The Problem with Android is Choice

Oct 14 2013 by Dave Feldman | 38 Comments

Android is flexible. Most reviews tout that as a key advantage of the operating system, particularly when it’s being compared with iOS.

To quote recent switcher Andy Ihknato:

Android has a consistent core philosophy that I find instinctively compelling: why wouldn’t a phone give its sole user a vote on how their device works?

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Lessons We Learned from Our Biggest UX and Design Mistakes

Feb 4 2013 by Leo Widrich, Tom Moor | 37 Comments

Lessons We Learned from Our Biggest UX and Design Mistakes

We’ve finally hit the 500,000-user mark at Buffer, a product that helps you share on your social media networks more efficiently. About two years ago when we started on our path to building Buffer, we knew we’d be meeting obstacles and making mistakes along the way.

One of the main things we’ve kept in mind is that making mistakes is unavoidable and that if we choose to learn from them, they’ll be helpful in giving us good guidance on how to move forward more effectively.

And I believe that it’s partly because of these mistakes that we were able to get to where we are today.

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5 Reasons Why Metaphors Can Improve the User Experience

May 11 2012 by Sabina Idler | 18 Comments

5 Reasons Why Metaphors Can Improve the User Experience

There are many ways to experience the world around us. Especially offline, we can make use of our different senses to collect information, interpret our environment and make judgments.

On the Web, however, our senses are more limited. As designers, we need to present information carefully to make sure our users think, feel and do the right thing.

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Mobile UI Design Patterns: 10+ Sites for Inspiration

Mar 29 2012 by Jacob Gube | 7 Comments

Mobile UI Design Patterns: 10+ Sites for Inspiration

User interface design patterns are solutions to common design challenges, such as navigating around an app, listing data or providing feedback to users.

Mobile apps and sites have unique UI design requirements because, compared to their desktop counterparts, they’re used in smaller screens and, at least with today’s modern mobile devices, rely on fingers instead of a keyboard and mouse as input mechanisms.

Whether you’re designing a mobile app UI for the first time or in need of specific design solutions, these mobile UI design pattern resources will surely help!

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With Great (CMS) Power Comes Great Responsibility

Sep 26 2011 by Katie Methe, Jason Mark | 27 Comments

With Great (CMS) Power Comes Great Responsibility

One of the biggest advantages of using a content management system (CMS) is that it allows developers to empower site owners with unprecedented control of their website.

Giving website owners the ability to create, edit and manage their web property has many benefits. However, having too many features and site-management capabilities can burden the client and can wreak havoc on a website.

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Essential E-Commerce Website Features: Tips and Examples

Jul 8 2011 by Mohammad Moradi | 27 Comments

Essential E-Commerce Website Features: Tips and Examples

There are many different approaches you can take when designing an e-store. However, you might notice that effective e-commerce websites have certain site features that are absolutely critical to the shopper’s experience.

We will look at these common features that you will find in almost all e-commerce websites.

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Is It Time to Rethink Website Navigation?

Jun 27 2011 by Jason Gross | 35 Comments

The hyperlink has been a staple of the Internet since it began. The Web simply wouldn’t be a web at all if we didn’t link from one web page to another. Links make the Web work.

So it would make sense to put a lot of time and effort into how we design our links and navigation systems.

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