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The top 12 best practices & worst offenses for 2015 website design and development

If you've already failed in your new year's diet, try your hand at a website detox with these UI/UX resolutions! It's all about slimming down, toning up and getting healthy.

Bean’s top 2015 website best practices all focus on simplicity, simplicity, simplicity:

  1. Go responsive — anyone not doing this these days will just be ignored by pretty much every human under age 30
  2. Offer mobile-first design, with progressive enhancement for larger screens
  3. Optimize accessibility to create a user experience that is fully accessible to all viewers — everything from supporting people with disabilities to serving up clear images for devices that support 3x+
  4. Emphasize UX with good typography, leveraging the increasing number of web-specific typefaces and typekits, like Google Web Fonts, Adobe Typekit, etc.
  5. Focus on long-form content as opposed to click-thru content
  6. Provide CLEAR, real time feedback during form interactions. Don’t force users to guess the formatting needed, and consider small additions like auto tabbing between fields and formatting as you type to be super user-centric

What should you cut from your regimen?

Bloat and laziness in web development will sap your site’s energy, presenting usability issues that get in the way of content access. Here are the worst offenders to remove from your web development diet:

  1. Which kind of clickbait do you hate the most? (#4 will shock you)
  2. Avoid the overuse of overlays and modals for survey, email sign up, whatever — anything that auto covers a page and puts up a roadblock to content
  3. Lose the Flash player requirement
  4. Farming ad clicks with lists that are presented one element per page
  5. Not optimizing images for responsive sites
  6. Autoplay anything

Got any other website detox suggestions for improved usability and user experience? Let us know in the comments!

Layla Masri

About Layla Masri

Layla is a co-founder of Bean Creative. She leverages her ad agency background and 15-plus years as a marketing and web copywriter to maximize interactive impact for strategic planning, usability/accessibility, and digital promotion.
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