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UI Design For Smartphones: Mobile Design and User Experience Resources by Enavigo

UI Design For Smartphones: Mobile Design and User Experience Resources by Enavigo | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Here is a well curated basic list of great resources for mobile design and user experience.


Useful. 8/10


Curated collection: http://www.enavigo.com/ios-design-and-user-experience-resources/ 

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A Curated Landing Page Design Showcase of Unbounce Customers Work

A Curated Landing Page Design Showcase of Unbounce Customers Work | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Oli Gardner at unbounce.com has put together a really fantastic collection of great landing pages examples (all created with the Unbounce landing page creation service) that can provide not only great inspiration, but actual examples of the components and layout you need to use to make your pages look truly "professional".


In this curated collection, you will not only find large-sized screenshots of the selected landing pages but also some very valuable comments about each sample, alongside a curated list of what are the key components on each of the landing pages that makes them work so well and key suggestions on how to further improve them.


Very useful. 9/10


Full curated collection: http://unbounce.com/landing-page-examples/built-using-unbounce/landing-page-design-showcase/ 

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A Typographic Showcase for Web Design

A Typographic Showcase for Web Design | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it
Functional web typography is, of course, key to the usabilty of any website. But functional does not mean boring. Big, loud and attention grabbing typography does have the presence and magnificence to truly grab the attention of your visitors.

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Crowdsource Your Website Design: The 99designs Designers Marketplace

Crowdsource Your Website Design: The 99designs Designers Marketplace | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

If you are looking for a web design solution that sits in between amateurish self-made work and the professional high-price designer layout, you can give a look to 99designs.com which offers the opportunity to get your design need crowdsourced out to many interested designers.


How it works:


1) You submit your "design brief" for a logo, business card or web site.


2) You decide how much you want to pay for it.


3) 99designs publishes your project as a call for participation. 


4) From that moment on dozen of designers submit their work proposals to get your work.


5) You give feedback to improve the ones you like and you finally chose your preferred one.


6) If you are not satisfied with any of the proposals, you get your money back.


See some examples: http://99designs.com/web-design 

http://99designs.com/custom-wordpress-themes 

http://99designs.com/logo-design 


Browse open projects: http://99designs.com/logo-design/contests 


Find out more here: http://99designs.com/ 



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The Best Design Tools On The Market | Co.Design

The Best Design Tools On The Market | Co.Design | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

If you're wondering what tools other designers are using today, here is some visual data from a recent survey by Best Vendor that you may want to check out. http://t.co/Rnb9AfYw 

(Drawn from a survey of 180 design pros, it shows the favored apps in their toolkits.) 


Via Michael Allenberg, Pedro Costa Neves
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A Curated Shortlist of Quality Font Foundries

A Curated Shortlist of Quality Font Foundries | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Stephen Coles at Typographica.org writes: 

"Most fonts are licensed when needed, selected specifically for the job at hand.


But when my (less font-addicted) friends are seeking versatile, workhorse typefaces for future use, I send them this list.


These sites offer most of the best fonts available, and — crucially — present them well, too.


The focus here is on downloadable desktop fonts for print use, but some of these shops offer webfont versions as well. For now, my webfont-specific shortlist is simply: Typekit, Webtype, Fontdeck."


Check out this great curated list of Font Sources (12 foundries included): http://typographica.org/2011/on-typography/my-favorite-font-sources-a-shortlist-of-trusted-foundries-and-retailers/ 

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Alternative WordPress Themes and Templates-Shops | Webdesignfan

Alternative WordPress Themes and Templates-Shops | Webdesignfan | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

If you are looking for WordPress design themes and templates alternatives, here is a curated list of 14 different theme-shops cut specifically for this, alongside a short description and some indicative price references.


Useful. 7/1o


Full list: http://webdesignfan.com/wordpress-theme-shops-you-may-not-know-about/ 

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Web Site Navigation Bar: Key Principles To Design An Effective One

Web Site Navigation Bar: Key Principles To Design An Effective One | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

The navigation bar is one of the most important design elements on a web site.


Not only does it guide users to pages beyond the homepage, but it’s also the main key for users to get a sense of orientation.


With this in mind, it’s important to adhere to time-tested design and usability conventions also when designing your navigation elements and structure.


