Archive for the 'Design Decisions' topic

UIE Articles: Making Content More Usable for both Designers and the End User

In this week’s article, we reprint an interview between Adam Churchill and Steph Hay about the difference between marketing and usable content and methods to help copywriters and designers work together in creating design and copy. Here’s an excerpt from the article I have to think about the user, so I typically start with a […]

UIE Article – Focusing On What Our Users Shouldn’t Focus On

In this week’s article I talk about authentication as a microinteraction. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Authentication is a necessary evil in today’s world of trust, privacy, and security. It is designed to be selectively usable. A good authentication system needs to be unusable for unwanted intruders. However, it needs to be extremely usable […]

A Story Told About Story Listening – UX Immersion: Interactions Podcast

Storytelling is a powerful way to measure our understanding of our users and their experiences. But unfortunately, we don’t always get the story right. User experience rests more on listening to what the users want to tell us rather than the stories research teams and designers tell themselves within the confines of their organizations. Perhaps it’s time to first try story listening before recanting the tales.

UIE Article – Four Approaches to Share and Reflect on Our Work

In this week’s article I discuss how to talk about design. Here’s an excerpt from the article: For each of the four techniques, there are variations that modify what they accomplish. For example, one team we recently worked with took a walkthrough and modified it to compare the user stories they’d created to the prototype they’d implemented. […]

UIE Article – Hunkering: Putting Disorientation into the Design Process

In this week’s article we reprint an article where I talk about “hunkering” as a design process. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Hunkering, and its subsequent visual disorientation, can be a crucial tool for the designer. Used properly, it can prevent downstream errors and give new insights into the final results. One common trap […]

Navigation: Oh, The Places You Were Trying to Go – UX Immersion Podcast

[ Transcript Available ] There’s a saying that you can’t know where you are going unless you know where you come from. Designing navigation for enterprise applications is a journey unto itself. One that UX Immersion speaker, Hagan Rivers is quite familiar with. In this podcast, listen as Jared Spool discusses the importance of clear […]

Time Traveling with Enterprise Applications – UX Immersion Podcast

Enterprise applications are massive, often unwieldy pieces of software. You get a sense they were never truly improved or updated, they just had a continuous string of features tacked on until it got to the point where they are almost impossible to use. And they’re old.

UIE Article: Extraordinarily Radical Redesign Strategies

In today’s article, I discuss three radical redesign approach strategies. Here’s an excerpt from the article: It’s your most loyal customers who will hate your flip-the-switch redesign the most. Designers are quick to declare, “Users hate change.” But that’s not it at all. Your loyal users have invested a lot over the years mastering your current design, […]

UXImmersion: Interactions – Get Exposed To The Newest Interaction Design Practices.

Interaction design has never been more important. New practices and techniques meet theory and expertise at the UX Immersion: Interactions conference in San Diego, CA, April 18–20, 2016. Move beyond inspiration and immerse yourself. Six industry leaders teach master-grade workshops on groundbreaking interaction design skills you won’t find anywhere else plus a keynote from me. […]

UIE Article: Goal Challenges and Tool Challenges

In today’s article, I discuss how to design for two types of challenges.  If users are distracted by controlling the interface, they can’t pay attention to the thing they came to do. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Two Dots’ designers also needed to put in tools to control the play of the game, such as changing levels, […]