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Weekly RDV newsletter, with interesting UX, innovation, and visualization bits and pieces from around the web. Enjoy!
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15 web sites with excellent UX

15 web sites with excellent UX | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

UX (user experience) for web design is a combination of such skills as user interface design and interaction design. It’s about making things that make sense. Some of our favorite developments in UX include the ability for more information to appear as you scroll down a page, rather than having to click the next or “load more” buttons. Another is the ability to hit left and right navigation keys on your keyboard rather than having to click through pagination. This is effective because it makes web browsing easier and more intuitive.

 

Today we’ve found 15 great sites that really understand and take the time out to create a wonderful user experience. They’ve used great design, development, navigation and much more to create sites with almost perfect UX. Let’s jump right in.


Via Tyler Borosavage
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Solid examples of UX. These sites are beautifully designed - take a look!

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Tyler Borosavage's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:01 AM

Learn from the best here are 15 web sites with excellent UX

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The Difference Between UI and UX | Design Shack

The Difference Between UI and UX | Design Shack | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Reading an article entitled The Difference Between UI and UX on Design Shack.
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User Interface v User Experience. The site emphasizes the importance of separating the tool particularly as they become popular buzzwords.

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What's the difference between UI and UX design?

What's the difference between UI and UX design? | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
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"At the end of the day, what I want--no matter what their job title may be--are designers who know how to work with their materials and who care about the people whose lives they are interfering with."

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UX is not UI

UX is not UI | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
What does UX actually mean? The various UX roles that a person can fulfill are plentiful. Some are whole jobs, some whole careers; others are tactical roles we all move in and out of. What so many UX designers would like you to remember is that UX is not just UI design.
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For us designers out there, a handy chart from User Experience pro helloerik. Clearly distinguishes the realms of UI from UX and exactly how so.

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UI vs UX: what’s the difference?

UI vs UX: what’s the difference? | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
UI is the saddle, the stirrups, and the reigns. UX is the feeling you get being able to ride the horse, and rope your cattle. At least that's what they used t
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A deeper dive into UI v UX and a discussion into why this "debate" may not be necessary even after all.

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Where do external factors fit in, such as Usability/Accessibility and Content Strategy? Here's your answer..

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UX vs. UI Infographic – The Difference Between User Experience and User Interface

UX vs. UI Infographic – The Difference Between User Experience and User Interface | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Awesome infographic using a bowl of cereal to show the difference between UX - User Experience and UI - User Interface.
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Fantastic,quirky infographic breaking down UI/UX in terms of your breakfast cereal...

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15 Common Mistakes in E-Commerce Design - Smashing UX Design | Smashing UX Design

15 Common Mistakes in E-Commerce Design - Smashing UX Design | Smashing UX Design | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
15 Common Mistakes in E-Commerce Design and How to Avoid Them (via @smashingmag) - Selling online can open up huge new markets for many businesses.

Via Michael Allenberg
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And of course, what to avoid in designing your e-commerce site.

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Making it to the last mile – how not to turn your customers off with shipping options | Blog post

Making it to the last mile – how not to turn your customers off with shipping options | Blog post | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Back in 1998, when we set up India’s first ecommerce service at rediff.com, there were two weak links in the process – payment and shipping.
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Lyndon Cerejo from the RDV team presents some interesting retail solutions to meeting customer expectations at digital checkout.

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Four Mobile Design Tips for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers | UX Magazine

Four Mobile Design Tips for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers | UX Magazine | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
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Basics of customer oriented mobile design for us beginners, step by step.

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Ecommerce UX Trends: User Research Update

Ecommerce UX Trends: User Research Update | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Ecommerce designs benefit from large product images, robust reviews and easy discounts, but suffer from hidden product detail, poor site feedback, and crowded customer-service areas.
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Balance, balance, balance! Don't trade large, HQ product images for review or other valuable real estate.

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8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers and Developers

8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Designers and Developers | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
As a web designer or developer, it's nearly impossible to remember multiple programming languages, frameworks, and keyboard shortcuts to various applications.

Via Mario K. Sakata
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Goodie sheet for us UX designers.

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The First Design Hardly Ever Wins. The Iterative Approach to UX Design

The First Design Hardly Ever Wins. The Iterative Approach to UX Design | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

Welcome to the fourth part of our UXPin and DesignModo course on wireframing and creating design documentation. This course is meant to be an introduction to User Experience Design documenting techniques for new and aspiring designers, product managers and developers; and a solid refreshment of knowledge for experienced specialists.


