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How-To Improve the UX of Your Website

Posted by Ben Froese on Oct 4, 2016 3:09:05 PM
Ben Froese

Improving Your UX in 5 Easy Steps

In this day and age, one of the most important aspects of a company's business is their website. Your website has the opportunity to be apowerful asset. However, if not designed correctly, it can also be your biggest hinderance. 

We have put together a list of 5 resources you can utilize to help improve the UX of your website. 

Step 1: Learn From the Best

Jeffery Zeldman’s writing about web standards was a great place to start learning about web design best practices, and influenced my thinking a lot about how to architect a web site based around digital rhetorical structures versus just making something eye catching for the sake of thrills.

Step 2: Explore Free Web-Safe Fonts

Google Fonts is hands down the best place to explore free web-safe fonts (download to your computer, or use their convenient CDN links for your site), and play around with pairings. They UI they’ve designed for this site is also beautiful and a fantastic example of good UI and UX design (take notes).

Step 3: Explore Color Themes

Adobe Color (formerly Adobe Kuler) is perfect for exploring color themes, and helps you select entire palettes based on color rules (analogous, monochromatic, complementary, compound, shades, etc.)  and also provides you with easy copy-and-paste features including an easy download for your pre-made palettes directly into Adobe Suite products (super sweet).

Step 4: Check Out Inspiration Galleries and Design Forums

Do your homework and search around the internet for inspiration galleries, or design forums (https://dribbble.com, http://www.csszengarden.com/ are great places to start).

Step 5: Start Learning in Your Spare Time

Lastly, and arguably most importantly: start learning in your spare time. There’s so much free information available, be it a library, the internet or informal interviews with professionals, that you have no excuse to excel in your work and career. There’s a phrase I’m fond of saying when I don’t feel like jogging, “You’re lapping the people at home on the couch.” Same goes for extra-curricular learning: if you want to be a highly-sought after rock star in your field, then make time to enhance your knowledge and skills when everyone else is content with settling for the bare minimum.

For example, Smashing Magazine and A List Apart are two of my favorites. They provide a multitude of helpful articles from industry professionals who discuss everything from technical skills & gotchas, to design patterns, tips on freelancing, and even how to handle problematic clients.


Improving the UX of your website may seem like a daunting task. Don't worry, we know you can do it. Everyone has to start somewere. Learn from the best, explore free web-safe fonts, explore color schemes, check out different inspiraton galleries and design forums, and just start learning! Visit our website to learn more about C/D/H and our UX experts.


 

Topics: UX