User experience design, what’s new and what’s practical

user experience design

One of the most important things to remember in user experience design is that how you think is probably different to how users think. In fact, if you are a web designer or a web developer you almost certainly do think differently.

Another important feature is user testing, getting to know your real-world users and investigating how they use your website or application on their terms. Learning what they want and how they expect they will get it. Something else you may want to consider when planning for a good user experience is A/B testing.

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Think mobile and build for the small screen

Mobile friendly webdesign

Responsive web design is now a basic standard expectation of a new website.

According to smartinsights.com, the USA has internet users spend 71% of their time on their mobile. This is matched by China. In the UK 61% is the amount of all users accessing from a mobile.

Google traffic on mobile has long since overtaken desktop and major brands expect to compete to deliver exceptional beautiful user experiences. Recognizable navigation, large shopping cart icons, Clear calls to action and clear email and call links all feature in the mind of the user, even if subconsciously, as hallmarks of a great mobile experience.

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Get familiar with browser developer tools for speedy debugging

Browser development tools have been around for a long time and have and for web designers, these form defined place in the workflow. I use development tools in my own projects very frequently to the point that I probably take them for granted. But every so often I do hear a new announcement or discover a trick that makes me remember how useful they are and how I really could not live without them.

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Think like a user to boost your websites performance

website performance

When a web developer sits down to start working on the task of optimising the performance of their website they are likely not thinking of the outcome in the same way as the user.

Typically a developer has a tool set to measure their performance and can tell you to the nearest millisecond how fast their CSS file loaded and how fast the frame rate is in their animation.

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An introduction to the power of Web Components

Recently Web Components have been gaining and increasing amount of momentum for web app development. It is easy to see why as the inclusion of web components in a project allow the building of faster, smaller and smarter HTML. If this is the kind of code you would like to build into your project then Web components will help you achieve this.

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Rapid interactive prototyping, a web design trend that can improve your designs

By making time for Rapid interactive prototyping in your web design process you can improve the user experience of your designs, you can improve your communication with your clients and you can save time and money.

The method of designing an interactive prototype is gaining popularity and with tools available like Adobe XD and Usability Hub, the trend is set to continue.

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What developers need to know about web typography

A fundamental element of any website you work on is its typography – how your text is displayed. After all, much of the information displayed that your visitors are consuming is displayed through type. The common phrase is content is king so this quick guide to typography for web developers will help you design content with easy to read typography.

One of the easiest ways to experiment and improve your design skills is by experimenting with typography. It’s a skill that will take some practice and refining to get just right so that your web design is readable and effective it’s also something that gives immediate result when giving your design a quick overhaul.

I will describe some of the common typeface phrases you are likely to encounter, how a letter form is constructed is and how to use them effectively in your website designs.

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