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The Best UX Articles of January 2014

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The new year has finally been ushered in. We’re begin to become accustomed to writing ‘2014’, the days are getting ever longer, and the sun is starting to make a reappearance. With January having whizzed past, it’s time to look at what you may have missed,

So, with so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at January 2014. We’ve compiled January’s best 5 articles we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.

From last month’s top 5 UX articles, you’ll:

  • Discover how to sum up User Experience in only 200 words
  • Learn about 10 skills that will make you a master of Web Design
  • Look forward to the big Email Design trends of 2014
  • Take note of a key strategy in redesigning your website
  • Be taught 3 reasons why Navigation Bars could be on the way out

In no particular order:

1. User Experience is…

User Experience is… by Whitney Hess, published on

“User Experience is a commitment to developing products and services with purpose, compassion, and integrity”

We begin with a definition of the field. User Experience is notoriously hard to define, I’m sure you’ve encountered this on occasion – awkwardly trying to explain what you do to family members.

Here, Whitney attempts to describe UX in under 200 words. A daunting task, and this is her brilliant result.

2. 10 Things Web Designers Should Know to Become a Master

10 Things Web Designers Should Know to Become a Master by Rudolph Musngi, published on

“It is truly a nice feeling to be called a ‘Master’ at something. It gives value to your name, talent and skills. In addition to that, people will begin respecting you because of what you know about the field that you are an expert in. Truly, being called a master adds weight to your name, but there is more to value than just the name. What things web designers should know is vital here.”

What does it take to become a master of Web Design? To be able to flaunt yourself as a king of the field? Rudolph has the answers.

Here, he lists 10 skills essential to any practising Web Designer in order to justifiably plant themselves at the top. Within the article Rudolph links various great assets and tutorials which can help you hone the aforementioned skills.

3. Email Design Trends of 2014

Email Design Trends of 2014 by Catalin Zorzini published on Inspired Magazine.

“Email design will be extremely important in 2014, since email marketing is on the top of every marketer’s priority list. To be noticed in someone’s inbox is becoming more competitive than ever.”

A great visual catalog of email designs. With email marketing seeing huge growth in the past few years with the rise of mobile, and thus email accessibility, email design is becoming almost as important and web design. Ensuring content is displayed correctly and beautifully is key to this.

Here is presented the ultimate guide to email design trends for the forthcoming year. Grab some inspiration or just google at the pretty email designs!

4. Never Redesign Your Website Without This Strategy!

Never Redesign Your Website Without This Strategy! by Chris Goward, published on Crazy Egg’s Blog.

“Many have been fooled into believing that a website redesign will improve conversions and revenue. It’s common to assume that a slick new design that follows the accepted “best practices” of the day will increase customer trust and your sales rates.

That is a false hope.”

In his brilliantly interesting and insightful article, Chris explains why major site redesigns often end in a colossal error. An overhaul of a website won’t necessarily eliminate the many problems of old. In fact, you’re more likely to only create new ones.

How do we avoid making these mistakes? Read on to find out!

5. 3 Reasons We Should Stop Using Navigation Bars

3 Reasons We Should Stop Using Navigation Bars by Kendra Gaines, published on Web Designer Depot.

“It’s hard to argue the effectiveness of navigation bars. As a matter of fact, I won’t. They are effective and are the norm in web design right now.

But, is there a better way to present our menus that could possibly change the entire way we think about web design? I believe so, and this way to change web design is to get rid of the navigation bar all together. But why?”

An archaic element of website history, or an essential starting point for our internet travels? Kendra starts off with a good point towards the former, going on to explain how – perhaps – it is time for a change. The ever-present Navbar may have just had it’s day.

Slightly controversial, but certainly worth a read!

Oliver McGough
Passionate UX Designer and Marketer.