You probably don’t think about shopping carts as having a user interface, but they do. Target has done something pretty neat to improve the UI, and by extension, the UX, of their shopping carts.
They made the entire top rail a handle.
I’d never thought about this until I went to grab my cart from the front this weekend. The curved edge with space for your fingers makes pulling and steering the cart a lot easier—particularly useful when navigating a crowded store.
What’s a small change you can make to one of your projects that makes life a little bit easier for your users?
In Wicked Fast Websites, I recommend that web developers optimize and smush images, a process that can decrease file size by 25-percent or more.
While OSX has the fantastic and free ImageOptim app, there hasn’t been a great alternative for Windows users. But now there is.
b64.io is a web-based, drag-and-drop image optimizer that compresses images with the same level of effectiveness as ImageOptim. It’s free and platform agnostic (it even works on your iPhone!). And unlike ImageOptim, it provides a data URI so you don’t have to link to an external image at all (ImageOptim now has this functionality, too). Pretty cool!