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Lots of great links this month made for tough choices for our top 5. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
By placing the high priority action at the bottom, it’s in the path of least visual resistance.
- Anthony T, Author and Founder
5 Techniques to Make Mobile Call to Action Buttons Intuitive is one of the few mobile UI design articles that makes a strong case for separate rules from designing for large screens. Some great tips for small screens and short attention spans.
One of the most crucial tasks I have as a designer is to communicate my ideas.
- Mirela Ignat, User Experience Designer
The Design Decisions That You Know Are Right dissects UX “failures” that were really just failures in communication. It provides an empowering antidote to a common feeling of frustration by revealing techniques for being heard.
Items inside of contextual menus should directly relate to the tasks the user needs to complete.
- Anna Kaley, User Experience Specialist
Contextual menus fell out of favor for a while with the rise of early web and mobile apps, but now that those apps have become more powerful and feature-rich those classic on-demand menus are back. Contextual Menus: Delivering Relevant Tools for Tasks catches you up on what you need to know about designing them right.
Both too much friction and too little friction reduce value, but just the right amount of friction maximizes it.
- Jesse Weaver, Director of Entrepreneurial Design
A long-ish read that digresses before hitting its stride, The Value of Inconvenient Design describes why the right amount of friction is key to a good experience. Once you start to see things this way, it’ll permanently change your view.
Maeda thinks that designers should focus on being good teammates rather than leaders.
- Katharine Schwab, Design + Tech Reporter
Controversy aside, I think that Maeda’s perspective on the team and product above the design alone is worth a read. John Maeda: “In reality, design is not that important” will make you think and maybe question your own views.
That’s it for this month. I’ll be back again next month with more good reads.
Want to read more of our favorite links? Check out the archives.
– Leon for The Balsamiq Team
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