Archive for the ‘Design Practice’ Category

EPIC 2008 (IN)VISIBILITY

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

 

epic   A big surprise when attending the EPIC 2008 conference was the lack of talk around the next stages beyond ethnographic research. The academic stance was accompanied by representatives of large corporations, though it felt mainly a concentration on the methods and findings of ethnographic praxis. (more…)

Extending the experience

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

 

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Synthesis of research, business culture and product goals ensures a UX team sits in the middle of a web development process. However the team can benefit by not being solely project focused…

 

User experience is heavily associated with brand experience and as technology becomes less visible and more pervasive, the two elements will converge into one. User experience adds substance to the brand experience – experience design defines the brand.

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Creating User-Centred Taxonomies: Part Two

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

 

The second part of Creating User-Centred Taxonomies, on the FUMSI site, has been posted here
The diagrams featured are also available on Flickr

Creating user centred taxonomies on FUMSI

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

 

fumsi_logo   Published here, the first in a two-part article I have written about the mechanics of creating user centred taxonomies.

IA Summit 2008 UX Matters review

Monday, July 7th, 2008

 

uxmatters   After several blog posts, UX Matters asked me to do a proper job on it and it is now live here, in an overview of all the highlights of the IA Summit 2008.

The what, when and why of wireframes

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

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I recently presented at a conference on the humble wireframe and thought it would be a good idea to run through some key points. I have also noted that some feel the wireframe is dead, though if anything its more alive now than ever. Pay heed to 37 signal’s take on the subject…

If a wireframe document is destined to stop and never directly become the actual design, don’t bother doing it. If the wireframe starts as a wireframe and then morphs into the actual design, go for it.

User paths for conversion – elements in engagement

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

 

 

clip_image002   This image was shown during Peter Moville’s talk about IA 3.0. What is interesting about it is how he linked this to Christopher Alexander’s text about design in architecture and also Peter Merholz’s essay Metadata for the Masses. In which he highlights ‘desire lines’ how paving is built once you see the paths that people tread.

If we look at online behaviour, user paths give us a solid idea of routes to content, where they return to and where they tend to go next. Human behaviour tends to follow patterns, see this article about mobile phone usage for an example of how predictable we tend to be. (more…)