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Setting up Photoshop like a Pro UXer

Photoshop, the designers ‘must-have’ is such a flexible tool that there are many ways to set up your workflow.

After some 20 years I have found these two to be the most efficient, most transferable within a team, and most manageable i.e. avoiding the dreaded spinning-wheel-of-death

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Layer comps

Fickle as clients can be, I’ve come to realise that there will always be amendments. Version after version, where the client/stakeholder/CEO wanna-be-designer suggests colours or positioning changes. Simply switching on/off layers and groups and saving as a state was an ingenious ideas by Adobe. Big pat on the back.

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Mobile best practice for registration – Put the users needs before technology

User Registration on Mobile

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I have recently been involved in both high-level concept generation through to territory specific text changes in the exiting world of User Registration. These are my top 5 tips to help you streamline your process or find some inspiration.

1. Do not turn-off your client

Very early on you begin to realise that you, as a UX designer answering to Business and shakeholders alike, should avoid providing a dry and labour-intensive solution to what is a tedious process. This will inevitable put off, or turn off, potential new customers from the start. So, as they walk through your virtual door, try to present a broken-down and achievable process where they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t forget : Break your offer into bite-sized chunks

Regulations possibly dictate that your customers will need to supply certain information. If so, have them supply that information up-front. That way you, as a caring and customer-centric company can temporally capture that info and call them back should they drop-off. Then you can ask ‘Is everything allright? Can we help you further with your registration?”

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Design Trends for Mobile

Download hereDesign Trends For Mobile – Part 6 – Location.pdf

Design Trends in Mobile

After only a few years the mobile landscape has generated a selection of trends and UX that have now become best practice in mobile design and an essential skill-set for the experienced UI designer. And as a UX designer you should be aware of these experiences and how best to incorporate them into your design decisions.

Location, location, location

Not only discovering the nearest banking cash machine or the whereabouts of a friend or employee, location services can include parcel and vehicle tracking,  mobile commerce when taking the form of coupons or advertising directed at customers based on their current location. They include personalised weather services and even location-based games. They are an example of telecommunication convergence.

By 2010, location-based services power Mobile Local Search to enable the search and discovery of persons, places, and things within an identifiable space defined by distinct parameters. These parameters are evolving. Today they include social networks, individuals, cities, neighborhoods, landmarks, and actions that are relevant to the searcher’s past, current, and future location.

Download hereDesign Trends For Mobile – Part 6 – Location.pdf

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Design Trends For Mobile – Part 5: Minimise The Taps

Design Trends For Mobile - Part 5 _ Minimise The Taps

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Design Trends in Mobile

This is the 5th part in a series of trends that I have wit­nessed in the design world.  When designing, design for short bursts of activity similar to how people use phones across the board—in short bursts of activity. Users probably won’t sit for an hours going through your masterpiece, they will take bite-sized chunks and digest it at their will. These trends and UX have now become best prac­tice in mobile design and an essen­tial skill-set for the experienced UI designer.

It’s best to minimise your grand concepts to a simple set of options that gets the job done.

Less functionality = Simple user interface = Easily perceived and understood

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Minimise The Taps

Limit your options and lead users through a series of simple choices, limiting options to 5-7 big links at any stage. Effectively holding the users hand and guiding them through is a specialism that all UX designers need to master.

Download hereDesign Trends For Mobile – Part 5 – Minimise The Taps.pdf

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Design Trends For Mobile – Part 4: Interactive Feedback

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Design Trends in Mobile

This is the 4th part in a series of trends that I have wit­nessed in the design world. These trends and UX have now become best prac­tice in mobile design and an essen­tial skill-set for the experienced UI designer.

Interactive Feedback

Provide obvious feedback for any action. Actions which take a long time to load need an indication that something is in progress. For each process, include loading states to provide the user with a timeline. This type of visual feedback is familiar to most users and you’d be wise to take advantage of it.

Basecamp Mobile does a great job of this by showing a spinning loading gif as it loads the next page. Remember, the desktop browsers have various indicators built-in to show that something is in progress. Mobile browsers don’t make it as obvious, so it’s important to build visual feedback into your mobile site and/or app design.

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Design Trends For Mobile – Part 3: Test Your Design

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Design Trends in Mobile

This is the 3rd part in a series of trends that I have wit­nessed in the design world. These trends andUX have now become best prac­tice in mobile design and an essen­tial skill-set for the expe­ri­enced UIdesigner.

Test Your Design

Try out your designs on as many devices as possible but remember innovation is not generated from focus groups. It is more than probably your cherished design, while amazing on stellar devices like the iPhone4 will degrade particularly badly on the trusty old Motorola Razr. You should be testing also for security and usability.

Use emulators if you have too, but there is never a better substitute than using the device itself. So, use up your favours with your friend at the local phone shop and test your mobile web site one, twice and as many times as you can.

You can, of course, test through the iOS Developer Program both over-the-air and in realtime, as well as determining black and white questions like ‘Does it work’ you can also test your designs effectivens:

  • How easy is it to navigate through your designs?
  • Is it obvious to the user which actions are available?
  • Is the look-and-feel  consistent from page to page, including font sizes and colors?

Remember the phrase ‘Don’t Make me Think’ – it’s a good reference point.

Download hereDesign Trends For Mobile – Part 3 – Test Your Design.pdf

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Design Trends For Mobile – Part 2: Progressive Disclosure

Design Trends For Mobile - Part2 - Progressive Disclosure

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Design Trends in Mobile

This is the 2nd part in a series of trends that I have witnessed in the design world. These trends and UX have now become best practice in mobile design and an essential skill-set for the experienced UI designer.

Design Trends For Mobile - Part2 - Progressive Disclosure

Progressive Disclosure

Progressive disclosure is an interaction design technique often used to help maintain the focus of a user’s attention by reducing clutter and confusion. This improves usability by presenting only the minimum data required for the task at hand. By disclosing information progressively, you reveal only the essentials and help the user manage the complexity of feature-rich sites.

From a designers perspective we should be using this technique when we feel the customer requires a level of hand-holding and is possibly unsure what they need to do.

For a full and extremely well documented explanation of the Progressive Disclosure see our friends at Wikipedia

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This is but one part of a 12 point examination of the design principles russellwebbdesign generated for the mobile design community. Please contact us further to discuss if your brand (or it’s design) can really benefit from ‘best-in-class’ mobile design: info@russellwebbdesign.co.uk

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