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6 Guidelines For Designing 404 Error Pages With A Positive Impact

It goes without saying that the best way to go about errors is to avoid them. People neither have the time nor the nerves to deal with technical problems, while browsing your site with a certain goal in mind. So you should do everything in your power to avoid errors.

Yet, there is little you can do about the unexpected. No matter how hard you try, some users will run into a dead end at some point. It might or not be your fault, but you should be prepared for when it happens.

Customized 404 error pages have become the rule. We see them almost every time that we try to visit a broken or non-existing link. Webmasters have realized that classic 404 error messages can have a negative impact on the user experience. They are negatively phrased, boring and for most people too technical to truly understand. Customized error pages on the other hand can have a positive impact.
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How Individual Learning Styles Improve The User Experience

Every website has a certain purpose, be it to inform people, create a community, or sell stuff. At the same time, people who visit a website have a certain goal. This sounds pretty straightforward, right? Now consider the diversity of people that come to your site and you will see that things are a little more complex. In order to reach your own goals and at the same time help your visitors reach theirs, you need to carefully think through how you present the content on your website.

I found this very nice quote by Forgus that sais: “Perception is an active process of locating and extracting information from the environment and learning is the process of acquiring information through experience and storing information. Thinking is the manipulation of information to solve problems. The easier it is to extract information (perceive) the easier our thinking process becomes.”

Basically this quote tells us that we are responsible of whether or not people care for the information we offer on our site and at the same time if they can handle it. We have the obligation to make information as easy to access and as intuitive to perceive as possible. The way we present our content defines if and how many people can solve their goals.

In this article I’d like to guide you through different learning styles and explain how thinking like a teacher can help you create a better user experience.
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Top 10 Guidelines for Designing Better Landing Pages

The current shift of focus away from the usability of a website towards its user experience can be quite challenging. Especially for those generations that were usability experts long before the emotional impact of the Internet was even an issue. Now Usability has become a commodity. Does that mean it’s less important? It certainly does not. We just have to learn to go a step further and make our websites functional, usable, and pleasurable.

Jakob Nielsen is one of the leading experts when it comes to usability. Over the years he has conducted countless studies, written very useful books, and contributed quite some knowledge to the world about how to make a website usable. However, he has not yet taken that extra step towards a great user experience.

The homepage is the most important page on most websites, and gets more page views than any other page.

According to Nielsen is a company’s homepage the “face to the world and the starting point for most user visits.” Reason enough to make the best of it, I think. In this article I’d like to take a look at Nielsen’s Top 10 Guidelines for Homepage Usability and how we can make pleasurable landing pages, without paying the price of good usability.
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Not Just Pretty: Building Emotion Into Your Websites

This article was originally and in full length published on Smashing Magazine. Please visit the original source for the entire text, including many visual examples.

Emotional design has become a powerful tool in creating exceptional user experiences for websites. However, emotions did not use to play such an important role on the Web. Actually, they did not use to play any role at all; rather, they were drowned by a flood of rational functionality and efficiency.

We were so busy trying to adapt to the World Wide Web as a new medium that we lost sight of its full potential. Instead of using the Internet on our terms, we adapted to its technical and, at first, impersonal nature. If it wasn’t for visionary contemporaries such as Don Norman or Aarron Walter, we might still be focusing on improving processes, neglecting the potential of emotional design.
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Our 5 Favorite Articles On UX (May 2012)

As community manager and writer at Usabilla, I stumble over quite a number of interesting articles every day. Whenever I read something interesting, I tweet or retweet it in the hope that more people will see and enjoy it. Now, twitter can be a tricky thing. People easily miss your stuff, especially if you are not persistent enough to tweet the same link over and over.

Today it’s the last day of the month and we would like to share with you our favorite articles from this month. Let me give you just a brief summary on each of them and then let you decide for yourself if they are worth your time. I bet they are, though.
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Usability Has Become A Commodity

  • Heretical or not, it is time to have more pleasure and enjoyment in life. Although the cognitive analyses of usability and function are important, so too is the affective analysis. Let the future of everyday things be ones that do their job, that are easy to use, and that provide enjoyment and pleasure.

– Don Norman

I couldn’t say it any better than Don Norman. There is no questions that the usability of a user interface (UI) will continue to be essential for the success of a product. Only due to technological progress and common usability standards, people will be more likely to notice its absence rather than its presence. Usability has become a commodity and is no longer a distinctive feature. Something less tangible has taken its place: The user experience.

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Useful, Saleable, Buildable: The Role Of UX In Defining Requirements

This is a guest post by our friend Mike Hughes.

A mentor of mine is fond of giving the advice “Do what you love to do in the service of those who love what you do.” Whenever I hear UX professionals complain that they are continually having to promote the value of what they do, I wonder if they are serving the right people. If people in your organization are not seeing the value you add, maybe you haven’t positioned yourself where you can add the most value.

In this article I’ll explain how my role has evolved from that of a usability expert to that of a user experience (UX) architect. In making that transition, I have increased my impact on product strategy and I have established a higher perceived value in the organizations I work for. Essentially, I will discuss how my emphasis and contribution has shifted from just making the product usable, to defining a product that is useful, saleable, and buildable.

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A Cry For Looking To Other Methods For User Centered Design

This guest post is written by our friend Tristan Weevers.

In 2004 and in 2005, Neville Stanton wrote two books with 200 methods and tools for Human Factors. In 2010, Chauncey Wilson added another 100 specific for user-centred design (UCD). In addition to books like these, people started to collect methods online. I found a lot of them, some better than others. However, it seems that no one really uses these collections, or even knows about them.

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UX & SEO: A Love Story

This is a guest post written by our friend Mark Oleszczak

Oftentimes, when people hear the words “search engine optimization” – they think of shady people who love keyword stuffing, gimmicky page titles, and who in general love to ruin the cleanliness of a beautiful website. While those people do exist, it’s important to note that not all search engine optimizers are the same, and there are a number of easy things you can do as a designer to ensure your site is beautiful for both your target audience and for robots.

Aww… robots.

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