Spoolcast: Effective Visual Design Seminar Followup

Jared Spool

December 17th, 2008

SpoolCast: Effective Visual Design
Recorded: December 1, 2008
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
Duration: 36m | File size: 20 MB
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We recently had our friend Patrick Hofmann a designer with Google Australia in for a Virtual Seminar covering the Essentials of Effective Visual Design. His wealth of knowledge from his years of design and usability research into visual design provided an incredibly interesting and popular seminar.

As usual, we received many more excellent questions that we could deal with during the seminar, so we recorded this podcast.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • A short summary of the main points of the seminar
  • International issues regarding graphics and colors for different cultures
  • The color and styling of hyperlinks
  • Above the fold… is this important? How does it relate to the rule of thirds?
  • How to deal with images that are too big to fit your page template
  • What questions are most effective to ask a user after testing your images?
  • How do you handle getting graphics approved across your organizations departments?
  • Thoughts on images used for beauty’s sakes vs purely content images

In the podcast, we referenced a T-Shirt site that had an interesting technique to display larger images in line in galleries, the name of the site escaped us, but check out the technique at Zazzle.com.

If you missed our live seminar, a recording of Essentials of Effective Visual Design is available for viewing.

Are you doing anything to improve the impact and usability of your visual design? Share your experiences in the comments!

One Response to “Spoolcast: Effective Visual Design Seminar Followup”

  1. Cultural Context in Design « interactions Says:

    [...] software products. Patrick Hofmann, a designer with Google Australia, provided a great example in a follow-up to one of Jared Spool’s seminars last year: There’s this common misconception that localization is only about words, and [...]

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