Design & UX
If two colours had the same hex values, then they looked the same colour. This approach seemed logical, but it was an incorrect way of working. The calculations software makes are rational, but software cannot take into account the way humans perceive shape, colour, and size — that is to say the software cannot understand the context of an object in relation to other objects, in the context of an overall visual language, or how a human would perceive the object.
When an app ‘just works’, it matters less what it looks like, but how it helps solve a problem.
Whether it is a signup flow, a multi-view stepper, or a monotonous data entry interface, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design. This article focuses on the common dos and don’ts of form design. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines and there are exceptions to every rule.
If you write for an app or website, you should care about capitalization. A little thing like that can actually be a big deal. Capitalization affects readability, comprehension, and usability. It even impacts how people view your brand.
The lead researcher, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, saw confirmation of a psychological heuristic called the peak-end rule: people’s memories of an experience are based on a rough average of the most intense moment (the peak) and the final moment (the end). Likewise, the length of an experience has no impact on people’s memory of it, a concept called duration neglect.
On mobile platforms, there are often better alternatives for dropdown menus. Luke Wroblewski wrote a fantastic article about the pros and cons of different controls and pointed out how many “taps” the user can save when using the appropriate elements. But saving taps is only one aspect when it comes to usability. Time is another crucial factor. You want to enable your users to complete their tasks as fast as possible.
Poor tables. Where did they go wrong? After being the bread and butter of the web for most of its early history, tables were cast aside by many designers for newer, trendier layouts. But while they might be making fewer appearances on the web these days, data tables still collect and organize much of the information we interact with on a day-to-day basis.