The Top 5 UX Articles of the Week

After being on vacation for a week, I’ve realized how dynamic of a field user experience really is. Vacation time isn’t frequent for me, but now that I’m back, rested, and tan after my much-needed time at the beach, I’m here to give you the top five user experience articles of the week!

1. My Internship at Monetate Confirmed My Passion for UX
By Divya Prabhakar, published on Monetate

Last spring break, I went to Cancun, Mexico. The beaches were beautiful, I had no school work, and best of all, the cell service was spotty — perfect for dropping off the grid. But my carefree attitude was quickly put to rest on the fifth day of vacation when I received an email from my dad saying, “You need to start looking at internships for the summer. Have you done any research?”

2. Google says ‘no’ to bad UX, auto-generated content
by Brafton Editorial, published on Brafton Editorial

Google is committed to giving internet users the best possible search experiences, which means weeding out domains that do not provide valuable online content and giving more visibility to sites with high-quality content. Need (more) proof that content fuels SEO? Post Panda, post Penguin the leading search engine is still going out of its way to remind marketers that only high-quality content drives search success.

3. UX: The new X-factor in search
by Brafton Editorial, published on Brafton Editorial

It makes sense. Industries are rife with competition, making it harder for savvy SEOs to score Page 1 spots in SERPs. Even with marketers constantly on the lookout for new developments in ranking signals, finding the sweet spot is tough. Links were the last big thing, but it’s all about user experience today…

4.Let the brands with the best UX win – The key to holiday conversions
by Brafton Editorial, published on Brafton Editorial

The 2013 holiday shopping season is just around the corner, and marketers face an important juncture – they must develop custom content that pushes consumers through the sales funnel or risk leaving money on the table. A Proper Insights study reported that 8.9 percent of consumers plan to spend more in 2013, and the brands positioned to benefit the most from this are those offering an exceptional user experience.

5. 15 Fresh Examples of Clean and Minimal Web Designs
Posted by Gisele Muller, published on WDL

As a designer, it can be tempting to use a lot of unnecessary design elements or a complex color palette to make a website stand out. Doing this will often result in a web site that looks over designed and distracts from what’s most important: the content. Most of the time, you’ll discover that it’s much better to take a minimalistic approach. So for today, we gathered 15 Fresh Examples of Clean and Minimal Web Designs to inspire your for your next project.

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Megan Wilson
Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)walkme.com
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