Archive for October, 2010

 

UX Links of the Week: 10.18.10 – 10.22.10

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

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UI Stencils

Spend a lot of time sketching out your designs before exploring wireframe concepts?  These stencils might be just the thing for you.  Pretty cool set of stencil kits and sketch pads.

UI Stencils

uistencils.com

Dollar ReDe$ign Project

In case you missed it, the winners of the Dollar ReDe$ign Project have been announced.  If you didn’t know about this project, check it out!

Dollar Redesign Project

Dollar Redesign Project

Mobius Car Design Concept

What happens when you take a mobius strip and incorporate it into the metal frame of a car?  A very badass conceptual car design.

Mobius Concept Car

Mobius Concept Car

Beyond Staggered Sprints: How TheLadders.com Integrated UX into Agile

Hands down, one of the best articles I’ve ever read about UX and Agile.  For those of you that have been through your own highs and lows when integrating UX into Agile, you’ll appreciate this article.

Johnny Holland UX and Agile

Johnny Holland Article

Cybertecture Mirror

This is a real product, available in 2011.  Interesting design and interactions, but with a $7,700 price tag, it will be a while before these interactive mirrors become more common place.

Cybertecture Mirror

Cybertecture Mirror

5 Guidelines for Excellent Website Navigation

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Navigation signs

1. Make Intuitive and Accessible

People are now spoiled and expect information to be quick and easily accessible.  Unrealistic expectation?  Of course not, just make sure you know your audience and your navigation is intuitive and accessible.  Perform some usability testing to confirm your navigation is obvious and easy to use.

2. Name and Position Elements Carefully

Got problems trying to figure out whether or not users will understand your categories and taxonomies?  Use OptimalSort to determine the best way to structure your navigation.  Make sure you stay within the context of usage and your site pages.  Also be sure to avoid jargon or vernacular that might confuse your users.  Be concise and specific, not vague and miscellaneous.

3. Consistency is King

Primary navigation should be site-wide.  If you are inconsistent with your navigation across your site, then users will probably have the tendency to assume they’re looking at a new and different set of navigation links.  Ensure navigation is on all pages … remember guideline #1, accessibility and consistency walk hand in hand.  Don’t force users to return to previous pages or the homepage in order to access different site sections.

4. Clarify in order to Simplify

Less is more.  Too many main navigation links can overwhelm users.  Keep main navigation links to 6 or 7 at most if you can.  Are there exceptions to the rule?  Always make sure you’re well informed of the rules before you start breaking them.  Try to keep sub-navigation from becoming too muddled as well.  Again, use OptimalSort card sorting as a way to determine what you need and don’t need.  Reduction is one of the best ways to achieve simplicity.

5. Keep it Flexible

Navigation is unique to each individual website and should be designed as such.  If you have international users, be mindful of their needs and expectations as well.  Don’t just go out and try to match what your competitor’s are doing.  Design for your users.

UX Links of the Week: 10.11.10 – 10.15.10

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Flyer Design Goodness

Having recently designed a poster for a local event, I spent time scouring the interwebs for inspiration.  This site definitely came in handy, as it contains a wide range of styles, subject matters and killer artwork.  If you’re designing a poster or a fyler, check this out!

Flyer Design Goodness

Flyer Design Goodness Blog

Lovely Package

The name says is at all.  A crisp and clean site devoted to package design.

Lovely Package

Lovely Package

Lunar Design: Gesture Remote

Fantastic concept to accommodate the modern TV viewer, especially as interactions become more complex with the integration of sophisticated technologies and capabilities in televisions.

Gesture Remote

Gesture Remote - the future of TV control

Redesigning the Boarding Pass

This is now several months old, but for those of you that missed it, this is a great attempt to design a better boarding pass experience.  I come back to this again and again for inspiration when working on similar projects.

Redesigning the Boarding Pass

Redesigning the Boarding Pass

Sistine Chapel

A fun way to view the Sistine chapel when you don’t have the luxury of hopping on a plane to get there.

Interactive Sistine Chapel

Interactive Sistine Chapel

Happy Friday, enjoy the weekend.

UX Links of the Week: 10.04.10 – 10.08.10

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Dark Patterns

For those of you that have seen this site before, did you know that it’s now a wiki?  Check out the patterns of trickery and misdirection and choose to use them for your own purposes of good or evil.

Dark Patters Wiki

John’s Phone

Yes, there are people out there that don’t give a shit about iPhones or all the bells and whistles on android phones. Some people just want to make calls, that’s it.  This becomes increasingly relevant when you study the reality of cell phone use across different cultures and classes.

Minimalissimo Website

Minimalissimo Website

6 tips for designing with lines

Great article about something so seemingly simple, yet so essential.

Design Shack

Design Shack

Creative Examples of Infographics

I’m a sucker for a good Infographic.  This is a fun collection.

Noupe

Noupe

Packaging Beyond the Unboxing

In some cultures, like Japan, product packaging can often be perceived as more important than the product within the package.  This is an interesting article about a different perspective on product packaging that asks, “When designing a package, how does the  product see the world?”

Johnny Holland

Johnny Holland

D&E Conference + Local Chapter Kickoff

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Looking forward to the 7th International Conference on Design & Emotion.  I can’t make the workshops today, but am excited for all of the Sessions and Keynotes tomorrow through Thursday.  I’m also interested to see how many people will show up for the kickoff of the first ever local D&E chapter.  Come join us for cocktails, Thursday October 7th at Bar Louie, 47 W. Polk Street, 5:30 pm right after the end of the conference.   Should be a fun week!