Web & mobile prototyping, wireframing & UX: September’s best posts
This month’s best blog posts have us asking: is slower UX better, what’s the future of mobile UI and just how trustworthy is the UX of some of our favorite websites? September’s best posts
All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray. Goodbye summer and hello autumn. With the change in seasons Justinmind has rounded up some fresh UX design content focused around slowing down the user experience, the power behind color choice in your UX designs and how the principles of prototyping a real life product can be easily applied to creating your own digital interactive wireframe. Let’s get into it.
When slower UX is better UX, from WebdesignerDepot
Now the headline might shock you at first. How can slow UX ever be good in a world where on-demand binge watching is the norm and any page that takes more than a millisecond to load can cause users to seethe uncontrollably?
Well, Mike Godlewski manages to convincingly put the case forward for slow UX. What does that mean exactly? Imagine doing something simple in a mobile app like retrieving a report or analytics. Maybe you’d anticipate a loading bar to reassure you that what you’re doing is happening. But what if the app didn’t need to load anything? What if everything you wanted was presented as quickly as you wanted it? Would that be the best experience ever? I mean, isn’t waiting so 2014? Mike thinks otherwise.
Time to read: 6 minutes
Color, psychology and design, from UX Planet
Muditha Batagoda breaks down the power of color and psychology within UX design. Color after all is one of the main attention grabbers in design so it’s clear to see the important role it plays in the creation of interactive prototypes, mobile apps and websites.
Batagoda whips out the facts and how color can play a role in making products recognizable, how they can imbue a sense of trust among consumers and dives into how color preference and gender may have more in common than first thought.
So if you’ve ever been stuck on whether to go with blue or red in your next project, give Muditha a read.
Time to read: 5 minutes
What’s the future of mobile UI/UX? from Techaheadcorp
Designers are always innovating and this means that the mobile UX and UI landscape is in a constant state of change. Erica Louise asks various UX designers what they think the future of UX is and presents their answers in an engaging and easily digestible infographic.
Time to read: 2 minutes
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7 Designers Draw Their Code Of Ethics, from Fastcodesign
What rules do you live by, as a UX designer? Do you have a set of principles which govern how you approach a UX design problem? Google’s famous corporate motto of “Don’t be evil” seems almost laughable when you consider the clandestine practices the behemoth gets up to in this day and age. But this simple ethics code no doubt came from a good place.
The idea started off on Medium when Mike Monteiro wrote an article titled A Designer’s Code of Ethics, wherein he details 10 guidelines for designers. This spurred designers doing what they do best: designing. In the fight for ethical design, 7 designers whipped up some posters to reflect these codes of ethics in their own unique way. They look totally awesome.
Time to read: 3 minutes
How booking.com manipulates you, from Roman Cheplyaka
Companies want you stay on their website for as long as possible. Everyone’s aware of common dark UX patterns out there. But how dark do companies get with their user experience in order to keep you chained to their website?
Roman Cheplyaka briefly discusses the subtle tricks that websites use to maintain your focus solely on them. One such example is Youtube and their autoplay function, another example is the use of breaking news at every headline in these troubling times. All used to capture and retain your attention.
Then Cheplyaka dives into the main part of his article: booking.com and all the ways in which they manipulate you, perhaps without you even being aware of it.
One by one Roman dissects the pricing, reviews, urgency and ratings of booking.com and how the UX design and psychological tricks behind these elements may not be as they seem on the surface. It’s definitely food for thought and will make you consider twice before being tripped up by the travel giant. The more you know!
Time to read: 5 minutes
The keys of prototyping, from Inventor Digest
As a child, did you ever want to grow up to be an inventor? To create innovations out of thin air that could change the world? Well, thanks to the internet doing that in the form of a website or mobile app is much easier than having to rustle up a real life viable product.
Tommy Kirk writes about the keys of prototyping. In his article, he talks about the importance of market research and building test units as well as how to go from humble prototype to manufactured product. Interestingly, as a reader you can draw similar parallels between the process of prototyping a real product with creating an interactive wireframe in a prototyping tool like Justinmind. The best tidbit? “When you receive your feedback, don’t try to fix everything. Inventors fall in a trap where they hear what people don’t like and try to fix everything that’s wrong.”
Time to read: 4 minutes