Must-Read Monday: New Web Design Standards and Designing for User Success

Mon Dec 9, 2013

Depending on how long you've worked on the web, you might remember a time when complexity in web design was indicative of both a desire to deliver rich experiences to visitors and to show off what your Flash developer could do. The prevailing trends have changed, in no small part due to mobile, but the driver is not just aesthetics.

User experience and interface design have become more of a science, and science tells us that even one variable can completely change the final outcome. This week's 5 Must-Read Monday picks examine what makes great design today, and how little changes can make a big difference.

6 Reasons to Ditch Your m.site in 2014 (via Web Performance Today)

Sometimes time, resource, and technology limitations force short-term solutions that seem almost good enough for the long term. But it's time to rip off the bandage and learn how to build a truly healthy mobile web presence.

7 Questions Successful Web Designers Don't Forget to Ask Their Clients (via You The Designer)

Whether you're hiring a designer to redo your website, or redoing it in-house, these are questions you can't ignore. Make sure you can answer all of these to ensure your project has a real focus and tangible end goals.

15 Tiny UX Elements That Can Make a Big Difference (via Econsultancy)

Little things can have a huge impact on how your site or app interacts with the end user, and in turn how successful that interaction is for the user and whatever she is trying to accomplish. The common thread among great solutions is always anticipating the user's next step, their needs, and planning for a seamless transaction.

11 Great Examples of Video Backgrounds in Web Design  (via Web Design Ledger)

With so much emphasis on mobile, you might worry about losing wow-factor opportunities on desktop website design. Video backgrounds on websites is a rising trend, and a powerful visual when used correctly. Check out some of the most striking examples.

8 Front-end and UI Style Guides (via SideProject.io)

One of the best things about being part of the web design community is the wealth of free resources and frameworks available from leading designers and developers. This roundup features links to best practices, style guides, pattern libraries, and examples of implementations from MailChimp, Mozilla, Google, Github, and more.

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Karo Kilfeather, content marketing manager at Percussion Software
Karo Kilfeather
Content Marketing Manager | Percussion Software

Karo was born in Poland, and learned to speak English by watching "Saved by the Bell" reruns during her first summer in the U.S., which has left her unable to go through life without occasionally breaking the fourth wall. As Percussion's content marketing manager, she oversees and creates content that drives website traffic, engages followers, and helps fill the marketing and sales funnel. She writes about content management, content marketing, SEO, social media and web design, and how to make it all less complicated.

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