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In design, wireframes are useful because they help put the focus on important structuring issues before considering detail-oriented challenges. Wireframe Showcase is a site based on wireframes showing how designers transformed mock-ups into working designs. There is a short explanation of each piece and a chance to provide feedback or ask the designer questions through a comment form. Most of the websites grew out of digital mock-ups, which have the advantage of being easy to tweak and rearrange. The result is a pleasing and informative collection of wireframes.
Wed, 18/08/2010 - 07:26
Web design resource organised to element type.
Mon, 12/07/2010 - 08:48
a growing showcase of nice iPhone app interfaces. The screenshot collection gives you an overview of design apps on the market. The look of every app is visually appealing and simply beautiful.
Thu, 06/05/2010 - 07:43
People spent more than twice as much time looking at the left side of the page as they do the right:
* Left half of screen: 69% of viewing time
* Right half of screen: 30% of viewing time
The remaining 1% of viewing time was spent to the right of the initially-visible 1,024 pixels. Such information is visible only after horizontal scrolling, and the minute amount of attention it attracts confirms the guideline to avoid horizontal scrolling.
Wed, 07/04/2010 - 08:47
If you've ever wrangled a user interface, you've probably heard of Fitts' Law. It's pretty simple -- the larger an item is, and the closer it is to your cursor, the easier it is to click on. Kevin Hale put together a great visual summary of Fitts' Law, so rather than over-explain it, I'll refer you there.
The short version of Fitts' law, to save you all that tedious reading, is this:
* Put commonly accessed UI elements on the edges of the screen. Because the cursor automatically stops at the edges, they will be easier to click on.
* Make clickable areas as large as you can. Larger targets are easier to click on.
Wed, 24/03/2010 - 13:14
Websites designed for children have been largely overlooked in web design articles and design roundups, but there are many beautiful and interesting design elements and layouts presented on children’s websites that are worthy of discussion and analysis. There are also a number of best practices that are exclusive to web design for children’s sites — practices that should usually not be attempted on a typical website.
Thu, 18/03/2010 - 13:43
Get the best out of mobile web strategies - appreciate just how different a beast the mobile web is to the desktop web, and what it means to deliver a truly usable and functional mobile site with this guide to getting mobile design and usability principles right.
Fri, 12/03/2010 - 07:48
The BBC website began its official life back in December 1997 with this very simple design. It was a basic offering with two sections to the site. Over time it has grown to encompass a great deal more. However due to the organic way in which the website evolved and the old structure of the business, with dozens of small design teams working independently of each other, the site had a fairly schizophrenic nature once you delved into its depths.
Fri, 19/02/2010 - 12:35