Designing has slowly and steadily advanced from a one sided progression to a feedback oriented system, and User Experience is a term that stems from this revolutionary shift in design philosophy. The ulterior motive of designing systems like applications, frameworks and websites is to deliver great experiences to the user.
A lot of research has empowered several IT content providers into scoring great points on the user experience front. System designers would do well to take a cue from the kind of changes and advancements affected by these user experience designs, as these look like the way forward in terms of the manner in which digital content channels strike chords with their audiences. Here are some of the great platforms employing out of the box user experience elements; hints for you to take home.
Social proofs and persuasive information
When using Expedia, a leading travel services website, you are regularly shown information bars that tell you as to how many users of Expedia are currently viewing the hotel, or the number of users who made bookings with the hotel in the past few days. Not only does thing bring in a lot of credibility to the service being talked about, it also makes the users feel a part of a group of users on the website.
remember previous orders:
You always feel a sense of homecoming when your repeat purchase attempt at Ebay is met with a button that says ‘Buy Another’ instead of Buy Now, as is generally the norm with your first purchases on Ebay. It is always great to realize that the service remembers the previous purchases made, just like the neighbor owned store in your locality.
ThemeForest is right at the top of providing great presentations for content meant to hosted on WordPress. The dual slider function on the WordFolio theme is a cool new way to present textual and visual content. The theme page has two sliders – one taking text horizontally and the other one scrolling images vertically, the sum of the two transitions being undoubtedly pleasing to the eyes.
Scrolling Parallax Effect
Bringing the websites and smartphone interfaces alive is the side scrolling parallax effect that uses different layers of screen, each scrolling to the left and right at different speeds, thus creating a lively 3D effect for the user to enjoy.
For organizing a lot of content neatly, you can depend on the smartness of SlideDeck, a special JQuery slider. Vertical bars are used to organize categories, and clicking a tab expands it, and the previously expanded tab gets collapsed.
Here’s something you can alternate for Photoshop, provided you only use the basic features of PhotoShop. You will see hanging ropes connecting the dialog box of the effect you want to apply to any image and a portion of the image where the epicenter of the effect lies.
Drag and Drop to Download
Panic is a service that brings in a great user experience to you by allowing you to just drag the icon of the application you want to download to a portion on the screen, and the download begins, thus saving you time in navigating to the download page of the app and then downloading.
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