40 Innovative UI Concepts from Dribbble Innovative concepts, whether practical or imaginative, can help progress creatives and their work to the next level. By breaking rules, ignoring common conventions, and testing the limits of design, we can create opportunities that allow us to enhance and improve our work. Take a look at some of these brilliantly designed interactions from Dribbble, and let them inspire creativity in your own work today. The Side Nav Revisited Appointment by Paresh Khatri Browse Shows – iOS App by Umar Irshad Dialoggs – Collapsible Menu by Drew Wilson Dashboard – Realtor Project by Brian Waddington Zendesk Project Lotus by Jason Wu Page Curls and Peels Qiwy iOS app curl test by Mikael Eidenberg Inside (first draft) – iPad – UI/UI/iOS by Cuberto Peel Back by Juan Sanchez Curl by Prathyush Pramod Bookmark for Magazines by Ugur Akdemir Folding Screens Photofold by Supratim Nayak Fold to unlock iOS style by Anton Kudin Flipweek agenda by Wouter ● Bread&Pepper UX/iOS idea with video process by Cuberto Dashboard by Kerem Suer
Web Design Blog, Tutorials and Inspiration | Web Design Ledger How To Streamline your Website Building Process Call me odd but I find that being robotic in my approach to work seems to have the best results when faced with repetitive tasks or the need to replicate results across the board. From the very beginning of planning a website to its creation – I believe you can streamline the process to cut out wasted time, ensure you’re working on content that sells, and creating a step-by-step blueprint (for your own records) that allows you to knock down websites in a single swoop. This is how you can blitz your way into a new website this afternoon. Blitz Task #1: Website Planning A basic website, these days, will have the same common elements: Home PageBlogMoney Posts (Reviews)Value Posts (Tutorials)Filler Posts (Opinions)Product Pages (Optional)Contact UsAbout MePrivacy/ToS Home Page Here, your goal is to either share your latest information or reveal the purpose of a website; ideally, it’s the later. Blog Product Pages (Optional) Contact Us Simple – need not of explanation. About Me Privacy/ToS Production
Front-end Style Guides We all know that feeling: some time after we launch a site, new designers and developers come in and make adjustments. They add styles that don’t fit with the content, use typefaces that make us cringe, or chuck in bloated code. But if we didn’t leave behind any documentation, we can’t really blame them for messing up our hard work. To counter this problem, graphic designers are often commissioned to produce style guides as part of a rebranding project. A style guide provides details such as how much white space should surround a logo, which typefaces and colours a brand uses, along with when and where it is appropriate to use them. Design guidelines Some design guidelines focus on visual branding and identity. Some guidelines go further, encompassing a whole experience, from the visual branding to the messaging, and the icon sets used. The BBC’s Global Experience Language. Code standards documents We can make a similar argument for code. The front-end developer’s style guide Easier to test
Current Issue There’s one thing I’ve noticed in the 15+ years I’ve been practicing user-centered design and leading User Experience (UX) teams: one of the best ways to judge the experience of a User Experience practitioner is to assess the number and variety of the design solutions, or “tools,” they have available in their personal UX “tool belt.” Usability problems come in many shapes and sizes, and the solutions need to be equally varied – seasoned UX professionals don’t often fall into the trap of thinking just because they’ve mastered a standard set of design “hammers,” that every usability problem they see is a “nail.” This being said, most of us User Interface (UI) designers have spent our whole careers using visual tools to solve usability problems. Some of us have branched out to audio tools too, but the other human senses are rarely considered part of our practice. Haptic interfaces are nothing new. In fact, one of the first haptic interfaces was introduced in 1829 by Louis Braille.
45 Incredibly Useful Web Design Checklists and Questionnaires - Smashing Magazine Designing websites can be a long and complicated process. Dealing with clients, designing prototypes, coding, programming, and testing – there’s a lot to keep track of and a lot to make sure gets done. That’s where checklists can make your life a whole lot easier. With lists of points covering multiple areas from content to usability to accessibility to standards, you’re a lot less likely to overlook important parts of a site. Below are 45 checklists to make your design process easier and more organized. Also consider our previous article: 15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website1 lists some important things to check before you make your sites public. 1. These questionnaires and checklists are focused on making your relationships with your clients better. How to Extract the Facts with a Web Design Client Questionnaire2 This questionnaire from Freelance Switch is meant to send out to prospective clients to get a good idea of what they’re looking for from a website. 2. 3. 4. Dr.