Best of UX Design Articles: April — May 2018

Best UX Design Articles

During the months of April and May, some of my Design posts are getting very positive responses from readers. I want to share titbits from a few of them in this article so that you can access all your favorite collections in one place.


User Experience Design Process → 

This article presents different stages of the design process along with an overview of stakeholders and activities involved in each stage.

UX Design Process “Great user experience design not only highlights and promotes your product, it has become a key part of building and growing customer confidence.”

CATEGORY: Guidelines

7 Rules of Using Radio Buttons vs Drop-Down Menus →

This article shares a number of rules that help user to decide between two common form input controls, radio buttons, and drop-down menus.Drop Down vs Radio Buttons

“If we study the guidelines of these controls, it becomes apparent that radio buttons and drop-downs should be used in certain scenarios to make it easier for the user to select a given option.”

Why Do You Need UI Guidelines? → 

An article on the importance of UI guidelines in the user experience design process. It lists down types of guidelines and how to create them. A collection of common design guidelines from Microsoft, Apple, and Google is also part of the article.UI Guidelines“UI guidelines explain the best practices of UI components and understanding of their behavior by giving real examples. If you want to design a cohesive and consistent experience among your products, then you must have a set of guidelines with you.”

How to Write Good Error Messages → 

A collection of guidelines are presented on how to write good error messages that give the user a positive impression. Examples from different products are shown that guide about Do’s and Don’ts of error messages.

How to Write Error messages

“A good error message has three parts: problem identification, cause details if helpful, and a solution if possible. The error message should have enough information for users that guides them on how to get out of the erroneous situation.”


How to Be a Great UX Mentor? →

Becoming a UX mentor requires a few skills that enable you to share your knowledge and be a source of inspiration for your mentees. A mentor should be gentle and firm at the same time.How to become a UX Mentor?“A mentor behaves like a teacher, a coach, an adviser, a therapist, and a counselor at the same time. He inspires his mentees through his words and actions.”

CATEGORY: Case Studies

A Usability Test on WhatsApp Web →

Guerilla usability test is performed on WhatsApp Web and a number of user pain points are identified. A set of recommendations are provided for each pain point that helps to resolve design problems.A Usability Test on WhatsApp Web“The purpose of this article is to provide user feedback about WhatsApp Web, and I hope this exercise will help to further enhance its user experience.”


A Prototype Is Worth 1000 Meetings →

This quote tells us that a prototype can convey the design concepts much easier and quickly as compared to long verbal meetings with your customers.Prototyping

“Using a prototype, it becomes much easier to convey your concept and user flow to your customer before writing a single line of code. Getting early feedback and making updates in a prototype in the design process is much more convenient and cheap.”

Diversity of People Equals Diversity of Ideas →

The quote inspires sharing of your ideas with people around you. This way you can nourish your thinking and expand your mindset.Diverse ideas

“You cannot sit alone and design your ideas. You have to collaborate your ideas with people around you and listen to their opinions. Only then it becomes possible to reach your desired outcome.”

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