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Our 5 Favorite Articles On UX (May 2013)

It’s the end of the month, once again. And so it’s time for us to share with you a list of our favorite UX articles. We hope you like them! And if you have a nice resource that you’d like to add to the list, please do so by sharing it in the comments.

From this month’s top 5 UX articles, you’ll learn:

  • How to create a better responsive experience
  • How much the web has really changed
  • Which 5 emotions make your website work
  • Why you need to stop thinking of your designers as artists
  • How to test your website navigation

1. Create a Better Responsive User Experience


Create a Better Responsive User Experience by Nick Switzer, published on UX Magazine.

“An important first step in dealing with the mobile landscape is taking the time to choose an approach, whether responsive or mobile-specific, that best suits users’ needs. An important first step in dealing with the mobile landscape is taking the time to choose an approach, whether responsive or mobile-specific, that best suits users’ needs…” This is a hands-on guide for planning, designing, and building better responsive websites. Great read for anyone interested in responsive or future proof web design.

2. How Much Has The Web Really Changed?

How Much Has The Web Really Changed? by Vasilis van Gemert, published on Smashing Magazine.

“Responsive design is about more than just layout; it’s about designing for the Web, which means, mostly, for people with browsers. And that’s just about everything we know about the people who visit our websites: they are probably using a browser. All the rest we just don’t know…” In this article, Vasilis takes a close look at all of the things that really have changed about the web.

3. Web Designing is All About Stirring Up the Right Emotions – 5 Emotions that Make a Website Work


Web Designing is All About Stirring Up the Right Emotions – 5 Emotions that Make a Website Work by Pete Juratovic, published on InstantShift.

“The focus on aesthetics in website designing remains as is, but another element has been added to the mix, which is Emotion. A mixture of emotions and aesthetics helps you design user experiences that effectively capture the mood of the website and help deliver the website’s message effectively…” This is a great read on how emotional concepts, such as humor, empathy, passion, envy, and sympathy affect your visitors.

4. Your Designers Are Not Artists, and You Need to Stop Thinking That Way


Your Designers Are Not Artists, and You Need to Stop Thinking That Way by Keith Frankel, published on HubSpot.

“If there was one thing I could convey to non-designers, it is this: designers are not artists, and the fact that you view them as such is hurting not only your working relationship, but the quality of the work you receive from them, as well…” In this article, Keith explains the difference between designers and artists and why it is so important that we recognize they are not the same.

5. 10 Metrics For Testing Website Navigation


10 Metrics For Testing Website Navigation by Jeff Sauro, published on Measuring Usability.

“Website navigation is at the heart of good findability. To measure findability, we perform a tree test or a click test on a live website. In both types of studies, we collect many metrics to help uncover problems with terms and taxonomy. While the fundamental metric of findability is whether users find an item or not, often other metrics provide clues to problems in the hierarchy even if users manage to find an item…” Jeff discusses 10 handy metrics to collect and dig into when you’re looking to improve website navigation.

One comment

  1. Mark Holmes

    That’s a nice list. I like all the top five article especially the fourth one ie.,”Your Designers Are Not Artists, and You Need to Stop Thinking That Way” by Keith Frankel. Its a different thought and 100 % acceptable.

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