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EffectiveUI Weekly Digital Digest, Feb. 7, 2017

In this week’s Digital Digest you’ll find tips for designing mobile-friendly websites, how to boost your UX with text chunking, the research-backed impact of not using UX patterns, website navigation trends for 2017 and more!

Which Major Design Trends Will Emerge In 2017?
What are some of the major design trends we will see emerge in 2017? Answer by Ben Blumenfeld, Co-Director at Designer Fund, former Design Lead at Facebook: I’ll focus on the macro design trends that I think we’ll see in 2017. Some are continuations of existing narratives while others are relatively nascent.

8 Tips For Designing Mobile-Friendly Websites
InVision App
According to Smart Insights, 80% of internet users own a smartphone. That’s millions of people browsing the web, trying to find products and information on the go. To satisfy potential customers, every company must make their site easy to navigate on mobile devices.

Boost Your UX With Text Chunking
Web Designer Depot
The majority of the content that website visitors come across on the web is written content, copy or text that either informs or sells something. Other parts of content include images, videos and graphics. How web designers arrange all of this content has a massive impact on how visitors read and retain all of this information.

The Rules For Modern Navigation
UX Booth
Websites provide access to all sorts of information. However, many websites have navigation that just works “well enough,” allowing people to access what they need to – but after some struggle. A few best practices allow designers to create more effective, clearer navigation experiences.

The Research-Backed Impact of Not Using UX Patterns
Speckyboy Magazine
Most people are creatures of habit. We love doing the same thing, the same way, day in and day out. Research tells us that we’re hard-wired for predictability, and that we’re not really all that spontaneous anyway. Familiarity is a rewarding feeling that’s chalk full of satisfaction, safety and security. But what would happen if we broke free from tradition, and tried to live without those pesky habits and patterns?

The Art of Facilitation: Tips For Usability Testing
Adobe Creative Cloud
It can be nerve-wracking and tiring to interact with strangers, make them feel at ease, ensure the test is hitting all of the tasks and key points, all while keeping an eye on test timing and wrangling the test setup. Great moderated usability test research hinges on great facilitation. But what does that look like? And how can you up your facilitation game?

7 Common UX Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Content
Design Shack
Users can easily lose track of why they are there, and what they are supposed to do. Thankfully, many of these design mistakes are easy to identify and correct.

Frustration Is a Design Opportunity
Marvel Blog
People are all getting familiar with the “Human-centered” design process. It has become a common term especially in companies where customers always come first. But I wonder where did it all start? Who started it? What was the reason behind it?

10 Website Navigation Trends For 2017
Creative Bloq
Over the past year we’ve seen a lot of growth and new trends in the world of web design. And now, we are noticing a lot of new trends emerging in 2017 as well. We’d like to share the top 10 emerging navigation trends that’ll keep growing well into 2017. These nav trends all work well for different types of websites, so there’s a lot of variety here to pull ideas for your next design project.

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