Archive for the 'UIE' topic

Designing for Cognition

How we perceive information, absorb and make sense out of it, is influenced by a myriad of factors, from typeface and size to iconography, presentation, and context. Our brains seek out patterns and narratives. We make visual associations that are based on our experiences, and that influence how we understand what we see. In 2018, […]

UIE Article – Pushback is a Poison. Alignment is the Antidote.

In this week’s article I talk about organizing tasks. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Alignment maps are a critical tool during the alignment process. They are representations of the current goals and direction of the project, encompassing the current thinking and recently uncovered details. These maps become mainstay features of meetings and discussions. Comments are attached […]

Give, receive, and facilitate helpful feedback

It is always easier to find the flaws than it is to offer solutions. Many of us have gotten so used to looking for the fly in the ointment that we’ve narrowed our field of vision down to identifying error over opportunity. This is the difference between delivering criticism, and critique, creating an environment that isolates […]

Effective Remote Design

In this week’s article Jim Kalbach talks about increasingly remote workspaces and how companies are managing and benefiting from remote work. We spend a lot of time and energy maintaining our office buildings. Getting our physical workspaces in order is important for productive work and effective collaboration. Why don’t we spend as much effort configuring our digital workplaces? The remote […]

CSS Grid And Accessibility

Now that we have the ability to separate source from design using CSS Grid, the likelihood that some creators will overlook accessibility is high. When we can easily reorder items in the display, we should be careful to also reorder them in the source, explains Rachel Andrew, lest we create havoc for screen readers. Ideally, developers will […]

Complex layouts are within reach with CSS

What is so phenomenal about CSS Grid is that it can do natively what developers had to achieve in the past through hacks, table layouts, and floats. CSS Modules now available—Flexbox, CSS Grid Layout, and Box Alignment—are changing layout on the web. Why? Because designers have the flexibility to create and explore layouts they were […]

The Hawaii Missile Alert Culprit: Poorly Chosen File Names

In this week’s article I discuss how poorly chosen file names led to an actual emergency alert text being sent out in place of a test. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Saturday morning, January 13, 2018 at 8:09am Hawaii time, a staff member of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s (HIEMA) State Warning Point office […]

Examine The Edges Of Interaction Design

Tuesday, April 19 Is Our Featured Talks Day 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. On Tuesday, April 19 have your mind expanded, as you explore the edges of what interaction design is all about with […]

Convince Your Boss

You know it’s worth coming to UX Immersion: Interactions, but does your boss? Use this information and cost summary to help you get the green light. Five Overall Benefits: Conquer chaos and confusion with simpler designs. Lead the team and stakeholders to dynamic collaboration. Overcome daunting requirements and functionality by tackling scale. Identify opportunities and […]

Testing Your Content Is the Missing Link

Typically when we conduct usability tests we watch how a person moves from one task to another. Where do they click? Why did they take that action? But we should also look to see if usability issues are actually understandability problems. That’s one of the topics that Steph Hay and I discussed in a recent podcast, […]