Splashnology - Web Design and Web Technology Community 12 Useful Techniques For Good User Interface Design | How-To | S Advertisement Last week, we presented 10 Useful Web Application Interface Techniques471, 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. This post presents the second part of our review: 12 useful techniques for good user interface design in Web apps. We also discuss how to implement these techniques so that they are properly used. You may also want to take a look at the following related articles: 1. One of the most significant elements of a good user interface is visibility of the system’s status. 7Yammer8 applies not one but three effects on all new messages in a feed: fade in, slide down and highlight. One great way to do this is with animation. 2. How do you implement this? Here is the (X)HTML: ... 3.
Site storyboarding and design | Web Designer - Defining the internet through beautiful design CREATING A DESIGN for a website that successfully represents the subject matter or business in question is more than chance. When we embark on a new web design project it’s always very tempting to jump straight into creating visual mockups, defining navigation placement and colour schemes. This can work occasionally, and definitely adds a freshness to the final design, but as an approach it’s full of risks. As a professional web designer it’s better to take a structured, measured approach where you build a design solution after examining business objectives, user requirements and defining the informational layout; that is, how the information contained within the website will hang together. There are many different ways to approach a design project. Author: Sam Hampton-Smith | Originally appeared in Issue 156 01 Gather information The first stage of any design project is to find out who you’re designing for. 03 Create user personas 05 Make a mood board Here’s where the fun begins.
AEXT.NET - Programming, Design, Blogging Call to Action Buttons: Examples and Best Practices - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Call to action in web design — and in user experience (UX) in particular — is a term used for elements in a web page that solicit an action from the user. The most popular manifestation of call to action in web interfaces comes in the form of clickable buttons that when clicked, perform an action (e.g. "Buy this now!") How can we create effective call to action buttons that grab the user’s attention and entice them to click? Best Practices for Effective Call to Action Buttons Designing call to action buttons into web interfaces requires some forethought and planning; it has to be part of your prototyping and information architecture processes in order for them to work well. Draw user attention with size In web pages, the size of an element relative to its surrounding elements indicates its importance: the larger the element is, the more important it is. Size of call to action button versus surrounding elements A web page may have multiple calls for action.
mint: design, art, fashion, and wedding blog by ellie snow Balsamiq Studios, makers of plugins for Web Office applications Free Press Release Distribution Service - PRLog Publications - Home of MediaDailyNews, MEDIA and OMMA Magazines The Web Design Process Start to Finish | Lee Munroe I've always found it interesting reading the design process of others (David Airey, Contrast, Brian Hoff). It's good to have an insight into others work, to see if I can learn anything from their process but also for curiosity. So I've put together a break down of my design process, using a recent project as a real life example, Newsgroup Direct. Overview I was recently hired by Newsgroup Direct (NGD), a leading Usenet newsgroup service provider, to revamp their website, make it more modern and improve signups. Here is their previous design. Planning The first thing that happens when I get an enquiry is I send the potential client a website planner. The key objectives of the planner: Find out who the client is and what they do Who their target market/user is Who their competition is What deliverables they want from me Timeframe and budget In a nutshell, NGD require a makeover with a modern & easy to use interface. Research & Ideas Current site Competitors sites Ideas Logo Wireframes Mockups