10 Design Predictions for 2017

Change happens at lightning pace in the design industry and it’s important to keep up to speed with what’s happening to stay relevant. Even if you’re not one to follow trends, as a designer, it’s good to be aware of the shifts going on in the industry. I rounded-up 10 of what I believe will be the most important design trends of the year.

See How Your Web Site Looks on Different Devices and Different Screen Resolutions

Your site is done and looking great on your screen. But, what about the others? They don't have the same setup you do, how does it look like on their screen? Or their mobile device?

Stop Shaming Your Users for Micro Conversions

A problematic trend is spreading like an epidemic on the web. In a desperate attempt to nudge users towards conversions like newsletter signups some websites are adding manipulative link text to their popup modals. These user-shaming labels are called manipulinks (a clever term coined by Steve Costello): they employ the practice of what is often referred to as confirmshaming — making users feel bad for opting out of an offer (logically, this practice might better be described as declineshaming).

52 Research Terms you need to know as a UX Designer

Your A-Z list of research terms in plain English. “Pay attention to what users do, not what they say.” - Jakob Nielsen

15 Things To Remove From Your Website Immediately

Although you can put everything on your website, please don’t. Here are 15 things that should never go on a website, under any circumstances.

Lead Generation: Website Best Practices

A visitor takes action, a contact form is submitted, a lead is born! It happens every day. It’s common, but it’s not simple. There are dozens of little factors involved in lead generation. Some do it well, but most don’t. The difference is in the site. A lead generation website has a specific set of pages, each with specific elements. Let’s break it down.

Best Practices for Modals / Overlays /Dialog Windows

Definition: A modal window is an element that sits on top of an application’s main window. It creates a mode that disables the main window but keeps it visible with the modal window as a child window in front of it. Users must interact with the modal window before they can return to the parent application. 

Best Practices for Search Results

Search is like a conversation between the user and system: the user expresses their information need as a query, and the system expresses its response as a set of results. The results page is a crucial piece of the search experience: it presents an opportunity to engage a dialogue that guides users’ information needs.