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How to Use Smart Defaults to Reduce Cognitive Load

How to Use Smart Defaults to Reduce Cognitive Load

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As a designer, one of your goals is to create a design that makes your users' lives easier. That means that you need to reduce cognitive load, the amount of mental energy users need to expend to navigate your design. And one of the best ways to reduce cognitive load is to use smart defaults.

In this article, you will learn:

  • What cognitive load is and why smart defaults help reduce it
  • How to use defaults wisely to best help users
  • Examples of situations in which defaults are especially useful

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Microcopy: Why Tiny Words Matter

Microcopy: Why Tiny Words Matter

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Are you looking to improve a website or app’s user experience? You might be overlooking microcopy.

Microcopy is short, contextual text that informs or guides users throughout your product. You can find it all over the place. On buttons, form field, success and error messages, and 404 pages. Learn how these small bits of copy can have a huge impact.

In this article, we cover:

  • Implementing and designing microcopy.
  • Examples of microcopy from different companies.
  • Alleviating user concerns.

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Mobile App Onboarding: The Do’s and the Don’ts

Mobile App Onboarding: The Do’s and the Don’ts

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To ensure users don’t delete your app after the first use, you should teach them how to complete key tasks, making them want to come back for more. In other words, you need to successfully onboard and engage users during those first interactions. Nick Babich explains the do’s and don’ts of designing an onboarding flow for your mobile app.

In this article you will learn:

  • What type of app needs an onboarding strategy.
  • About visual hints, empty states, and other popular onboarding techniques.
  • What to avoid when thinking about onboarding.

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Symmetry vs. Asymmetry in Layout Design

Symmetry vs. Asymmetry in Layout Design

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Knowing when to use asymmetry and symmetry in layout design is a powerful skill set. Both approaches evoke different feelings from the user and can make or break a design. Learning how to combine the two helps create designs that are unique and memorable to viewers.

In this article, we cover: 

  • How asymmetry and symmetry work for design
  • Website examples for asymmetry and symmetry design
  • Tips and techniques for best practices in layout design 

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The Power of the Dark Side: Dark User Interfaces

The Power of the Dark Side: Dark User Interfaces

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When designers are working on a new product, in most cases they will choose to use a white background. However, there are cases when a dark background is much more beneficial—but be warned. Working with a dark UI comes with its own rules. In this article, we take a look at how to make a dark UI work.

In this post, you'll learn:

  • What you should consider when using a dark UI
  • How you can make dark UIs better
  • How to be sure your dark UI doesn't negatively affect user experience

 

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Top 10 Trends in Mobile Design in 2018

Top 10 Trends in Mobile Design in 2018

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Mobile is quickly taking over the world, and that means that mobile design trends are especially important to pay attention to. These trends are changing not only our designs, but how we interact with the environment around us.

In this article, you'll learn:

  • Ten fundamental mobile design trends reshaping mobile in 2018
  • How these trends create better user experiences
  • Examples of products that are successfully embracing these trends

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