Posts Categorized: User Interface

Mobile-Friendly Sign Up

It may seem like a small improvement, but displaying the right keyboard to a user can help ease friction on sign up, and make the whole process faster and more pleasant. Ever notice your mobile phone’s keyboard varying from one that displays an ‘@’ sign beside the space bar and one that doesn’t… …or, one…

Vertical Rhythm in Your CSS

Typography and typesetting form the foundation by which your whole user interface stand on. For a designer, everything else—color, art direction—is relative to the intention of the product owner. It’s very malleable. The one thing that should be unbendable is the system by which the letters are laid out on the page. If it’s not…

The Viewport Size Is Rarely Equal to the Screen Resolution

It’s an easy pitfall to fall into for a designer to consider a screen resolution when designing and testing instead of an actual browser viewport size. After all, even that community that develops standards to help web designers and developers make better decisions about these things (w3schools.org) provides that sort of data. Even with shiny new…

5 Principles to Help You Achieve Visual Clarity In Your UI

Humans are allowed a finite amount of time each day, and with all the demands of post-postmodernist day life, a designer must come to realize that an application’s users only have small attention span to allocate for such things. That is what separates these tools from humans: they shouldn’t demand a long amount of attention as most…

Why UI Patterns?

Charles H. Duell, once the commissioner of the US Patents and Trademarks office, said, “everything that can be invented has been invented.” A lot of people now would probably disagree with him, especially that we have the Internet, thinking and evolving non-organic things, and such. While the question of where invention ends and where innovation begins…