May 8th, 2007
In just the past couple of years, we’ve seen more and more designs that allow users to collaborate and share what they’re doing with others. Web sites and applications such as MySpace, Flickr, and Craigslist, are becoming increasingly popular.
One of the underlying reasons for their popularity is because they all focus on Social Design, an area of design that deals with the activities, behaviors, and motivations of people who work and play together through software interfaces. Each of these social applications connect users in new and exciting ways.
In this week’s UIEtips, we’ve republished Joshua Porter’s recent Brain Sparks blog post discussing how organizations can benefit from incorporating social features into their designs. I’ve decided to share the post with all of our UIEtips readers because I think Josh’s commentary on the importance of Social Design is just too important to miss.
As always, please share your thoughts with us. Have you ever wondered why sites such as MySpace and Flickr are so popular? Have you considered incorporating social features into your design? Leave your thoughts and join the discussion below.
[If you find this article interesting, you’ll definitely want to attend the User Interface 12 Conference this November 5-8, where Joshua Porter will present at UIE’s Showcase Seminar, Usability 2007: The Latest Perspectives. In this seminar, Josh will share his latest research on Social Design practices.]Tweet