Yearly Archives: 2012

Tactical and conceptual innovation in User Interface Design

Tactical innovations arise from an existing product and UI system while conceptual innovations are ideas which are completely new and not anchored to an existing product. Innovation workshops tend to focus on the conceptual, with the group’s creative ideas starting

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“How” and “What” ideas during Innovation Workshops

While innovation workshops offer incredible opportunities to investigate different creative avenues in User Interface Design, it’s important to differentiate between the different types of ideas that these workshops and its participants will be asked to consider. “What” ideas focus on

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Users Characteristics and UI Design

Successful User Interface Design requires more than a professional knowledge of design patterns and aesthetics, it also requires an expert understanding of the cognitive ability of the end users. Aspects such as age, education, and level of experience play heavily

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Mobile devices offer unique opportunities in User Interface Design

Mobile devices now have an established presence in the marketplace and society. With it comes new ways for users to interact with information, and thus new territory and opportunities within the UI and UX Design industry. As designers, are we

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User Interface Design quotations

“I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume what designers do is decoration.” Jeffery Veen “Because every person knows what he likes, every person thinks he is an expert on user interfaces.” Paul Heckel “Design

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Task-based User Interface design process

Users often get frustrated with User Interface systems that do not adequately support them in their work. Even if the software is of high quality internally, if the system does not match the users’ tasks and needs, internal software quality

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The foundation of successful UI Design

“Successful UI Design has a foundation built from research, not from opinion.” Research is the difference between using a metallic light blue that appeals to a younger demographic, and using a light blue that is a client’s favorite color. It’s

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The importance of interaction styles in User Interface Design

The style of the interaction utilized in a UI system plays an important role in the usability of the interface. It should be relevant to the context of the tasks being accomplished and the environment in which they are being

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Merging the right User Interface Designer with the right project

uxmagazing has a good write-up concerning “navigating the line between beautiful design and usable IA.” In this article, the topic of discussion centers around how the goals of “beautiful” and “usable” in design are often at odds, and how to

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