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Ben MacGowan is the Lead UI Engineer for a digital agency based in Reading UK. With a keen eye for detail and passion for innovative designs and cutting edge technologies. Ben also carries this passion for the industry and sharing knowledge across to being one of the core organisers of a free bi-monthly event for web designers and developers, Breaking Borders.

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Usability Do’s And Don’ts For Interactive Design

We often talk about how to make our websites more usable, whether it's tweaking the HTML structure of pages to benefit the user’s process or figuring out how best to display a message via CSS. But we never bring this thought process into our jQuery-based (and other JavaScript-based) elements. How can we enhance the user experience and usability of our jQuery events?

Crush Lovely page navigation

Below, we'll briefly discuss ways to look at the code and the result of our interactive designs and, thus, improve their usability. Most if not all jQuery is fired through events from the user, whether it's loading new content, posting forms or simply modifying the presentation of an item. Such events are fired through a click from the user.

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Usability Review of Charity Websites Taking the Lead

Over the years designers have pushed themselves to create unique and inspiring designs. Companies have yearned to have websites which are innovative and make them stand out against their competitors. Yet charity websites have not progressed along with trends and expectations — they seem to have been designed for launch and then only updated with minor tweaks to suit the content.

Red Nose Day website home page

It has become a recent trend for charities to look at their online identities and branding; spending money on creating user experiences which suit their user base, and over time getting people involved with their campaigns and messages.

Below we look at charity websites which have successfully developed their online brand using modern and creative ideas. We will also discuss how each charity website can be improved because, as we all know, not every website is perfect. There are always improvements to the design or usability that may have been overlooked by management, designers, or developers.

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