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The importance of typography

How we read Good typography is an underrated element of the user experience. Good typography makes content easier to read, which is why we have rules about how the text is laid out on the page. It’s up to…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…