I have been working as a Web / UX designer for 20 years, and for the first time today I got this valuable feedback from RiksTV Norway:
“I’m sorry, but we are not impressed by your website. Both the design and architecture of the site are not good by defined standards. Relevant work examples are more than 3 years old, and his designs are overfilled with information. One of the most important tasks as a designer is to guide the users so they can complete their task(s). In his designs the user will give up and call customer service instead. He might have learned more over the past three years, but we need to see something completely different if we should consider you for future projects.”
To remedy these issues, I plan this:
- Define the goals of the website.
- Define how a user can complete tasks.
- Redesign pages that guide the user. [architecture]
- Freshen up my knowledge on new, relevant “defined standards“.
- Create a style guide for the site. [design]
- Redesign the website with these portfolio tips in mind, sharing just enough information.
- Create at least 3 relevant work examples.
- Work examples should use this method.
- Refresh my CV, Update my LinkedIn and socials, then… [completely different]
- Publish, print, present.
How well you compose the elements in your design can make or break its impact.
Here are three important rules to apply to everything you create:
1. Triangles & the Rule of thirds.
The rule of thirds dictates that if you divide any composition into thirds, vertically and horizontally, and then place the key elements of your image along these lines or at the junctions of them, the arrangement achieved will be more interesting, pleasing, and dynamic.
The rule of thirds is the most well-known composition guideline. It helps draw the viewer’s eye into the image and places more emphasis on the subject. Ideally, the empty space that’s left should be in the direction the subject is looking or heading into.
Here are some samples from around the web:
2. Scale, Alignment & Hierarchy.
Balance, one of the key principles of design, refers to the way visual elements are arranged so that their visual weight harmonizes with the other elements in the design, and the composition gives an appearance of properly distributed elements.
Some examples from around the web:
3. Complement or Contrast?
Look at these images that clearly show the way contrasting elements can improve your design plan.
Inspired by: This article @Canva.com
“Improvisation only after careful planning”
Source: Podcast “Careful planning”
Podcast episode title: “Martin Luther King, Jr. The Jewelry Genius and the Art of Public Speaking” date 26 feb 2021
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13 UX tips to live by
13 UX tips to live by
- Make signing up / creating an account as easy as possible.
Example: Offer signing up with Facebook or Google account.
- Give feedback immediately and in a place where it’s easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand. Short concise sentences.
Example: [ incorrect data ] Xyz must be specified to use this function.
- Give examples when instructions might be unclear or misunderstood.
Example: [ Your name ] Both first and last name, example: John Adams
- Use colour as clues but never exclusively.
Example: [ incorrect data ] ( <— Form field has red border ) * Please enter a valid phone number. example: (888) 123-4567
Example 2: (X ) ON, click to turn off. ( <— Switch widget is green when turned on, red when off )
- Use the MVP technique: Release early, small and expandable / upscalable. Then, provide updates frequently.
- Offer free trials. Allow people to try your product / service for free for a limited time.
Example: Allow simple, free, refunds if the shoes don’t fit or the product arrived later then promised.
- Most popular options should be closest to the top, easy to find.
Example: Download drivers here Read customer reviews of our products Get help with support issues Create a free account [ LOG IN ]
- Limit options to five or less, ideally only three, sometimes even only one.
Example: [ SEARCH ] [ BROWSE alphabetical list ] [ BROWSE by release date ]
Example 2: [ New Message ] [ Search messages ] [ Settings ] Help Log out
- Use quality images with an option for larger sizes (by clicking on image, also allow zooming). Also, make prices clear and easy to see / find.
- Allow users to customise the look and what information they see on a page / panel. And make it easy for them to remove unwanted shit, like ads, promotions, etc.
- Make it easy to undo. Users often change their minds or even press a wrong link / button. They don’t need to be punished for making a mistake.
- Use Gamification techniques (like rewards) to teach and motivate users to complete tasks. Make it fun!
- Ease users into any complicated information they need to know. Do not overwhelm them with too much too soon.