Design & UX

How to Design for Screen Readers with Adobe XD CC — SitePoint – Website Design Article

When it comes to accessibility, designers tend to focus on colors (i.e. contrast) and UX copy (i.e. wording), whereas developers tend to focus on ARIA attributes (i.e. code that makes websites more accessible). This is due to the fact that, often enough, thick lines are drawn between “who does what”. Also, because creating accessible apps and websites isn’t considered to be exciting, this line is hardly ever questioned. Accessibility is still a black sheep, even in 2020. So, since UX…

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Leave an Impression with Print Peppermint’s Fresh Designs & Premium Paper — SitePoint – Website Design Article

This article was created in partnership with Print Peppermint. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Everyone has a business card—is yours any different? Designing the ideal card for your business is a project that deserves real time and thought. For a fresh approach, consider Print Peppermint. Their in-house design services ensure your business cards will be absolutely custom and unique, and their high-end special finishes add a touch of class. They’re not the new kids on…

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4 Reasons to Use Image Processing to Optimize Website Media — SitePoint – Website Design Article

This sponsored article was created by our content partner, KeyCDN. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Image optimization is a big deal when it comes to website performance. You might be wondering if you’re covering all the bases by simply keeping file size in check. In fact, there’s a lot to consider if you truly want to optimize your site’s images. Fortunately, there are image processing tools and content delivery networks (CDNs) available that can handle…

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How to Quickly and Easily Remove a Background in Photoshop — SitePoint – Website Design Article

This article on how to remove a background in Photoshop remains one of our most popular posts and was updated in 2019 for Adobe Photoshop 2020. Photoshop offers many different techniques for removing a background from an image. For simple backgrounds, using the standard magic wand tool to select and delete the background may well be more than adequate. For more complicated backgrounds, you might use the Background Eraser tool. The Background Eraser tool samples the color at the center…

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Building a More Human Web — SitePoint – Website Design Article

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. How are you enjoying this article so far? Whatever your feelings, I’ll bet you’ll agree that content is a vital part of the user experience. Wait. Did I say “a vital part”? I meant “the critical part”. After all, every user journey, whatever its goal, ultimately involves a user getting to content, or adding their own. That content may be text,…

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A Deep Dive into User Research Methods — SitePoint – Website Design Article

User research plays a crucial role in shaping any successful product or service. It keeps the user at the heart of the experience by tailoring it to their needs, and in turn provides real advantage over competitors. But with a growing arsenal of different research methods out there, it can be a challenge to know which is best to use, and when. This guide offers an overview of the fundamentals for each of the most commonly used methods, providing direction…

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Looking for the Perfect UX/UI Tools? Check Out These Great Ones — SitePoint – Website Design Article

This sponsored article was created by our content partner, BAW Media. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. As the saying goes: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. More companies than ever are beginning to heed this advice. They’re realizing that it is okay to make an extra effort to avoid usability issues. It is far less expensive than having to resolve problems later. Debugging a software application before launch is a standard…

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How User Research Turned a Good App into a Great One — SitePoint – Website Design Article

Firstly, the backstory. In 2013 the popular Cook app was launched, and it’s great to reflect on the journey it’s been through. I love to cook. This is probably not surprising for someone who created a cooking app. As a child, some of my earliest memories are of sitting on the kitchen bench watching my mother cook amazing food for all manner of social events, and getting to help stir or participate in other small ways was a highlight for…

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Working with Design Thinking, Lean and Agile — SitePoint – Website Design Article

Design Thinking is the latest buzz phrase to have taken over the business and technology world. In seems like the phrase is popping up in nearly every context. A few years ago, Lean UX was all the rage, following a few years focused on the Lean Startup. A few years before that, every tech company I knew was rushing to implement Agile development processes. Experts like Lou Rosenfeld are already making predictions about what new approaches are coming next. It’s…

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5 Simple UX Principles to Guide your Product Design — SitePoint – Website Design Article

Photo credit: Orin Zebest Few things in life are constant: death, taxes, and strangers asking “So what do you do?” within a minute of a handshake. As a UX designer, I’ve had a lot of practice over the years trying to nail down my answer. Here’s what I’ve come up with: It’s my job to be inside a user’s brain. I need to look at design from the mindspace of a user (actually, lots of users) and squash potential problems…

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Check out the 6 Best Productivity Apps for Designers — SitePoint – Website Design Article

This sponsored article was created by our content partner, BAW Media. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Once upon a time, time and motion studies were introduced to boost productivity. The practice was popular with those doing the studies — but not so much with those being studied. Today’s productivity-enhancing approaches are less intrusive, thanks in part to technology. Self-improvement tips and techniques that offer encouragement also help. Besides, a little effort can become habit-forming. The…

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A Day in the Life of a Customer — SitePoint – Website Design Article

How do you measure customer engagement? Likes, clicks, and purchases are often the default metrics to turn to, but they don’t tell the whole story. You need to know how much customers feel they’re in a relationship with your product, business or brand to truly measure customer engagement. Is your product part of your customers’ daily lives? Does it fit harmoniously and instinctively into their world? Customer engagement is pivotal to UX design because of this, and one of the…

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7 Awesome Wireframing Tools You Should Be Using — SitePoint – Website Design Article

Want to learn UX from the ground up? Get an entire collection of UX books on projects, tips, tools & more, with SitePoint Premium. Join now for just $9/month. Over the years, we’ve become so much more knowledgeable about the UX design process, especially in regards to wireframing — a highly useful design exercise that can significantly improve the overall user experience of the final product. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best wireframing tools. What is…

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How to Speed Up Your UX with Skeleton Screens — SitePoint – Website Design Article

However well-designed your user interface may be, at some point or other, the people using it are going to have to wait for something to load. Photo: Marco Giumelli, “Waiting” A 2014 MIT study showed that humans can perceive discrete images in as little as 13 milliseconds however deciding where to focus takes between 100 and 140 milliseconds. In practical terms, this gives us around 200 milliseconds to present a user interface state change in order to appear instant. Between…

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