How Fun is Your Website?

Oct 1 2010 by Jason Gross | 9 Comments

How Fun is Your Website?

The secret to success for a website these days is really no secret at all. Websites that really bring home the bacon are the ones driven by loyal visitors who frequent the site on a regular basis. Building a community like this often takes a lot of time and loads of great content.

But is there a way to shortcut the tried and true methods of great material and great marketing?

What if a website were fun to play?

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Creating a User Interface That Speaks Your Users’ Language

Sep 27 2010 by Cedric Savarese | 11 Comments

Creating a User Interface That Speaks Your Users' Language

In this article, we’ll talk about the challenges of writing concise and familiar copy for web application user interfaces.  We’ll illustrate, with a real case example, how tools like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk can help designers find a common language with their users.

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Making User Interface Elements Difficult to Use By Intent

Jul 30 2010 by Jacob Gube | 23 Comments

Making User Interface Elements Difficult to Use By Intent

In modern web interface design, no other principle has been heralded and pushed onto us as much as the concept of user-centered design. User-centered design tells us that we should do everything we can to make our user interfaces as easy to use and as intuitive as possible.

However, a big part of designing user interfaces that are easy to use also involves figuring out what things should be a bit more difficult to use. It’s a counter-intuitive notion that’s central to effective user interface design.

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Sleek Interface Designs from DeviantART

Apr 22 2010 by Hakan Nural | 27 Comments

We encounter user interfaces everywhere in our daily lives. When I look at interfaces, they always inspire me and I hope that they will inspire you too. Here are 40 creative interface designs from DeviantART for your inspiration.

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Will This Be The New Google Web Design?

Apr 19 2010 by Jacob Gube | 170 Comments

Google — it seems — is testing a new design today, demonstrating it to certain visitors of the site. This type of live testing is common (the process known as split testing) to evaluate the efficacy of a new design.

Could this be how Google will look soon? Check out some images comparing the new design versus the current design.

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Best Practices for Hints and Validation in Web Forms

Feb 25 2010 by Kean Richmond | 21 Comments

Our instinctive dislike for forms originates from having to fill out seemingly endless paper forms, many of which require a Master’s degree in Form Content Filling to understand and fill out correctly the first time.

Unfortunately, in the offline world, getting some answer wrong would mean having to fill out the form in full and sending it again, usually days apart.

Best Practices for Hints and Validation in Web Forms

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The Future of User Interfaces

Feb 11 2010 by Cameron Chapman | 35 Comments

User interfaces—the way we interact with our technologies—have evolved a lot over the years.

From the original punch cards and printouts to monitors, mouses, and keyboards, all the way to the track pad, voice recognition, and interfaces designed to make it easier for the disabled to use computers, interfaces have progressed rapidly within the last few decades.

But there’s still a long way to go and there are many possible directions that future interface designs could take. We’re already seeing some start to crop up and its exciting to think about how they’ll change our lives.

The Future of User Interfaces

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