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Our 5 Favorite Articles On UX (November 2012)

This month, our favorite articles on UX are all about a better, more minimalistic, and more efficient approach to web design. Looking for design inspiration, or a starting point for your new design project? Do you want to know how to overcome UX barriers to sales conversion, or learn about the benefits of sharing our decision-making processes? Then we’ve got you covered.

We hope you enjoy these readings as much as we did. Our heartfelt thanks to all the inspiring UX authors out there. Thanks for sharing your insights.

Here are the top 5 articles from the month November:

1. The Novice Web Designers Guide to Colors


The Novice Web Designers Guide to Colors by
Chaz Magaña
, published on InstantShift.

How we perceive everything around us is heavily influenced by color. It is therefore not a surprise that the color palette for your website is both important and an intricate part of the design. In this article, Chaz talks about the psychological and cultural perception of colors. He offers some great examples, tips and tricks, that we can follow to make sure we create a great looking site that communicates our needs and fulfills its purpose. I recommend this article to anyone, who want to learn or recap some interesting color effects.

2. 6 Tried and Tested Starting Points For Any Web Page Design


6 Tried and Tested Starting Points For Any Web Page Design by Babar Suleman, published on The Daily Egg.

In this article, Babar talks about how a systematical approach to web design can help you become more efficient in your work. He explains how it’s all about finding a tried and tested starting point and offers us 6 trusty ways to get started on our next design project. This is a great read for any designer.

3. The Pros and Cons of Minimalistic Web Design


The Pros and Cons of Minimalistic Web Design by Steven Chalmers, published on Inspired Magazine.

Minimalism has become the latest trend in many web designs, particularly in the area of online business and service professional websites. In this article, Steven explains why minimalistic web design has more than a few practical benefits that make it ideal not just for the short term but also for long range website decoration and appearance. He discusses four key points to keep in mind when putting together a concept of how to reduce a site to minimal essentials. This is a great resource for designers.

4. How to make design decisions


How to make design decisions by Rob Bowen, published on Webdesigner Dpot.

This article, Rob examines the numerous benefits of sharing our decision-making processes. He encourages us to talk more about the ‘whys’. Through conversation we can help the community learn from our decisions, help our clients understand our course of action, track our creative processes, or simply better understand our own projects. I recommend this article to anyone, who either works together with a team, or who has direct contact with clients.

5. 5 Main User Experience Barriers To Sales Conversion And How To Overcome Them


5 Main User Experience Barriers To Sales Conversion And How To Overcome Them by Lee Duddell, published on Usability Geek.

Converting visits to sales is the Holy Grail for retail websites, but how can businesses maximize their ability to do so? From his experience of gathering insight into user behavior across hundreds of fashion websites globally, Lee Duddell has been able to identify patterns which clearly state what are the most common user experience barriers to conversion. In this 2-part article, he shares with us these findings and, more importantly, ways in which to overcome them. Anyone, who aims at converting website visitors should read this.

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