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The best resources on Design Patterns.
50 creative card designs - all based on a grid, but compartmentalized in such a way that they feel like separate entities.
Learn how AirBnb communicates clarity and charm coherently across platforms.
The 'Credit Card Number' Field Must Allow and Auto-Format Spaces (80% Don't)
"UI is not a Disney movie; please STOP the crazy animation."
Great read and refresher on mobile UX do's and don'ts Building Great Mobile Forms by mobiscroll
Design the best CTA button for conversion - 5 psychology tips to increase conversion, UX and usability
Are chatbots going mainstream in 2017? The challenges of designing conversational experiences.
If so, how should that time be used? an interview with Andrew Coyle, lead designer at FlexPort
Don't let a dogmatic approach sacrifice creativity.
Color blindness affects around 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women worldwide.
You will tend to get better results if you stick to max three primary colors in your color scheme.
Voice interaction represents the biggest UX challenge since the birth of the smartphone
How To Design For A Future Without Choice
Navigational design patterns in 2017
I want to go, I want to buy, I want to know, I want to do
Research-Backed Impact of Not Using UX Patterns
Dont make your navigation the drawer where you put all things you dont have a place for.
All users appreciate a helping hand to get them started
Great compilation of design principles on known top brands
Is gridless design the future?
Microinteractions are intuitive, invisible, and versatile.
This week, we added a new gesture design pattern Pull to refresh to the collection at UI-Patterns.com.
The new design foundation for all US government websites has just been released
What are they and how do you design UIs that feel natural?
UI Component Playbook
Rules for awesome tooltip design
Aid users in making decisions by comparing attributes of similar items.
This UI-Pattern just got a major revamp.
A rant against a supposedly anti-pattern: Password rules.
Design systems are more useful than everbut formal grids dont always translate well to UI/UX work.
Poor tables. Where did they go wrong?
What was before the hamburger menu? Let's explore relevant alternatives.
Only 2 out of every 1000 mobile web users ever tap a custom share
UX goes beyond the screen. Tips on creating great seamless experiences across channels.
Designing data visualization this weekend? Heres a few tips to keep you on track!
3 Strategies for Handling Accidental Taps onTouch Devices (
How to show valuable visuals with incomplete data
A loading screen should be visually interesting, carry through brand elements, and provide ample feedback to the user on the loading progress.
Its best to place an apps frequently-used actions at the bottom of the screen, this piece argues.
Building holistic design systems: design systems are more than a kit of parts (Atomic Design)
Modal dialogs interrupt users and demand an action. They are appropriate when users attention needs to be directed toward important information.
Brad Frost: The design system carries the burden of the boring, so that designers and developers dont have to.
We used to ask our clients which resolutions and devices they wanted us to support, but we now know the answer is as many as possible.
Manipulinks make users feel bad about themselves in order to convince them to accept an offer or sign up for a newsletter.
Performance, conversion, and engagement are inextricably connected. But speed isn't as simple as the shortest distance from point A to B.
There is no simple answer
Data is useless without the ability to visualize and act on it.
Designing Permissions for Enterprise Collaboration
Its a lot like growing up, but not as awkward and embarrassing.
Learn how to split up a complex process into multiple smaller pieces.
Brad Frost presents a style guide for your style guide
Help users make fewer errors through design
Allow your website to accept pasted passwords - it makes your site more secure, not less.
A good design checklist is not limited to fancy buttons, better content placement, and nice graphics.
Dropdown boxes and menus are overused and clunky but can be useful for revealing a list of options or commands.
Current notification systems lead to an ever-distracted mind. Let's fix it!
Prediction has the power to drive the future of interaction. Feeding a historical dataset into a system that uses machine-learning algorithms to predict outcomes makes prediction possible.
During February 2013, the web underwent a huge change in how it was used. Now, the mouse hover has become largely unreliable.
Baymard institute: All products need at least one In Scale image
Avoid horizontal scrolling if you can, but if you have to here's how to do it
If you have a disability, whats the hardest thing about browsing the web?
