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509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded UI Design Pattern Library So You Wanna Build a Library, Eh? The following article is an abridged version of Chapter 7 of Nathan Curtis’s 2009 book, Modular Web Design published by New Riders. The book’s first half addresses how to modularly break down your design, build it back up, and communicate in new and interesting ways. With those design techniques in hand, the book then drills into how to organize and build a library, teach it to others, and establish a process for maintaining it for an organization. Design patterns and modular components are effective techniques for designing and building long-lasting, consistent experiences. Many teams have realized incredible efficiencies, savings, and better design through design libraries and related standards. Therefore, precede any kind of library build out with a period of discernment. 1. What is your primary rationale for building a library? Beyond efficiency and consistency, other benefits that drive teams include: Portability: Designers come and go. 2. A component is a chunk of a page design.

What Makes Them Click » Blog Archive » 100 Things You Should Know About People: #49 — The Brain Looks For Simple Patterns - Applying Psychology to Understand How People Think, Work, and Relate What do you see when you look at the x’s below? xx xx xx xx Chances are you will say you see four sets of 2 x’s each. People are great at recognizing patterns – Recognizing patterns helps you make quick sense of all the sensory input that comes to you every second. Individual cells respond to certain shapes – In 1959, two researchers, Hubel and Wiesel showed that there are individual cells in the visual cortex of your brain that respond only to horizontal lines, other cells that respond only to vertical lines, other cells that respond to edges, and cells that respond only to certain angles. The Memory Bank Theory – Even with Hubel and Wiesel’s work in 1959, for many years the prevailing theory of pattern recognition was that you have a memory bank that stores millions of objects, and when you see an object you compare it with all the items in your memory bank until you find the one that matches. Take-Aways: What do you think? And for those of you who like to read the research:

43 Essential Controls for Web Applications Designing a web application? Familiarize yourself with Rich Internet Application technologies and the best UI controls for creating your application. Rich Internet Application technology has empowered us to create really amazing user experiences. The best RIAs on the web today rely on a discreet set of UI controls to provide a lively and timely experience. If you are moving from website design to web application design, the best information you can have at your disposal is an understanding of these essential controls. Most of these libraries, toolkits, and/or frameworks have an online gallery of controls (also called components, widgets, UI controls) you should explore. Many products are siloed by the RIA framework they are using, and designers create novel controls when the framework doesn’t have what they need.

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