In the first part you learnt what the difference between common design deliverables is: wireframes, mockups and prototypes. In the second part you had the chance to read my thoughts on the importance of aesthetics and context in design documentation, as well as to learn how to properly wireframe the basic layout of a website. The third part was dedicated to collaboration in the UX Design process.


This part of the course is really special. We will discuss the iterative approach to User Experience Design – a problem which is absolutely vital to wireframing and creating design documentation efficiently. Befriending iterations helped my design career and hopefully it will help yours as well.

 

Sounds interesting? Read on.

 

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Why iterations are the answer... and why you're rarely right the first time

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UX is a Mindset [Tradecraft]

This short-and-to-the-point deck provides an overview of the purpose of UX and how the different specialties contribute to great products. Shared at the first d

Via Mario K. Sakata
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RDV Weekly's curator insight, February 7, 2014 4:07 PM

Covers the must-reads for beginners to UX.

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Beautiful infographic illustrating the several shades of UI leading into UX, and so on.

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Infographic: The Intricate Anatomy Of UX Design

Infographic: The Intricate Anatomy Of UX Design | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
This mega graphic attempts to tackle the relationship between UX and all other aspects of design.
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UX vs. UI: What's the difference?

UX vs. UI: What's the difference? | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
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Simply put: "UI is a point of interaction, UX is the interaction itself."

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User Experience Rocks

User Experience Rocks | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Making the world a better more usable place one software interface at a time!
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One of my personal, favorite User Experience sites. The UX/UI bike sketch is usually cited as a prime example of the differences between the two.

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All the factors that play into UI and UX. Note the placement of Interaction Design!

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Anatomy of Great Homepage E-Commerce Website Design

Anatomy of Great Homepage E-Commerce Website Design | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it

Great E-Commerce Homepage Design Tips

Three concepts are critical to great e-commerce website design:
* Golden Triangle
* People Sight Lines.

* Calls To Action.

Tis post shares specific examples of each of these Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for great conversion and engagement in ecommerce website design.


Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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Pure design-based conversion factors. A quick dive into the psychological mind of your customer, and how to play to that knowledge.

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Improving The Online Shopping Experience, Part 1: Getting Customers To Your Products | Smashing UX Design

Improving The Online Shopping Experience, Part 1: Getting Customers To Your Products | Smashing UX Design | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Amazon turned sweet sixteen this year, and, by extension, so did online shopping as we know it. As online shopping has grown over the past 16 years, so have user needs and expectations related to the online shopping experience. Setting up shop online is easy, but creating an experience that satisfies target users is a different story altogether. In the traditional journey of a purchase, commonly depicted as a funnel, a business loses potential customers as they move closer to the purchasing stage. While this is natural and expected, improving the user experience can reduce this loss by removing unnecessary barriers to shopping online.
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Lyndon Cerejo from the core RDV team describes some interesting (and easy!) ways to overcome the largest hurdle of retail: initially getting customers to know (and get to) your product.

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How to attract registrations without creating a barrier to checkout

How to attract registrations without creating a barrier to checkout | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Registration has benefits for both customers and retailers, but it can be perceived as a barrier by customers.
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Is customer registration the answer to supporting customers and enabling the check out process? or a barrier?

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What’s the Upside to Shopping Cart Abandonment?

What’s the Upside to Shopping Cart Abandonment? | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
According to a new eMarketer report, shoppers abandon their digital shopping carts roughly two-thirds of the time. Viewed in isolation, digital shopping cart abandonment rates have little meaning, but when combined with other metrics, they can provide meaningful insights.
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How should we keep users from avoiding shopping cart abandonment syndrome? Let's talk about the data...

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Designing for Different Types of E-Commerce Shoppers

Designing for Different Types of E-Commerce Shoppers | RDV Weekly | Scoop.it
Knowing the motivations and habits of the 5 types of online shoppers helps designers improve overall site usability while supporting users’ needs.
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Different shoppers have different drivers. It's important to distinguish these particularly in design.

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Beyond Usable | Mapping Emotion to Experience


Via Hans, Terry Patterson, Mario K. Sakata
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One accepted principle of UX is how emotion is quintessentially mapped to most if not all we do.

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Michael Allenberg's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:54 AM

Yet another post reinforcing the importance of Emotional Design in the holistic Experience!

Business Value Coach's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:58 AM

In klantbeleving draait alles om emoties!

Armony Hren's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:59 AM

Yet another post reinforcing the importance of Emotional Design in the holistic Experience!