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The Return of the Scroll

The Return of the Scroll | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

The latest release of Apple’s eBook reading app called iBooks introduced a new navigation mode: the scroll. We’re all familiar with a scrolling interface, it’s what every Web browser uses to display pages on the Web, but until now, the interface used for eBooks was based on that of pages in a book, with the user having to click a button or tap/swipe the screen to move backwards and forward in the text.

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Does Your Website Need a Mobile Makeover? 8 Mobile Optimization Tips To Improve Your Site's UX

Does Your Website Need a Mobile Makeover? 8 Mobile Optimization Tips To Improve Your Site's UX | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
The world is rapidly going mobile, and if you haven’t already built a mobile version of your website yet, then your competition will gladly take care of that part for you.
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3 Keys to Aligning UX with Business Strategy :: UXmatters

User experience design evolved out of a discipline that was previously known as user interface design. Before user experience entered the popular vernacular, user interface designers were responsible for creating the thin visual and functional layer of software that allowed humans who didn’t know any programming language to successfully interact with computers...

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A Guide to Creating User Friendly Website Navigation

A Guide to Creating User Friendly Website Navigation | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

An often overlooked part of website design involves the creation and placement of a website’s navigational links. If your links are badly placed, your visitors may become frustrated and leave your website before ever finding your navigation. If your links are improperly labeled, your visitors may become hesitant to click the close button. Nevertheless, there are many ways to make your website’s navigation more user friendly to your visitors. Below are few useful suggestions to get you started.

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Overhauling a UI Without Upsetting Current Users | UX Magazine

Overhauling a UI Without Upsetting Current Users | UX Magazine | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

Companies with successful software products often know that their user interfaces could be improved but hesitate to take action because major changes might upset their existing users.

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UX Unicorns and Other Fanciful Creatures - UX Booth | UX Booth

UX Unicorns and Other Fanciful Creatures - UX Booth | UX Booth | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

Fewer things in User Experience Design are more contended than the definition of User Experience Design. Most of us who practice it agree on the goals of UX Design (happy users) and even the methods we use to get there (contextual inquiries, user journey maps, wireframes, usability studies, etc). But defining “the thing itself” continues to baffle us.

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Tips for User Friendly Mobile Search | Ayantek

Tips for User Friendly Mobile Search | Ayantek | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

As an experience designer, it is my job to organize information on the screen (sometimes as small as 2 x 3 inches) to help users accomplish their goals. Whether they want to take that last minute trip, look up information or make a major purchase, It’s my job to make sure those activities can be incorporated into an efficient and pleasing experience.

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The Ten Commandments of a Great Mobile User Experience - Treehouse Blog

The Ten Commandments of a Great Mobile User Experience - Treehouse Blog | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

We are now certain more people will access the web using their mobile devices rather than their desktop computers in the next year.

Since most designers are still designing mainly for the desktop, this mobile trend will present the single best opportunity for web designers in the last ten years. If the majority of our designs will now be experienced on a mobile device, then I think it’s safe to say that we need to consider the principles of mobile design …and fast.


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20 Fantastic Usability & Conversion Analysis Tools | SpyreStudios

20 Fantastic Usability & Conversion Analysis Tools | SpyreStudios | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

Once you’ve built or designed a website, it’s absolutely vital that you perform some degree of usability testing to ensure that it’s functioning as it should. Analyzing conversion rates (the percentage of visitors to your site who perform a desired action) is also a must... Usability and conversion analysis tools, such as the examples listed below, will help you design or redesign your site to make it easy and enjoyable for visitors to navigate around. Such tools can be expensive, but they needn’t be. Amongst the pricier ones below you’ll find many that are cheap or completely free to use.

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How Your Website's Crappy Usability Is Costing You Sales

How Your Website's Crappy Usability Is Costing You Sales | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
Focus on how users interact with your website to increase sales and conversions faster than ANY other traffic generating initiative.
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9 Biases in Usability Testing: Measuring Usability

9 Biases in Usability Testing: Measuring Usability | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

Usability testing is artificial. We do the best we can to simulate a scenario that is as close to what users would actually do with the software while we observe or record them. However, no amount of realism in the tasks, data, software or environment can change the fact that the whole thing is contrived.

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User Experience Lessons From the New Facebook iOS App | Nathan Barry

User Experience Lessons From the New Facebook iOS App | Nathan Barry | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

The Facebook iOS app has long been criticized for poor performance, inconsistent data, and frequent crashes. The sheer number of 1 star reviews on the App Store show just how many people have issues with the app... Yesterday Facebook released a brand new version of their app. Let’s walk through the changes and see what we can learn about designing a great user experience for iOS.

