As you may or may not have noticed, we are quite prolific Twitter users here at IntuitionHQ. We love to share everything and anything related to usability and user experience, and judging from our 5000+ Twitter followers (and 700+ on our Facebook page), you’ve enjoyed reading it as well.
Thanks to our favorite Twitter tool, Buffer, we can even view analytics of all of our Tweets, and from that we’ve found our top 60 posts from the past few months.
All of these have been retweeted and clicked many times – with the most popular post garnering more than 1000 clicks thanks to a couple of (well, 30+) great retweets. We’ve also added a summary of the most popular sites at the end of the post which anyone with an interest in usability and user experience should really keep an eye on.
These post are in no particular order, but all are worth a look. Without further ado:
60 Great posts on Usability and UX
- The $300 Million Button
- How To Quantify The User Experience
- Usability Testing: What You need to Know?
- Why Users Fill Out Forms Faster with Top Aligned Labels
- Why Your Form Buttons Should Never Say Submit
- What is Usability?
- Personas: Putting the Focus Back on the User
- 10 Things to Know about Usability Problems
- Website Usability Test: Gizmodo.com
- Do You Know the 5 Keys to Designing Friendly Websites?
- Facebook Rolls Out Privacy-Centric Design Changes
- Why Users Click Right Call to Actions More Than Left Ones
- Swiss Army Knives (and web design)
- Why Do Chairs Have Four Legs? The Cornerstones of Usable Websites
- Why Rounded Corners are Easier on the Eyes
- Hotel Booking, from Start to Finish
- Website Usability Testing: What To Test
- Online banking – do we want safety over convenience?
- Wireframes are dead, long live rapid prototyping
- 7 Steps to Avoiding User Adoption Problems with Site Redesigns
- Website Usability Test case study: TED.com
- Nobody reads your dialog boxes
- SEO and User Experience Work Together
- 7 Tips for a More Engaging Website
- How Users Read on the Web – Hint: They don’t
- Some UX Lessons I’ve Learned From Offline Experiences
- 4 forgotten principles of usability testing
- Creating a Usable Contact Form
- Usability versus composability
- Bing vs Google: A Usability Face-Off
- Only five users?
- Things Web Designers Do That People Love
- 8 Ways your Landing Page Design is Sabotaging your Click-Thru Rate
- Another 10 UX mistakes to avoid
- An interesting look at UX design
- Why Users Fill Out Forms Faster with Unified Text Fields
- Five Low-Hanging UX Tips
- A CRAP way to improve usability
- 10 Absentee UX Features on Top e-Commerce Sites
- The Newspaper User Experience
- A Few Notes from Usability Testing: Video Tutorials Get Watched, Text Gets Skipped
- Web Accessibility, Usability and SEO
- Designing Web Application Interfaces from a User Experience Standpoint
- (More) Useful Web Usability Testing Tools
- Why the password “this is fun” is 10 times more secure than “J4fS!2″
- 10 Usability Nightmares You Should Be Aware Of
- 12 Website Usability Testing Myths
- Love the diagram – Have you tried talking to them?
- 7 Usability Principles to Make Your Website More Engaging
- The Difference & Relationship Between Usability & User Experience
- Form Design And The Fallacy Of The Required Field
- Usability Testing: Usability testing is HOT
- A/B Testing and Preference Testing for Usability
- Useful Wireframing and Prototyping Tools – Roundup
- iPad Usability Test: iReddit
- Why you shouldn’t make users register before checkout
- If Architects Had To Work Like Web Designers
- 10 Great Reasons To Usability Test
- Do you make these 4 mistakes when carrying out a usability review?
