Filler text is a great tool for providing quick and easy placeholder copy. It helps to simulate text, though it has no actual meaning. It’s extremely helpful when using dummy copy for wireframes or in mockups to test typography and fonts. The go-to resource for generating this copy has been lipsum.com, but recently, a new crop of themed-generators has been popping up, adding a touch of humor to your documents. I’ve used a few in my wireframes, but it’s important to note that due to the nature of some of the generated text, you might want revert back to plain ol’ lorem ipsum if you’re planning on presenting the copy as part of a deliverable to your client. Here are some great ones to check out:

Happy generating!

A lot of sites now are implementing infinite scroll, allowing users to paginate by scrolling down the page. These are usually sites that present their data as a “feed” or “stream,” and the data is usually “skim”-worthy (status updates, images, quick and concise information…). 

Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Svpply and Facebook all employ this method of pagination and they all have their own unique methods of doing so. Twitter has hotkeys (‘J’ and ‘K’) that allow users to jump from tweet to tweet and loads an additional batch of tweets once you reach a certain threshold. Tumblr and Pinterest dynamically load content while displaying a static call-to-action on the side, “Scroll to top” or an arrow, allowing the user to quickly jump back to the top of the page at any time. Svpply shows the first set of content statically and the user has to explicitly initiate the infinite scroll by pressing “Show All.” Facebook has an interesting and smart interaction. As you scroll down the page, content will continue to populate. However, because the footer is at the bottom of the page, it would be difficult to access if status updates continue to fill the page. If you scroll down the page fast enough, the system assumes you’re trying to get to the footer and stops the continuous loading, an extremely clever solution. 

Do you ever find yourself browsing an e-commerce site and clicking on “View All” to see the entire catalogue, rather than clicking through 8 pages of clothes? Google research just published:

User testing has taught us that searchers much prefer the view-all, single-page version of content over a component page containing only a portion of the same information with arbitrary page breaks

This, hopefully, means that Google Search results will soon also implement infinite scroll, although the logo pagination is a classic component to the site.

Thinking about using infinite scroll on your site? UX Movement has a great list of best practices you should follow.

The Miss USA pageant this year allowed viewers to actively judge contestants’ wardrobes in real-time through multiple platforms. A website optimized for mobile phones and tablets was publicized on the screen and allowed users to rate on a scale from 1-10, the contestant’s outfit. As users voted, the average score would be displayed on TV, fluctuating until the voting period had ended.

The platform, built by iPowow, has also been used during broadcasts for the UFC, American Music Awards, and the Australian Federal Election. I was particularly interested because I had a similar concept that I put together for a college project. The goal of was to allow real-time crowd voting during the Winter Olympics in order to increase audience participation. The sentiment was similar in that viewers would be able to vote and judge an athlete’s performance, but it would not influence the actual scoring of official judges. The service would be available on multiple platforms with Internet connectivity, and the hope was that you could view a livestream of, for example, a figure skater, and along with viewers from around the World, cast your vote on a performance. I built an interactive prototype to demonstrate the UI using a figure skater as a possible scenario. Once the skater has finished her routine, the user can vote and view the average score of other viewers, as well as the official score given by the judges.

I hope the consumer adoption rate of QR codes/NFC in the US will see an increase over the next few years so we can develop interactive shopping experiences like they’ve already been doing in Europe and Asia for years.

Gesture/sound response ping pong

Facebook has a new “Comment View” when browsing through photo albums. Enabling the feature (toggle at the top right) displays only the photos within the album that have comments associated.

When designing features & functionality for elements like forms, carousels/slideshows, navigation, etc…, the first step I take is to research best practices and look at existing UI patterns to draw inspiration. If it works, why reinvent the wheel? But it’s always nice to throw in additional touches here and there to make the interaction more innovative for users. And don’t be afraid to think completely out of the box! It only took one app to make “Pull down to refresh” a revolutionary, standard interaction for reloading dynamic content on mobile. Here are some awesome pattern library resources I like:

Part 2 of a wonderful animation and narrative about UX Designers put together by Lyle Alzaldo

Wonderful animation and narrative about UX Designers put together by Lyle Alzaldo