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Persuasive Patterns card deck : UI Patterns

What’s new in the 2nd edition?<p><b>Revised content</b> <br>All cards have been revised to provide more actionable insights based on intensive use by key customers.<p>…

UX Design

9 UX Secrets I Stole From People Smarter Than Me

The best ideas are the ones someone else has. Here, UX advice from experts at Ideo, Polar, CapitalOne, and more.<p>Like most people, I like to think I have good taste. But if I do, it’s only because I’ve been ruthless about one thing: stealing secrets and strategies from people a lot smarter than …

UX Design

33 Epic Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos

No matter how good your product is, you must present it in a clean, professional and most important natural way. Imagery is one of the strongest element in any form of design making an emotional connection with your customer so you should pay incredible attention to what imagery you use to …

Web Design

An Introduction To Heuristic Evaluation

A Heuristic Evaluation is a usability inspection technique where one or a number of usability experts evaluate the user interface of a product (for …

Usability

How To Do A UX Competitor Analysis: A Step By Step Guide

Getting to grips with the ins and outs of a UX competitor analysis can help you know your market, product and goals better. You will also understand …

UX Design

Why I Switched To Sketch For UI Design (And Never Looked Back)

User interface design has changed dramatically in the last few years, as traditional computers have ceded dominance to smaller screens, including …

Web Design

Common Mistakes When Presenting Design Ideas to Clients, and How to Avoid Them

You’ve spent weeks working on a client design, churned through the requisite nine terrible designs to get to that lone good one, tested iterations …

Web Design

Color Scheme for Interface. Light or Dark UI?

In one of our previous articles we have already mentioned that the issue of color is one of the major in design of user interfaces. It can greatly …

Moving from All in One SEO to WordPress SEO by Yoast

When I began playing with blogging software over a decade ago, MoveableType was the ‘Bee’s Knees’ of the available options. AltaVista was the search …

Beyond Coding: Aesthetics & Usability in Web Design

<i>Have you created an award-worthy web design? Enter it into Print’s historical Regional Design Annual competition.</i><p>Many non-web designers mistake …

Web Design

Is Flat Design a Web Design Standard That’s Here to Stay? 10 Designers Chip In

These days, the number one thing that’s required of web designers working on anything (that’s <i>anything</i>) is to make sure that their creation “has this …

UI Design

Facebook Design Director: The 5 Most Common Design Mistakes

Facebook’s Julie Zhuo on the biggest traps designers fall into–and how to avoid them.<p>There’s no learning without mistakes. And I’ve done the following (as well as seen the following done) too many times to count. Luckily, there’s this thing called the “Internet” and this medium called an “article” …

Empathy for the User: Experience Design Secrets from an Expert

<i>Jo Plumridge is a UK-based photographer, writer and lecturer. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>User experience (UX) designers are among the unsung heroes of the digital world. They make the tools, sites and apps we use simple, …

Creative And Innovative Navigation Designs

Toybox Navigation should always be there when needed, and graciously disappear when the user wants to focus on a particular task. For example, in …