Menu on hover, category landing page on click: we discuss challenges and solutions for replicating this pattern on touchscreens.
It takes only 90 seconds for people to make a subconscious judgment about a product and between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone
Add artificial triggers to your content to snap your users out of zombie mode
Proving that lists can trump cards
Behind the scenes at the first redesign of Google News in six years.
An in-depth guide on how to design tables in enterprise applications, and how to avoid commonly made mistakes
An in-depth analysis on what constitutes the best design of calendar pickers
Level up your onboarding with these tooltip guidelines
More often than not, sliders are just a bit too difficult to use. Let's change that.
Designing for television has become part of the continuum of devices that require a rethink of how we approach user interfaces and user experiences.
How to delight users through the empty states of your app
A long read on designing and building better feature comparison accessible and responsive
New research finds big changes in newsletter design and in customers attitudes toward marketing email.
How to focus on specific and relatively narrow goals to accomplishing a particular action.
How small changes, like a few extra pixels of padding or the tint of a button, can have large and unexpected repercussions.
Best practices for using white space
A comparison of all trends in form labels
Ultimately, you want your users to feel comfortable and entertained.
and why they work.
Research: Do people really complete forms on their phones?
Learn about new alternatives to passwords
Accessibility is more than ensuring web content is accessible.
Garbage in, Garbage out is a maxim that comes from the world of computing.
Sometimes we make links look like buttons. Sometimes we make buttons look like links. This is unfortunate.
Onboarding should extend across product lifecycle!
With the appearance of voice user interfaces, AI and chatbots, what is the future of graphical user interfaces (GUIs)?
Why plain text is better
Web users spend 80% of their time viewing the left half of the page and 20% viewing the right half.
Designing for scale is one of the toughest and challenges.
Did you check it?
A comprehensive guide to implementing gamification trophies
Dashboards are a unique and powerful way to present data-based intelligence using data visualization techniques.
On designing effective data visualizations
Which is best for your product?
Just one bad icon hurts user interaction significantly
5 best practices that will help you design better and more usable search mechanisms.
So, your products got a leaky bucket problem
Don't mistake decent breakpoints for good mobile UX
Designing Audio Experiences
Beyond just menus
What will the much-hyped technology mean for developers, creatives, and UX designers?
A case study for establishing a design pattern internally at your company
Dealing with growth, distractions, and prioritizing value
Defining UI patterns for drag and drop across components
A great tear-down collection of really good email design.
A walkthrough of the most popular and powerful micro UX patterns.
Forms are possibly the most important components on your business website.
A curated showcase of websites that nail copywriting. Search for inspiration.
Three key lessons from a nightclub experience that will make your onboarding design foolproof.
How to say Goodbye to your users
Writing for cancellation, confirmation, and conflagration
Canceling email subscriptions should be a one-click process, with no additional hurdles for users.
Our Approach to User Onboarding Is Incomplete. Heres Why.
If we start considering multiple scenarios, it turns out to be a lot less work on the long run.
If its not helping your on-boarding (most people skip it), its likely hurting it.
Automate to streamline workflows, or eliminate them altogether
Feeds are a popular design pattern, but its time we came up with something better.
Downplayed empty states are wasted opportunities...
How users interact and perceive rating systems
How does a user onboarding flow end?
Cancelling an online order can often be a task thats fraught with anxiety
How small changes made big impact
Level up your product's UX with clues taken from video games.
Heres to improve tag selection for good.
Its easy add features to a design or product. Its really really hard to do that without also making the product more complex.
Defaults promote cognitive ease they can help remove friction from the process of completing tasks by taking the burden of choice off the user.
From Trial To Payment
Filters are a great tool to narrow down high volumes of content and to surface the most relevant results.
Learn SaaS pricing page design patterns to convert visitors into customers.
Undestand how to design for micro-moments to increase website conversion rates
You didnt read it. You dont know whats inside the article and you didnt spend the time to understand it.
A new battle is brewing to be the default of every choice we make.
