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Our 5 Favorite UX Articles (October 2013)

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The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and the clocks have now retreated an hour. With leaves scattered all over, autumn is well and truly here
Not to worry, we’ve brought together our favourite UX articles of the last month to provide some relief from the thought of winter.

With so much quality content out there, we’ve compiled 5 articles we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.

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

  • Learn how to apply flat design to your site’s forms effectively
  • Gain inspiration from a collection of stunning one-page sites
  • Find a great infographic on when to use which UX methods
  • See how iOS 7 could have been designed in Microsoft Word
  • Find out what happens when the world of flat design and superheroes combine

1. Flat UI and Forms

Flat UI and Forms by Jesscia Enders, published on
“The problem is that most flat UIs are built with a focus on the provision of content, with transactional components (i.e., forms) receiving very little attention. What happens when flat and forms collide? User experiences can, and often do, suffer.”

We begin with an extremely insightful article discussing how flat design can be applied to website forms. Generally, forms haven’t kept up with the changing design trends. The now old practice of skeuomorphism still abundant.

Here, Jessica details how flat design concepts can be applied in both small and large amounts to various form elements on your site to greatly improve and enhance the user experience.

2. 30 one-page sites you’ll wish you had built

30 one-page sites you’ll wish you had built by Rahul Mistry, published on Web Designer Depot.

“With web users bombarded with so much information, web designers are constantly exploring new ways to deliver content. ”

With recent advances in technology and new web standards, websites are more immersive than ever before. Designers can let their imagination run wild, creating masterpieces online.

This article collates 30 of the best one-page sites around. Offering you inspiration for your own project or or just plain appreciation for the great work of others.

3. UX Methods Infographic

UX Methods Infographic by Jeff Sauro published on Measuring Usability.

“There are a lot of methods to use to improve the user experience. We know many of you are visual learners so we created an infographic of when to use which UX method.”

This infographic provides a basic rundown of which User Experience methods relate to which stage of the design process in an easy infographic format. Great for anyone still unsure on what to use and when.
Also attached by the author is a PDF of the full size version, allowing you to print in and adorn your office walls with UX.

4. Flat Design Superheroes from Jeffrey Rau

Flat Design Superheroes from Jeffrey Rau by Speckyboy Editors, published on Speckyboy Design Magazine.

“Comic book fan Jeffrey Rau, a graphic artist from Lincoln, Nebraska, has recently released an impressive collection of superhero illustrations designed in a flat and minimal style.”

A break from the normal UX content here. A bit of fun, showing what happens when the web design world collides with that of the Superhero. Jeffrey Rau has combined the principles of flat design, with some of our favourite comic book stars. The results are rather interesting, with some awesome looking superheroes the result.

5. Was iOS 7 created in Microsoft Word? [Video]

Was iOS 7 created in Microsoft Word by Vaclav Krejci, published on YouTube.

Not a question you hear everyday. One that you would expect to hear a unanimous “no” to. However, after watching the video, you may question yourself. Vaclav shows us – using his amazing skills in Word – that things you’d never thought would be possible in a word processor are possible.

He goes on to redesign the whole iOS 7 interface using only the tools at his disposal from within Word. Of course, it’s hard to imagine Apple really did use Word for their design work, but the result is extremely interesting. As are the methods Vaclav uses to get.
Certainly worth a look.

Vaclav has also been generous enough to offer his ebook ‘7 Best Text Effects in Microsoft Word for free due to his videos popularity. Details can be found on his twitter.

Oliver McGough
Passionate UX Designer and Marketer.