Designing with performance in mind – especially your intranet

Designing for performance on the Web and intranets - books by Ilya Grigorik and Lara Callender Hogan

If you haven’t noticed already, both Lara Callender Hogan and Ilya Grigorik have released their books on web performance for free. Free as in read-on-the-web, not as in ebook or print, of course. Both Lara and Ilya originally released their books with the publisher O’Reilly Media, also known as “you know, the animal book’s” according to some of my friends.Continue reading →

Ad-hoc responsive images for your intranet

The wysiwyg-editor in Episerver, with code for responsive images

For some reason intranets tend to adopt design conventions a couple of years late compared to the public Web. Going for responsive web design unfortunately is no exception.

Where I work, our public facing website went responsive in 2012, but our intranet is still lagging behind. Well, on the few occasions when I create content for our intranet I manually input code to make my images responsive. Continue reading →

Dark patterns: Designing with bad intent

In the book, Web strategy for Everyone, I’m writing a lot on different kind of design principles. One of them is Persuasive Web Design, how to design to be persuasive and strive for users fulfilling the websites objective. When trying to be convincing you have to be considerate of the user’s interest, otherwise you might end up designing a so-called dark pattern?

 “It is all about lowering the threshold for decisions and guiding a series of micro-decisions towards the goal you have. Here the concept of dark pattern introduces itself. That, by design, you control what happens in a way that is not in the user’s best interest, or intention. It could be moving around buttons so the user happens to give an app a five-star rating in an app store, without warning, adding additional products to the shopping cart, or services sending e-mails to your contacts claiming to be you.”
Web Strategy for Everyone, chapter Persuasive Web Design

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Design the error 404 page to be entertaining

Room 404 at Scandic Hotell in Stockholm

In the book Web Strategy for Everyone there are given a number of tips on how to design the Error 404 page for it to be useful and beneficial. Something that one does not have place in a printed book is to showcase a bunch of examples of how these pages might look like.

These figures is something we encounter on a regular basis on the Web. 404, 410 and numbers like 500-something. They are so-called status codes from the Web’s protocol HTTP, you know that found in the beginning of the addresses on the Web.Continue reading →