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No rocket science here. Just 4 simple user interface techniques that can be used to improve a web application. Applying any of these techniques won’t take a huge amount of effort but will provide some nice enhancements creating a better experience for users.
Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply don’t spend enough time on website usability. Whilst I know a lot about the subject and understand it’s importance, I often fail to implement some of the most basic of usability best practices. To try and beat this, I’ve created a visual aid called, ‘Cliftwalker’s Website Usability Checklist’.
There are lots of great UI kits out there so I thought I’d put together my own as a little experiment. This UI kit was created with Photoshop using some very basic techniques and the pen tool to create some of the icons. I created the background by importing one of the Subtle Pattern backgrounds and creating a pattern out of it in Photoshop.
This book was written some time ago. Published back in 2007, a time when “web 2.0” was all the rage and seemed to be the answer to creating new, exciting and engaging web applications. Unlike the web 2.0 fad, the core principles from this book are still very relevant today. From understanding users to refining everything you do, Robert Hoekmans’ Designing the obvious, provides a great framework for approaching the design and continual process of improving web user interfaces.
Everyone hates those silly captcha forms. The ones you can barely read, have to refresh 100 times in order to get one you think you can read, only to fail yet again. There intentions are good but often fail miserably, interrupting your flow, frustrating you and often causing you to just give up and try another service. More recently, I’ve started to notice that a number of sites have started to innovate this required functionality and turn it into something far more usable and interesting…
Ask yourself how many times you’ve added a feature to a Web Application because it is relatively simple to build and you ‘think’ users will find useful? I’ve certainly done this as have many other developers, so you’re not alone…