When choosing a navigation bar type, start simple.


Evaluate your content thoroughly and ask yourself what your users need to access quickly.


More often than not, a complex navigation system is an indicator you need better content planning and organization.


If you absolutely need to give your users so many options directly inside the navigation bar menu, follow the principles mentioned in this article to create an efficient and enjoyable experience for your users.


In essence, what kind of navigation do you need to design to ensure that your users are able to quickly and easily find the information they need?


Find out: http://mashable.com/2011/12/08/design-navigation-bar/ 

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The User Interface is the Means, Not the Ends - UX Movement

The User Interface is the Means, Not the Ends - UX Movement | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it
Designers pride themselves on the interfaces they design. It's natural to think what one is working on is important. But sometimes designers can get so lost in the interface they forget that it's for the user, not them.

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10 Steps to an Engaging and Interactive User Experience | .net magazine

10 Steps to an Engaging and Interactive User Experience | .net magazine | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it
Irene Pereyra, director of UX and strategy at digital agency Fantasy Interactive, rounds up 10 top tips to help you deliver an amazing interactive user experience...

 

These days, building websites or applications that attract and retain customers has become somewhat of a science. For people who aren’t well versed in the digital space, I often compare the work that I do as a UX designer to an architect. Like the architect who builds your home, my UX team builds a comprehensive blueprint, which outlines every single detail of the site’s features and functionality....


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How Microsoft’s new focus on design will kill Apple in 2012

How Microsoft’s new focus on design will kill Apple in 2012 | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Excellent analysis and review of why the new Microsoft user interface design direction may have a a strong impact on the future of its products.

"Thanks to some talented (and presumably new) user interface designers, Microsoft’s about to see a 2012 where everything it offers is exceptionally pretty – a 2012 where it could very well claw the ‘coolness’ top spot of tech status symbols away from Apple for the first time ever.


In April next year, Microsoft will be offering a PC and tablet operating system, a smartphone platform and a games console interface that all bear a striking resemblance to one-another.
 

It’s a cross-platform aesthetic that’ll mean you’ll instantly be able to recognise a product as belonging to Microsoft.

It’ll be the first time that’s ever happened and it’ll be a revolutionary step in the right direction for a company that’s historically put far more focus on function than form."

Read the full article and check the great videos included:  http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2011/11/22/how-microsoft%E2%80%99s-new-focus-on-design-will-kill-apple-in-2012/ 

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Pedro Costa Neves's comment, November 29, 2011 5:01 AM
Great, thanks!
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Using User Interface Design Pattern Libraries | Aaron Irizarry

Using User Interface Design Pattern Libraries | Aaron Irizarry | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

If you are into web design, pattern libraries offer you great showcases of examples and models from which you can start your own.

This list of ten design pattern libraries, contains no other information or description but the logo and link to the referenced library. 

The gems are all there.

Very useful. 8/10 

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Responsive Web Design: 15 CSS Frameworks Worth Considering

Responsive Web Design: 15 CSS Frameworks Worth Considering | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Here is a great collection of responsive CSS frameworks which scale gracefully across all screen sizes.


"Just like most CSS frameworks, all of the frameworks below will help you rapidly develop sites by eliminating the need to write basic CSS styles yourself, as you would expect.


But, on top of that, they also come with a responsive layout helping you to quickly and easily create mobile-specific sites."


Full article: http://speckyboy.com/2011/11/17/15-responsive-css-frameworks-worth-considering/

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How To Design Better Bills: The Mortgage Statement Fix

Two Australian designers, Tristan Cook and Thomas Nelson of Humans in Design have a video of their proposal: mortgage statements for the 21st century.


There’s a lot of worthwhile stuff in it.


Check out the accompanying blog post at http://humansindesign.tumblr.com/post/8490552292/my-mortgage-statement-was-rubbish-so-we-fixed-it .

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Robin, another cool idea. I finally got well enough to finish the Curation Contest. Created a Scoop.it feed today and here is the link to apply (hope you will as you, Michel, Anise, and a handful of other scoopers is why I created the contest. http://www.atlanticbt.com/contentcurationcontest Thanks as always. Great weekend. Marty
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UI Design: 10 Principles from Design Masters | Nettuts+

UI Design: 10 Principles from Design Masters | Nettuts+ | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Glen Stansberry at Nettuts has curated a great collection of key UI design principles, from ten design masters, that is as good today as four years ago when it was first published.


