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Seven Guidelines For Designing High-Performance Mobile User Experiences

Seven Guidelines For Designing High-Performance Mobile User Experiences
Advertisement A positive first impression is essential to relationships. People look for trust and integrity, and they expect subsequent encounters to reflect and reinforce their first impression. The same principles apply to brands and their products. Users expect mobile services to be relevant and user-friendly and to perform well. In this article, we’ll discuss performance in relation to design and present seven guidelines that can help shape design decisions related to performance while accounting for the needs of end users and businesses. Performance For Mobile People use their mobiles to enhance productivity, comfort and pleasure, everywhere and at anytime: waiting for the bus, walking on the sidewalk, checking which platform their train leaves from. Paradoxically, we’ve noticed that many mobile design cycles start with requests for great aesthetics first: “It has to look amazing!” Performance Supports Brand Differentiation Every product encounter affects the brand perception. 1. | the product usability weblog Android Niceties Don't Waste Time: Create Perfect Profile Pictures & Cover Images For All Networks Under One Roof A big part of our online and social media presence is visual. It starts with a profile picture — something we should have on any network if we don’t want the account to look spammy — continues with various cover and header images, each in its own different size, of course, and, for some websites, reaches into customizable backgrounds for your profile page. I don’t know about you, but this deluge of options — or necessities, to call them by their real name — doesn’t make it easy to keep my profiles in line. Quite on the contrary. And when I actually take the time to create a nice Timeline cover for Facebook or a profile cover for Google+, they go and change image dimensions and I have to start all over again. In the past, we’ve already told you about 6 excellent places to create Facebook Timeline covers for free, gave you tips about making the most out of your Twitter header, and came up with some ideas for original cover photos you can create yourself. Social Media Image Maker

Color Me Impressed: 3 Tools For Effortlessly Finding Beautiful Color Schemes For Any Project Color is important. It’s one of those primeval things — colors make us feel. They can communicate danger, passion, calmness, and almost any other emotion. They work across language barriers, and they can clash in jarring ways, too. Like it or not, you will use color: Just about any creative project needs a color scheme, even if it’s just some default color scheme you won’t be changing. The good news is that there are quite a few simple tools you can use for coming up with your own color schemes, or finding color schemes that work well with your project. COLOURlovers Colour Lovers is a thriving community where designers share colors, palettes, and patterns: Since we’re here to talk about palettes today, let’s click through to that part of the site. Another handy feature is keyword search. Such lovely colors. One very interesting feature here is that not all swatches must be in the same width. Color.Hailpixel Simple, elegant, and lots of fun to use. Final Thoughts

Insights and inspiration for the user experience community Whitney Quesenbery