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Contact Pages – Good vs Bad

A thought-through contact section or page is critical to the success of your website. Why? Simply because visitors – be it your current or potential clients – will more than likely want to contact you at some point. And when they do, you better make it a positive experience for them. Even though your interaction is probably going to be mediated, it is important to make your visitors feel welcome, understood, and appreciated.
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The ABC of Usability Part 10

The latest installment in our monthly list of User Experience terms and our first milestone as we hit our 10th edition!

Each month, we are adding new terms to our existing glossary of Usability and UX definitions; terms we deem useful, interesting or – hopefully – a mixture of the two!

Discover new terms, learn more of the ones you thought you knew and find out interesting, little known, details.
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5 Critical Aspects Of Your User Experience

The user experience. Everyone talks about it. Finally. It’s a joy watching the field grow and getting recognized. People are beginning to realize that there is more to online success than having a functional website in place. More even than a high google ranking and good usability. By now, even the smallest company has found its way online, web technologies have evolved drastically, and with that people’s expectations have grown.
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The ABC of Usability – Part 9

The latest installment in our monthly list of User Experience terms.

Each month, we are adding new terms to our existing glossary of Usability and UX definitions; terms we deem useful, interesting or – hopefully – a mixture of the two!

Discover new terms, learn more of the ones you thought you knew and find out interesting, little known, details.
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How To Integrate Waiting Time Into Your User Experience

People don’t like to wait. This is true in any situation you can think of. Be it in the line for the checkout, when counting down the days before a special event, or when loading a website – waiting requires patience, a goal worth waiting for, and the ability to distract ourselves.

Once we focus on the waiting itself, we start to keep track of the passing time by counting days, hours, minutes, or even seconds. The more conscious we experience waiting time, the longer it becomes. Think about it for a second. I bet you can come up with plenty of examples when a few seconds felt like forever.
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Popular Methods for Online Storytelling

This article was originally, and in full length, published on Six Revisions. Please visit the original source for the entire text, including many more visual examples.

The act of storytelling is present in every culture. Storytelling, when done well, can move people to take action.

The way we tell stories has evolved drastically over time. We constantly find new methods for preserving and sharing our stories: From drawings on cave walls, verbal recounting passed down from generation to generation and songs to more modern ways like newspapers, books, audio and video recordings.
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How to Simplify Design

A simple web design offers many benefits that are lost from complicated or cluttered websites. Simplicity cuts out any friction that can otherwise exist between a user entering your site and actually converting. Internet users are becoming increasingly attracted to simply designed websites, because they’re aesthetically pleasing, focused, and easily understood and navigated. They also often load faster and are great for performing well across platforms.
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Does Your Website Design Appeal To The Right People?

So you have a website – and you know who you want your target group to be. Great. But how do you make sure you design your site for the right kind of people? How do you make sure to attract people that not only like your product – but that have the right age, lifestyle, or even money to buy it?

Obviously, your product already does a lot of the work. People who don’t like it, or who don’t think it will fit their current life situation, probably won’t be the majority of your visitors. Or will they? Do they even know they probably cannot afford your product? Do they know you are targeting a different age group? Or different gender?
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5 Ways How Whitespace Affects The User Experience

Whitespace is becoming an increasingly popular design element for websites. The term was originally coined in print design and describes “the absence of text and graphics”. At the same time, whitespace is more than an empty space. It’s also “the overall airiness or density of the page including space between lines of type (leading), text offset around graphics, size of margins, and heaviness or lightness of the fonts”.

In web design, whitespace can be defined in a similar way. The only difference is that it doesn’t have to be white. Rather, whitespace comes in forms and colors. Consider it the opposite of your content. Whitespace can create a structure, carry meaning, and guide the user, but it doesn’t attract attention to itself.
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