Web Cursor: The Forgotten Property. There are many aspects of CSS that we regularly talk about such as positioning, color, media queries, and typography.
Yet one part of a humble CSS specification rarely gets a mention and it plays a huge part in the way we interact with sites. It can be affected by the hardware we use, the OS we pick and if coded correctly, can be as powerful as a call to action. I’m of course talking about the cursor. This article is dedicated to this mischievous little character and how the right choices can improve your website’s usability considerably, and the wrong choice can leave visitors in a state of virtual paralysis!
Make Those Web Apps Run Fast! (Or At Least Fake It) - ReadWriteS. Back in February at the Future of Web Apps (FOWA) conference in Miami, Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson presented on his 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps.
For those not fortunate enough to attend the conference, a video and transcript of the talk and subsequent Q&A session with Wilson is now available online for the general public to learn what one of the leading east coast investors advises startups do to succeed on the Web. So what does Wilson say is the single most important feature of the Web apps that win? Speed. He says that while more dedicated users will provide some leeway for speed issues, the average user (his go-to users are his wife and kids) will make quick and lasting judgements of a Web app based on its speed.
UI research – speed matters and 10s+ page load is a killer. Earlier this week usability expert Jakob Nielsen (famous for his eyetracker studies) published the results of some research into the importance of page response times to user experience and perceptions of brand.
In his words “users really care about speed”. In Jakob’s assessment speed matters for two reasons: human limitations, espescially in the areas of memory and limitation human aspirations – fast interfaces make us feel like we control the computer (a feeling we like) whilst slow interfaces make us feel like it is the computer that is controlling us (not so good…) Why most UX is shite. I was invited to speak at the event this week where getting a little sweary and ranty is kind of encouraged (it goes well with the craft beer consumption that is an integral part of the conference mix).
This was my contribution. Slides: When I checked the agenda to see what I was supposed to be talking about at Monkigras, I saw that I was down to talk for 15 mins about ‘Crafting Good UX’. Where to start. I suspect James expected me to come up with something like this post that ReadWriteWeb published the day before my talk: If you’re interested, the five signs (aside from simply *being* ), are: Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths. Imagine you’re on one side of a grass lawn and you want to reach the bus stop on the opposite side.
Do you walk on the sidewalk around the edges or cross in the middle? Assuming the grass is dry and it’s not prohibited, you’d probably take the shortest path and walk across the lawn to the bus stop. If others have done so before, you may see a beaten path that you could follow. What are some top strategies for conversion optimization. Your Facebook Account has Three Passwords. Brand as Context in Interaction Design. I’m sure I was swearing allegiance to one brand over another as soon as I began to develop the capacity for critical thought.
Reebok vs. Nike, Coke vs. Pepsi, SEGA vs. Why Rounded Corners are Easier on the Eyes. By anthony on 08/17/11 at 10:17 pm Designers use rounded corners so much today that they’re more of an industry standard than a design trend.
They’re not only found on software user interfaces, but hardware product designs as well. So what is it about rounded corners that make them so popular? Indeed they look appealing, but there’s more to it than that. 5 Essential Product Design Books That Aren’t About Product Design. By Hunter Walk On January 25, 2012 “What are some good books about product management?”
Is a frequent question for designers and engineers, especially those who are first-time founders. While there are any number of volumes you can peruse about agile development, team building, roadmaps or whatever skill you want to acquire, the art of product design is more elusive. If you’re really going for 9th level blackbelt Caine kung-fu, you need to head off the beaten path and find not tips, tricks and tactics, but inspiration and anthropology.
Absorb truths about science and people to identify needs based on the human condition, not a market analysis. Functionnal design. 9 Useful Techniques for User-Friendly Tables. By anthony on 07/11/11 at 12:33 pm Tables are great for displaying information.
But making them user-friendly is a challenge. One reason it’s challenging is because the table grid limits the amount of information you can display in a table cell. This means you have to figure out how to display the information the user needs without displaying too much of it. Also, when users read tables, they need to move their eyes vertically and horizontally to scan information. When to Use White Text on a Dark Background. By anthony on 04/28/11 at 11:11 am Many websites use black text on a light background to display their content because it’s easy to read.
However, using white text on a dark background also has its advantages. Why Users Fill Out Forms Faster with Top Aligned Labels. By anthony on 09/01/10 at 3:48 pm Imagine a user who is really excited about your product or service. They’re ready to sign up, so they go to your form page and start filling out their information. The way you align your labels with your form fields can affect how easy it is for users to fill out the form. Do you want to give users a quick, easy and painless experience or do you want to give them a hassle? 12 Useful Techniques For Good User Interface Design - Smashing Magazine.
Advertisement Last week, we presented 10 Useful Web Application Interface Techniques, the first part of our review of useful design trends in modern Web applications. Among other things, we highlighted embedded video blocks, specialized controls and context-sensitive navigation. We also encouraged designers to disable pressed buttons, use shadows around modal windows and link to the sign-up page from the log-in page.
Design. Mobile. 10 UI Ideas to Learn from Gumroad) 10 UI Ideas to Learn from Gumroad Gumroad is an exciting new startup that lets anyone sell digital content with just a link. It was founded by the prolific Sahil Lavingia. Sahil has designed a number of useful apps, ranging from Pinterest in the early days, to Turntable, to Crate, to Caltrainer, etc.