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Diagonal Hierarchy Grid: A Method to Optimize Any Interface Layout

The location of an interface element plays a crucial role in how much attention it’ll get. Users scan certain screen areas more than others. If you were to use an eye-tracking device to track their eye fixations, you would notice a common scanning pattern. Users of left-to-right languages tend to fixate in the top left […] The post Diagonal Hierarchy...

Overusing Accent Colors Lowers User Efficiency on Interfaces

Your interface likely uses an accent color to highlight interactive elements. It’s usually your brand color or another color you’ve designated. When you use the same accent color on multiple elements, they compete with each other. You should avoid doing this because it scatters the user’s attention and lowers their efficiency. Different interactive...

The Optimal Way to Mark Optional Form Fields

Many designers tend to mark optional fields by placing “(optional)” after the field label. This approach makes the field label longer and wordier than it really is. While it gets the message across, there’s a more optimal way to mark optional fields. Using a text badge, you can help users distinguish the label from the […] The post The Optimal Way...

Required Data Fields That Shouldn’t Be “Required”

Removing unnecessary optional fields will improve your form’s conversion rate. However, there are certain “required” fields you can remove too. These are fields most would assume are required but really aren’t. Most form fields can be divided into two categories: 1. Account data fields 2. Profile data fields Only account data fields should be on […]...

Optional Fields You Should Remove on Your Form

It’s no secret that fewer form fields lead to higher conversion rates. Reducing them not only makes a friendlier first impression, but it decreases error rates and completion time. Therefore, you should remove as many unnecessary optional fields as you can. Many apps use optional fields as an opportunity to gain knowledge about the user […] The post...

Why Users Opt Out Forms That Mark Required Fields

Did you know you could be losing many users when they see your form for the first time? How they perceive your form on the first impression is everything. If it looks intimidating and they have no obligation to fill it out, they’ll likely opt out. You can make your form less intimidating on the […] The post Why Users Opt Out Forms That Mark Required...

Single-Page Forms vs. Multi-Page Forms

Should you use a single-page or multi-page form? Many designers have wondered which approach provides a better user experience. The answer, though, might not be so absolute. There are advantages and disadvantages to both that you need to consider. Deciding which is best depends on the context of your form. Better For Editing Fields A […] The post...

Porkbun: How a .design Domain Name Can Boost Your Career

Are you hoping to build your client base and boost your work opportunities? If you’re not seeing the results you’d like, it may be time to spruce up your personal website or digital portfolio. From freelancers to design firms, maintaining a professional online presence is a crucial step in building your brand and showcasing your […] The post Porkbun:...

Stop Misusing Icon Cues on Menus

Designers use icon cues to communicate interface affordances to users. There are two affordances all menus have. The disclosure affordance discloses the menu to display a view. The closure affordance closes the menu to hide a view. Using the right icon cues are important, but designers are using the wrong ones. This mistake has created […] The post...

The Proper Visual Cues for Common Interface Affordances

What makes an interface intuitive? An interface is intuitive if users can use it correctly without any instructions. But how are humans able to do this when they typically learn through instruction? It turns out that humans can interpret how interfaces work by perceiving visual cues that signify affordances (research). These visual cues are the […]...

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