Category Archives: UX Basics

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The Importance of Affordance

How many times have you pulled on a door because it had a handle that looked like it could be pulled, only to find it’s actually a push door? The feeling of slight embarrassment and or annoyance can’t be denied. This is a perfect example

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Infinite Scrolling – Not always the best solution

  Sponsored link The infinite scroll problem. I would absolutely love to leave a comment on all these great fan submitted images, but the problem is every time I scroll down to the bottom of the page to add a comment, more images are loaded

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Plug.dj – Gamification done well

Sponsored link Plug.dj is a perfect example of gamification done correctly. It is a turntable.fm-esque community where users DJ Youtube videos in self organising genre based rooms. Users can gain points by rating other peoples music, getting positive response to their own, or via people

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Don’t make the user notice your technical restrictions

Sponsored link The journey planner on TFL is an example of technical limitations being pushed forward to the user interface. The user is forced to make a choice of how to search before they actually search. Interestingly if you type a postcode the system detects