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3 Ways In Which Fluency Psychology Will Shake Up Usability Design

As usability professionals, we love to understand what makes a website or interface ‘feel’ right. While usability testing remains an indispensable tool in ironing out our interface’s bottlenecks, new insights into the ways in which people process information are always welcome. What brain circuits are sparked when someone interacts with our work? And how do these processes guide further courses of action?

Currently, one of cognitive psychology’s most treasured topics is processing fluency. It’s a simple concept, yet amazingly powerful in creating interfaces that work. Let’s dig in.
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The Best UX Articles of October 2014

The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and the clocks have now retreated an hour. With leaves are scattered around, autumn is well and truly here. Not to worry, we’ve brought together our favourite UX articles of the last month to provide some relief from the thought of winter.

With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at October 2014. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from October we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
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Adapting to Users with Responsive Interfaces

Over the past two years, responsive design has risen from niche technology, to an essential part of web design. We’re at a stage where if your site isn’t adapting to fit the screen – to fit the device – it’s outdated. This is the responsive revolution. The movement towards a more adaptive – a more intelligent – web.

Responsive design needn’t only be a cure for site formatting. Responsive design allows us to be… Responsive. Allows us to respond to our users. It opens the door for exciting new technologies. Interfaces can be fine-tuned for the individual, making use of location and other metadata.
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The Best UX Articles of September 2014

It’s Autumn already… Nothing more needs to be said. Let’s escape the reality of the dawning Winter and jump straight into some awesome UX content.

With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at August 2014. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from August we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
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How To Balance Usability and Design When Building a Website

It is all about perception when we talk about ugliness and beauty in web design. My ‘ugly’ may be your ‘beauty’ and vice versa, but how does it happen that many usable websites are ugly for the majority of users? ‘Usability comes first’ is a true rule of website development, but design plays not lesser importance in creating great user experience. Website designers make a huge mistake when focus around usability alone, just because it is thought to be more important for users. Usability and design should go together as CSS and PHP, as Header and Footer, as content and layout. A fast website with a friendly entry form yet colored in unsuitable color palette and with old-fashioned fonts would never succeed among users. Finally, the goal of webmasters is to achieve lasting collaboration with users, but design and usability can’t make this if taken separately, no way.
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Flat Design was just a Trend, Apparently

There is no doubting Flat design is the current darling of the design world. Flat, simple patterns provide a clean and fresh look. Minimalist designs perfectly adapted to the surge in mobile usage. Even a company like Apple, a longtime supporter of skeuomorphic design, has joined their contemporaries in the design switch up.

Flat design burst onto the scene in late 2012, heralding a new era for design. Windows proved the vanguard for these new principles. Implementing their Metro interface first on Xbox and Zune, before unveiling Flat to the world with Windows 8. The Windows shake up carried with it plenty of controversies, yet Flat Design has only grown from strength to strength.
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Need for Speed – Fast Loading the Key to a Satisfying UX

A website’s success can depend on several factors. Intuitive navigation, aesthetically appealing design, quality content, site maps, etc. – all play a vital role in making a website successful.

There is one more very important factor that has a huge impact on the success of your website – page load time.

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Consistency Counts: Never Forget Your User

“Reinventing the wheel” is a common trend in the UX field, as is it within the majority of creative disciplines. Keen designers want to leave their mark; to prove their creativity and talent through fresh concepts. Fair play to them. How else are we to ensure trends evolve and continue to keep us interested and excited?

UX however, is a strange beast. A place where boundless creativity must be kept in check. Where any hint of misplaced arrogance can, and will, break a design; where “Reinventing the Wheel” is a trap best avoided. UX is about consistency.
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The Best UX Articles of August 2014

So yea, summer happened – apparently. Already August seems an age away as the wind and weather returns to that downward slope. If you were too engrossed in summer to realise the year is 2/3 over, join the gang. No worries though, a catch up is on hand.

With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at August 2014. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from August we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
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