The Usability Post
Thoughts on design and user experience by Dmitry Fadeyev

Archive

2014

Choreographing
Interface Moss
Hollow Icons
Design Trend Predictors
The Share Icon
Tobias Frere-Jones on Apple's Choice of Helvetica as a UI Typeface
Safari Buries the URL
On Styled Form Elements
The Scroll Up Bar
How to Do a Wikipedia Redesign
Evasion of Choice
Issues with Form Field Placeholders
UI Concept: Morphing Buttons
Hybrid Mobile Development
Using Small Caps & Text Figures on the Web
Patrick Hamann on Making the Guardian Load Under 1000ms
The Plywood at the Back
It's an Interface
Styling Footnotes Using :last-child
The User
Jakob Nielsen Interview
Killing the URL
Can the User Be Wrong?
Vanguard
Adaptive Placeholders

2013

New UI Pattern: Website Loading Bars
Authentic Design
Google Authorship Search Listing Blindness
When Infinite Scroll Doesn't Work

2012

Watching Them Struggle
Redesign Trend in Tech News Sites
Just Don't Make It Annoying
The Gleam of a Better Publishing Model
Effects of Typography on Reader Mood and Productivity
Blurring of the Lines
Responsive Apps
Long Press
optimizeLegibility on Mobile Devices
Visual Transiency
The UX Threshold
Optimize Legibility
Please Stop "Fixing" Font Smoothing
A Further Note on Scrolling
The Return of the Scroll
Rags Over Rivers
Cheating Or Good Design?
Diminishing Returns
UI Concept: Elastic Toolbars
Design Changes and Power
The Labelless Button
Unified Search and Address Bar In Safari
Styling Button Links With CSS3

2011

Competing With an Archetype
The Unstoppable Carousel
Timeless Fashion
The Language of Things
Skeuomorph, Pt III
Skeuomorph, Pt II
Faster Signup With Primed Accounts
Poll: Ideal Font Size
Blank Screens
Are You Designing Around These iPhone & iPod UI Issues?
Aero vs. Metro
Should Web Designers Code?
Logarithmic Sliders
The New Windows Explorer UI
Usaura v2: Tests Dashboard, Test Chains, Preference Tests and More
A Better Way To Visualize Click Times
Usaura Update
Introducing Usaura, the Fastest Way to Run Click Tests
Clever Terminals
What Makes a Good Designer
Carving Pixels
On CSS Galleries
Designing UX Exchange
Pure CSS Slide-out Interface
Architecture v. Web Design
What's Left?
Improving Highlighters
Against Instant Notifications
New: UsabilityPosts Jobs
Design as Art
The Redesign Trap
OS X Lion Interface Tweaks
Our Tools
Skeuomorph
Please Stop Disabling Subpixel Rendering
A Call for LESS to Embrace Responsive Design
Simplify Your CSS With LESS Elements
Introducing Yattery: Social Media Marketing Made Easy
Why Nobody Uses Opera
The Dark Side Of Usability

2010

The Design of Everyday Things
Design is Choice
No Title Bar?
A Motive For Bad Design, Pt II
False Simplicity
A Motive For Bad Design
The Embodiment Of Function
A Frame Within a Frame
The Elusive Footer
Font Smoothing
A Mild Case Of Borderitis
Guilty
Pull Down to Refresh
It Isn't Minimalism
Don't Forget The Whitespace
CSS Hover Controls On the iPhone
A Symptom Of Clutter
My New Blog
Attachment to Physical Media
The Value of Good Design
Focus On Goals, Not Actions
The Laws of Simplicity
Blogging Simplified
On the iPad
What's in a Name?
E-books are Books
Rocket Surgery Made Easy
Flash Is Never Coming To the iPhone
Introducing the UsabilityPost Forum

