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Start Using Chips Over Checkboxes and Radio Buttons

Traditional checkboxes and radio buttons have become a thing of the past. They’re outdated and have lousy usability. Their tiny targets are hard to click with accuracy. The difference between a dot and checkmark cue can confuse non-tech-savvy users. The next evolution of checkboxes and radio buttons is chips. Easier to Click and Tap Radio […] The...

Which Icon Style Is Most Efficient for Scanning

Icons come in many different shapes and forms. It’s not always easy to pick a style. When you’re choosing icons for your menu navigation, it pays to be selective. Some icons are more efficient for scanning than others. Choosing efficient icons will enable your users to navigate faster when using your menu. There are four […] The post Which Icon Style...

Why You Shouldn’t Always Label Your Icons

Many designers believe that you should always label your icons, so users know what they mean. This advice seems sensible, but it isn’t always optimal. There are cases when it’s better not to label them and allow users to learn what those icons mean. After they understand them, they’ll be able to use the interface […] The post Why You Shouldn’t Always...

One-Click vs. Two-Field Email Confirmation: Which Is Faster?

The one-click email confirmation field is the new and improved way to confirm emails on signup forms. It’s far faster and easier to interact with than the double email confirmation field. But just how much quicker is it? We’ll use the Keystroke-Level Model (KLM) to analyze task time and predict how long it takes users […] The post One-Click vs. Two-Field...

The Fastest Email Confirmation Field for Signup Forms

Email is always a required data field on signup forms. It’s the linchpin that holds an account together. After creating an account, the user is emailed a link to verify their identity. If they forget their password, they’re emailed a link to reset it. Mistyping the email field means they can’t access their account. Traditional […] The post The Fastest...

Little UX Details: Bad vs. Good Filters

Below is a screen of filters with many interface elements. At first glance, it seems like it has a good user experience, but it doesn’t. It has many issues that you can only realize by deconstructing and analyzing each component. The first overall issue with the interface is that there’s too much blue everywhere, calling […] The post Little UX Details:...

Use Autocomplete Fields to Reduce Cognitive Load

One of the most frustrating things is having a word you want to say on the tip of your tongue but not remembering what it is. You feel like you have a general idea of the word, but you can’t spit it out. This frustrating experience is how users feel when they have to fill […] The post Use Autocomplete Fields to Reduce Cognitive Load first appeared...

Start Using Multiselect Menus for Your Filters

Filters are a valuable tool for exploring new content. They allow you to remove undesirable content from your screen so you can focus only on what you’re interested in. Unfortunately, most filters aren’t easy to use because they’re bulky and overwhelming. A typical filter contains many items users can choose from. Not only that but […] The post Start...

Stop Using Listboxes for Multiselecting Items

What component would you use when users need to select multiple items in limited screen space? Many designers would choose listboxes, but this is a common mistake. Listboxes are terrible for making and viewing multiple selections. They also don’t conserve as much space as you’d think. The first issue is that the viewport of a […] The post Stop Using...

Why Your Autocomplete Search Field Should Include Imagery

It’s time for search fields to evolve. The web started with a basic search field where the user enters their input and gets a results page. The next generation of the search field was the autocomplete feature that displays potential results in a menu based on the user’s partial input. The autocomplete feature has made […] The post Why Your Autocomplete...

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