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By Peter Presnell | Red Pill Now's coverage of the latest news and trends in the world of software design

Taking advantage of negative space in web design

Negative space is an often misunderstood and underused idea. It breaks down very simply. Positive space represents the elements of your …

Web Design

Top Website Design And Navigation Trends To Watch In 2018

Staying up to date with the latest website design and navigation trends is tough. What’s even tougher is having to keep reinventing your website by adopting some of these trends.<p>However, the effort is worth its while, because design differentiation is what separates an “okay” website from a …

Web Design

Lean and Mean: Power of Minimalism in UI Design.

Simple doesn't mean primitive. Less isn't vague. Short doesn't say little. Air doesn't equal emptiness. Today we are talking about minimalism. In the …

UI Design

10 Beautiful Examples of Motion Design in Mobile Apps

Interactions are a smaller detail of mobile design but can make a tremendous difference to the overall user experience of an application.<p>In the past …

UI Design

UX, MVP And Agile, Oh My!

What is the best way to build a fantastic user experience in the shortest amount of time?<p>You could ask a hundred UX designers and not get the same …

UX Design

Designing the Future

A Conversation with Seth Snyder, Senior Designer at Frog Design<p>In this series I talk to leaders at the forefront of design and technology, getting an …

UX Design

The psychology of Web design: How colors, typefaces and spacing affect your mood

For websites, content drives the design you see on screen. Visitors come to a website to access information they need. Web design helps them find the information they need quickly and with ease.<p>In the early days of the Web, it was common to see pages and pages slammed with content, often pages with …

Web Design

Common UX mistakes that can kill your project

Designing a great website or application is much more than just adhering to fancy design trends. It’s a potent mix of stunning visuals, well thought …

How To Develop Goals In A Usability Test

Usability is the glue that sticks your user to your web and mobile designs. A well-designed user interface (UI) does not mean much if your users do …

Usability

Why UX Designers Need UI Skills

As a UX designer, you know that user experience is everything. Most users are not conscious of the behind-the-scenes framework that the UX designer …

UX Design

Eight Ways To Transform Your Company's Innovation Culture

With the world changing rapidly most corporate executives are starting to feel the pressure. There is a realization that beyond cost-cutting and operational efficiency, companies must also invest in developing their innovation pipeline. At the beginning, corporate leaders often reach for easy …

Innovation

UI Inspiration: Some more Fresh UI/UX Interactions

We had a pretty good response from last week's article about fresh UI/UX interactions. You guys are suggesting we should do this as a weekly thing? …

Bad design isn’t just ugly — it’s expensive

Badly drawn, derivative, and forgettable logos. Poorly designed websites and mobile apps. Formulaic products with no flair or originality.<p>If you’re a business, bad design hurts — from uninspiring packaging to interchangeable ads that don’t differentiate you from the competition. The truth of the …

Must Reads For Innovators and Design Thinkers

How do you keep your design-thinking skills sharp? These books will keep you inspired.<p>Emotional intelligence, a people-first approach and design thinking have become core to innovation and a successful, sustainable business. In fact, today's most successful brands have become so because they've …

How visual web development can change the landscape of web design

I asked Chou about the future of visual development and where he saw it heading in the next five to ten years.<p>“In 5 years no one will be writing HTML and CSS anymore. It will die a slow death, like Postscript, the language typesetters used to write in the 90s when they used it to instruct printers …

Web Design

Learn About Wireframes Before Hiring a Web Developer

You have to be able to explain your vision if you expect your web developer to share your vision.<p>As someone who has been on both sides of the contract, as a freelancer and as a client, one of the most welcome things you can possibly do for a freelancer is assist them with their job in a meaningful …

Web Design

Hey, UX designers—empathy isn't enough

Recently, a team of consultants at my Arlington-based firm, Excella Consulting, decided we wanted to use our free time in the evenings and weekends …

Exploring the Latest Trends in Site Navigation

Navigation is the key to a good user experience (UX). Users rely on intuitive digital navigation to locate helpful information, explore a brand’s …

9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design, According To Ideo, Microsoft, Autodesk, MIT, And More

“Our profession is in between ‘utopia and oblivion.’ It will be oblivion if we continue focusing on minor aesthetic problems.”<p>The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial …

Design Thinking

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Put in some chrome and shadeThe mania for "flat" user interfaces is costing publishers and ecommerce sites billions in lost revenue.…

Usability

The Design Value Index Shows What “Design Thinking” Is Worth

IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr. famously declared “good design is good business.” Jeneanne Rae has the numbers to prove it.<p>In 2013, Rae, founder of …

Design Thinking

Universal Web Design Principles That Improve Usability And Conversion

I used to spend thousands of dollars hiring designers to create some fancy-looking web pages only to find out that they did nothing to improve my …

Digital Design

How to create better wireframes

Wireframes are a necessary part of the web design process. Acting like blueprints for web and app projects, they help you discover early on what …

Digital Design

Designer’s Guide to Prototyping [2017 edition]

Credit: FlintoA guide to the landscape of prototyping in 2017.It’s been close to a year since I’ve reviewed and assessed the state of prototyping …

UX Design

8 Core Concepts for Quantifying the User Experience

You don’t need to be a mathematician to quantify the problems and improvements in user interfaces.<p>Often the most compelling metrics are simple to …

Usability

The F Pattern: Understanding How Users Scan Content

July 24, 2017Reading online is a little different than the way you read textbooks high school and college. Today, when people find content on the web …

Web Design

Google’s Next Design Project? Artificial Intelligence

“In the early days of graphical user interfaces, people had to invent scroll bars and menus. What is the scroll bar of AI? We don’t know yet.”<p>We’re living in the Wild West of artificial intelligence, with products and companies popping up so quickly that we’ve had little time to understand what it …

Artificial Intelligence

Design Driven Development — Using Design as a Tool for Teamwork

What is Design-Driven Development?<p>Design driven development uses design as part of a process to learn and better define requirements in order to …

Design Thinking

How Emotions Impact Cognition

Two information-processing systems determine the human emotional response: the affective and cognitive processing systems. The affective system …

The Brain