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Bringing Relevant Content into your Designs

October 6, 2015

Many important considerations impact software design. Business goals, user goals, user context, cultural considerations, platform paradigms, branding requirements, devices " the list goes on and on. While a primary focus for any software design effort should be the data or other content that"s being displayed, this keystone element is often given short shrift. This is unfortunate and shortsighted. Given the focus it your content will receive, it should be a primary consideration during the design process.

It is a common practice to represent data and content as "Lorem ipsum," repeating data, or simply using "best case scenario" data. In reality, this isn"t what will be experienced in the final product. The data you have to work with can drastically affect the final design, and the design will influence the type, format, and presentation of data.

Infusing Real Content into Your Designs

Whether you"re using...read more By Juan Sanchez              

User Testing as a Design Driver:Looksery created a product for users, not designers

October 5, 2015

You may have recently seen an abundance of bug-eyed people puking rainbows on Snapchat. Thank Looksery for that. Launched last year as an entertainment app based on face recognition technology and special effects, Looksery was acquired by Snapchat last month.

Looksery technology propels Snapchat"s new special effects

Founded in 2013, Looksery launched in October 2014 after...read more By Jordan Crone              

Taking Service Design into the Field

September 30, 2015

By their very nature, heuristics offer a hands-on approach to discovery, where knowledge is culled through trial and error. They are rules of thumb that give us a framework as we move through the research and design process.

In service design, this kind of framework is also valuable for assessing completed projects to find the weak links. A heuristic can apply to a single interaction as well as to the overall service eco-system. Heuristics can be applied to a single moment in time or to a user"s entire long-term relationship with a service.

This conceptual approach to design recognizes that experiences are coproduced, and that human interaction is a key component of many, if not all, services. As systems grow ever more sophisticated and interconnected, designers will continue to face new challenges. Service design heuristics can help us to frame and think about...read more By Usability Matters              

The Trials and Tribulations of the (Not So) Quick Pass #wtfUX

September 29, 2015

Paying roadway tolls is a taxing experience by its very nature. And while the frustration of waiting in line to throw a handful of coins into a basket has been mitigated by the implementation of RFID transponders that let people pay fees without stopping, replenishing funds on online can start to feel purgatorial in its own right.

As reader Ben Mackie points out: "The North Carolina toll website is maddening. They give you five different dollar amounts and they don't store your CC/preferred payment method"

This is already confusing

...read more By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine              

What Grid System Architecture and the Golden Ratio Do for Web Design

September 28, 2015

Good design in any discipline usually carries a structure of order and harmony. Since the Renaissance, artists and architects have used a strong understanding of proportions to create aesthetically pleasing architecture. Many of these classical design principles have followed us into modern times and can be found today in effective web design.

Take an A4 piece of paper for example. If you take it and halve it, the resulting size is A5 with the same exact proportions. No other proportion has the same properties. 16th century architect, Andrea Palladio knew this well. It is believed that because, fundamentally, most architects"like Palladio"use a similar system of proportions to plan and design spaces, buildings can look very different while remaining similar at their cores.

Structure and Beauty

It"s in human nature to...read more By Ling Lim