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How Designers Turn Data Into Beautiful Infographics. The best infographics are clear, easy to digest, and eye-catching. But the process of distilling data into a neat little chart, bar graph, or venn diagram usually requires pages and pages of messy preparatory sketches, which are rarely seen by the public. In Infographic Designers’ Sketchbooks, Steven Heller and Rick Landers take readers behind the scenes of the creative processes of more than 50 information architects working today.

This colorful collection of doodles, drawings, and digital mock-ups offers invaluable insight into how a pile of statistics can evolve into artful diagrams about anything from the shopping habits of American men to the adulteration of olive oil. "I don’t think there are rules for designing infographics," Heller, cochair of the MFA Design Department at the School of Visual Art, tells Co.Design. However talented a visual artist or graphic designer might be, she won’t be able to make an effective infographic without a deep understanding of data.

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Just as there are tiers of importance in the Royal family, there is also a ladder of significance in the visual process. Hierarchy applies order to your designs, and makes sure the most important elements are seen first. When you’re working with multiple graphic elements such as fonts, images, colors and shapes or icons – applying hierarchy is a vital skill to get the message of your design across clearly and succinctly. Here we explore five principles of effective visual hierarchy. Eager to apply these tips to your designs? Try the interactive tutorial at the end of this article. These elements are the three musketeers of the typographic party. Your title is the first thing that your viewer will notice, so make sure it stands out.

Body copy is the smallest and should be clear and easy to read. Remember to keep the most important objects the largest. Increase the size of icons so they behave as a ‘call to action’. Design Explosions: Mapping on iOS — Design Explosions. By now we’ve thoroughly critiqued Google’s top bar. How many pixels it takes, the colors it uses, where it places things, all of it.

Are we done? Did we miss anything in Apple’s version of the top bar? Indeed we did. Apple has two buttons we haven’t talked about yet, one for directions and one for share. Here they are: Directions We’re going to talk more about directions in a minute. Platform conventions, as we discussed earlier. The share icon can get away with being more subtle than the directions icon, because it’s used all throughout the system. But the directions button, despite being the same color, used in the same way, and aligned with the rest of the system, is only used in one place. I think they made the right call in aligning with the rest of the system, though they do end up with a less obvious directions button than they’d probably like. (On product teams, PMs will often talk about the need to “celebrate” a feature to make it more obvious. Share So back to Google, then. [əkɾusɛ́fəlus] |*| sur Twitter : "Psychology Of Color In Logo Design. An #infographic by @thelogocompany #design.

Pin by Dani Valverde on Design. 8 Data-Driven Tips for Using Images in Blog Posts. If you knew something as easy as adding images to your blog posts would increase your readers, subscribers, followers, and leads, wouldn't you do it every single time? According to Jeff Bullas, articles with images get 94% more total views than articles without images. Ninety-four percent! If I were to tell you that you could expand your reach by 94% by doing something fairly simple, I'm guessing you wouldn't think twice. Of course, "simple" is relative. Follow the eight tips below to learn data-driven tips that will help you squeeze the most value out of images in your blog posts. 1) Use images of real people. In one of Jakob Nielsen’s usability studies, he discovered that pictures of people are one of the most engaging forms of web content. Nielsen’s data showed that users spent 10% more time looking at pictures of people on a page than they did reading the biographical content associated with the pictures. 2) Combine photos and text to increase viewer retention and engagement.

How to Make a Basic Infographic. Infographics are literally everywhere these days. We find them on the 7 o’clock news being hurdled by hapless news presenters, as adverts decorating bus stops. They add colour to our morning papers and help us to avoid falling rocks by the roadside. More importantly, they are shared and re-shared constantly on blogs and social media.

If you’re not using them by now, then you should certainly start. To help you along your way here’s a guide on how to make a basic infographic. First Thing’s First – What is an infographic? Put simply, infographics are a way of simplifying a large body of complex information into a series of images and text-captions, which conveys the narrative of that information. To start with, you’re going to need a concept. Step 1: Organising Your Data Below is a spreadsheet containing data about the earnings and book sales of self-published authors compared to traditionally published authors. Once you have narrowed down the amount of information, divide it into sections. How to design successful social products with 3 habit-forming feedback loops - @andrewchen at @andrewchen. Social products share a common ancestry and set of problemsIt’s been a decade after Friendster popularized the notion of the social network, and we’ve seen hundreds of flavors of social products.

