Yearly Archives: 2013

Integrating User Research into User Interface Design

Few UI designers will argue the importance of user research in the creation of a quality, successful User interface. What may be slightly more debatable is how and when to integrate the data from user research into all phases of

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Useful Techniques that improve User Interface Design

Certain design techniques tend to work the best in helping UI designers deliver successful user interface solutions. These design techniques can often go a long way to making a user interface intuitive and the experience a pleasurable one for users.

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Usability testing and people with disabilities

An interesting article from the Usability Professionals Association discusses important ways to integrate testing with people with disabilities into your current usability testing methods. Changing user profiles to include different disability categories and modifying user tasks to consider supportive technology

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Confidence Intervals and Usability Testing

Measuring the User Experience, by Tom Tullis and Bill Albert, talks about the use of “Confidence Intervals” within usability testing. The authors describe Confidence Intervals as “a range that estimates the true population value for a statistic.” It comes across

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Steve Job’s Impact on User Interface Design

Steve Jobs’ impact on user interface design and the user experience industry is incredible. The emphasis and importance that Jobs and Apple have put on extremely user-friendly design can’t be overstated in terms of the ripple effect it has had

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User Interface quotations

Think good design is expensive? Just wait and see what bad design ends up costing you. -karj23 Good design is good business. -Thomas J Watson I’ve been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what

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Persuasive Design and User Experience Design

Persuasive Design is described as “the use of psychology in design to influence behavior” through persuasion and social influence instead of coercion. It’s an intriguing idea in that User Research helps to understand behavior and User Interface design generally enables

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User Interface Design patterns

Smashing Magazine provides a thorough look into common UI patterns and their importance in creating an effective and successful user interface and user experience. The idea of design patterns was first introduced in the 1960s by an architect named Christopher

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Muscle memory and User Interface Design

Placement consistency of graphics in a user interface system not only helps users learn the system, it helps their muscles “learn” the system as well. A user’s constant and continual use of a product’s UI causes their muscles to “memorize”

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