2009

High Quality
Make It Difficult to Read
The Web Is the Perfect Content Delivery Channel For Tablet Readers
Search-dropdown Hybrid Box
Breaking Rules
Google Wave's Clever Way Of Saving Scrollbar Space
Cooking a Website
A Better Distribution Channel for Desktop Apps
3 Things Phone Manufacturers Should Get Right to Beat the iPhone
Mouse Cursor Affordance
Everyday Usability Heuristics: Visibility Of System Status
Remember Me
Restraint
Contextual Interviews and Ethnography: Two Different Types of Home Visits
Should There Be a Unified Set of Styles For Web Interfaces?
OpenHallway -- A New Usability Testing App
How To Observe the User and Tap Into the Experience
Introducing the Themes Boutique
Using Deceptive Design Elements to Emphasize Product Features
The 1Kb CSS Grid, Part 3
Introducing LESS: a Better CSS
Reinventing the Color Picker
Dynamic Contrast Management
The 1Kb CSS Grid, Part 2
Web Browsers Need a Social Layer
The 1Kb CSS Grid, Part 1
How to Listen to the User and Hear the Experience
Using Input Fields Fit For Purpose
Tell Me How
8 Characteristics Of Successful User Interfaces
Safari 4 Beta Review
Good, Better, Best
Logospire v2
Userfly Review
Quince: A User Interface Patterns Explorer
IconDock - A Simpler Shopping Cart
Wrap Your Presents Well
Zoomable User Interfaces
The Proper Way to Draw Rounded Corners
Making Wait Times Feel Shorter
Feedback Army Review
Why We Still Use Paper
Comment Form Design
Announcing Logospire

2008

A Slip in the WordPress 2.7 Dashboard Interface
New Design
Usability of the iDisk Web Interface
Pressed Button State With CSS
Take a Step Back to See the Big Picture
Interface Features
It's the User Experience, Stupid
Scalable Content Box Using Only One Background Image
In UI Design, the "Obvious" Solution isn't Necessarily the Best Solution
De-clutter Your Interface With Hover Controls
The Pitfall of Adding Keyboard Shortcuts to Web Apps
Is Your App Responsive?
How People Really Use the iPhone
Wikipedia — Time for a Redesign?
CSS Tip: Improve the Look of Your Headlines Using Letter-Spacing
Should Arrows be Placed Before Link Text or After?
The iPhone App Store Buy Button -- Foolish or Brilliant?
Does Your Website Suffer From These 7 Usability Mistakes?
Categories vs Tags
CSS Tip: Remove the Mac OS X Glowing Blue Outline for Custom Styled Input Fields
Experience vs. Function -- a Beautiful UI is Not Always the Best UI
Usability Post Featured in Alltop
Fighting Perfection
How Usable is Your Copy?
Manage Focus Effectively Using Contrast
Forget the Wireframes, Throw Away Your Boxy Layouts -- Design BIG!
A Guide to Choosing Colors for Your Brand
Use Whitespace to Indicate Relationships Between Content Elements
The Function of Rounded Corners
Usability Tip: Automatically Select Form Input Field on Page Load
Using the Scrollbar to Display Information
Typesetting UI Elements
Do UI Aesthetics Matter?
Utilize Space Efficiently for a Better UI
Synchronized Style: Fusing the UI and Hardware Aesthetic
Site Update
Drop IE6 Support - Give People a Reason to Upgrade
Usability Tip: Turn Inline Links Into Padded Blocks for Larger Clickable Areas
Thoughts on Chrome
Usability Tip: Use Verbs as Labels on Buttons
UI is the Killer Feature
How to Add Drop Shadows to Menus or Windows with CSS
Using Shadows to Improve the Usability of Menus and Windows
Don't Copy a Design — Steal It
5 Steps for the Perfect Tabbed Navigation Menu
Using Light, Color and Contrast Effectively in UI Design
CSS Trick: Improve the Quality of Bold Text in Safari with text-shadow
Context Over Consistency
How to Use Photoshop Color Profiles for Web Images
10 Great Free Icon Packs for Your Website or Web App

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