Archive for the 'interaction design' topic

UIEtips: Designing Microinteractions

In this week’s UIEtips, I talk to author and interaction design guru Dan Saffer about microinteractions. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Jared: What are microinteractions? Dan: Microinteractions are the small pieces of functionality that exist around or sometimes in place of larger features. An example is turning off the ringer on your phone. Nobody […]

Dan Saffer – Designing Microinteractions

Do you think about the ringer on your phone and the ability to turn it off? Dan Saffer uses this example to kick off his book Microinteractions. Silencing the ringer on your phone is a common feature. If that feature is clunky or hard to find it interferes with needing to silence it quickly, in a crowded movie theatre for example. These tiny interactions that surround the main functionality are integral to rounding out the entire experience.

UIEtips: Incorporating Content Strategy into Your Information Architecture

In this week’s UIEtips, Margot Bloomstein shares examples of how organizations are successfully incorporating content strategy into their information architecture. Here’s an excerpt from the article: What’s in, and what’s out? “In my experience, it is very easy for brilliant information architects (or UX people who do information architecture) to underestimate the importance of editorial […]

UIEtips: UX Design, Role-playing & Micromoments

In this week’s UIEtips, Stephen P. Anderson discusses micro-moments in design. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Good interaction design is about attending to every moment that passes between a person and the device (or system, or service) with which he or she is interacting. These moments can be explicit, as with gestures, taps, a […]

Nathan Curtis – Sketching for Understanding

Shared understanding is important to any team working towards a common goal. Ensuring every member of the team is on the same page can be difficult. Sketching is a quick, lightweight method for communicating design ideas or interactions. Starting with sketching early in the design process lets everyone share the same vision.

UIEtips: Context-Aware Design – A New Frontier

In this week’s UIEtips, I discusses the concept of context-aware design, where it is today, and the possibilities of its future. Here’s an excerpt from the article Imagine being in a foreign city, trying to get across town to catch a train. Not knowing where you are, relative to the train station. Getting to the […]

Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction with Nathan Shedroff & Chris Noessel

Science fiction films often take liberties with the technology that they display. After all, it is fiction. Though they can make up essentially whatever they want, technologies still need to be somewhat realistic to the audience. This influences the way that sci-fi technology is presented in film, but in turn, it’s how sci-fi influences technological advances in the real world.

Chris Risdon – Mapping the User Experience

In the current multi-device, interconnected landscape, a user can interact with your product or service from a variety of touchpoints. At each, you must address the user’s needs at a particular place and time. Those needs will be determined by where they are in the experience.

Jason Grigsby – Mobile-First Responsive Design

Speed and performance are a critical aspect of mobile design. Using media queries to design your site responsively is a great way to ensure proper display on mobile devices. But just shrinking a desktop site to work on a mobile device can affect performance.

Mobile-First Responsive Design – A September 13 UIE Virtual Seminar

On September 13, Jason Grigsby presents Mobile-First Responsive Design. And with your registration before August 31, you’ll get free and immediate access to Ethan Marcotte’s recording of The How and Why of Responsive Web Design. Start practicing mobile-first responsive web design by reordering your CSS, assets, and images. And learn how from Jason Grigsby, co-author […]