10 Important UI Design Considerations for Web Apps

May 30 2011 by Marc Gayle | 19 Comments

10 Important UI Design Considerations for Web Apps

When I finished building my first web app (CompVersions, which allows you to collect feedback from clients), I was surprised at the number of user interface decisions and considerations I hadn’t accounted for at the beginning of my journey. I’d like to share some of those things with you.

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Designing Effective FAQ Pages

May 24 2011 by Mohammad Moradi | 23 Comments

Designing Effective FAQ Pages

FAQ stands for "frequently asked questions." As the name implies, it is a type of web page (or group of web pages) that lists questions frequently asked by users, usually about different aspects of the website or its services. The answers are typically shown with the questions.

FAQ pages aim to make finding answers easy for users. The ideal FAQ page helps people use the website without the need for outside assistance. More often than not, unfortunately, this ideal is not realized.

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Effective Website Help Systems: Tips and Examples

May 10 2011 by Mohammad Moradi | 14 Comments

Effective Website Help Systems: Examples and Best Practices

Web designers should regard every user who comes to our websites as potential newcomers, providing enough instruction and guidelines for them to complete their tasks and get familiar with the site.

Almost every type of website has to help its users, but in different ways. The type of website will determine the type of help system you should be providing.

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Progressive Disclosure in User Interfaces

Apr 4 2011 by Alexander Dawson | 6 Comments

As designers, we’re always trying to get the most out of our interfaces and maximize whatever space is made available to us. While many solutions have been devised over the years, one above all others has consistently influenced the way visitors access the content they seek.

From simple techniques, such as tooltips and drop-down menus, to complex single-page websites powered by Ajax, progressive disclosure has become a formidable force.

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User Interface Patterns for Dealing with Interactive Content

Mar 8 2011 by Cameron Chapman | 9 Comments

User Interface Patterns for Dealing with Interactive Content

Websites and web applications are getting more and more interactive each day. Content on websites have the advantage over their printed counterparts in that, if we wanted to, we can let our users interact with them.

We have already discussed site navigation patterns and popular web content presentation patterns. Now, let us explore some UI patterns for our interactive website content.

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6 Popular Content Presentation Design Patterns

Mar 1 2011 by Cameron Chapman | 11 Comments

6 Popular Content Presentation Design Patterns

Content is what is considered the "meat" of a website. Content should be usable and displayed in a manner that makes it efficient to read and act on. Now that we have discussed website navigation design patterns, let us now explore popular design patterns for displaying content. Below, we’ve included a few current design trends in content presentation, all based on enhancing the user experience.

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Anatomy of an Effective Product Page Design

Feb 24 2011 by Kean Richmond | 21 Comments

Anatomy of an Effective Product Page Design

The goal of any new e-commerce website appears to be to challenge (and be better than) Amazon.com. The well informed among us would say this is an impossible task and anyone suggesting different is overly ambitious or crazy. Yet with all this ambition, the websites of many online businesses simply don’t make the effort to create a site that could even challenge the Internet behemoth that is Amazon — let alone topple it.

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