Explore different notification models and when to use which
The encouraging way to make the user feel satisfied with the rating process, is to make an exploding animation after the stars are selected.
Research: Skeletonn screens are perceived as being shorter in duration when compared against a blank screen (control) and a spinner.
Initiated by a trigger, single-purpose, and can make the experience engaging.
How to design effective and responsible rewards
Segment suggestions into clear categories and provide methods for users to give feedback.
Understanding how a feature works before experiencing it is a crucial first step
Autocomplete or autosuggest? Several names, same pattern
A case study on big name redesign fails and what you can learn from them
The age of cheap like-hunting needs to come to an end.
Create navigation systems empowering users to truly interact with your product.
Learn what questions to ask, where to ask them and how to gather the data.
For an e-commerce fashion website. Adding lifestyle to design.
Best practices to make sure none of your content is missed.
Establishing content hierarchy with divider lines. They are one of the main contributors to your brands visual style.
Strip had a conversion problem. It's fixed
Great read on the risks of emulating your competitors and why that is not a sound product strategy
The art oft balancing autonomy and clarity.
Information density isn't a dirty word. Why data density matters.
"Status trackers are pull; progress updates are push."
6 Essential Elements for No Results search pages
The experience must be obsessively aligned with providing that first moment of value: the Aha!
Using design patterns is not new - Disney used them when animating characters before there even was a computer.
How will European GDPR laws affect how we approach the UX of digital products?
Don't just focus on designing the perfect state
Poorly signaled modes can easily trigger user errors with disastrous consequences.
Whenever you need to develop, depict, or demonstrate motion, gestures, scrolling, or other interactions, you need to prototype.
Design your onboarding experience to collect users preferences up front to make better filters
How to Redesign the Architecture of Trust in Products
Data loss is one of the greatest frustrations users can experience. It's not only their data they lose, but also the time and money they put into it.
Using the wrong words on your button labels cause users confusion, more work, and slower task times.
Want to increase mobile tap-through rates? Stop using text buttons for your call to actions.
A great and extensive walkthrough of do's and don'ts when designing forms
There are times to use toggle switches and times not to.
Before, almost all sites had a secondary navigation bars. Today, they are rare, but do we still need them?
Everything (and most options covered) you need to consider when designing text fields in forms.
A guide on how to nail loading indicators
...And what to do instead
Distinguishing between close and cancel is critical to avoiding losing users work.
The information presented in list items is crucial for users trying to pick out the products theyre interested in.
An online design pattern library for the best email designs, templates and tools.
The push to value data-driven design over a designers instincts when designing products is misguided and leads to designs all looking the same and metrics ruling over usability.
Building design patterns first will unblock people to work in parallel, keeps people synced up, and results in reusable modules that speed up your next project.
Generate UI components with simple prompts using AI.
Moving Eaters network of 24 websites to one new, unified product
How to fill the gaps of modular design models from a UX perspective
Why icons without labels suck
Decide what belongs in a design system convey work that remains
The solution is not another field to fill out, but to give clarity to the existing field.
Cards bring look and usability into your design. Do it right to provide rich experience to your users.
Great documentation builds trust, differentiates you from your competition, and provides marketing value.
A well-designed API, making complicated tasks feel easy, will probably prevent a lot more pain in this world than a brilliant new design for a bedside lamp ever would
In order for a design system to succeed, everyone needs to get on board - here's how.
A huge repository of publicly available design systems and pattern libraries
Considering Material Design for your next project? Please, think again.
What to optimize and when
Emotional reactions are a great idea and are increasing in popularity... Are conventional ratings out rated?
Learn the art of user onboarding and set sail for customer success
Understand what design patterns Dribbble used to design its onboarding flow
Simple rules that will help you design a streamlined first-time users experience
Tutorials interrupt users, don’t necessarily improve task performance, and are quickly forgotten. Contextual help signals can avoid these pitfalls but require unintrusive ways to activate.
Text inputs have no affordances
Length is not the problem; lack of rhythm is.
Library of real product user flow video recordings.
Learn how the team at Wix redesigned thousands of error messages in the span of one month.
