Tag Archives: typography

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Web Designers Need To Remember Typography Influences Usability

Whether your web design skills were acquired through formal education or self-taught learning, there is one aspect of design that commonly gets overlooked — typography. In the following, we’ll take a look at what typography really is, why it affects the usability of your website, and how you can use typography to rise your design to the next level.
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15 Practical Tips How To Use Typography For Emotional Design

Typography is an essential part of any website. There is no doubt about it. Websites usually offer information and the easiest way to present this information is through text. Besides, “people who are reading a well typeset page are more engaged in the experience and find that time flies by faster.” Good typography is not only a convenient carrier for information, it can also help to engage our website visitors.
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A Smashing Redesign

Given that we love everything UX and design related, it must come as no surprise we are big fan of Smashing Magazine. Their choice of subjects is always spot on, and their articles show an impressive amount of attention to detail. They recently had their site redesigned, and the result is a beautiful, spacious site, designed from the typography out.

I took a closer look at the new design and I’d like to discuss some of the findings with you. I will not speak only based on my own observations however: I set up a Usabilla design feedback test among 30-some of our loyal followers.1 They pointed out which elements they like on the homepage and which they would like to improve, and elaborated on both tasks by leaving notes. In total, I got 220 notes placed on an image of the new Smashing Magazine homepage.

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How Good Is the UX of Mobile Newspaper Pages?

I believe that the user experience of mobile newspaper websites can be greatly improved. Armed with feedback from a small remote user test of the mobile pages of two big newspapers, I want to explain why I think these sites fail in some key area’s, and make some suggestions for improvement.

The USA Today and the Washington Post are both among the biggest newspapers in the United States. They differ in their tone of voice, but together they form a very rough average of the mobile newspaper sites available.

I’ll look at the user experience of these sites by discussing two use case scenario’s, and afterwards explain how these sites can be improved by less clutter, better typography, and a stronger visual hierarchy.

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