12 pro tips for great user interface design As its name implies, great user interface (UI) design should revolve around the needs of the target user. That is why user interface design principles are so important. All else is secondary, including the aesthetic - although in many cases form goes hand-in-hand with function. But while the concept of good UI design may be easy to get your head around, it's not so easy to achieve in practice. Here we gather together some expert tips from the cream of the design industry. Follow these and you won't go far wrong...
How To Write a Product Feature Set One of the key benefits of a product feature set is that it helps communicate your product vision with others, such as your team or investors. In this article, I'll teach you how to structure your product feature set and what should be covered in such a document. Along the way, I'll try to convince you of the value of writing a product feature set. The 46 Most Brilliant Life Hacks Every Human Being Needs To Make Life Easier I love finding clever solutions to the little snags I come across in cooking, building, cleaning, or just about anything. These are some that I find myself using all the time! Pour a half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into a clogged drain.
Mobile Video: It’s a Small Screen for a Growing Marketplace Watching video via smartphone is growing in popularity thanks to the large touchscreens and robust connectivity options these devices tout. In the recent Mobile Consumer Report, Nielsen found that more people are watching video on the go and are doing so more frequently, especially in markets where 3G/4G data service is prevalent. BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) markets, with the exception of India, boast some of the highest rates of mobile video viewing among those in Nielsen’s syndicated survey, with 39 percent of China’s mobile subscribers and 43 percent of Brazil’s viewing mobile video in a 30-day period. While smartphone owners are the minority in Japan, the market features fast 3G/4G connections, which explains why Japan has the highest penetration of mobile video viewers (46%) of these global markets. For more information about how consumers around the globe are using mobile, download The Mobile Consumer: A Global Snapshot.
15 Timeless Rules for Creating Intuitive Web Apps (With Examples) A web app that’s difficult to figure out, unintuitive, or inefficient is not going to win many hearts. But designing a user-friendly interface is hard. On top of the usual design problems like picking the right colours and creating a proper content structure, you need to also be aware of the bigger picture. First look: iOS 7 on the iPad [U] Does iOS 7 work the same magic on iPad as it does the iPhone? Apple's iOS 7 beta is now available for the iPad after a two week delay since its debut at WWDC. It brings with it all the same UI enhancements and design themes from the iPhone version to the iPad, but some of these have been translated to the larger iPad and iPad mini displays differently. In many ways, seeing the new transitions and animations on a larger display also helps to amplify the comprehensive design changes that Apple has implemented across its latest mobile operating system. The key differentiator between Apple's iPads and its iPhones is the way that iPad apps use the available display area. This was something that Apple critics did not fully appreciate when the first iPad launched in 2010.
15 common mistakes designers make Although we don't like to admit it later on in our careers, when we start making our way as designers, we make a lot of mistakes. Once you're working in a creative agency you quickly learn that there are a lot of things you should not do. Here I've compiled a list of common design mistakes for you to be aware of. Although I've committed most of these crimes myself, I have learned from them and hopefully they can help you too... 01. Not understanding the brief 30 Outstanding Websites to Fuel Your Creativity Inspiration can sometimes be hard to find, but you can feel more creative in just a few minutes. If you’re in need of design inspiration or insightful articles the following list of 30 can’t-miss websites will get your creativity juices flowing. Enjoy! Inspiration Feed: Of course this is the first one on my list! Need some inspiration for your next marketing campaign or graphic, this is the place to find quality articles to help you find your next big idea. Five Thot: This website boldly aims to merge the business world with the creative industry.
UX Statistic If spending on UX is a no-brainer, then why do so many sites send users careening off the road to conversion? Just a little UX work up front pays off big time down the road. Scroll down for UX statistics to keep your customers on the right track.