Many of them are very different from each other, showing that success can come from many variations. I’ve come to believe there’s 3 main feedback loops that drive the success of these social product designs – here’s the trifecta: A feedback loop that rewards content posters when they push new content into the networkA feedback loop that rewards passive content consumers with relevant and valuable contentA feedback loop that rewards (and culls) connections within the network It’s great when all three feedback loops act in harmony. As users act within each feedback loop, everyone’s happy, and the players in the ecosystem produce and consume valuable content for the network. First let’s talk about what it means to make the posting “easy” – it’s not just that the tools are simple, but also:

[əkɾusɛ́fəlus] |*| sur Twitter : "A Closer Look at Some of the Most Familiar Logos Ever Designed by @kelseydollaghan #design. A Closer Look at Some of the Most Familiar Logos Ever Designed. The Making of a UX Designer :: UXmatters. How to Harness the Power of Color Relationships – Design School. If you’ve ever been hit with a fine for slipping past an orange traffic light, you’ll believe me when I say that color matters. In fact for most of us, it’s embedded into our everyday rituals. We respond automatically to colors in traffic, advertising, and even in the way we perceive the natural elements. Choosing a powerful color palette for your designs can help tap into these natural reactions, and create graphics that are bold and powerful! How color creates impact Using 2-3 colors can be a powerful tool to convey your brand message clearly and boldly.

In fact, it’s a strategy that Google credits as a vessel for its entire brand philosophy. By adding yellow as a secondary color to an otherwise primary palette, Google is represented as a brand that doesn’t follow the rules. Or, take Virgin – whose iconic red and white color scheme was chosen to symbolize action, confidence and courage; traits derived from its billionaire founder Richard Branson. What is a hex code? Analogous colors. Twitter. How to Harness the Power of Color Relationships – Design School. If you’ve ever been hit with a fine for slipping past an orange traffic light, you’ll believe me when I say that color matters.

In fact for most of us, it’s embedded into our everyday rituals. We respond automatically to colors in traffic, advertising, and even in the way we perceive the natural elements. Choosing a powerful color palette for your designs can help tap into these natural reactions, and create graphics that are bold and powerful! How color creates impact Using 2-3 colors can be a powerful tool to convey your brand message clearly and boldly. In fact, it’s a strategy that Google credits as a vessel for its entire brand philosophy. By adding yellow as a secondary color to an otherwise primary palette, Google is represented as a brand that doesn’t follow the rules. Or, take Virgin – whose iconic red and white color scheme was chosen to symbolize action, confidence and courage; traits derived from its billionaire founder Richard Branson. What is a hex code? Analogous colors. Pin by Dani Valverde on Instagram. [əkɾusɛ́fəlus] |*| on Twitter: "5 Apple #Design Failures.

[əkɾusɛ́fəlus] |*| sur Twitter : "5 Apple #Design Failures. The User Experience Daily. The iPhone 6 has been beset by problems since its very well received launch. It began with somewhat spurious rumours that the phone was easy to bend and could be destroyed by just being carried in a pocket. Then there’s the slightly less pressing concern that an iPhone 6 can become a whole new colour thanks to the dye used in jeans’ fabric. Now there are reports of iPhone 6 users complaining that their devices constantly crash. We think these are pretty minor issues with a product that has, in general, been a triumph of design. They will be addressed in firmware changes and by users learning to wear jeans with rather less transferable dye. 20th Anniversary Fail The Apple Macintosh is a well-loved and celebrated product.

The Apple III Hot on the heels of the incredible success of the Apple II came the Apple III. The MessagePad (Newton OS) The iPhone/iPad series is not the first attempt Apple made at a touch screen device. eWorld Think AOL but for Apple users what could go wrong? Pippin. Pin by Dani Valverde on Design. 40 brand logos with hidden messages | Branding.

The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing. The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing. The ULTIMATE List of 24 Free eBooks on UX and Interface Design. The ultimate list of 24 free eBooks on UX and interface design will help you be a UX rock-star. Study from gurus for free! Want to be a UX rock star like Nick Finck of Amazon Web Services, Dave Garr of UserTesting.com, Jan Jursa of the mighty @IATV or even Jacob Nielsen, the ultimate UX guru? Then you should study the UX subjects they and other smart UX practitioners know. But why pay for all that great UX and interface design information when you can get it for free? Yes, free! Many UX books, guides and research studies are now available free as eBooks. I’ve compiled the ULTIMATE list of free UX and Interface Design eBooks so that you have this handy list to help you improve your UX guru-ness.

And even more good news! There is additional bonus material at the end of this article, carefully curated by me and including some of the top gurus and thought leaders of UX and interface design including: Here’s the concept of this article in a nutshell: Without further ado, I present to you… 1. 2. 3. 5. The Guide To UX Design Process & Documentation. Documentation is instrumental for concepting, designing, creating and measuring the performance of products.

