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Designing Websites for Kids: Trends and Best Practices

Designing Websites for Kids: Trends and Best Practices
Advertisement How would you like to design a beautiful, colorful, stimulating website that is captivating, memorable and allows you to let your creative juices flow without the need to worry too much about conventional usability and best practices? In today’s Web design market, it’s rare that such a project would present itself — unless you were asked to design a website for children! Websites designed for children have been largely overlooked in Web design articles and roundups, but there are many beautiful and interesting design elements and layouts presented on children’s websites that are worthy of discussion and analysis. There are also a number of best practices that are exclusive to Web design for children’s sites — practices that should usually not be attempted on a typical website. This article will showcase a number of popular commercial websites targeted towards children with an analysis of trends, elements and techniques used to help keep children interested and stimulated. Related:  UX

Designing Web Registration Processes for Kids Since the term “kids” is so broad and subject to interpretation, and since kids grow so significantly in cognitive/technical ability in short periods of time, this article focuses specifically on kids ages six through eight. Designing websites for kids is a fascinating, challenging, rewarding, and exasperating experience: You’re trying to create a digital experience for people who lack the cognitive capacity to understand abstraction. You’re trying to establish brand loyalty with people who are influenced almost exclusively by their peers. And you’re trying to communicate subjective value propositions to people who can only see things in black-and-white. Add to this the need to collect data from people with a deep-seated fear of sharing personal information, and you’ve got your work cut out for you. Fortunately, it’s possible to create a successful registration process for these folks with an understanding of how their brains work. Successful registration forms for kids: Fig 1. Fig 2.

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Web Design Showcases From Various Industries - Smashing Magazine This overview features a hand-picked and organized selection of the most useful and popular Smashing Magazine’s articles related to Web Design Showcases and published here over all the years. Can User Experience Be Beautiful? An Analysis Of Navigation In Portfolio Websites When users land on your website, they typically read the content available. In this article, I’ll be analyzing the navigation elements of a particular category of websites, i.e. portfolios. These themes will be explored through a brief analysis of eight portfolio websites, carefully selected by the Smashing Team and, well, scrutinized by me! Read more… Showcase Of Appetizing Restaurant Websites They say the first bite is taken with the eye. Because customers are increasingly using mobile browsers to make decisions on the spot, restaurant websites are doing a better job of communicating core information quickly. Read more… Corporate Website Design: Creative and Beautiful Solutions Read more… Read more… Read more… Read more…

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Welcome to Aviary Stop designing websites, start designing posters « Boagworld Design: The estimated time to read this article is 4 minutes Sometimes I think I am deeply conflicted. On the other hand I feel inspired to be more creative in my work and take some risks. In one recent post I wrote: Too many websites look the same as their competition. How then can we be different and yet still ensure our websites are usable? Looking to the poster for inspiration One way to remain usable and yet be different, is to look for inspiration beyond the web. One example of this is printed posters. Posters have to be: Visually attractive in order to grab attention.Easy to take in at a glanceProvide more information to the more interested reader In other words they need to be… EngagingUsableScanableHave a clear information hierarchy Sound familiar? Take a look at these posters below. Using poster design on the web You maybe looking at these and wondering how this approach can be applied to the web. In fact a lot of web designers have already taken inspiration from poster design. Samsung

Playful UX Design: Building A Better Game Advertisement I sincerely believe that the user experience community should add game design to its toolbox of competencies. If we’re truly committed to creating satisfying user experiences, then there’s no reason why games, which can satisfy people so richly, should be excluded. Operating successfully in the games domain means learning a new set of competencies, and I don’t want to oversimplify the challenges of designing high-quality game experiences. 1. Trading off the quality of the player experience in favor of some real-world objective is always self-defeating. Schwab MoneyWise’s It’s Your Life game has a noble mission: to convince people to save more money for retirement and other long-term objectives. At each step in Schwab’s It’s Your Life game, the choice that will lead to a winning outcome is pretty obvious. The problem is that the designers were much more interested in hammering home their message than creating an actual game experience. 2. 3. 4. 5. Who are your players? 6. 7.