User Experience, Practical Techniques, Vol. 2

User Experience, Practical Techniques, Vol. 2

By now, all good designers understand the importance of usability for their work. Usable websites offer great user experience, and great experiences lead to happy customers.


This eBook features six selected articles on UI design and innovative UX techniques that will help improve your website’s user experience and satisfy your visitors. Learn about designing drop-down menus, log-in and sign-up forms, navigation menus, tracking errors as well as common usability mistakes in Web design. Make your visitors happy with smart design decisions.


  • Improve The User Experience By Tracking Errors
  • Designing Drop-Down Menus: Examples And Best Practices
  • New Approaches To Designing Log-In Forms
  • 9 Common Usability Mistakes In Web Design
  • Horizontal Navigation Menus: Trends, Patterns And Best Practices
  • Innovative Techniques To Simplify Sign-Ups and Log-Ins

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Released: May 2012
  • Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
  • ISBN:978-3-943075-32-8

Excerpt From Chapter 1

Improve The User Experience By Tracking Errors — by Lara Swanson

It’s easy to see your top-visited pages, navigation patterns and conversion metrics using visitor-tracking tools like Google Analytics. However, this data doesn’t show the roadblocks that users typically run into on your website. Tracking and optimizing error messages will help you measurably improve your website’s user experience. We’ll walk through how to add error tracking using Google Analytics, with some code snippets. Then, we’ll assemble the data and analyze it to figure out how to improve your error message drop rates.

The most helpful errors to track are form-field errors and 404 pages. Formfield errors can be captured after the form’s validation has run; this can be client-side or server-side, as long as you can trigger a Google Analytics event when an error message appears to a user.

Excerpt From Chapter 5

Horizontal Navigation Menus: Trends, Patterns And Best Practices — by Louis Lazaris

The horizontal navigation menu has become a mainstay in Web design. It is safe to say that nowadays most websites use some form of horizontal navigation to facilitate content browsing. The dominance of horizontal navigation over vertical (i.e. down a sidebar) is obviously due to the design and content limitations of the latter.

There are, however, many styles of horizontal navigation in modern Web design. Some offer usability advantages for certain types of websites, while others are aesthetically better.

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