspects to remember. /Hans

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Moments that Matter ... Moments that Don’t | UX Magazine

Moments that Matter ... Moments that Don’t | UX Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it

What makes certain people attracted to certain experiences - the moments that matter! Every product carries an identity, not only the visible one we are used to talk about in marketing terms, but an identity carried by the knowledge it's built upon. In long term, the common denominators will shine through the constructed surface and connect with the users, you can call it a shared ground. So, instead of figuring out what you want to produce, try figuring out what the users want to consume and create triggers of attraction. With this approach you and your customers will commit to each other in a natural way. /Hans

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Five Critical Quantitative UX Concepts: Measuring Usability

Five Critical Quantitative UX Concepts: Measuring Usability | A design journey | Scoop.it

Here are five of the more critical but challenging concepts. We didn't just pick some arbitrary geeky stuff to stump math geeks (or get you an interview at Google). These are fundamental concepts that take practice and patience but are worth the effort to understand.


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Is UX Design a Role or a Process? | UX Mastery

Is UX Design a Role or a Process? | UX Mastery | A design journey | Scoop.it
Can UX be considered a job description? Or is it more of a process or set of design responsibilities?
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