For each principle you get an original quote from the designer bout a key principle, and a few valuable links where that idea can be explored further.


Here from the ten, the ones that I think we tend too overlook more often than not:


  • Don’t Forget About the User – Jason Fried
     
  • Don’t Overlook Error Pages – Jakob Nielsen
     
  • Give Incentives For Users to Complete Forms – Jim Kukral
     
  • Keep the UI Consistent – Jakob Nielsen
     
  • Keep Jargon to a Minimum – Erin Kissane
     
  • Make a Prototype Instead of a Wireframe – David Verba


Highly recommended. 9/10
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The Best Design Patterns and UI Showcase Collections

The Best Design Patterns and UI Showcase Collections | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for good design inspiration as well as for specific references for UI development work, you will appreciate the curated collection of resources that Speckyboy has pulled together in this guide.


From the best patterns collections to the top UI public design guides, this 25-item collection has indeed all of the best resources you can tap into for any type of web or GUI design related work.


Recommended. 8/10


Full guide: http://speckyboy.com/2010/02/01/25-ui-inspiration-and-design-pattern-resources/ 

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GUI Icons: The Web Designer Free and Downloadable User Interface Framework

GUI Icons: The Web Designer Free and Downloadable User Interface Framework | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Here is a free and downloadable GUI components and icons library, which can be used for any web or mobile design project. It is free for every use, even for commercial projects, as long as you credit and link back to the source page.


Key features:


• A flexible GUI elements library for Illustrator and a pixel-precise icon collection created for interface designers and web designers.


• These icons are easy to adapt to your own needs. 

You can easily resize, color or tweak their appearance.


• They are based on a precise 16 pixels grid, which means that they stay clear and have crispy look even at small sizes.


• 200 graphic styles for buttons, navigations menus or panels.


• 330 swatches harmonized with graphic styles for backgrounds, typography and other GUI interface elements.


See a Preview of GUI minimal icons set

http://www.webalys.com/images/gui-design/interface-design-icons-library.png 


See a Preview of common GUI elements

http://www.webalys.com/images/gui-design/preview-gui-1.png 


See a Preview of Navigation

http://www.webalys.com/images/gui-design/preview-navigation.png 


See a Preview of Windows and Containers

http://www.webalys.com/images/gui-design/preview-windows.png 


All files in Illustrator CS2 file format
http://www.webalys.com/downloads/user-interface-design-framework.zip   (2,6 MB)


(If you want to use the icons without crediting the author, consider buying the Premium Icon Library for just $37. It's 3 times more vectors icons, with 750 icons .AI, .EPS & PNG icons.)


Find out more: http://www.webalys.com/design-interface-application-framework.php 


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Web Design Innovation: How To Break Rules and Conventions By Using Focal Points In Design Layout

Web Design Innovation: How To Break Rules and Conventions By Using Focal Points In Design Layout | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

From the article intro:

"Successful design in publishing, advertising, web design, illustration and anything else that ties together elements depends on drawing in the reader and leading their eyes across the page.


Some people think it’s not a big deal and that designing a page comes naturally because of cultural lessons we learn growing up and looking at design from childhood yet few, if any understand why it works the way it does."


In reality things are not simple, natural or obvious, especially if, you are in the group of those who do not just want to follow the mainstream standards but who like to break out of conventions and innovate while bringing greater value.


But how do you achieve that, unless you are already a great designer?


What are the rules that can be broken?


This good article by Speider Schneider provides some good basic advice, on what is needed to head properly in this direction.


Full article: http://www.instantshift.com/2012/01/06/focal-points-in-design-layout/ 
 

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Great Icon Sets: Minimalist | Creative Repository

Great Icon Sets: Minimalist | Creative Repository | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Robin Good: I have just run into this excellent curated collection of minimalist icon sets. It contains some very elegant and clean icon collections that can be used in many different applications.


In total there are 16 free icon sets. 


Recommended. 8/10


Check them out here: http://creativerepository.com/2011/03/20/free-minimalist-icon-sets-for-web-and-mobile-user-interface-design/ 

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Web Design Trends and User Interface Characterizing Traits of Modern Search Engines

Web Design Trends and User Interface Characterizing Traits of Modern Search Engines | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

What are the design trends and user interface traits characterizing "modern" search engines? 


