Archive for the 'Visual Design' topic

Guide your users to informed decisions

We use visual models all the time to make sense of information, scribbled on napkins and in notebooks, spread out across charts and graphics, and in the mapping of user experiences. Some templates for this kind of modeling are effective, while others seem to breed more confusion and complexity than they intend. How do we […]

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, […]

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 […]

UIE Article: Embracing the Medium

In this week’s article, we revisit the challenge of designing for web vs print.  Richard Rutter thinks we should embrace the fluidity of the medium. Here’s an excerpt from the article Where a print designer is all powerful, dictating every aspect of the reading experience, the web designer must know to relinquish control into the […]

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.

Animation, an April 2 Virtual Seminar with Rachel Nabors

Animation often gets a bad rap for being nothing more than decorative, sometimes in poor taste. But, it turns out that animation can add value to the digital world by making interactions more intuitive, interesting, and seductive. In Improve UX With Animation, Rachel Nabors, animation ambassador and founder of Tin Magpie, is excited to show you […]

Stephen Anderson – Deciphering Data through Design

Oftentimes really simple changes can have dramatic effects on a user’s ability to interpret data. Stephen cites the many examples of designers taking stabs at airline boarding pass redesigns and the evolution Target’s Pharmacy prescription bottle went through. Presenting the information in a much clearer way reduces the cognitive barrier.

Tim Brown – Helvetica is the Neue Black

When you break down written language, it’s really just a carefully crafted set of tiny symbols. It’s easy to dismiss these meticulous creations in daily life as simply, reading. The shape, readability, and size of these symbols are all factors in effectively communicating ideas, and have been for thousands of years. In essence, typography itself is more than just picking a font.

Marc Stickdorn – Service Design Thinking

In the realm of user experience, disciplines and titles can take on different meanings. Determining buzzword jargon from actual, useful distinctions and processes is sometimes a bit tricky. The term Service Design has been with us for a while now. Some see it as just plain, good UX. Marc Stickdorn sees it as more than that.