Monday Morning UX Blues

It’s just another Monday morning. I have a payments page to finish, and I’m all out of unique, breathtaking, ideas.

There are too many existing standards for payments templates, and I’m struggling to find something fun to put on the page.

After a quick stumble I move to designer news, hoping for some salvation.

Looking at the top 3 small business websites in designernews, I find:

  1. Repick — clean, good use of white space, next step is clear, sign in sticks out, responsive. Positioning search at top left is interesting, I wish they gave me a suggestion to search .

2) MargaretRiver — clean, good use of background image to introduce the product in a healthy theme (next slide has smiling young professionals!), logo fits the vineyard feel, main actions are clear (though I would emphasize one of the 3 header buttons), and of course the site is responsive.

3) Artinmusic — clean, clear value proposition, and of course responsive.

So everyone is caught up on white space, responsiveness, minimalism, modernity, but why is it all so BORING? Please tell me you have something crazy planned for an album art centered site! something that will feel delightful and bring me closer to what you’re doing.

Standards overload

The web used to be an annoying place. With complete disregard for the user, site owners just created whatever the hell they wanted and our sites would sing and speak to us and do all sorts of god awful things that were amazingly fun to discover!

Today we see designers rebelling against the nuisance that used to be web 1.0 with clean, minimal designs overflowing with industry best standards. But it wasn’t all bad back in the days of 1.0, and it certainly shouldn’t all be forgotten.

In ux-app.com, we introduced an awesome little widget that lets a user better control mock up pages. I remember first seeing this fantastic little thing and toggling it again and again. I was having a bit of fun online!

It’s not often I get this feeling anymore when I approach slick modern sites and it’s certainly a shame!

Give me one fun interaction to discover, at least make something hop for a bit so I can crack a smile while your next product offering loads.