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101 Things I Learned in Interaction Design School

101 Things I Learned in Interaction Design School
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52 Weeks of UX The user experience is made up of all the interactions a person has with your brand, company, or organization. This may include interactions with your software, your web site, your call center, an advertisement, with a sticker on someone else’s computer, with a mobile application, with your Twitter account, with you over email, maybe even face-to-face. The sum total of these interactions over time is the user experience. The interaction designer plans for these moments. Part of their responsibility is to make all interactions positive, and includes aspects of the software, the copy-writing, the graphics, layout, flows, physical experiences. It’s a shame when one part of the experience is top notch and another is dreadful. User experience spans multiple practices. Web designers, traditionally secure in the role of page creators, now have a wider purview.

How to Podcast TagsCloud - Browse your tags precisely About TagsCloud TagsCloud is an interactive visualisation inspired from own tags cloud. It will enable you to have an overview of all your tags, and interactively determine the relations between them. What is special is that you can filter and re-arrange tags according to the number of posts that were tagged, and according to their connexion to the selected tags. TagsCloud is intended to be a tool for precisely selecting certain tags depending on your search criteria. Using TagsCloud TagsCloud represents all your tags at once, sorted by alphabetical order. By moving the cursor on the tag cloud, you will see the tag under your cursor as focused (represented in green), and related tags will turn blue and appear bigger. You can select tags by clicking on them, and as with SpaceNav, a red label will appear in the status bar (at the bottom of the screen). When one or more tags are selected you can hide non-related tags by clicking on the "HIDE RELATED" button in the status ba.

NASA launches interactive website to design interplanetary missions A small group of engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., have launched a new web-based tool for scientists and engineers to use when designing spacecraft trajectories to interplanetary destinations. The Trajectory Browser, as the web application is called, can provide an instantaneous assessment of the launch date, time and flight path requirements for future missions to asteroids, comets and planets for the next 25 years. "The Trajectory Browser website is best used as a first-cut tool to assess the existence of trajectories to small bodies and planets and provide ball-park values on launch date, duration and trajectory requirements," said Cyrus Foster, an aerospace engineer at the NASA Ames Mission Design Center and lead developer of the Trajectory Browser. After specifying the destination, a user then enters whether the mission will be one-way or round-trip, and include a flyby or rendezvous of the destination.

Ideation + Design | Writings on Digital Product Strategy & Design User laziness = user smartness, and why this is really important. A blog by Harry Brignull, User Experience Designer & Consultant — A blog by Harry Brignull, User Experience Designer & Consultant Note: This post might be a little dated. It was published in November 2008. User research is a funny thing. When you see users rushing through your user interface without stopping to think, or skipping through huge swathes of your lovingly prepared copy, it’s tempting to think of them as lazy sods. It’s true. It’s not negative. To quote Philip Johnson Laird (one of my favourite cognitive scientists): A calculator blindly follows the rules for multiplication or addition. The concept of productive laziness forms a valuable underpinning for our understanding of theories like information foraging, information scent, scan reading, and generally of user behaviour online. To put it simply: we are in the business of enabling users to be productively lazy in new and useful ways.

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Search 4.0: Social Search Engines & Putting Humans Back In Searc Previously I’ve covered what I dubbed Search 3.0, how search engines have evolved toward blending vertical or specialized results into “regular” web listings. Today, the step beyond that: Search 4.0, how personal, social and human-edited data can be used to refine search results. The Search Evolution So Far Before going ahead, let me summarize what I covered in my past article, in terms of how search engines have changed over time to create and rank the results you get when doing a search: Search 1.0 (1996): Pages ranked using “on-the-page” criteriaSearch 2.0 (1998): Pages ranked using “off-the-page” criteriaSearch 3.0 (2007): Vertical search results blended into regular search results The evolution above is not perfect. As for Search 2.0, looking at off-the-page criteria such as links, Google kickstarted that heavily in 1998. To cap off the caveats, the evolution above is not the only way search engines can evolve. Search 4.0: The Human Factor Onward to Search 4.0! Enter humans.

An Interactive Map Of British Casualties In Afghanistan Ever noticed how news of one death can cause more emotions than news of a hundred deaths? Chalk it up to the brain’s ability to shield us from strong feelings, or simply an inability to comprehend suffering on that level--after a certain point, people become numbers, especially on the news or in the papers. After seeing reports of the ongoing causalities amongst British troops in Afghanistan, a London creative agency called LONO wanted to offer the public a different medium through which to understand the numbers. In the interactive graphic, years are represented in concentric circles, with months marked in pie slices. Lonergan and his team have no overt political opinions about the diagram. Check out the full interactive version here.

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