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Category Archive for "User Experience"

The Use of Color in User Interfaces

This article focuses on one aspect of the recommendations I made for a client, which saw its way into the final Design Recommendations document I left with them at the end: how the use or misuse of color affects user interfaces.

HTML5 Live in NYC

On Tuesday, November 9th, Krish Mandal, Eric Fitchett, Paul Hurlock and I attended an event in New York called HTML5 Live. My intentions going into this were to get a better understanding of HTML5, where it is now, and where it’s going.
I actually got more out of the conference than I had anticipated. I was pleasantly surprised with some of the tools that were demonstrated, and some of the HTML5 features that were shown, particularly native validation and the enhancements to Adobe’s Creative Suite. As I expected, the general sentiment was that HTML5 is going to be big, but it is only practical to develop it right now in a controlled browsing environment. Progressive enhancement is certainly possible, but with all the uncertainty around video and audio codecs, and how other native features will be handled in a standardized way…

Agile User Experience Design

Integrating Agile methodology and User Experience Design has long been a challenge. This diagram shows how the two can work in harmony with each other to produce profitable products that meet the demands of stakeholders.

The UX Process

This diagram shows the stages and deliverables of the User Experience Design process.

Transform System.Drawing.ContentAlignment property to System.Drawing. StringFormat Alignment property

Recently we had the need to transform System.Drawing.ContentAlignment property to System.Drawing. Stringformat alignment property for creating a Graphic object with text drawn on it inside a given rectangle.  Assuming that you want the text printed from left to right, you can use the ContentAlignment Enum values to obtain the desired StringAlignment Enum value.  For example:

1: public StringFormat TransformProperty(ContentAlignment alignment)

2: {

3: StringFormat myStringFromat = new StringFormat();

4: switch(alignment)

5: {

6: …

Designing an eCommerce Workflow: Gathering Requirements

It seems today that most people look to out of the box solutions when considering augmenting their sites with eCommerce features. Maybe it is because there are a lot of small businesses who just want to get started with eCommerce and a template site or open source solution is really the best way to go for them. This articles is intended for those whose responsibility is to service the smaller portion of companies where eCommerce revenue accounts for a large part (if not all) of their revenue to the tune of millions of dollars. To these companies it is necessary to have a finely tuned, customized and heavily integrated eCommerce solution, and sustain a high enough volume of business to benefit greatly by investing in more complex eCommerce features. In this case, the teams in charge of designing the intricacies…

Create an Animated Shine Effect with jQuery Part 1

jQuery is an amazing javascript framework that equips you with the tools to create beautiful effects extremely easily. While designing an add to cart notification for an online store I knew I needed to create something that caught the user’s eye to let him/her know that their product had been successfully added to their cart. I drew inspiration from the “slide to unlock” animation found on the iPhone and ended up with the following.

On User Experience Design

There are many people who believe that product design is a less important part of the things we build. They almost believe that it can be left as an afterthought. I’m sure most people have heard the phrase, “Lipstick on a chicken,” or as I post this soon after the ’08 election season, the phrase, “Lipstick on a pig.” They believe that “beauty” of the product is far less important than the “workings” of the product, and so the engineering schedule and the project management behind it give the design process little play.
On the other side of the fence are those who argue that the beauty and design trumps the workings. I suppose they get this idea from the mainstream media and advertising companies who dress up products and package them such that no matter what the workings, even if…

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