15 Free Ebooks about User Experience and Interface Design » paul olyslager. I have collected 15 free ebooks about UX and interface design, including some best selling books which are definitely worth reading.
Not only are these free ebooks pretty good reads but perhaps I could save a small rainforest as well. Please let me know if you have read other great free ebooks lately. Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst (2009) If you want to design innovative search user interfaces, you need this book close at hand at all times. Web Style Guide by Patrick J. A style guide for the interface with real long-run value, showing us deep principles of design rather than simply fashion and technology.
Designing Interfaces – Patterns for Effective Interaction Design by Jenifer Tidwell (2006) Anyone who’s serious about designing interfaces should have this book on their shelf for reference. Designing Mobile Interfaces by Steven Hoober and Eric Berkman (2011) Mental Models in Human-Computer Interaction by John M. Research Issues About What the User of Software knows. 5 Psychological Principles of High Converting Websites. You know the feeling when you pour your heart and soul into a promising new A/B test, only to have it flop like an entrepreneur’s first startup?
I certainly do. Last year, I ran all product and brand marketing for an edutech company. For the first few months, things were amazing. I improved the CTA button, optimized the headline, and removed distracting links. The conversion rate just kept growing. In fact, our conversion rate doubled in less than a year. That’s when I realized I needed a way to predict which experiments could have the largest effect before I ran them. Studying behavioral psychology, I started evaluating and ranking potential tests based on informed predictions, and my experiments again began returning significant boosts in conversion. With websites like Optimizely and Visual Website Optimizer, the actual experiment setup isn’t too difficult.
By applying the following five psychological principles to your testing plans, you can uncover the big gains, too. 12 Standard Screen Patterns. 2010 Update- 15 patterns and 80 new examples By Theresa Neil.
Managing UI Complexity. Posted: August 10th, 2009 | Author: Brandon Walkin | Filed under: Design | Comments Off Interface complexity is an issue every designer wrestles with when designing a reasonably sophisticated application.
A complex interface can reduce user effectiveness, increase the learning curve of the application, and cause users to feel intimidated and overwhelmed. I’ve spent the past year redesigning a particularly complex application with my primary focus being on reducing complexity. In this article, I’ll go over some of the issues surrounding complexity and techniques that can be used to manage it. Progressive Disclosure Progressive disclosure is the most popular means of managing complexity.
Quite a bit of care needs to be put into the progressive disclosure hierarchy and the mechanisms used for disclosure. There are inconsistent ways of accessing common functionality. Contextual Actions Alignment & Visual Hierarchy Visual Noise & Contrast Use of Icons This is a difficult problem to solve. Brewing a Better Rating System. Wireframing With Patterns. By Lindsay Ellerby Published: March 20, 2007 “When you’re starting out as an information architect (IA), being part of a strong community of fellow practitioners helps immensely.”
When you’re starting out as an information architect (IA), being part of a strong community of fellow practitioners helps immensely. A little over a year ago, on Sunday, February 22, 2006, I participated in an informal workshop on wireframing techniques that took place here in Toronto. Bryce Johnson, Director of User Experience Design at Navantis Inc., facilitated and hosted the workshop at his workplace. Why a Wireframe Workshop? There is a fairly informal IA community in Toronto. What Are the Ingredients for a Successful Workshop? User Experience Versus Users. By Paul Bryan Published: December 23, 2013 “Recently, … it seems that user experience is increasingly playing a role in formulating designs that diametrically oppose users’ wants and needs for the sake of generating greater profits.”
The field of user experience has, from its inception, championed the notion that meeting users’ needs is the path to success for digital products. UX Apprentice. The Usability Post - Thoughts on design and user experience. Uiiux design. 20 amazing facts about the human body. The appendix gets a bad press.
It is usually treated as a body part that lost its function millions of years ago. All it seems to do is occasionally get infected and cause appendicitis. Yet recently it has been discovered that the appendix is very useful to the bacteria that help your digestive system function. They use it to get respite from the strain of the frenzied activity of the gut, somewhere to breed and help keep the gut's bacterial inhabitants topped up.
So treat your appendix with respect. Practically everything we experience is made up of molecules. It is hard to grasp just how small the atoms that make up your body are until you take a look at the sheer number of them. It might seem hard to believe, but we have about the same number of hairs on our bodies as a chimpanzee, it's just that our hairs are useless, so fine they are almost invisible.