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Our 15 Most Popular Articles of 2012

The year is coming to an end — the perfect time for a roundup of the most popular articles on the Usabilla Blog. We are very excited to see our community grow steadily, and our heartfelt thanks for a great year goes to all of you — our loyal readers, many many supportive promoters of our content, and of course all our valued guest authors.

Before we take a look at this year’s most popular articles, why not take a minute to think about what you would like to read about in 2013. If anything comes to mind, please let us know in the comments below. We would be happy to write about your topic. If you like writing yourself, have you considered becoming a guest author for the Usabilla Blog? In any case, we’d be happy to hear from you.

Here is a list of this year’s top 15 articles on the Usabilla Blog:

  1. How To Design Effective Navigation Menus
  2. 10 Tips How To Handle Responsive Navigation Menus Successfully
  3. 15 Reasons Why Parallax Scrolling In Web Design Is Awesome
  4. 10 Usability Basics To Consider Before Designing The UX
  5. Why The User Experience Can Or Cannot Be Designed
  6. How Full Page Background Images Affect The User Experience
  7. Web Designers Should Just Become Designers: an Interview With Don Norman
  8. How The Left/ Right Brain Theory Improves The User Experience
  9. 10 Ways To Incorporate Storytelling In Web Design
  10. A Guide To Well Designed Sign-up Forms With 15 Examples
  11. How To Design A More Effective Website Header
  12. 10 Things To Know About Images In Web Design
  13. 6 Guidelines For Designing 404 Error Pages With A Positive Impact
  14. How To Design Cool Team Pages
  15. How To Avoid Web Design Mistakes That Interfere With Usability

Here is the same list, just with a little more body:

1. How To Design Effective Navigation Menus

Navigation menus are the key to finding what we are looking for on a website. Without a navigation menu that meets our expectations, a website will most likely not be effective. A website that is not effective will most likely not be successful. There are many different kind of websites that range from simple to extremely complex. In any case, a good design should focus on the users and their goals: Finding certain information as quickly as possible. … read more

2. 10 Tips How To Handle Responsive Navigation Menus Successfully


Responsive web design is quite a new approach to handling your website on different devices. While your content stays the same, the layout changes according to the screen resolution. Responsive design allows you to create a unique user experience on different platforms and at the same time keep maintenance efforts at a minimum. … read more

3. 15 Reasons Why Parallax Scrolling In Web Design Is Awesome


Parallax scrolling. A design technique that has become increasingly popular lately — and not without reason. We’ve been talking a lot about how the web has changed and how our expectations towards a website have risen. The web user of today wants to get entertained and involved. We are more than willing to engage with a website, if we are invited to do so anyway. With parallax scrolling you can do a bunch of great things to invite your visitors to engage with your site. …read more

4. 10 Usability Basics To Consider Before Designing The UX


Lately there has been a lot of talking about the user experience of a website. We want people to have fun when they visit our site. We want them to keep us in good memory, so they come back and also tell others about our great website. We try to build positive experiences that draw people in and engage them, that help us connect with our visitors and eventually guide them towards a certain attitude or action. … read more

5. Why The User Experience Can Or Cannot Be Designed


It seems an endless discussion whether the user experience can or cannot be designed. The difficulty of the discussion lies in the level of abstraction. I believe that is because everything is an experience and everyone is a user. There is no standard definition, nor consensus among the practitioners, of what experience design really is. … read more

6. How Full Page Background Images Affect The User Experience


The user experience of a website has gained quite some importance in the last couple of years. A website is expected to be functional, reliable, and efficient nowadays. Besides these basics, it also needs to be engaging and fun. In order to stand out from your competitors and to make a lasting impression, you need to offer your visitors an experience worth remembering. You need to make sure they actually enjoy your website. … read more

7. Web Designers Should Just Become Designers: an Interview With Don Norman

Donald Norman is one of the world’s most influential designers and writers about design. We are big fans, and really proud that our colleague Anneke could talk to him about his books, the future of designing for the web, emotional design, the balance between design as an art-form and as a form of marketing, and much more. … read more

8. How The Left/ Right Brain Theory Improves The User Experience


Sometimes, it’s very easy to convince us. Be it in a discussion with friends, when buying a new pair of shoes, or when searching for a web service on the the Internet, if our intuition tells us to go for it, we feel confident that we are making the right decision. Then, other times, it seems like our intuition deserts us and it takes a lot more convincing to win us over for something. … read more

9. 10 Ways To Incorporate Storytelling In Web Design


Stories play a central role in any culture. Their original purpose is to entertain, educate, and to teach us moral values. Back in the days when there was no mass media, stories were passed on from person to person, from generation to generation. Later, they were written down, duplicated, and easily accessible to the masses. With every new medium people kept finding new and more advanced ways to preserve and share their stories. … read more

10. A Guide To Well Designed Sign-up Forms With 15 Examples


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. … read more

11. How To Design A More Effective Website Header


The header of a website is likely to be the first thing people will look at when they visit your site. There are no rules how a header should look like, and basically there are no limits to your creativity when it comes to designing your header. Just make sure you exploit its full potential. … read more

12. 10 Things To Know About Images In Web Design


Web standards rise continually, changing our expectations towards a website. We want to find information quickly, we want to socialize, we want to get entertained, and we want all of it to happen on a personal level. The key to designing efficient, attractive, and personal websites is the use of a wide range of engaging media. … read more

13. 6 Guidelines For Designing 404 Error Pages With A Positive Impact

It goes without saying that the best way to go about errors is to avoid them. People neither have the time nor the nerves to deal with technical problems, while browsing your site with a certain goal in mind. So you should do everything in your power to avoid errors. Yet, there is little you can do about the unexpected. No matter how hard you try, some users will run into a dead end at some point. It might or not be your fault, but you should be prepared for when it happens. … read more

14. How To Design Cool Team Pages


Just like everything else on the Web, team presentations have changed a lot over the last few years. They went from non existent to being very personal, funny, and engaging. Our expectations towards the user experience of a website grows rapidly. Not only do we want clear information, and easy to go through signup processes, we also want to know who is behind a website and why we should trust them. … read more

15. How To Avoid Web Design Mistakes That Interfere With Usability


If you are new to the design field, creating a website may seem a daunting task. There are so many things to consider; you’re probably worrying about your clients’ requests, the aesthetic feeling you hope to induce, and tons of other creative nuances. However, thereal challenge is combining all these requirements in a website that is usable. … read more

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