Archive for 'Thinking'

How the Hermann Grid Illusion Affects What Users See

How the Hermann Grid Illusion Affects What Users See

Imagine looking at a grid of images and gray ghostlike blobs appear on your screen. This isn’t a hallucination, it’s what users see when the hermann grid illusion takes effect.

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How Companies Can Prevent User Backlash After a Redesign

How Companies Can Prevent User Backlash After a Redesign

Have you ever visited a website you loved and found that everything on the user interface has changed? When a company wants to improve their website experience for their users, they redesign the interface.

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Service Design: The Overlooked Part of User Experience

Service Design: The Overlooked Part of User Experience

Walking through IKEA over the weekend with two young children was a healthy reminder of what contributes to an ideal customer experience: innovative product design and thoughtful service design.

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The User Interface is the Means, Not the Ends

The User Interface is the Means, Not the Ends

Designers pride themselves on the interfaces they design. It’s natural to think what one is working on is important. But sometimes designers can get so lost in the interface they forget that it’s for the user, not them.

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Are You Meeting the User Experience Hierarchy of Needs?

Are You Meeting the User Experience Hierarchy of Needs?

The hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow describing the stages of growth in humans. But just like humans, interfaces go through different stages of growth too.

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6 Tips to Help You Build a Great Web Application

6 Tips to Help You Build a Great Web Application

Web applications are a little more challenging to design than websites. Designers need to anticipate user behavior, make users’ lives easier and make the experience as visually appealing as possible.

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Why Calculators Need a Better User Interface

Why Calculators Need a Better User Interface

Many people start using calculators at a young age, and more so when they get older. They use it to do math at school, and they’ll eventually use it to manage their finances.

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Preventing User Errors in Automated Teller Machines

Preventing User Errors in Automated Teller Machines

People use automated teller machines (ATM) everyday all over the world. But some of these ATMs cause users to make errors that could cost them more than they can bargain for.

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Why Rounded Corners are Easier on the Eyes

Why Rounded Corners are Easier on the Eyes

Designers use rounded corners so much today that they’re more of an industry standard than a design trend. Not only are they found on software user interfaces, but hardware product designs as well.

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Myers-Briggs Personality Types of Designers

Myers-Briggs Personality Types of Designers

What personality preferences do you and other designers share? According to a survey done by Michael Roller, most designers share the Myers-Briggs personality type preferences of intuition and judgment.

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