Archive for the ‘UX’ category

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Web navigation is a vital piece to any layout. Designers have known this for decades, but not all menus are built equally. It’s very important to distinguish between design and functionality. Some web designers understand this and attempt to better their own skills. Meanwhile the cream of the crop can incorporate both design and functionality with ease.

I have collected this brilliant set of 31 website menus with amazing UX and aesthetics. You need to capture your visitor’s attention and offer them a simple solution for navigating your pages. I hope this collection can provide inspiration for upcoming web designers in the field of user experience.

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It’s great seeing so many graphic designers offering free web kits openly. Even 4 years ago you would have had a difficult time finding PSDs for a button set or iPhone user interface. Now there seems to be plenty of resources, almost overflowing! But there’s no complaints here.

As a digital artist I work with user interface kits on a regular basis. They speed up workflow and improve my knowledge of the graphic design trade. I am by no means an expert, but I have built plenty of UX designs and certainly recognize the power of teamwork. A while back we featured the Snow UI kit which offered some great scrollbars and buttons.

Well in this article I’ve added 35 of my favorite user interface kits from around the web. These include graphics for the mobile web such as Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. Additionally there are tons of resources for browser-based website designers. Check out the links below, and feel free to share your ideas in the discussion area.

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Android vs iOS; A Usability Battle

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Lately I’ve noticed a number of articles with gripes and groans about the Android user experience, the way interfaces are designed, the usability of Android apps, and a lack of satisfaction with the whole Android ecosystem.

As someone who works on day-to-day basis with usability testing and user experience design, my interest was piqued. Were these users just iPhone users who expressed dissatisfaction after a brief flirtation with Android, or was there something deeper going on?

I can’t honestly say I’ve had a lot of experience with Android – although I do own two iOS devices – so I couldn’t write off these concerns one way or another. But rather than basing it off a few, possibly biased opinions, it seemed the fairest way to compare the two was to set up a quick usability test.

35 UX-Inspired E-Commerce Website Layouts

35 UX-Inspired E-Commerce Website Layouts

With our modern transition into digital currency the popularity of purchasing items online has increased tenfold. Within just the past few years we’ve seen a multitude of new brands launch online. Many articles have been published offering usability tips for e-commerce design following many examples.

Below I’ve put together 35 astoundingly easy-to-use digital shopping websites. These are all built and designed for the best user experience possible. It’s not uncommon to find such interfaces with Ajax-styled shopping carts and login forms. Great experience accounts for most of your visitor’s initial reactions and will be required to keep them hooked using your website.

What 8-Bit Video Games Can Teach Us About Design And UX

The computer sitting at your desk is far more powerful than anything available to all but the largest businesses in the 1980s, enabling us to continue to add layer upon layer without slowing down, and possibly losing focus on why we are here in the first place – to deliver a high quality product.

One possible solution is to this is to artificially limit your design and color options the way Shigeru Miyamoto was limited by technical constraints when designing Zelda and Mario on the NES.

While some of the NES library was filler, there were many standouts that used the limitations of 8 bit technology as strengths, rather than weakness.

Modernizing Scripts Every Web Designer and Developer Should Use

Web development keeps getting better – there are more increasingly-standardized tools like HTML5 and CSS3, and their features let web designers and developers create advanced and good-looking websites more easily.

But some browsers – mainly Internet Explorer version 6, 7, and 8 – don’t support many of these features, like border-radius, gradients, text-shadow, transparency, CSS animations and transitions, and so forth…

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