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UX amateurism and why I’m not a UX designer anymore : GlueThink

UX amateurism and why I’m not a UX designer anymore : GlueThink | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

I used to call myself a UX designer, but I don’t think I can anymore.

You see, I have in mind an image of a UX designer that does well to achieve a user-centered, holistic experience; and I’m nowhere near that. I keep making mistakes as a designer. I’m sorry, but I can’t help it. Maybe I’m one of *those* designers – all talk and no show. At least, I’ve been more able to identify my weaknesses. Let me try and list them here, which is one step towards a remedy perhaps.

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Demystifying UX Design: Common False Beliefs and Their Remedies: Part 1 :: UXmatters

Demystifying UX Design: Common False Beliefs and Their Remedies: Part 1 :: UXmatters | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

There are many common beliefs about UX design that are, unfortunately, based on casual and inaccurate observation. However, through systematically planned and conducted user research, we can see that some of these could not be further from the truth. In this series, I’d like to single out a few such design beliefs that meet two conditions:

  1. Many product development professionals believe them.
  2. Little user data supports them.
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UX vs UI: What Type of Designer Should You Be Hiring? | Folyo

UX vs UI: What Type of Designer Should You Be Hiring? | Folyo | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
Someone will typically point out that while most companies think of a “designer” as someone that makes things pretty (i.e. graphic design), the real value of design lies in improving how things work and creating a better user experience.
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Am I An Outlier, Or Are Apple Products No Longer Easy To Use? | John Battelle's Search Blog

Am I An Outlier, Or Are Apple Products No Longer Easy To Use? | John Battelle's Search Blog | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

I’m not saying I’m switching, but I sure am open to a better solution. Because the past year or so has been dominated by the kind of computing nightmares that used to be the defining experience of my Windows-PC-wielding friends and colleagues. And it’s not limited to the Mac – the iPhone is also a massive fail in what was once the exclusive province of Apple: Ease of use.

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Talk UX with the Experts - How It All Went Down - SitePoint

Talk UX with the Experts - How It All Went Down - SitePoint | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
This morning we ran another of our free chat sessions, this time the subject was UX. Read the transcript and check out the resources here.
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How customers REALLY shop using Smartphones

How customers REALLY shop using Smartphones | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

New research has unveiled the way customers really use devices and highlights the importance Smartphones play in researching and purchasing may have previously been underrated.

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Simple and Secure Sites Keep Boomers Happy | UX Magazine

Simple and Secure Sites Keep Boomers Happy | UX Magazine | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

As a Baby Boomer who is seriously interested in technology, I can’t figure out why more website developers and designers aren’t addressing the special needs of my cohort. Statistics show that Boomers have more disposable income than any other group. In fact, we were the largest band of tablet buyers last holiday season.

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How Effective are Heuristic Evaluations?: Measuring Usability

How Effective are Heuristic Evaluations?: Measuring Usability | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

The idea behind discount usability methods, like heuristic evaluations in particular and expert reviews in general, is that it's better to uncover some usability issues --even if you don't have the time or budget to test actual users. But, can we trust heuristic evaluations? How do we know the problems evaluators uncover aren't just opinions? Do they uncover legitimate problems with an interface? How many problems are missed? How many problems are false positives?

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15 Free Ebooks about User Experience and Interface Design

15 Free Ebooks about User Experience and Interface Design | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
Check out Paul Olyslager’s list of 15 free ebooks about UX and interface design. We’re aiming to read all of them and will share our reviews. Find out what else we are reading on   So f...
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Tunnel Vision and Selective Attention (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Tunnel Vision and Selective Attention (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox) | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
Users don't see stuff that's right on the screen. Selective attention makes people overlook things outside their focus of interest.
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Ford Keyfree Login - Password Verification Without A Keyboard | Usability Geek

Ford Keyfree Login - Password Verification Without A Keyboard | Usability Geek | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
Ford KeyFree Login - Password verification device from Ford that allows you to log into websites such as Facebook, Gmail and Twitter without typing passwords...
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The mistakes killing your conversion rate | Webdesigner Depot

The mistakes killing your conversion rate | Webdesigner Depot | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

You probably pride yourself on being a great web designer, right? But did you know that some elements of your website designs might actually be lowering the conversion rate and revenue of your website without you knowing it? These are often just simple mistakes that can easily be fixed, yet have huge impact on your conversion rates.

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Smartphone Users Frustrated With Mobile Web Experience

Smartphone Users Frustrated With Mobile Web Experience | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it
Mobile - Many mobile users are unsatisfied with the mobile Web experience: 18% of smarphone users say their recent mobile browsing experiences have been frustrating and 70% describe their experiences as...
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