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Understanding Users - 3 Non-Design Principles Applied in UX Design

- Monday, May 09, 2011 |

Our understanding of people is relative to the context we find ourselves in and often limited to it. It's a basic cognitive bias. In web design, the context is usually the interface and our understanding of the people interacting with it is described by usability metrics. Nonetheless, a UX designer's understanding of people needs to go beyond the context of user analytics and usability metrics.

In this article we are going to talk about 3 essential non-design principles that designers need to be aware of when creating interfaces that are meant to be compelling and accessible at the same time.

Day 303: My Identity
My Identity by: Kathryn
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The Designer Who Changed the World

- Monday, April 18, 2011 |

Design can change the world. As a matter of fact, we absorb and adapt to changes every day, using products and services that didn't exist months ago, exploring new possibilities of interaction and re-designing the world we live in, our life style and our tools. 

In this article we will talk about change driven by design. In each section and give an example of a solution or product that significantly changed our perception, behavior or interpretation of the world, to support the idea that change through design is not only possible, but a fundamental aspect of a discipline that drives innovation in every industry we have known so far.

Photo by Martin Borjesson
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Psychology in UX Design

- Friday, April 08, 2011 |

What distinguishes good design from great design is experience. UX designers are always on a quest to create interfaces that users can relate to, through graphics, content and patterns of interaction. What's interesting though is that exceptional ideas in design may come from different backgrounds, such as psychology and social science. This article focuses on recent UX design trends inspired by or based on various findings in the field of psychology.

Conjoined in 3D: Dimensional group art exhibition curated by Chet Zar
Photo by: Lapolab
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Using Game Mechanics in UX Design

- Monday, March 14, 2011 |

Have you noticed that more and more websites are using game mechanics to create more enjoyable experiences? Principles of game design can serve UX designers today more than ever, because - 1 - brands realize the importance of interacting with users and keep them engaged and - 2- current web technologies allow developers build interfaces that support rich interaction scenarios in real time. Game mechanics will rock the web. In this article we share the best examples of how currently popular websites use game mechanics to attract new users and add them to their fan base.

Day 62 - A,B,X,Y
Photo by: Brian J. Matis
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The Problem with Social Interaction on Websites - Bringing Back Authenticity

- Thursday, March 03, 2011 |

Building engaging interfaces is not easy. The list of priorities starts with usability issues and finishes with the difficulties of creating an experience through form and functionality.

Over the past few years a new challenge sprung from the maturation of tools and apps that enable sharing, user feedback and other forms of mediated interaction - generally called "social media". Integrating social media in websites was similar to introducing casual Fridays in the corporate world: steering up controversy first, but ending up doing business in jeans. Today, social interaction is amplified (viral and mass communication) as well as simplified (reduced to simple auto-fill share buttons), but this type of solution is not always the best in using technology to encourage authentic interaction and engagement.

This post presents multiple solutions to effectively use social expression in ways that are mutually beneficial, engaging and genuine.

Social Media & Marketing
Photo by: Rosaura Ochoa
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