- 10 Mistakes in Icon Design
A personal favorite as it shows the value of user testing
An interesting post because it looks at something many people think of as unquantifiable
A great discussion of the key information you need to know in order to run successful usability tests
An interesting discussion on button labels
Want to learn about usability? You should start here
For anyone interested in learning about personas and user centered design, this is a great post
Measuring Usability is on of my favorite sites, and this post is a great example of things to remember about usability issues
Another usability case study giving you a great starting point of how to run your own website usability tests
5 handy tips for designing more user friendly websites
An in depth examination of privacy controls on Facebook – really interesting
If you have a call to action you want to convert on, read this post
The Contrast Blog is always very well done, and this post is no exception. It even motivated us to do our own blog post on choosing features for your site or service
Hard to argue with a post title like this; nice, simple tips too
This answers once and for all the debate about rounded corners… Right?
A well done examination of the entire hotel booking process
For all those wanting to know what to test on their sites or services, this post is the place to start
The (information) age old question – convenience vs security
Not a rapid prototyping fan yet? Maybe this post will convince you
Something a lot of sites could learn from – how to make your users not hate your redesigns
Apparently no one likes to read on the internet – learn more about it
A good way to sell people on the benefits of a good user experience – improved SEO
Helpful tips on how to improve engagement on your website
Jakob Nielsen on how users read on the internet; evidently not very much
I really like this post; lessons we can apply online from offline experiences
Handy tips you should bear in mind whenever you are running usability tests
Want your users to contact you? Make a contact form they can use
User friendly vs programmer friendly software
Looking back at the idea of 5 users for usability testing, and the law of diminishing returns (which is different with online/remote testing tools)
Want to make people love you? Here are some simple tips
Unbounce are landing page experts, and this is a great look at improving landing pages
10 common UX mistakes you need to watch out for
A brief insight to the dark side of UX design – who knew?
How unified text fields make for a better user experience
5 simple UX tips anyone can work on
Great examples and explanation of the principles of CRAP
Must read post for anyone involved with e-commerce
We’ve already learnt that people don’t read, but apparently people do watch videos
How improving your website’s accessibility can also help with SEO – interesting post
Great post with well illustrated examples on improving user experience on the web
A huge roundup of super-useful usability testing tools
I love this – complexity and security are not equal
Learn from others mistakes so you don’t make them yourself
12 common myths about website usability testing, and why they are wrong
The original video on website engagement – check it out
Curious to know more about usability and UX? This post is a great start
Required form fields and users – a look at the interaction
Awesome post on why usability testing is so important, and so addictive
A useful comparison between different types of usability tests
If you’ve ever done or been interested in wireframing and prototyping, you’ll probably want to check this list out
A great example of testing on the iPad, in this case looking at the iReddit app
Yes, just yes
Dear Mr. Architect: Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms…
4 common mistakes in usability reviews that you should watch out for
A well illustrated post on icon design, and what makes them good or bad
Great sites on Usability and User Experience
From that giant collection of resources, we’ve crunched the numbers and found which sites were the most popular with our readers over the past few months. This is how those numbers broke down for the top sites:
The IntuitionHQ Blog – 9 posts. Unsurprisingly perhaps, as we often share our own links, and we also write a lot about Usability and User Experience, the IntuitionHQ Blog (RSS Feed) was the most featured site in our links. You can follow us on Twitter @IntuitionHQ
The Contrast Blog – 2 posts. The Contrast Blog is a personal favorite of mine; it’s well designed and well written, and although not as prolific posters as some of the sites featured here, the posts are always worth a read. Follow @Contrast on Twitter for more.
Some further recommendations
There are a whole range of other sites with frequent great posts on Usability and UX that are also worth a look, but that we haven’t tweeted as much over the past few months. We highly recommend you check out the following:
- UIE.com | @UIE on Twitter
- Measuring Usability | @MsrUsability on Twitter
- UXMag | @UXMag on Twitter
- Human Factors International | @HumanFactors on Twitter
- UXDesign on Smashing Magazine | @SmashingMag on Twitter
We hope you liked that roundup
Hopefully that is enough good resources to keep you going for some time. If you have other sites you’d like to see us Tweeting in the future, or other great links that we should see, please let us know in the comments below.
Thanks very much for dropping by, and thanks to everyone who puts all of these great sites together and writes so many fantastic, fascinating posts. Cheers.
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