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UX for the Web

By : Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom
Book Image

UX for the Web

By: Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom

Overview of this book

If you want to create web apps that are not only beautiful to look at, but also easy to use and fully accessible to everyone, including people with special needs, this book will provide you with the basic building blocks to achieve just that. The book starts with the basics of UX, the relationship between Human-Centered Design (HCD), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and the User-Centered Design (UCD) Process; it gradually takes you through the best practices to create a web app that stands out from your competitors. You’ll also learn how to create an emotional connection with the user to increase user interaction and client retention by different means of communication channels. We’ll guide you through the steps in developing an effective UX strategy through user research and persona creation and how to bring that UX strategy to life with beautiful, yet functional designs that cater for complex features with micro interactions. Practical UX methodologies such as creating a solid Information Architecture (IA), wireframes, and prototypes will be discussed in detail. We’ll also show you how to test your designs with representative users, and ensure that they are usable on different devices, browsers and assistive technologies. Lastly, we’ll focus on making your web app fully accessible from a development and design perspective by taking you through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Best design practices

There is no set guideline for best design practices because technology and the industry standard change constantly. Design trends evolve constantly. Every year you'll find articles and blog posts on the designed trends of the following year. One year, flat design is in and all design elements and icons are design according to this style; in a couple of months, skeuomorphism is the next big thing and designers are designing according to this new trend, so when we speak of classic and timeless design in the following sections we're referring to not incorporating every new design fad, but rather finding a happy medium between keeping the design fresh and timeless.

Skeuomorphism is the design concept of making items represented resemble their real-world counterparts.

Google's Material Design guidelines

Material Design is the visual style guide created by Google to maintain the consistency of UI design elements across different platforms, with full scalability. They took the...