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The science behind why simple, uncluttered design works best

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Nov 27, 2017

It's become a mantra of today's designers to opt for clean designs. No matter if you're a B2B, eCommerce or SaaS company, limiting the amount of content on a page will almost always positively impact user engagement and conversions. This isn't only based on professionals' opinions and experiences either, but is also backed up by hard data. For example, we ran a study on 300 top websites from different industries and found that there's a clear relationship between how clean a design is and how well it keeps users on a site. Specifically, we found that cluttered designs, the opposite of clean design, lead to higher bounce rates across all industries. Yet, despite all the best practices and data, clutter can still be found all over the web.

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Topics: CRO, UX, Design Strategy

Predictive eye tracking for your website? Here's everything you need to know.

Posted by Kurtis Morrison on Nov 20, 2017

Website heatmaps have been a popular analysis tool for years, and there are dozens of different vendors out there offering some form of heatmaps - whether they're measuring clicks, mouse movements, or other kinds of engagement.

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How Monito used A.I. to evaluate 12 A/B test ideas in one day

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Nov 01, 2017

A/B testing is a powerful method for testing design variants, but it's also expensive. Each test costs time, traffic, and development resources. Adding to the frustration, only one out of seven A/B tests generates any meaningful uplift in the first place. This means there's always a considerable risk that the test variants will underperform, cost immediate revenue and eat up time and money. Almost all conversion teams feel the strain of limited resources in one way or another.

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Why first impressions matter for UX

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Oct 25, 2017

The user experience starts way before anything is read or clicked. It only takes 50ms for users to form a first impression of your website. These are gut reactions that are emotional at heart and result from the way your site is designed. It can lead users to be excited, calmed, or even bored right as they land on the page. This is why it's important to make sure that your design evokes emotions that match your product or service.

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Topics: UX, Design Strategy

Study Results: There's a clear relationship between “clean” web design and user engagement.

Posted by Kurtis Morrison on Oct 10, 2017


As reported by
Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, a new EyeQuant study has shown that there's a surprisingly strong relationship between the "visual clarity" of a website (as rated by an algorithm) and its bounce rate. In fact, the results suggest that up to one-third of a user's decision to stay or bounce comes down to a snap judgment of whether or not the page is too cluttered. In this post, we'll take a closer look at the data and the methodology behind the study.

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The overloaded cart page: Even Zappos is committing this UX sin

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Oct 04, 2017

Working in the UX space rapidly leads to a different perspective on web design. You start looking at things through a different lens. Suddenly UX issues stand out more and become frustrating not just from a user perspective, but also a professional one, since many of them could easily be fixed.

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Topics: UX, Design Critiques

Most website redesigns are a waste of money. Here’s what sets the successful ones apart.

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Sep 20, 2017

In the digital world, trends dictate everything - and that most certainly extends to websites. Why else would practically every homepage on the internet use a rotating carousel banner? Why else would eCommerce shops ask if you want to share their product detail page on Twitter? Remember when half the websites you visited had music? Remember when they were all made in Flash and took 2 minutes to load? 

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Topics: Design Strategy

Hacking web design with neuroscience: 5 ways to influence how users see your website.

Posted by Kurtis Morrison on Sep 14, 2017

Today’s web and mobile users are distracted because they're bombarded with way more information online than they could ever consume. This has created a large (and growing) gap between the content available online and our capacity to consume it.

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Does the famous F-shape pattern in eye tracking really exist? [Data]

Posted by Kurtis Morrison on Sep 06, 2017

In 2006, Nielsen Norman published some fascinating research on how people scan and read websites. They announced that their study showed users tend to view web pages in a kind of "F-Pattern", and shared 3 examples of heat maps containing a distinct F-shape:

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How user testing by Userlytics helps optimize for attention

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Sep 05, 2017

On the EyeQuant blog, we often write about the importance of visual hierarchy on websites, and making sure that users can quickly find what they’re looking for. We often give tips for how to visually emphasize key content. But how do you know which content is actually important and needs to be seen right away?

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