b.side designs Thoughts

Myth #1: People read on the web

uxmyths:

People only read word-by-word on the web when they are really interested in the content. They usually skim the pages looking for highlighted keywords, meaningful headings, short paragraphs and scannable list. Since they’re in a hurry to find the very piece of information they’re looking for, they’ll skip what’s irrelevant for them.

So don’t expect people to read content that seems neither easily scannable nor relevant for them, therefore long text blocks, unnecessary instructions, promotional writing and “smalltalk” should be avoided on the web.

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Label + field alignment.

What’s the best way to align labels with fields? Some say top, some say  inside, and say right aligned. Which do you use?

UX movement talks about how keeping the labels right align makes it easier for user to scan.

http://uxmovement.com/forms/form-label-proximity-right-aligned-is-easier-to-scan

But my method of choice is top align. It makes the filling out a form faster. The visual representation of the form is clean and easier for he eyes to follow.

Here UX movement talks about the value of top alignment and how it allows the user the fill out a form faster.

http://uxmovement.com/forms/faster-with-top-aligned-labels/

Depending on the goal of the form should decide which align method you choose. 

Gift #2 apple keyboard & mighty mouse 💗 (Taken with instagram)

Gift #2 apple keyboard & mighty mouse 💗 (Taken with instagram)

This message alone is making me interested in #LeanUX.
I hate wasting the company and my time.

This message alone is making me interested in #LeanUX.

I hate wasting the company and my time.

#flipboard knows just what I want to read. Favorite App!  (Taken with instagram)

#flipboard knows just what I want to read. Favorite App! (Taken with instagram)

Myth #31: UX design is a step in a project

uxmyths:

Many think that user experience design is confined to sketching the interfaces. However, UX design is a much broader process that - ideally - starts at the strategy level and affects the whole lifecycle of a project or a business.

UX design begins by learning about the business model, doing user research and understanding how a service can fit into the users’ lives in a meaningful way. Thus UX design has a crucial part in defining the business strategy, providing baselines for business decisions with such design deliverables as personas or user stories. A UX-driven process doesn’t end with the UIs either, it’s also about testing with people, supporting development, making ongoing adjustments even after the launch.

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One thing i don’t like about gmail’s new UI.  Is that I occasionally click the ads now that it’s gray. I think i expect the back button to be there.

One thing i don’t like about gmail’s new UI.  Is that I occasionally click the ads now that it’s gray. I think i expect the back button to be there.