Le Rayon UX | UX, Startups et Cie So you wanna be a user experience designer — Step 1: Resources Want to pursue a career in UX, but don’t know where to start? When you Learn the Ropes with Whitney Hess, you get in-depth training on principles, process, methods and techniques you need to excel in User Experience. Learn more > Pretty much every single day I get a tweet, email, or in person request for information on how to get started in the field of user experience. So you wanna be a user experience designer? The best way to learn a new language is to go to a country where it’s spoken and immerse yourself in the confusion. If you’re interested in getting to know more about user experience, I recommend doing the same. There are many steps to the process, but I am starting with Resources because I believe you need a great arsenal before kicking off any journey. Guiding PrinciplesProcessToolsTransitioning from other careersPractice Landscape …as well as any other topics that come up along the way. UX Books UX Primer Design Thinking Strategy Process Principles Activities Documentation Extra Credit
15 Free Ebooks about User Experience and Interface Design » paul olyslager I have collected 15 free ebooks about UX and interface design, including some best selling books which are definitely worth reading. Not only are these free ebooks pretty good reads but perhaps I could save a small rainforest as well. Please let me know if you have read other great free ebooks lately. Search User Interfaces by Marti A. If you want to design innovative search user interfaces, you need this book close at hand at all times. Web Style Guide by Patrick J. A style guide for the interface with real long-run value, showing us deep principles of design rather than simply fashion and technology. Designing Interfaces – Patterns for Effective Interaction Design by Jenifer Tidwell (2006) Anyone who’s serious about designing interfaces should have this book on their shelf for reference. Designing Mobile Interfaces by Steven Hoober and Eric Berkman (2011)
iErgo, le bloc-notes | IHM, Ergonomie & expérience utilisateur. wax-o | Design, communication, nouvelles technologies et toutes ces sortes de choses. 10 blogs et sites sur l’ergonomie pour vous remettre à l’anglais En France on parle souvent de Ergonomie ou Conception d’Interfaces, mais de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique (ou du Channel), on parle plutôt de User Experience, UCD, ou Interaction Design. Peu importe le terme choisi, l’important c’est de rester informés des nouvelles techniques et méthodologies qui font partie de notre métier : la conception centrée utilisateur. Que ce soient les bonnes pratiques sur l'étude terrain, le maquettage d'interfaces ou sur le design graphique, on partage ici nos coups de cœur de la blogosphère anglophone avec vous. Enjoy! 1st Web Designer Spécialiste du web, ce blog vous permettra de trouver des informations concernant le code web (PHP, HTML, Ruby, etc.) ou le graphisme (illustration, photographie, iconographie). Il contient aussi des nombreux tutoriels pour maîtriser les différentes techniques du design web. Smashing Magazine – UX Design Définitivement LA publication incontournable dans le monde de l’ergonomie et la conception d’interfaces. Maintenant : Action !
Free UX Sketching And Wireframing Templates For Mobile Projects Today we are happy to release two printable UX sketching and wireframing templates, designed by Pixle81 for Smashing Magazine’s readers. This article presents Outline, a set of sketching and wireframing papers for mobile platforms and Tapsize, a set of templates for checking optimal tap areas without a mobile device. Outline Outline is a set of 28 printable sketching and wireframing papers (in PDF) for seven mobile platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS (iPad and iPhone), Meego, Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone 7. The set consists of a few combinations, such as actual size, 10 devices fit to a page, and landscape layout. Note: Print the sheets at actual size (i.e. do not resize). As a bonus, Outline includes an Illustrator file displaying the mobile devices. Outline paper set Windows Phone 7 and 8 panorama template Android 4.x template Tapsize With Tapsize, you can determine the optimal tap area without having an actual device. Tapsize paper set Calculating the grid Behind the Design (al) (il) Footnotes
Selling Usability to Your Manager You're enthusiastic about usability and want to make it happen within your organisation. But your manager doesn't share your enthusiasm. Perhaps your manager sees usability as a diversion from the business of product or software development, or thinks it's too fluffy to truly inform design, or sees it as a threat to his or her expertise. Most people will tell you to assemble a cost-benefit argument for usability. But often, this just isn't enough. Step 1: Assemble the Benefits of Usability The first step is to review the key benefits of focusing on usability. Higher Revenues Fewer changes downstream means earlier time to market.Earlier time to market brings competitive advantage.Customers use all of the system's functionality, not just a subset.Early and continuous customer involvement reduces lifecycle costs.An easy-to-use system means fewer calls to customer service. Loyal Customers Improved Brand Value Process Improvement Step 2: “Type” Your manager Step 3: Tailor Your Argument Conclusions
User Experience Deliverables January 27, 2009 It's an exhilarating time for the user experience community. Rising awareness of our value plus emerging technologies and transmedia trends have created conditions for a step change in our practice. As an information architect, I'm enjoying the new challenges immensely, even as they sweep me outside my comfort zone. I've designed social software and rich user interfaces. Consequently, I'm rethinking my role, redefining my deliverables, and embracing new forms of interdisciplinary collaboration. Together, we're hoping to bring search to life with colorful, compelling stories, maps, and illustrations, which brings us back to deliverables. Tools for Thinking Two books have inspired me to think differently about discovery, communication, and design. Proverbs are the Holy Grail of simplicity. We need to open gaps before we close them. The story's power, then, is twofold: It provides simulation (knowledge about how to act) and inspiration (motivation to act). The Deliverables
Les méthodes d’inspection des interfaces J’ai rédigé initialement cette définition pour le petit dictionnaire du design numérique. Les méthodes d’inspection des interfaces consistent, selon les ergonomes Bastien et Scapin : « en un examen d’interfaces par des spécialistes (évaluation experte) ou des non-spécialistes au moyen de diverses techniques d’inspection, essentiellement basées sur certaines dimensions de l’utilisabilité tels que les Critères Ergonomiques. » Le but des méthodes d’inspection des interfaces est de détecter les aspects de la conception des interfaces pouvant entraîner des difficultés d’utilisation ou alourdir le travail des utilisateurs. Ces méthodes portent donc sur l’utilisabilité d’un service et non sur son utilité. Les méthodes les plus judicieuses sont : L’inspection cognitive (Cognitive Walkthrough).L’analyse de la conformité à un ensemble de recommandations.L’analyse de la conformité à des normes ou heuristiques (on parlera aussi d’évaluation heuristique). L’inspection cognitive Sources :
15 Tips for Designing Terrific Tables Tables of information are boring. In a sense, they’re meant to be that way. A good table communicates a lot of information in a concise, easy to understand way. Because the emphasis really should be on the information, over-designing a table can kill the effectiveness. However, in the right hands, clever design can not only make a table more attractive, but can actually increase readability. Today we’ll take a look at several ways you can improve the functionality and aesthetics of your tables. Vertical, Horizontal or Matrix? As always, we’ll start with the obvious. Vertical Horizontal Matrix Start in Excel For the record, this is the first, and hopefully the last, time you’ll here me suggest using Microsoft Office for anything design related. Today I stumbled across a great little web application called Tableizer that allows you to paste in your tables from Excel to magically transform them into HTML. Tableizer Use a Table Generator Hate Excel? A Little Styling Goes a Long Way Use Icons