Here some key ones:

  • Simplicity.
  • Quick Reference Guides.
  • Custom Profiles.
  • Keyword Suggestions.
  • Memorable Branding. 


Read the full article: http://speckyboy.com/2011/12/23/user-interface-design-in-modern-search-engines/ 

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What Makes Design Good From The Brain ViewPoint: Designing for the Mind

What Makes Design Good From The Brain ViewPoint: Designing for the Mind | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

"Design is powerful because of the way our brain processes visuals.


We might think of vision working by our eyes pulling in images and projecting them in the back of our mind.


If this were the case then there would no be design or art.


There are in fact 30 areas in the back of your brain that process different aspects of the image.


The various vision processing areas of the brain are individually recreating the design.


So, in a way, the viewer is also an artist.


In reality, design and art stimulate the mind more than a realistic image would do. Which is why it affects us differently."



"In this article we look at some principles that make the aesthetics of design attractive to people, and explanations on why they do.


The more you become conscious of how design works the better you are able to communicate and judge design decisions."


Full article: http://designinformer.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/10/designing-mind/ 


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Web Design: Why and When To Use Minimalism

Web Design: Why and When To Use Minimalism | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

"The goal that you should strive for, when employing minimalism in your designs, is to enhance readability, improve navigation and usability, and, as always, create the most pleasant user experience possible.


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In web design, minimalism translates to producing a site from the basics.


Instead of including everything but the kitchen sink and then paring it down to only the necessary features, a better approach would be to start with a blank slate and only include the essentials.


Minimalism is an exercise in restraint, with the eventual goal being a design that helps the user focus and accomplish their tasks as quickly as possible."


Read the full article by Delwin Campbell: http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/minimalist-how-minimal/ 

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Dieter Rams: Ten Principles for Good Design

Dieter Rams: Ten Principles for Good Design | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

Dieter Rams in one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Born in 1932, Dieter Rams has made of his name a synonim with integrity in design. Passionate about the true functional role of what needed to be designed, Dieter Rams has been the paladin of essential, no-waste, no-fashion design.

But better than anything speak these TEN commandments to good design which he compiled in the early 80's.

 Indispensable. 10/10

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The Effective Use of Visual Transitions and Motion Graphics in the User Interface: Meaningful Transitions

The Effective Use of Visual Transitions and Motion Graphics in the User Interface: Meaningful Transitions | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

A fantastic site that organizes models, examples, patterns and recommendations for the effective use of visual transitions and motion graphics in the design of interactive content pages or online / mobile applications.

"It documents transitions in a clustered way to show at which point transitions can be a helpful extension to a static user interface, because of cognitive benefits to enhance the user experience.

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All transitions are divided into six categories in order to differentiate between their application.

The aim is to present a scaleable collection of existing transitions.

The transitions are shown in an abstract visualization to clarify their purposes, these visualizations also contain concrete examples."

A must-see reference. 9/10

 http://www.ui-transitions.com/#home
 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, November 25, 2011 12:06 PM
Robin the pieces of this I understood (bout half:) were fascinating. Thanks, Marty
Robin Good's comment, November 25, 2011 12:10 PM
Thank you Marty! ...for finding the time to stop and let me know. I think this is truly valuable for those who want to understand how to communicate more effectively. Glad you enjoyed too. :-)
Pedro Costa Neves's comment, November 26, 2011 7:48 AM
Very very interesting! thank you
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Applying The Data-Ink Ratio Principles To Web Design - Smashing UX Design

Applying The Data-Ink Ratio Principles To Web Design - Smashing UX Design | The Web Design Guide and Showcase | Scoop.it

If you are looking into the idea of re-designing or singificantly improving the legibility, design and overall user experience of your web site, this illustrated article-guide by Rian van der Merwe, will provide you with some useful guidelines.


Starting from the principles of data-ink ratio, originally conceived by information design guru Edward Tufte, the author attempts to transfer those same ideas, step by step, to the web design process.


Valuable.  8/10

Read the full article here:  http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/2011/11/15/data-pixel-approach-improving-user-experience/

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