If you examine most mobile apps, you might notice they all look the same. They all use navigation bars, table lists, and a linear data display. These default patterns that designers habitually use
Apparently, the very idea of colorblindness is hard to visualize. Take a shot at looking through my eyes.
A library of short texts and microcopy for your next digital design project.
When designing an app, most designers put all their effort into the content pages but overlook the sign-up form.
Explore a collection of video games UI interfaces, screenshots and videos. This creative tool is for video games lovers and game designers to get inspiration and help the creative process.
How to choose the right messaging component
Things to consider when designing drag and drop experiences
The onboarding is the process of helping your users learn how to use your products. Onboarding quickly becomes annoying. Let's fix it.
Repository of 100+ interface components based on examples from the world of design systems published by companies.
When faced with overwhelming content, focusing on user behavior can help define the design approach.
Principles that can be used immediately by anyone in their design process.
Graphic designer and writer Elizabeth Goodspeed looks at the current trends in designing for the commercial world, and the impact shortened turnarounds and economic tensions are having on originality.
A library of great UX advice
Don’t risk your UX by assuming it’s safe to follow a design practices just because it’s used by a successful company.
A look at selectors and how they differ.
Better Usability Through Better Notification Design
Apple just re-launched its new design guidelines 🔥 The HIG contains guidance and best practices in a very digestible manner.
A pattern library of UX copywriting – a collection of texts that are commonly used around the web.
Answer-Focused Search: Resource Discovery Gives Way to Information Snacking
How we designed a high contrast mode for data visualization at Plaid
A huge collection of design references from great web applications
Summary: Because today’s search-results pages have many possible complex layouts, users don’t always process search results sequentially. They distribute their attention more variably across the page than in the past.
When deciding which links to click on the web, users choose those with the highest information scent .
I hope that by the time you've finished reading, you'll see how important copying is.
Too often birthday pickers are inaccessible, slow and cumbersome to use. Let's fix it.
Simple pricing is helpful, but may not always be an option. Here's how to make complicated pricing easier to understand.
Comparison features are key to users ability to find spec-driven products but only if they perform well. See our latest test findings on 4 ways to improve comparison features.
Cards are universalfrom social media sites like Instagram and Facebook to E-commerce stores like Amazon. Card layout has quickly earned popularity. As an information container, cards hold all
An updated overview of how to handle the problem of returning users.
Accordions simplify long pages, but reduce visibility and increase interaction cost. Use them on content-heavy pages where users don't need to combine information across sections.
A problem-solving principle stating that the simplest explanation or solution, with the fewest assumptions, is often the most likely to be correct.
Sync your language with the product team.
An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company's distinctive lens
Take My Money! How do design the best product page for your e-commerce website.
Everything you need to know about what makes a button great.
Though they share similarities, notifications differ from emails because users expect them to be more concise, timelier, and only for urgent content. Choose to send SMS or push notifications strategically, depending on the context.
Snackbars are a popular way to inform users about something they just did but they cause lots of problems for users. Learn why that is and what to use instead.
Find your way around one of the most universal features
Problem: There Are No Definitive Rules For Using Modals
Google and Baidu SERPs: Similarities and Differences
Studying onboarding strategies from the biggest consumer apps.
The technical challenges of updating our autosave system
What interface component would you use for selecting from a large set of options? For most designers, checkboxes come to mind.
Users often struggle to find their time zone from a time-zone selector. Where possible, locate users time zones for them, organize time zones alphabetically in a dropdown, and allow users to search by city and country.
Tell your users to do something.
As an industry, we're moving into a period of refinement. The biggest impact doesn't always come from refinement, but innovation.
Designer Jackie Chui on how we translated learnings from a plugin to build a native functionality
How do we design effective reviews and ratings? With a distribution chart, decimal scores, tags, recommendation score and unedited product photos.
Prompt-driven design is when an AI command bar functions as either the primary tool of navigation or output.
Receive a hand picked list of the best user experience design links every second week. Curated by Anders Toxboe. Published every second Thursday.