But it shouldn’t be done just for the sake of maintenance. After all, there’s nothing about a thick stack of paperwork which resembles the experience of your real product. As Lean UX advocate Jeff Gothelf describes in a piece for Smashing Magazine, thick deliverables created simply for future reference regarding the user experience become obsolete almost as soon as they’re created. In today’s Lean and Agile world, the experience should be the focus — not deliverables. The following is an overview of product design and development documentation, individual elements, and the respective phases to which they belong. We’ve chosen the methods that we think work best, but feel free to pick only what works. How They All Relate When it comes to product design documentation, theory and practice are two very different things. Image Source: The Design Process. Guiding Principles 1. 2. 3. 4. [əkɾusɛ́fəlus] |*| sur Twitter : "Great product #design: buy once (right) & refill with left package. Ready to save money? #UX.

Marketers Use Neuroscience in Package Design to Influence Consumers Subconsciously. How do you sell shoppers on duck, a product that’s served in many restaurants but that many people do not feel comfortable cooking at home? That was the challenge for U.K. -based design consultancy Elmwood after packaged-foods maker Gressingham Foods asked it to recast its brand identity as premium but accessible. Elmwood uses biomotive triggers in its designs, arguing that certain graphic elements conjure instinctive responses from consumers. A cusp shape (think a shark fin or horns) conveys fear or caution, while curves represent softness and comfort.

Elmwood’s clients also include Walmart, Schweppes, and Saucy Fish Co. While neuromarketing is gaining favor (it’s also the topic of a Starcom MediaVest Group/TED event at Cannes Lions this year), most marketing efforts still forgo the subconscious in favor of targeting the rational mind. Most, but not all. “Our brief was quite specific: disrupt the category,” said Steve Curzon, associate marketing director at Gressingham Foods. Marketers Use Neuroscience in Package Design to Influence Consumers Subconsciously. Marketers Use Neuroscience in Package Design to Influence Consumers Subconsciously. [əkɾusɛ́fəlus] |*| sur Twitter : "Great approach: Creating a Creative Environment, by @designerbridge #creativity #design. How We're Creating a Creative Environment. How to Use Transparency to Transform Your Design. A gentle application of transparency to your images is a clever way to create beautiful designs.

Whether applied to a photograph used as a background or to shape and text to form a layered effect, this tool is a powerful and popular part of the web and print design process. Be prepared to think outside the box – here we show you some brilliant ways to apply transparency to your designs. 1Create clear copy space Using a transparent background helps with text legibility and is a clever way to represent your content. Let your background determine your copy area by choosing an image with negative space. 2Achieve an epic overlay effect In a modern and stylistic approach to design, try using transparent shapes to create an ‘overlay’ effect.

Shapes are a great way to contain your copy. Utilize the colors in your images by replicating them in your overlay shapes. 3Watermark your images Watermark your images and graphics to keep your content copyrighted. 4Use transparent layers to enhance your designs. Gestalt Principles. The Ultimate Guide to Visual Perception and Design Course started: Oct 13th, 2014 Enrollment closes: Dec 8th, 2014 Self-paced online course: Each week throughout the course you get access to a new lesson but you can move through the lessons at your own pace. Enrollment closing in 40 days To maximize professional networking during the course we limit the number of course participants. When enrolled, you will always have access to the course material, your answers and the discussions - also after the official end of the course. Current course participants are from: Google, SAP, Carnegie Mellon, Microsoft, Stockholm University, Yahoo, and more Practical information Place: Online (optional physical meetings may take place in your city depending on its size) Target group: See course description Testimonials: What are other people saying about us?

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InteractionDesignOrg sur Twitter : "#Design Quote of the Day: Did it come and go? Interaction_design_foundation_quote_353. Design Library. Design Thinking: The Beginner's Guide Course started: Sep 3rd, 2014 Enrollment closes: Oct 29th, 2014 Self-paced online course: Each week throughout the course you get access to a new lesson but you can move through the lessons at your own pace. Enrollment closing in 26 days To maximize professional networking during the course we limit the number of course participants. When enrolled, you will always have access to the course material, your answers and the discussions - also after the official end of the course. Current course participants are from: Google, SAP, Carnegie Mellon, Microsoft, Stockholm University, Yahoo, and more Practical information Place: Online (optional physical meetings may take place in your city depending on its size) Target group: See course description Testimonials: What are other people saying about us?

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