Smartwatch UX Design – The Top Considerations


One of the most noticeable implementations of the Internet of Things is the smartwatch. We are actually past the dawn of the smartwatch and have entered a period of refinement. The next few generations of smartwatches will undoubtedly possess even more rigorously designed screens and, most importantly, drastic improvements to battery life. Smartwatch Hardware … [Read more...]

Landing Page Optimization – The Do’s And The Dont’s


One of the most important ingredients in improving your conversion rate is your landing page. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you follow certain rules to get the most out of this page. If you are involved in marketing or you are simply interested in getting your ROI from your web venture, you need to read this article as it contains what I consider to be … [Read more...]

4 Fundamental Drivers Of Good Web Design


The concept of "good web design" is as controversial a topic as the notions and theories of the "perfect machine" or the "best economic model." Opinions are dime a dozen. And more often than not, they are passionately held. Even more frequently, they are diametrically opposite to every other view in the room. While I cannot give you any answers on engineering or the … [Read more...]

The Evolution Of Mobile App Design

In July 2008 the Apple App Store went live. On launch day the marketplace featured 500 apps. Seven years and 75 billion downloads later there were more than 1.2 million different applications available in the App Store. By this stage Google had even launched its own marketplace. As the app market has grown, trends governing good UI and UX design have emerged. Here I … [Read more...]

Combining HEART With The Goals-Signals-Metrics Process To Determine Which UX Metrics To Use


The effect on the User Experience (UX) brought about by a newly-implemented product change is something that is both necessary yet difficult to measure. This is because changes in the user experience tend to be generic in nature and may not directly relate to the quality of the UX or the overall goals of the project. At the same time the ability to measure this effect will … [Read more...]

Using Consistency To Improve The User Experience Across Desktop And Mobile


Branding is an essential design feature for any professional firm. Consistency across all mediums is a branding strategy that should not be overlooked. Developing an understanding of a user’s mental model, that is, what a user will need to use during certain situations, be it mobile or desktop, will ensure a positive user experience through consistency. 1. Define the … [Read more...]

The 4 Tools That Helped Us Simplify Our Signup


We became aware that our product signup page had a problem when we discovered that some people were signing up but never actually seeing the product interface itself. This meant that somewhere between giving us their email address and being led into the interface for the first time, they were giving up or getting stuck and never coming back. This case study documents … [Read more...]

9 UX Myths That You Thought Were True But Are Not


UX design does not have an official, standard definition because apart from its various visual components, it encompasses information architecture, user research, wireframing and many elements that together decide the fate of UX. The closest to a definition of UX is the one provided by Nielsen and Norman which states that "User experience encompasses all aspects of the … [Read more...]

Mobile Usability Testing – From Recorders And Rigs to Google’s Tools


Mobile internet is on the rise. According to research by Ofcom, the average time spent browsing on mobile devices rose by 2.5% between March 2013-2014. Indeed, smart phones are now the second most popular device for internet access, with some 23% of users choosing their phone over another device (according to this same report). A poor user experience can reduce … [Read more...]

6 Worst Landing Page Optimization Techniques To Avoid


The landing page holds the key to convert your website visitor to a customer. Depending on the objective of your site, this conversion ranges from a visitor filling out a subscription form to buying a product. Landing page optimization (LPO) is considered as a key element to convince the target audiences as it aims to integrate an appearance and content that gives the … [Read more...]