Posts Tagged ‘Design principles’

A UX design framework to address contextual needs

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
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User flow (user pathways) have become so important to the experience of a site that they go beyond standard best practices.

Their difficulty to architect for, gives rise to the post’s purpose – to form the basis of a contextually based design framework that can be used in UX design problems.

This framework defines the work we do as user experience professionals and the effectiveness of the designs we produce.

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UX Design Framework – Visual Design

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Previously I introduced a UX framework and wrote about the first element – content.  This post is about visual design, perhaps the most immediately emotive ingredient to user experience. Seeing is believing, and what our eyes see immediately tells us if we either like or dislike what they are receiving. It has a sway on the other 5 elements of the UX framework as it is something that is very tangible and creates instant feeling in a person. As UX designers we need to be aware of the importance of visual design as a doorway to incorporate the other equally important facets in our work. Visual design, like it or not, is still king when it comes to the first few seconds that a user interacts with a product or service.

 

 

3524670137_80dd4cfc58   Saul Bass, the legendary graphic designer and film maker, described design as ‘thinking made visual’. In many ways visual design should communicate the more complex considerations of a solution in an immediately accessible way.

Aesthetic usability
Think about a website that you like and there will probably be a good deal of visual design that helps you in understanding its content better, what it offers and how easy it is for you to use.

Aesthetic usability is a quality that arguably Apple have made very much part of their product offering. Consider their most successful devices, (iMac,iPod and iPhone) and there is an immediate attraction to getting to know the product, even before you really know what it can do.

As there is an emotive connection (one of delight or intrigue) it affords the product a level of forgiveness within the user when the product or system fails.

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UX Design Framework – Visual Design

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Previously I introduced a UX framework and wrote about the first element – content.  This post is about visual design, perhaps the most immediately emotive ingredient to user experience. Seeing is believing, and what our eyes see immediately tells us if we either like or dislike what they are receiving. It has a sway on the other 5 elements of the UX framework as it is something that is very tangible and creates instant feeling in a person. As UX designers we need to be aware of the importance of visual design as a doorway to incorporate the other equally important facets in our work. Visual design, like it or not, is still king when it comes to the first few seconds that a user interacts with a product or service.

3524670137_80dd4cfc58 Saul Bass, the legendary graphic designer and film maker, described design as ‘thinking made visual’. In many ways visual design should communicate the more complex considerations of a solution in an immediately accessible way.Aesthetic usability
Think about a website that you like and there will probably be a good deal of visual design that helps you in understanding its content better, what it offers and how easy it is for you to use.

Aesthetic usability is a quality that arguably Apple have made very much part of their product offering. Consider their most successful devices, (iMac,iPod and iPhone) and there is an immediate attraction to getting to know the product, even before you really know what it can do.

As there is an emotive connection (one of delight or intrigue) it affords the product a level of forgiveness within the user when the product or system fails.

(more…)

A UX design framework to address contextual needs

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
brandon_shigeta_card
Photo courtesy of Brandon Shigeta
User flow (user pathways) have become so important to the experience of a site that they go beyond standard best practices.

Their difficulty to architect for, gives rise to the post’s purpose – to form the basis of a contextually based design framework that can be used in UX design problems.

This framework defines the work we do as user experience professionals and the effectiveness of the designs we produce.

(more…)

Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

 

universal-principles-of-design   With a title like that you would think you were in for some pretty arduous reading. But this book achieves a solid, broad and well researched overview of the key design principles.

When I review a book I like to see what others say about it. The criticism this book receives, is focused on the layout (typography and quality of illustrations) and the focus it has on US case stories.

However, the core of the book is the text, and it is a well written enormously ambitious work that cites key influencers of design thinking. It crosses the boundaries between design disciplines with ease.

It is essential reading if you are a designer, in education or work with those involved in design.

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