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Thinking Like a Designer

Thinking Like a Designer | uXd | Scoop.it
Tomorrow and Wednesday, I will be talking slide design with Alex's class. Because I am obsessed with theory and ideology, I begin this lecture as any other by discussing theory, in this case, Nancy...
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LukeW | Web Form Innovations on Mobile Devices

LukeW | Web Form Innovations on Mobile Devices | uXd | Scoop.it
LukeW Ideation + Design provides resources for mobile and Web product design and strategy including presentations, workshops, articles, books and more on usability, interaction design and visual design.
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Field zoom also provides another great reason to top-align input field labels in forms. As you can see in the example of Goolge's registration form

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10 Tips for Optimizing Web Form Submission Usability - Six Revisions

10 Tips for Optimizing Web Form Submission Usability - Six Revisions | uXd | Scoop.it
Tips for optimizing the design and usability of web forms for easier user submission.
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4. Visually Style Focused Form Fields to Let Users Know Where They Are

Make sure that you visually style input fields so that it is very apparent which field the user is on. You can do this by using the CSS :focus pseudo-class selector.

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Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist

Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist | uXd | Scoop.it
Sometimes it's the little things that drive you nuts. As many of us have probably noticed during this season of holiday shopping, usability problems in online forms can be infuriating.
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Be reasonable; are we so afraid of regular expressions that we can’t strip extraneous characters from a single input field? Let the users type their telephone numbers in whatever they please. We can use a little quick programming to filter out what we don’t need.

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40 Beautiful & Functional Search Box Designs | inspirationfeed.com

40 Beautiful & Functional Search Box Designs | inspirationfeed.com | uXd | Scoop.it
Search is the most frequently used elements of a website. When one cannot find what they are looking for via navigation menu, they turn to the search box. This tiny box is probably the most powerful tool your site has to offer.
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An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability | Smashing UX Design

An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability | Smashing UX Design | uXd | Scoop.it
In this article, we’ll provide practical guidelines that you can easily follow.
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The Hierarchy of Designer Skills

The Hierarchy of Designer Skills | uXd | Scoop.it
When I evaluate a designer for potential inclusion into the Visually Marketplace, I have very little time to assess their work and portfolio. Usually, fewer
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How can I say more, without adding more”

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How To Design For A Cross-Cultural User Experience (part 1/2) - The Usabilla Blog

How To Design For A Cross-Cultural User Experience (part 1/2) - The Usabilla Blog | uXd | Scoop.it
Our culture defines our values and our behaviour - not only in our everyday lives, but also on the Web. What catches our attention, what makes us trust a w

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Mario K. Sakata's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:05 PM

Taking a look at Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory.

Terry Patterson's comment, April 21, 2013 7:07 PM
This is fascinating, isn't it? Any designer responsible for a product aimed for global consumption should be well aware of this research. I am interested in the development of these theories when it comes to development ages now that our youngsters are growing up in a more connected "globalized" digital information age.
Mario K. Sakata's comment, April 21, 2013 9:12 PM
True, there should be a breaking point when it comes to nurturing the customers.
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Product is Big IA #ias13

Thirteen years ago Gayle Curtis likened a “Big Information Architect” to “an orchestra conductor or film director, conceiving a vision and moving the team

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Mario K. Sakata's curator insight, April 10, 2013 9:12 PM

Product Manager needs to be an IA.

Terry Patterson's comment, April 10, 2013 11:21 PM
I see there is a big difference between product management and UX, in my world, they're two different functions in the product design life cycle; then, why would it be the "dark side"? I don't get it.
Mario K. Sakata's comment, April 12, 2013 8:51 AM
I do agree that dark side expression is going to far, but ideally said product manager should consider building better products from user experience capabilities as well, so ideally these two functions should be united as this slide mentions.
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Metadata in the Cross-Channel Ecosystem #ias13 #XChannelMetaData

Metadata enables consistency, context and interoperability in a cross-channel context by managing, describing and exchanging information objects. This presentat

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Volle winkelwagens, maar geen conversie | Usability.nl

Volle winkelwagens, maar geen conversie | Usability.nl | uXd | Scoop.it
Waarom haken website bezoekers af tijdens het bestelproces? En hoe zorg je ervoor dat meer producten daadwerkelijk worden afgerekend? Volle winkelwagens, maar geen conversie. 'Kijken, kijken, niet kopen!
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Love, Hate, and Empathy: Why We Still Need Personas | UX Magazine

Love, Hate, and Empathy: Why We Still Need Personas | UX Magazine | uXd | Scoop.it

 It’s time to reengage with empathetic work by making your users real, and letting their real voices be heard.


