Visual design is the use of imagery, color, shapes, typography, and form to enhance usability and improve the user experience. Visual design as a field has grown out of both UI design and graphic design.

How Visual Design Makes for Great UX How Visual Design Makes for Great UX

Usability is about more than just a pretty interface. So why is it that more objectively attractive UIs often have better usability? In this article, author Marli Mesibov explores the correlation and causation between visual design and usability.

An Icon is Worth 1,000 Words An Icon is Worth 1,000 Words

Icons are all around us, telling us when we have email, what button will save a draft, and where to find a site's navigation. There are plenty of icon options available; the trick is to identify when to use specific types of icons. This week, Marli Mesibov brings together a number of icon resources and revelations.

Decoupling Usability and Visuals Decoupling Usability and Visuals

Usability and visual design are two areas that are heavily dependent on each other. They affect each other dramatically and each requires an understanding of how people will use and visualize the content. Pulling them apart, where possible, is a great way to understand how they impact the overall design and reduce the time and energy wasted in your creative process.