Archive for the 'interaction design' topic

Day 1: Seattle Web App Masters Tour

Well, we’ve just wrapped up the first day of the UIE Web App Masters Tour stop in Seattle. What a day! Blogger Pam Rodriguez has done a tremendous job summarizing the first day’s sessions. You can read them here: My talk: Mobilism & UX: Inside the Eye of the Perfect Storm Bill Scott’s talk: Designing […]

UIEtips: 3 Important Usability Challenges for Designing Web Apps

Web-based applications are different from content-based web sites because the users are involved in a transaction. In our work researching the usability of content-based sites, we focus on how users will find and react to the information. However, with web-based applications, there are many other considerations we need to account for. In this week’s UIEtips, […]

Josh Clark – Designing Tapworthy Mobile Apps

“Thinking mobile” goes beyond scaling down an existing app to fit a smaller screen or making decisions about what content to include. Because the app can be used anywhere by nature and the interface is manipulated with thumbs and fingers, there are much more than just aesthetics to consider. Josh discusses mobile design with Adam Churchill.

Ethan Marcotte – The How and Why of Responsive Web Design

More types of devices are accessing your web content everyday. Have you figured out how to accommodate them? Ethan Marcotte is leading the charge in this area, with his work on Responsive Design, which can help your content scale and adapt to new devices.

Stephen Anderson – The Quest for Emotional Engagement

Stephen Anderson, designer and creator of the Mental Notes card deck, believes your users must be emotionally engaged if you want them to exhibit a certain behavior. Stephen uses simple visual representations to help people make choices and understand complex information. In this podcast, Stephen and Jared Spool discuss creating designs that engage your users’ emotions.

How a Theme Emerges: Mobile Design at the Web App Masters Tour

As we were finalizing the program for this year’s UIE Web App Masters Tour, a theme quickly emerged that we hadn’t originally planned on: designing mobile applications. Up until now, mobile has been elusive for us. You see, we don’t talk about a subject just because it’s the latest fad. There are plenty of sources […]

Bryan Veloso and Dan Rubin – Peeking Over the Shoulder of Design Experts

Certain tips and tricks you can only learn from watching the best in the field do what they do. Peeking over the shoulder of an expert can teach you valuable techniques and insights that you won’t find in any book. That is exactly how the designers at Sidebar Creative learn from each other.

SpoolCast: Mobile Apps – Web-based or Native? – Q&A with Josh Clark

With mobile quickly emerging as a viable and practical source of web based content, designers need to know how to adapt and keep up. With the sheer number of different devices out there it can be a daunting prospect. Josh joins Jared Spool in this podcast for a discussion about making the decision between mobile web and native apps.

What do you call those hover-revealing layered-on-top contextual menus?

Greg wrote: I’m interested in finding information about “On Object UI”. To me, this term means displaying controls on or near an object after the user has interacted with the object by hovering over or clicking on the object. For example, in Microsoft Word, after highlighting/selecting some text, a Mini-toolbar appears near the text with […]

SpoolCast: Designing for Mice and Men: UI Across Platforms – Q&A with Bill Scott

The number of places that you can access the web grows every day. But are you designing for it? How do your users see your content? And more importantly, how are they interacting with it? Bill Scott joins Jared Spool and discusses the challenges and a few of the surprises that come with designing for multiple platforms.