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Frustrating Design Patterns in 2021, And How To Fix Them

Workshop, 1×2.5h + Q&A Monday September 27, 2021
09:00 – 12:00 AM PT (Pacific, US) 18:00 – 21:00 CET (Europe)

You’ve seen them before. Confusing and frustrating design patterns that seem to be chasing you everywhere you go, from one website to another.

Perhaps it’s a birthday selector dropdown that always starts in 2021, or a disabled submit button that never communicates what’s actually wrong, or tooltips that — once opened — always cover the input field just when you need to correct a mistake. They are everywhere, and they are annoying, often tossing us from one dead-end to another, in something that seems like a well-orchestrated and poorly designed mousetrap.


In this workshop free of charge, we’ll take a closer look at some frustrating design patterns and explore better alternatives, along with plenty of examples and checklists to keep in mind when building or designing one. We’ll look into birthday input, mega-drop-down-hover-menus, disabled “Continue” buttons, newsletter boxes showing on first load, draconian password requirements, unusable sliders, poor inline validation, invisible tooltips, broken filters and of course parallax and scrolljacking — along with identifying buses and fire hydrants.

The insights are coming from usability tests and user research conducted by yours truly or our colleagues in the community. You’ll walk away with a packed toolbox of techniques that you’ll be able to apply to your projects right away.

Free Register for this workshop → × 2.5h live sessions + Q&A. Sep 27.
With all video recordings & slides. Get a ticket.


Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for interface designers, front-end designers and developers who’d love to be prepared for complex and time-consuming design challenges in web forms. You’ll walk away with a toolbox of techniques and examples of doing things well — in your product, website, desktop app or mobile app.

What hardware/software do you need?

You’ll need to bring a lot of creativity with your preferred coffee mug. Be ready to challenge your general view of design process and how our interface should look like. You’ll need a lot of sleep reserves since it’s going to be a packed day. Bring a lot of attention to detail and non-standard thinking to this one! ;-)

About Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. When he is not writing or speaking at a conference, he’s most probably running front-end/UX workshops and webinars. He loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems.

Time & Schedule

The workshop will be running from 9:00 AM PDT to 12:00 PM PT on Mon, September 27. The schedule may change slightly based on how we are progressing through the material, giving time to answer questions as we go along.

You can always re-watch the sessions at a more convenient time and follow the webinar at your own pace.


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