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KewlStuff. The Need to Complete. ← Back to Blog Home Video games offer a possibility rarely had in real life - the satisfaction of being truly madly deeply 100% complete.

The Need to Complete

Beating Grand Theft Auto IV will take two weeks. But then again, the main story line is only 68% of the game. To reach 100% complete, you'll have to finish umpteen side quests, like chasing down 200 pigeons, and meeting random pedestrians. It can take hundreds of hours. In fact, 100% completions rarely lead to big juicy rewards. Because completion is intrinsically rewarding. The "need to complete" is a powerful motivator. Let's look at one game-like design pattern that leverages this "need to complete" - the profile completion bar. PROFILE COMPLETION BAR. Progress itself is the reward. Progress bars must only advance, and never move back.

More scavenger hunt, less like filling your taxes. An extrinsic reward, just in case. Jk. Read part III of the Game-Like Mechanics series here →

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3 UX Ideas to Learn from Picplum (YC S11)) 3 UX Ideas to Learn from Picplum (YC S11) Picplum is a pretty cool startup.

3 UX Ideas to Learn from Picplum (YC S11))

They let people send special photos to family members each month. So basically no need to organize, print, and ship photos to people to stay in touch. Grandma and grandpa can easily follow your kids’ journey in growing up. It’s cool. As a part of my series of posts on UX improvements, I thought I’d also take a chance to shoutout great design. Discuss here or on Hacker News So here are 3 exemplary things we can learn from Picplum’s design - 1. This is definitely an increasingly common design effect. Sign Up Creating… 5 Simple Tips To Help You Increase User Sign Ups. There are plenty of simple things you can do on your website that can increase your signups, whether it’s for something like a free newsletter or a paid subscription service.

5 Simple Tips To Help You Increase User Sign Ups

Most don’t require any kind of technical or coding knowledge. And some can make a huge difference in the number of conversions you get. The five simple actions here can all be done in a matter of minutes. When you break them down to their most basic ideas, it comes down to removing psychological barriers and offering better reasons to sign up. Keep those two ideas in mind whenever you’re working on a signup page: Does this make it easier to sign up? If the answer is yes, then you’re likely going to see an increase in your conversions. 1. The call to action is the single most important element of any signup page. Make sure that your call to action is differentiated from the rest of your page. Test your call to action, too. 2. The best signup forms include no more than the absolute bare-minimum required information.

How to Design the Best Navigation Bar for Your Website. Daniel Alves is the design director for the small business web design division at the digital marketing and web design company 352 Media Group.

How to Design the Best Navigation Bar for Your Website

The navigation bar is the most important design element on a website. Not only does it guide your users to pages beyond the homepage, but it’s also the singular tool to give users a sense of orientation. With this in mind, it’s important to adhere to time-tested design and usability conventions. Doing so will give your users a comfortable and easy reference point to fully engage with your content. Despite the necessity of an accessible navigation bar, usability studies on navigation across the web aren’t positive.

So how do you ensure that your users are able to quickly and easily find the information they need? The Basics. What are some UX best practices for user account cancellation. 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.

10 UI Ideas to Learn from Gumroad)

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. He’s got a keen eye for design, so why not learn from him and his work? This is how the Gumroad home page looks, un-dissected. And here is the dissected version, with the 10 things we’ll learn - Let’s get started - 1. This top bar has become increasingly common.

When we visit sites, a split second is used to subconsciously say “Oh, these are the colors we’re using here. Note that Sahil has picked energetic colors. 2. A lot of logos have very little to do with the name or product of a company. But others have plenty to do with the name of the company/product. Also, it is not easy to make a well-styled logo or favicon that integrates multiple colors smoothly the way that the Gumroad logo does.