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Complex navigation

Improving Gov.uk’s navigation This is an interesting article about changes to the navigation of Gov.uk. I was struck by the fact that Gov.uk has three different ‘content areas’: mainstream, specialist and whitehall.…

What the use of colour tells us about trust

And it was all yellow: what the design of Vox and BuzzFeed tells us about trusting content Colour is very tricky to get right. It is not just about choosing colours that are visually appealing. They have to be…

Designing forms

Asking for a date of birth Designing forms is difficult. Often what is best on desktop is a very bad solution on mobile. Sometimes the research we have about form design is conflicting. So I am always interested to…

The perils of hiding navigation

Side drawer navigation could be costing you half your user engagement The side drawer navigation menu is similar in function to the hamburger menu, as used on the Study at St Andrews website. The side drawer /…

Don’t break the back button

4 design patterns that violate back-button expectations One of the biggest usability faux-pas we can commit is “breaking” the back button. The back button is by far the most commonly used function of a web browser, and…

The usefulness of global navigation

Global navigation is less useful on large, complex websites Here is a thought-provoking article about global navigation. We made the decision to remove the University’s global navigation menu from the Study at St…

The length of landing pages

What’s more effective: long or short landing pages? Here is an interesting analysis on the pros and cons of long and short landing pages. Some people have a perception that homepages must always fit in “above the…

Designing university websites

University websites: top 10 design guidelines This study from Nielsen Norman Group assesses higher education websites in four countries including the UK. This is very relevant to us, and I would encourage anyone…

Lessons learnt from responsive design

Rolling out responsive BBC News worldwide: what have we learnt so far? This article looks at the rollout of a responsive web design for BBC News in multiple languages across the world. The experience of BBC News…