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How to Reduce Form Abandonment with Info Icons

Not every form field is straightforward. Sometimes the user isn’t sure what data to enter or which option to select. As a result, they could abandon the form to avoid making an error. Users often do this with online purchases because they don’t want to risk losing money. One way to reduce form abandonment is […] The post How to Reduce Form Abandonment...

Question Mark vs. Info Icon: When to Use Which

Every now and then, users need help with their tasks. There are a couple of ways to assist them. You can either use a question mark icon or an info icon. Don’t confuse the two because they carry different affordances. Question Mark Icon When users need help, a question mark icon represents their state of […] The post Question Mark vs. Info Icon:...

Why Your Buttons Should Have a Max Border-Radius

Most interface elements have a boxy shape. Think of text fields, menus, cards, modals, and buttons. The problem with this is that it causes buttons to lose shape contrast. Buttons should always stand out more than other elements because users need to interact with them to progress their tasks. They should not only have color […] The post Why Your...

The 4 Contextual States of All Interfaces

Did you know that interface states are a lot like human states? Humans cycle through emotional states as they go through life. In the same way, interfaces cycle through contextual states as users interact with them. Problems can arise when these states aren’t visible. Imagine if humans never showed their states through body language, facial […] The...

How to Fit Many Menu Items in a Navigation Bar

It’s hard to fit a lot of menu items in a navigation bar with limited horizontal space. You can try squeezing them together, but you’ll end up overwhelming users with too many items at once. Many interfaces make the mistake of trying to fit too many items in their navigation bar. As a result, users […] The post How to Fit Many Menu Items in a Navigation...

Remove vs. Delete: When to Use Which

Did you know that data removal and deletion are different affordances? It’s important not to confuse the two when you design interfaces. Deletion removes and destroys data, while removal only takes it away from a data set. Removed data can be retrieved and added back to the set, but deleted data cannot. Don’t use a […] The post Remove vs. Delete:...

The Proper Way to Use Plus Icons on Interfaces

Creating new data is a different affordance than performing a command. Performing a command enables the system to process and manipulate existing data. Creation enables the system to add new data to the existing data. As such, the cue to use for data creation should include more than a button label. A plus icon is […] The post The Proper Way to Use...

Clear Visual Cues for the Perfect File Uploader

Sharing and sending media is quite common on interfaces. However, users need to use the file uploader component to accomplish this task. They often find file uploaders frustrating to use because the visual cues aren’t clear. There are several cues you need to get right to make your file uploader intuitive. The first cue is […] The post Clear Visual...

Visual Cues to Help Users Perceive Drag-and-Drop

Drag-and-drop is an affordance that’s harder to perceive than clicking. Unlike clicking, you can’t just use a button surface as the cue. You need several other cues that signify drag-and-drop. The first cue you need is an icon. Many interfaces fail to use any icon for drag-and-drop. As a result, users have no way of […] The post Visual Cues to Help...

A Clearer Visual Cue for Swiping Carousels

One of the most popular ways to display a content collection is to use the carousel component. Carousels save vertical screen space because they arrange items horizontally, allowing users to browse content without scrolling. However, carousels are challenging to use on mobile devices. Many users fail to interact with them because they don’t realize...

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