This first Design Means Business installment addresses the business community, primarily. It aims to improve communication and collaboration between design and business partners working on web-delivered software projects. So UX and other designers may find it helpful, too. …read on »
Re. http://vimeo.com/6952223 Jesse James Garrett gives a State of the User Experience Address UX Week – Video Jesse James Garrett, author of The Elements of User Experience – User-Centered Design For The Web, who can …read on »
User-friendly design is a term that has been around for ages. But what is it? What is good design? First we distinguish design from art in order to define design as a specific kind of craft: one of service and usefulness. Useful quotes and a list of characteristics of good design are provided. As it turns out, characteristics of good friendship are quite like those of good design. And that’s a beautiful thing. …read on »
Designers often feel misunderstood and underutilized in their organizations. Is this because the other two main parts of the interaction design triad, business and technology, don’t understand us? Or is it because we don’t know enough about the contexts we’re working in? Probably both. How do we change that? Here I combine the wisdom of Joseph Campbell with the experience of Luke Wroblewski in hopes that they will help you, too, bring the great “boons” of hard won user experience design knowledge back to the real world of business and strategy in a way that, as Campbell puts it, “in terms and in proportions that are proper to the world’s ability to receive.” The external readings footnoted are necessary for context. …read on »
Don Norman with Peter Merholz at UX Event by Adaptive Path. Norman. Don Norman, the esteemed “Ralph Nader of design,” gives us 52:29 of his time to offer wisdom gained from his experience in matters of user experience, design, business, and making our case to management. Some highlights are transcribed for those who may find them useful to remember or quote Don Norman. …read on »
Don Norman’s book was copy-written in 1988, and this one proves once again that great books can remain relevant long after they first land in people’s hands. Though its point of reference for computing and user interface design will seem charmingly innocent to 21st century readers, the books real topics, have not changed: people, how they do things, and what designers must do to reduce human confusion and anguish, and liberate humanity to enjoy doing what they want or must. The need for knowledge, insight and wisdom in user interface design, as Mr. Norman gently guides us through, is as urgent as ever. No UI, UX / UE, human factors engineer, user scientist, or professional designers of any kind should practice their trade without first reading with care Mr. Norman’s now famous book.
Some of us have held secret hopes for the web, that it will help extend the reach of democratic principals beyond the political sphere, as it is no longer the prime mover of social transformation. As discourse, popular and academic, on life science and information science have begun to connect at their respective frontiers, and turn more and more to systems theory for models of understanding, here I attempt to weave gossamer threads from related readings together, on a theme of patterns. And by this hope to catch the imagination of interaction designers, for how patterns in the natural universe may influence our work, so we may, going forward, utilize them for greater personal, economic, and social freedom and happiness, as the 4th of July 2008 approaches. …read on »
User experience design and strategy are inseparable. Some say strategy is at the center of UX design. Which I wholly agree with. In this article we simply recognize the difference between business strategy and interaction design strategy, what they may, and may not, have in common, and what the purpose of interaction design strategy is. I don’t pretend to have hold the strongest hand in this game, so your comments are strongly encouraged. …read on »
The Elements of User Experience – User-Centered Design For The Web, is an important and nascent work, spawned (like his design agency, Adpative Path) by the popularity of Jessie James Garrett’s Elements of User Experience diagram, first published in March of 2000. Garrett’s only book, to date, elaborates on and expands the concepts exampled in Garrett’s diagrams without seeming the least bit pedantic, practicing reader-centeredness in every turn of phrase. Read about Garrett’s highly readable book and it’s great contribution to interaction design as a profession.
More User Experience.UX Design Books …read on »