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And our favorites from last week are:
Braden Kowitz (@kowitz) is an interaction designer at Google Ventures. In Story-centered design: Hacking your brain to think like a user he explains how he stopped designing screens and only works with storyboards, prototypes and screencasts for interactive products now. A really nice article, and by far the most retweeted and favorited external link we tweeted last week.
Picking the right footer for a design can be harder than it seems. But a good footer can have a great impact—both on the impression you make, and the actual behavior of your visitors. In this article I will show you which footer to pick for the occasion, and have a look at more specific elements you can put in it. I will provide examples from the list of footers I put together on Usabilla Discover.
Like many website elements, we owe the concept of a footer to printed typography. In print, the page number is often in the footer, and sometimes it contains the title of the current chapter or section. In web design, the footer at the bottom of each page has evolved to serve a few different functions. But by definition, it’s always located on the bottom of the page, and its lay-out never changes across the site.
And our favorites this week are:
Stephanie Rieger goes beyond the ‘mobile users are in a hurry’ dogma: Mobile users don’t do that
A 7 step guide to website usability on Usability Geek.
An original and cute design theory presentation: How to design for bears
Luke W gives a breakdown of the most popular multi-device layout patterns
The elements of a clean web design on Six Revisions
An extensive guide to responsive navigations patterns by Brad Frost
16 interviewing tips to get better data from user studies by Michael Margolis on the excellent Design Staff
Martha Rotter tells us about Designing Engaging And Enjoyable Long-Form Reading Experiences on Smashing Magazine
UX Magazine featured an article on better use of paper in UX design by Marcin Treder
Font Awesome is a really nice free iconic font for use with Twitter Bootstrap
Many sites are designed to convert visitors into users by getting them to create an account. The sign-up form is the last hurdle a soon-to-be user needs to jump over, and it’s crucial that you make that hurdle as low and non-threatening as possible. In this post I will provide design suggestions for solid sign-up forms for web services and applications. Many forms can be improved by making them more targeted, more persuasive, or by keeping them as brief as possible. I will use examples from my list of sign-up forms on Usabilla Discover that shine in these areas.
Nir Eyal explains how a lot of the success of curent startups depend on being addictive: Habits Are The New Viral: Why Startups Must Be Behavior Experts
The W3C has a subset of the full HTML5 specification available that is geared towards Web authors. All the user-agent implementation details are ommited, making it an excellent reference document for writers and front-enders concerned with having semantically valid markup.
Lis Hubert talks about the de-evolution of UX design.
Intercom’s Eoghan McCabe shows how stupid emails that can’t be replied to are: no reply is better than no-reply.
A nice overview of biases and irrational behaviour on PsyBlog. How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies