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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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10 of the Best UX Infographics

Sometimes, as the old saying goes, pictures really do tell 1000 words. And if that’s the case, what’s better than a picture with 1000 words included on it?

We’ve gathered 10 more of the best UX relevant infographics from around the web for your entertainment and education. Marvel at the stunning visuals, and informative posters. You might just learn something! (Check out our previous collection here)
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Innovation and Usability: Striking a Balance

In a sense, success in online or software product management comes down to one word: innovation.
Discovering and implementing ideas is what drives success. The very word “innovation” is on the rise; as a recent comparison by Scott Burkun shows, the word “has undergone a steady and sharp increase in its appearance in print formats over the last fifty years”.

But does innovation come at a cost? Innovations can only be useful if they reach customers. And the key to reaching, and onboarding, these customers, is not only innovation – it’s usability.

New and returning users of your product don’t want to deal with constant updates or fixes – they want a product that works. If they already know how to use the service, they don’t want to have to learn something new.

So how to balance innovation with usability?
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Designing for Thumbs – The Thumb Zone

Thumbs. The very instrument that makes us human. Separating us from our pet cats and dogs. Passed down through the generations, our thumbs have allowed us to do all manner of things; from gripping wooden clubs, to navigating our smartphones.

In modern life wooden clubs are rarely called upon, unfortunately. Yet all too often we find ourselves standing with phone in one hand, interacting, exploring, talking and texting with our thumbs. Thumbs are more relevant than ever..!
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