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The difference between personas and BS personas and how to http://avoidbspersonas.com/

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Why We’re Pivoting from Mobile-first to Web-first

There has been discussion from the venture capitalist angle on the failings of mobile consumer companies, including posts by Fred Wilson and Om Malik. I wanted to share my perspective, having been the co-founder of a mobile-first startup .
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Unlike taxes, however, ad-based services target lower-income and lower-education audiences because that’s where they make all of their money.


What’s the cost to the user? The cost is the loss of privacy, and future opportunities for the user that they’ve lost as a result. Those opportunities can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars as well as future happiness. Advertising-based companies need lots of data to win advertiser dollars away from television and newspapers. That being said, your data is given mostly in aggregate, so none of your personal information is revealed or sold directly to advertisers (in most cases).

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Mobile Form Design Strategies - UX Booth | UX Booth

Mobile Form Design Strategies - UX Booth | UX Booth | uXd | Scoop.it
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Splitting a long form into a few smaller steps could be a good approach to make mobile forms easier to use. But, don’t over do it. You don’t want your users to feel like it’s a never-ending task. Additionally, if you use this technique, try reducing unnecessary elements on each page to avoid slow page downloads so the whole process feels smooth and uninterrupted to the users.

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Mobile Form Usability: Avoid Splitting Single Input Entities - Articles - Baymard Institute

Mobile Form Usability: Avoid Splitting Single Input Entities - Articles - Baymard Institute | uXd | Scoop.it
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If “First name” and “Last name” are separate fields then logically “Middle name” and “Title” should be separate fields too. Suddenly you end up with four fields instead of a single field, or a subpar experience where the user will have to guess whether their middle name should be appended to the “First name” field or prefixed in the "Last name” field.

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Form Field Usability: Avoid Multi-Column Layouts - Articles - Baymard Institute

Form Field Usability: Avoid Multi-Column Layouts - Articles - Baymard Institute | uXd | Scoop.it
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5 different ways to interpret how the form fields relate when they are arranged in a standard two column layout

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Size Matters. For Form Fields, That Is.

Size Matters. For Form Fields, That Is. | uXd | Scoop.it
It's generally recommended that you design your form so that the fields are all the same size. This makes it look pretty.

Exceptions can be made for things that have a specific size, like zip/posta
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15 steps towards better form usability

15 steps towards better form usability | uXd | Scoop.it
15 steps towards better form usability
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visual fixations and only one visual direction (down).

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» Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths

» Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths | uXd | Scoop.it
Boxes and Arrows is devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design; including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and the design of business.
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fter deciding on and prioritizing these details, sketch the core (Figure 2). Don’t sketch the entire page with navigation and a logo: just focus on the core. Customers may want view details of the product up close, so consider how they will interact with the images even at this stage. Think about the experience visitors will have with the core once they find it.

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6 Tools for Applying Six Sigma to the User Experience: Measuring Usability

6 Tools for Applying Six Sigma to the User Experience: Measuring Usability | uXd | Scoop.it
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Good Web Design Is All About The User | Tips

Good Web Design Is All About The User | Tips | uXd | Scoop.it
It’s easy to get caught up in the private world of web design, spending too much time playing with the latest CSS tricks, or flipping through the coolest

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Alex McCardell's comment, April 21, 2013 8:20 AM
Another good way of saying less is more. Not always easy unfortunately for clients to make the leap to simplify their web communication... but there's progress.
Alex McCardell's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:23 AM

Simplify, speed, clarity... on the web creativity has to fit under the UX umbrella.

Mario K. Sakata's comment, April 21, 2013 9:11 PM
Always purpose or the meaning in the center ;-)
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Guerrilla Content Strategy For Homepage Content

Guerrilla Content Strategy For Homepage Content | uXd | Scoop.it
The homepage of a website. No other piece of web real estate is as much a battle ground where content wars are won and lost. The perception from senior decision-makers in any enterprise organizatio...

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Wireframes Magazine » FoldTester & Scrolling

Wireframes Magazine » FoldTester & Scrolling | uXd | Scoop.it

FoldTester is a free tool that allows you to enter a URL and see numerous viewable areas as percentages based on world internet users. It’s a simple testing tool for determining viewport areas (minus the tabs, window borders, scroll bars, etc.) as well as determining where the fold might fall. I’m not sure if the tool uses up to date numbers considering the common pattern is that screens are getting bigger.


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Love, Hate, and Empathy: Why We Still Need Personas | UX Magazine

Love, Hate, and Empathy: Why We Still Need Personas | UX Magazine | uXd | Scoop.it

 It’s time to reengage with empathetic work by making your users real, and letting their real voices be heard.


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Tom Van Looy's curator insight, March 1, 2013 3:56 AM

The difference between personas and BS personas and how to http://avoidbspersonas.com/

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How Habits Can Impact User Behavior

How Habits Can Impact User Behavior | uXd | Scoop.it

Habits impact our daily lives in many different ways, even in how we interact with websites and applications. Being aware of how habits may influence interactions users have with your products can help you design better user experiences.


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