Every software, product, application is used at some point by a beginner, a first timer. Beginners don’t stay beginners for a long time. It’s only a temporary state and a good product should shorten the time a user spends as beginner. A product has to accommodate the needs of beginners alongside the needs of intermediate … Continue reading Designing for beginners
No one wants to be a beginner. Most of the time and in most areas we try to escape this stage as quickly as possible. When we learn a language we attend a language course in the hope to be able to have a decent conversation within weeks. When we learn to ski we hire … Continue reading Users are neither beginners nor experts – designing for the golden mean
Interested in training your UX skills? You want to learn from the heavy weights in the field? Then 2014 is your year. From March 31 to April 4, Amsterdam will be the location for Usability Week Amsterdam. Usability Week is organized by the Nielsen Norman Group (founded by Don Norman and Jakob Nielsen), which since … Continue reading Best UX events 2014: Usability Week Amsterdam
An interface is your products’ window to the user. It is a tool which in the ideal case fulfills the users’ expectation and allows him/her to use your product or system in a satisfying way. Ease of use and giving the user control are important guidelines for designers but unfortunately they are also very vague. … Continue reading These 9 design principles will prevent your interface from becoming a nightmare!
As a quiet “new” discipline (it has been around for some decades but has really taken off the last years), Ux is in continuous evolution. You won’t find big manuals in book stores and to get familiar with the field your best shot is to browse the web: it is full of precious information and the number of blogs and articles is growing exponentially.
Said this, some might feel slightly disoriented by the overload of choices available.
If you want to start reading about UX but don’t know where, I think the following 3 pages are a great read if you’re new to UX.
Systems are often designed so users have to stretch their thinking to understand a complicated machine logic rather than the other way around. Some of the most important concepts in HCI which help Ux designers to deal with this problem are mental models. Here are the definitions: An implementation model is the way of how a … Continue reading How to align with your users’ mental model
We humans readily perceive emotional states in everything that is vaguely lifelike or in other words: we tend to read emotional responses into anything, animate or not. This is a biological heritage of our desire to emotionally connect with others and why not with computers, iPods, and cars. Personality in design plays an important role … Continue reading Does your product has personality? Find out with a design persona