All posts from
January 2011

Storyboarding iPad Transitions

“If your clients are not yet asking you to design transitions, they will likely do that on your next project. Transitions are hot, and not just because they entertain the eye. In confined mobile computing interfaces, on tablet devices or in complex virtual environments, transitions are an authentic, minimalist way of enabling way-finding, displaying system state and exposing crucial functionality – in short, they are key in creating a superior user experience.” (Greg Nudelman ~ Boxes and Arrows)

The Essence of Interaction Design (Part I): Designing Virtual Contexts for Interaction

“With this column, I’m introducing a multipart series on what I consider to be the essence of interaction design for application user experiences. First, I’ll lay the groundwork for this series by describing the role of interaction design, then I’ll embark on my exploration of the essence of interaction design by discussing the design of virtual contexts for interaction.” (Pabini Gabriel-Petit ~ UXmatters)

Why you need a user experience vision (and how to create and publicise it)

“Many design teams launch into development without a shared vision of the user experience. Without this shared vision, the team lacks direction, challenge and focus. This article describes how to use the ‘Design the Box’ activity to develop a user experience vision, and then describes three ways of publicising the vision: telling a short story; drawing a cartoon showing the experience; and creating a video to illustrate the future.” (David Travis ~ UserFocus)

The Relevance of User Experience: Using Every Opportunity to Impress Users

“Is it possible to calculate the ROI of great design? What about the cost-per-acquisition of a customer sold on User Experience? There are no second chances for first impressions, and even the smallest opportunity is a chance to ‘Wow’ users. What you do with that opportunity can spark a chain of events that can make or break your business.” (Nicolas Thomas ~ UX Booth)

New media and literacies: Amateurs vs. professionals

“New media are not supportive of critical thinking and conscious selection of information. Literacies of our age stress critical thinking and take many forms. Despite differences and similarities among information literacy, media literacy and digital literacy, all of them have to differentiate between amateur and professional contents produced in new media. Similarly to the traditional division of labor among libraries, the needs behind amateurism and professionalism have to be satisfied differently.” (Tibor Koltay ~ First Monday 16.1)