Posts Tagged design principle

designing an app vs creating a design framework

roundel-original-c1925So when it comes to designing an app the first thing most designers think if creating a user flow and then just filling in the screens one by one. Although looking at flow is of course the first thing any designer should do the filling in of the blanks much too often happens in the present state of the app. Why present state? Because that’s what is being build right now and design has always struggled with the slower and changing pace of development of an app vs design. Many designs right now are create in one go. If things are missing there are issues, if things are added there are issues.

But there is a way for design to work with and in sync with development. A way where design is a tool, like code, for the direction the app is going in.

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Finding quality in layers

If we try to define quality we will use many different parameters to make it measurable. These parameters differ from subject to subject. This makes it almost impossible to compare quality of a movie versus a book, even if they have the same story. But the medium does not simply allow us to say that one is better than the other, we mostly use our gut feeling to judge this. Although subjectivity is a big part of quality we still want to make it measurable, making it more objective.

We tend to measure quality to very specific parameters that apply to a medium or subject. This does not allow us to compare two different pieces. Even comparing a comedy movie with a action movie becomes really hard. But is there a universal way to measure quality?

I think there is!

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Web-forms: a first look

Getting users to fill in a field to give you their information is hard. Even when it is to do something the user would like to have it always seems to be a break-off point in the process. A user want to respond to a blog post but he needs to fill in a name and an email. It is more likely that the user will leave the form and not comment at all then fill in the form. Things like external account integration (facebook login), asynchronous  forms (javascript and ajax) and natural forms are a way to solve this. Web-forms are as much a science as they are an art. Nuances can make or break a good web-form so let’s give the science of web-forms a better look!

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A beginners guide to kissing

Have you ever used a device or app where you had the idea you were pOw3nd before you touched it? Well your not the only one!

Interaction designers have come up with a lot of stuff that actually does not make sense at all. Making the interface beautiful and all interactive, working with new visual effects and trying to suck in the user to use their program every day because it has so many cool features. Well… those designers deserve a kiss, a Keep It Simple Stupid kind of kiss. Interaction design should not concentrate on creating features, but on narrowing down features so that the essentials of the device or app are clear and well defined.

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