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The Optimal Spacing for Dropdown Menus

Many dropdown menus are hard to use. They have poor usability due to the lack of spacing between menu items. A common mistake is only to provide spacing for the item cells but nothing else. This example shows a menu with four items and four cells with equal spacing. While this seems reasonable, a dropdown […] The post The Optimal Spacing for Dropdown...

The Design Secret Behind Perfectly Balanced Whitespace

The most challenging design element to work with is whitespace. Whitespace is the invisible element that permeates every screen between the cracks and crevices of each component. There’s no standard on what the perfect amount of whitespace is. Designers must use their intuitive feeling to space elements, which is quite challenging. As a result, many...

Swipe Sheets: A Faster Way to View Pages Without Clicking

Clicking buttons on a mobile device is quite a chore. You can understand what users go through if you break down their experience. All buttons on mobile interfaces are targets that users have to hit with their fingers. For each interaction, they must locate the target and tap it accurately. Not only that, but they […] The post Swipe Sheets: A Faster...

Swipe Navigation: A Faster Way to Navigate Mobile Screens

How often do you click the back button on your mobile device? Users frequently click the back button to navigate interfaces. Since mobile devices have limited screen space, designers will divide their content across screens to make everything fit. As a result, users must constantly press the back button to navigate mobile apps. Doing this […] The...

How to Use Surface Elevation to Elevate Your Interface

All user interfaces are a collection of surfaces. You have the background, foreground, and the elements that float on top. To show users what screen elements are active, you have to use surface elevation. Some components that need elevation are toasts, cards, and menus. When you fail to use elevation, these components can look like […] The post How...

The Art of User Interface Drop Shadows

Many elements on interfaces tend to mimic real-world objects. Drop shadows are one of them. These are helpful cues to indicate whether a window or panel is floating. Floating surfaces signify a temporary or momentary state that requires user interaction. For users to interpret floating surfaces correctly, your shadows must look natural and realistic....

The Optimal Design for a Landing Page Hero

Imagine a user visiting your landing page and glossing over everything on it. Users often do this when the hero section isn’t optimal. The hero section is the large area above the fold that informs users about your website. You need to display the text, images, buttons, and layout in a way that captures interest […] The post The Optimal Design for...

How to Fix Apple’s Illegible White Button Labels

You may not have noticed this, but many apps and websites use white text labels on their buttons. Designers love using white labels on colored buttons because the white makes the text label pop against the background. However, using white button labels can sometimes get you in trouble. Apple’s Facetime app has this problem with […] The post How to...

How to Design Content Cards That Make Users Click

Before users will view your content, you need to spark their interest. Content cards are the perfect component for this. However, many designers fail to design content cards correctly. Instead of teasing users, they overwhelm them with too much information. As a result, users spend too much time reading and have trouble making decisions. You should...

How to Make Your UI Text Super Easy to Scan

Accessibility isn’t the only thing to consider when designing an interface. You should also focus on increasing scannability. What’s the difference? When most designers try to make their interface accessible, they focus only on color contrast. That’ll make the text readable but not necessarily scannable. Scannability goes beyond that and involves the...

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