Getting Creative with Usability
When it comes to designing a truly intuitive, responsive, and coherent website that’s also unique and interesting, it often feels like it’s difficult to reconcile the two sets of priorities. But in fact, nothing is further from the truth: there are only a few fundamental ideas that need to be employed in order to easily make the best choices in your designs.
The most essential of these concepts is that beautiful, usable designs are not difficult to make when the UX is given precedence, and the design is adapted to suit it. After all, the nature of user experience dictates that there are certain inflexible rules, while design is almost endlessly flexible. Once you learn the ways and means by which you should adapt your designs, you should be well on your way to turning a battle into a peace treaty.
“While the aesthetics of a site create a first impression, the functionality is what gives the user a lasting experience.”
A great post, titled ‘Getting Creative with Usability’ by Luke Cluma about whether design and functionality can be reconciled. According to Luke, it’s the interplay between these two priorities that ends up creating all the best, most memorable sites on the web.