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Create a Quick Overview of Opinions by Implementing Starred Reviews

Create a Quick Overview of Opinions by Implementing Starred Reviews

Online shops have the advantage of giving you access to all types of products or services, without the restrictions of your location or local shop’s assortment. The downside of online shopping can be that you drown in the vastness of available choices. What you need so as to make confident decisions is an opinion you can rely on. That said, reme...

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Heuristic Evaluation: How to Conduct a Heuristic Evaluation

Heuristic Evaluation: How to Conduct a Heuristic Evaluation

Learn to conduct a heuristic evaluation on any given user interface design. This article will teach you how to generate and conduct your own heuristic evaluations so you can improve the usability, utility, and desirability of your designs. The best practice is to use established heuristics like Nielsen and Molich's 10 rules of thumb and Ben Shn...

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Split the Contents of a Website with the Pagination Design Pattern

Split the Contents of a Website with the Pagination Design Pattern

The pagination design pattern is widely used in websites that open up a lot of content to users. From search engines such as Google and Firefox, to e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Asos—the use of pagination is very, very broad. And although it seems straightforward, implementing pagination in the right way has some very specific points that ...

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10 Great Sites for UI Design Patterns

10 Great Sites for UI Design Patterns

You don’t want to spend your whole life redesigning the wheel do you? No, neither do we. If you are looking for a design that solves a problem that has been solved inside a different application before; then the template for your wheel is probably already out there. That’s a design pattern to you and me. We’ve put together a list of some of the...

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Attract Users’ Attention with Update Alerts

Attract Users’ Attention with Update Alerts

Updates can take many different forms. The updates on the activities of your favorite contacts in a social media application are very different from the updates that the same company behind the social platform implements in its terms and conditions. The first are updates that you want—or even crave—and will search for far more actively than the ...

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The Moment of Truth - Build Desirable Relationships with Users and Customers

The Moment of Truth - Build Desirable Relationships with Users and Customers

In order to understand “the moment of truth”; it’s important to understand the customer lifecycle with a brand or product. There are many moments at which a customer (or potential customer or former customer) will interact with a brand. A moment of truth is simply any interaction during which a customer may form an impression of your brand or p...

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Skeuomorphism is dead, long live skeuomorphism

Skeuomorphism is dead, long live skeuomorphism

Skeuomorphism has been a very useful concept in design, then it became the most hated concept in design, and then it came back from the dead. Understanding skeuomorphism lets designers help users through learning curves and make decisions as to whether skeuomorphism still serves a purpose today.Skeuomorphism is where an object in software mimics...

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User Interface Design Guidelines: 10 Rules of Thumb

User Interface Design Guidelines: 10 Rules of Thumb

Learn to design with your user’s needs and expectations in mind by applying Jakob Nielsen and Rolf Molich’s Ten User Interface Guidelines. These heuristics have been reflected in many of the products designed by some of the most successful companies in the world such as Apple, Google, and Adobe. Further evidence of how their design teams incorpo...

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Guidelines for Good Visual Information Representations

Guidelines for Good Visual Information Representations

Information visualization is not as easy as it might first appear, particularly when you are examining complex data sets. How do you deliver a “good” representation of the information that you bring out of the data that you are working with?While this may be a subjective area of information visualization and, of course, there are exceptions to t...

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Designing for the Mobile Environment – Some Simple Guidelines

Designing for the Mobile Environment – Some Simple Guidelines

If you’re going to design for mobile, then it’s likely you’re going to need to consider the way that the device is used and the specifics of the device itself. There are some general principles that can help designers for mobile get started but don’t forget that these don’t replace the need for user research. They are guidelines not hard and fas...

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Learn How to Use the Best Ideation Methods: Challenge Assumptions

Learn How to Use the Best Ideation Methods: Challenge Assumptions

There are many ways we get stuck into patterns of thinking and doing, making innovation difficult. Not so long ago, most people assumed that humans would never be able to fly. Today, we fly in air balloons, planes, and spaceships. It's easy to keep doing things the way they've always been done, and to be comfortable with keeping things that way....

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Design iteration brings powerful results. So, do it again designer!

Design iteration brings powerful results. So, do it again designer!

The iterative design process is a simple concept. Once, through user research, you have identified a user need and have generated ideas to meet that need, you develop a prototype. Then you test the prototype to see whether it meets the need in the best possible way. Then you take what you learned from testing and amend the design. Following that...

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7 Simple Ways to Get Better Results from Ethnographic Research

7 Simple Ways to Get Better Results from Ethnographic Research

The first step in any User Experience or Design Thinking process should involve getting to know your users. When starting a project from scratch or moving into a new market, you may not have any experience or a deep understanding of your users. Ethnographic research, such as user observation and interviews, will allow you to discover who your us...

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A User-Centred Approach to Mobile Design and a 5 Stage Process for You to Use

A User-Centred Approach to Mobile Design and a 5 Stage Process for You to Use

The mobile web is here to stay. However, it’s important to remember that having a mobile website isn’t the key to success – it’s providing the right approach to the mobile user experience that brings success. Taking a user-centred approach to mobile (and other) design can help you keep in mind the outcomes that you intend rather than wasting tim...

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Increase Efficiency with the Imported Connections Design Pattern

Increase Efficiency with the Imported Connections Design Pattern

The times when telephone numbers were made up of five digits are long gone, and remembering your best friend’s number if she changes it has become almost impossible. And would you know your mom’s address by heart if she moved out of your childhood home a couple of years ago? Our world is super-connected, and we don’t have the mental capacities t...

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Use Sign-in Reminders to Support Extended Functionalities

Use Sign-in Reminders to Support Extended Functionalities

Online services such as LinkedIn and Craigslist want to show users all of the functionalities they offer. It helps in getting first-time visitors interested and convincing them to engage and contribute. Still, in order for most of these functionalities to work, a user needs to create an account and log in. This allows the service to become more ...

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Personas – Why and How You Should Use Them

Personas – Why and How You Should Use Them

Personas are fictional characters, which you create based upon your research in order to represent the different user types that might use your service, product, site, or brand in a similar way. Creating personas will help you to understand your users’ needs, experiences, behaviours and goals. Creating personas can help you step out of yourself....

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Customer Journey Maps - Walking a Mile in Your Customer’s Shoes

Customer Journey Maps - Walking a Mile in Your Customer’s Shoes

Perhaps the biggest buzzword in customer relationship management is “engagement”. Engagement is a funny thing, in that it is not measured in likes, clicks, or even purchases. It’s a measure of how much a customer feels that they are in a relationship with a product, business or brand. It focuses on harmony and how your business, product or brand...

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Emotion and Design: Affect and Design

Emotion and Design: Affect and Design

“If the product is something fundamental to life and well-being, then the proper response is to ignore continual shifts in popular sentiment and aim for long-lasting value. Yes, the product must be attractive. Yes, it should be pleasurable and fun. But it must also be effective, understandable, and appropriately priced. In other words, it must s...

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Stage 4 in the Design Thinking Process: Prototype

Stage 4 in the Design Thinking Process: Prototype

One of the best ways to gain insights in a Design Thinking process is to carry out some form of prototyping. This method involves producing an early, inexpensive, and scaled down version of the product in order to reveal any problems with the current design. Prototyping offers designers the opportunity to bring their ideas to life, test the prac...

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