Archive for the 'emergency lane' Category

Cognitive load is lessened with rounded shapes

June 20, 2017

According to research, it’s harder for the brain to process sharp edges — the cognitive load is lessened with rounded shapes.

Molly Mc Hugh

Research:

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3020075/why-our-brains-love-curvy-architecture

https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2012/11/stop-being-so-square/

http://www.cns.nyu.edu/~david/courses/perception/lecturenotes/depth/depth-size.html

Interface as text

June 6, 2017

“How would I explain to a friend, in a conversation or in an email, this thing/topic/product/story I am trying to communicate?”

Fabricio Teixeira: Storyframes before wireframes: starting designs in the text editor

 

What is the Web?

April 21, 2017
  • The web is made of code and must be designed, there- fore designing with code is working with the right materials. This is the best course of action.
  • Content — what we write or otherwise express via the web — must be subject to design thinking and, in fact, all other design decisions should facilitate that.
  • Web pages are not immutable artifacts. They should be tolerant of changing, dynamic content. This content should be managed in terms of discrete components which can be reused as agreed patterns.
  • The potential audience of a website or app is anyone hu- man. Inclusivity of ability, preference and circumstance is paramount. Where people differ — and they always do — inclusive interfaces are robust interfaces.

Heydon Pickering: Inclusive Design Patterns – Coding Accessibility into Web Design, p.11

 

March 16, 2017

“Make sure every click makes the user more confident”

Jared M Spool in Disambiguity conference

Baseline grids

March 15, 2017
  • Typography is the foundation of great design. Where ever possible I like to make use of the traditional typographic scale (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 30, 48, 60, 72, 80, 96) as mentioned in Robert Bringhust’s book The Elements of Typographic Style. It’s a great way to establish a clear hierarchy and vertical rhythm for your project.
  • A 4px baseline grid provides the consistency and flexibility to design for both web and mobile without having to rethink about different measurements.

Rich McNabb

Modular Web design

February 20, 2017

This is exactly what modularity brings to UI design: It leads to a system that is

  • flexible,
  • scalable and
  • cost-efficient, but also
  • customizable,
  • reusable and
  • consistent.

Adriana de La Cuadra: Designing Modular UI Systems via style-guide-driven development

 

Why White Space Is Crucial To UX Design

February 14, 2017

White space can be broken down into four elements:

  • visual white space (space surrounding graphics, icons, and images);
  • layout white space (margins, paddings, and gutters);
  • text white space (spacing between lines and spacing between letters); and
  • content white space (space separating columns of text).

Jerry Cao and Kamil Zieba and Matt Ellis

Design critique

December 19, 2016

Criticism passes judgement — Critique poses questions
Criticism finds fault — Critique uncovers opportunity
Criticism is personal — Critique is objective
Criticism is vague — Critique is concrete
Criticism tears down — Critique builds up
Criticism is ego-centric — Critique is altruistic
Criticism is adversarial — Critique is cooperative
Criticism belittles the designer — Critique improves the design

From: Judy Reeves

See also Jared Spool’s article

Design the beginning

October 31, 2016

The “beginning” is how you introduce something new to a person, and how you will get them to understand its value such that they incorporate it into their lives. When you set about designing the beginning, you are forced to consider the following hard questions:

  1. Where and how will people first hear about your product or feature?
  2. What should people understand about your product at a glance, and is that compelling enough to convince them to go through the trouble of trying it out?
  3. What should people’s first-time experience through your product be, and how do you plan to demonstrate to them its value within the first minute?
  4. How will you build out the social graph, content inventory, marketplace, etc. if the success of your product is dependent on those things?
  5. What would compel somebody to come back and use your product a second or third time?

Julie Zhuo: Design the Beginning

User research methods overview

October 20, 2016

user-research-methods.png

From: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/which-ux-research-methods/