Smart Transitions In User Experience Design

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Design | No Comments

Smashing Magazine had an excellent article yesterday discussing the power of transitions in user experience. We’ve already discussed how some animations can make an application appear faster and more responsive, but transitions can also improve usability. For example, consider a page that scrolls users to a portion of the page, rather than just jumping there: ...

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How Google Taught Itself Good Design

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Design | No Comments

Many of you might have noticed that Google has undergone something or a radical shift in its design over the last two years. As recently as 2011, the company, though thriving, was known for providing utilitarian, if ugly, products. Even their signature homepage was ugly. Lately, however, the company has been releasing products that aren’t ...

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The Experience = The Product

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Design | No Comments

One of the challenges we’ve encountered and attempted to over-come is the perception that User Experience is something that can be added at the end of a project; something that’s done after everything else has been put in motion and is fine as long as it doesn’t interfere with any of the other decisions. The ...

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How Oyster Tries to Solve Mobile Reading Issues

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Design | No Comments

I came across an article that analyzes some of the design solutions that the App “Oyster” proposes to resolve mobile reading issues. While I disagree that any of them are major, there is certainly some interesting stuff, for example: Showing read progress in a vertical progress bar (not really sure why this is preferable to ...

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Connected UX

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Case Studies, Design | No Comments

A List Apart has an excellent article on the Importance of Integrated Data to perform a Connected UX. It’s definitely worth a read: Aaron Walter, the UX Director at Mailchimp, spent many years struggling with inefficient user research–the team often needed data that they had done before but couldn’t find, or was being recorded by ...

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Is “Dark UX” Ever OK to Use?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Design | No Comments

A few weeks ago I sent out a link to an article that focused on so-called “Dark UX” patterns–sites designed to deceive users into making a decision that 1) they probably don’t want, 2) benefits the company more than them and 3) is often purposely deceitful or deceptive. However, a new book, Evil By Design, ...

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Performing Actions Optimistically

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Design | No Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about the behavior of the bookshelf app I helped build recently, in particular two functions: the document loading and performing a search. iBooks was generally used as the benchmark for app performance. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, though it’s probably safe to say that Apple’s apps are ...

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Dark UI Patterns

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Design | 2 Comments

I came across an article from 90% of Everything that discusses “Dark UI Patterns” at length, and I thought it was important to share. “Dark UI” is when design is used to purposely confuse users into doing something which they don’t want to do–it’s usually done either for profit or to game an inaccurate metric ...

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