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  • Low-Contrast Text Is Not the Answer

    June 7, 2015

    Low-contrast text may be trendy, but it is also illegible, undiscoverable, and inaccessible. Instead, consider more usable alternatives.

    Accordions on Mobile

    May 31, 2015

    Accordions conserve space in mobile designs but they can also cause disorientation and too much scrolling. Easy design fixes improve the usability of these UI elements.

    Overuse of Overlays: How to Avoid Misusing Lightboxes

    May 25, 2015

    Poorly implemented overlays and lightboxes are not only frustrating for users, but can also be disastrous for conversion and task completion. Use the five W’s – Who, What, When, Where, and Why – to determine whether an overlay is truly the most appropriate design solution, and how you should implement it.

    The Apple Watch: User-Experience Appraisal

    May 17, 2015

    Smartwatch apps should rely on gestures more than on navigation elements, prioritize the essential, support handoff, and create tailored, standalone content.

    Don’t Prioritize Efficiency Over Expectations

    May 10, 2015

    Features meant to increase user efficiency by reducing steps can end up hurting users if they do not conform to existing mental models and expectations based on past experiences.

    Password Creation: 3 Ways To Make It Easier

    April 26, 2015

    By making password requirements visible upfront, allowing users to unmask the password, and showing a strength meter, designers can improve the frustrating user experience of creating a password.

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