Design For Efficiency: Photoshop Techniques & Templates | Viget Inspire Yep, it's me again. The pro-process designer who wants you to use smart objects and break those awful Photoshop habits. Are you noticing a theme yet? I love efficiency. This time I'm breaking down my techniques for designing large sites and sharing tools for efficient comp production. Short on time? Mass Comp Production PROCESS. The techniques I outline here can be a big time-saver when you're tasked with producing 10 or 20 Photoshop comps, but they are beneficial for smaller sites too. I know I'm borderline OCD, and not everyone loves organizing their design files the way I do. Avoid find-it frustration. LAYOUT & STYLEGUIDE TEMPLATES: YOUR NEW BFFs When I'm starting up a big project, I always start with the two PSDs I am going to share with you. The layout template is my starting point, and usually ends up the base for dozens of additional templates. The style guide template has pre-loaded folders too. Here's what the layer structure looks looks like before tailoring:
The User Experience Wheel I have used this model for some time now, time to reveal it to the critical eyes of fellow practitioners. It is a model that tries to explain “what is user experience?” PDF Version The Model should be explained from the inside. Value is what we want to accomplishFor customers and providers, positive user experience is a win-win situationWe want to accomplish value through positive user experienceThe user experience is a series of phases, we have to focus on positivity in findability, accessibility, desirability, usability, credibility and usefulnessNumerous factors contribute to the phases of user experience, the model shows 30 factors carefully placedTo achieve this we work backwards, starting and ending with search engine strategy, and going through and making a choice about each of the factors I feel the model still is a work in progress.
Meaningful Transitions // Home Meaningful Transitions - Motion Graphics in the User Interface »Meaningful Transitions - Motion Graphics in the User Interface« deals with the use of animations in the user interface. It documents transitions in a clustered way to show at which point transitions can be a helpful extension to a static user interface, because of cognitive benefits to enhance the user experience. The purpose of Meaningful Transitions is to illustrate the process of the interaction and the structure of the user interface. »Does your animation have weight, depth and balance? Does your animation have weight, depth and balance? This Website was created in context of the Interface Design Bachelor's degree at the FH Potsdam 2011 by Johannes Tonollo. »Meaningful Transitions - Motion Graphics in the User Interface« deals with the use of animations in software user interface. Click to read »Meaningful Transitions - Motion Graphics in the User Interface« (Preview/German)
The Future Of CSS: Embracing The Machine - Smashing Coding Advertisement Designers hold CSS close to their hearts. It’s just code, but it is also what makes our carefully crafted designs come to life. Thoughtful CSS is CSS that respects our designs, that is handcrafted with precision. But how does this tradition fit in a world where the websites and applications that we want to create are becoming increasingly complex? Looking Back If we look back in history, deep into the Industrial Revolution, we will see a parallel with what will happen with our handcrafted style sheets once the complexity of the products that we want to build becomes too great. The Industrial Revolution1 (which took place approximately between the middles of the 18th and 19th centuries, starting in the UK) was a period of upheaval in society; several aspects of life were changing. One of the many products of the Industrial Revolution. These machines that were created with efficiency in mind were initially quite primitive, and the public didn’t know what to think of them.
TNS Digital Life Website Stencil Kit — UI Stencils Brainstorm website and app ideas with ease using our precision cut Website Stencil Kit. Wireframe quickly and efficiently with the most commonly used iconography and interaction techniques. The kit includes:-Stainless steel stencil with all your favorite user interface iconography- 8 1/16 x 3 inches-Zebra mechanical pencil-Plastic protector-2 UI Stencils Stickers-Downloadable .PDF letter or A4 paper template This kit works precisely with our Responsive Sketch Pad or our Browser Sketch pad 12 Creative Design Elements Inspiring the Next Generation of UX It's been a long time since I've written about design here at Moz, but I spent my morning in a great meeting with Derric, and was inspired by a lot of his ideas and what we reviewed to revisit some of the emerging trends and outlier creatives that are opening our eyes to what's possible. Below, you'll find some truly exceptional, unique elements of creative layout and artistry, as well as simple tweaks to best practices that are pushing the field forward. Hopefully, a few will inspire your design directions, too! #1 - Products Floating on the Background Here's a good-looking page from Hugh & Crye Shirts, showcasing one of their garments: Not bad, right? But watch what happens when the product is lifted out of the photo context and floated onto the background (courtesy of designer Chris Svetlik): Pretty remarkable, right? Here's another example of the same principle at work from Makr Carry Goods, creators of some beautiful bags: #2 - Typography IS the Design #4 - The Vertical Storyteller
« Responsive Web Design » : Aperçu du livre La semaine dernière j’ai eu la chance de recevoir dans ma boîte aux lettres, le quatrième opus, en version presse, des excellents petits livres de poches de la collection « A Book Apart », édités par Eyrolles. Ce dernier est intitulé : « Responsive Web Design ». Les précédents de la série étaient : A ce propos, je vous conseille de lire les différentes critiques que j’ai pu faire sur ces trois livres, qui je l’espère vous incitera à les lire. Ethan Marcotte, auteur du livre est connu dans le cercle du développement Web. Voici donc mes notes à propos du livre ! Avant de commencer je vous propose d’introduire le sujet avec une introduction récupérée sur l’excellent alsacreations : La spécification CSS3 Media Queries du W3C définit les techniques pour l’application de feuilles de styles en fonction des périphériques de consultation utilisés pour des pages (X)HTML. Très prometteur comme introduction non ? Au sommaire Comment est abordé le sujet ? Ce que j’en pense…
Using XML with MySQL Paul DuBoispaul@kitebird.com Document revision: 1.01 Last update: 2003-01-24 Table of Contents Introduction A growing number of applications today use data represented in the form of XML documents. XML as a data transfer medium. You can use XML from within any language that has the appropriate processing tools available. The examples shown here assume that you have a MySQL database named test on the local host, accessed through a MySQL account with a user name and password of testuser and testpass. Writing Query Results as XML Suppose that you want to produce XML output from a table named animal that has two string columns: +--------+-----------+ | name | category | +--------+-----------+ | snake | reptile | | frog | amphibian | | tuna | fish | | racoon | mammal | +--------+-----------+ The information in the table can be retrieved easily using a simple SQL statement: SELECT name, category FROM animal The question is how to convert the information residing in MySQL to an XML representation. <?
Être visible sur Google est un combat ! User Experience Design Definitions User Experience "User Experience (abbreviated: UX) is the quality of experience a person has when interacting with a specific design. This can range from a specific artifact, such as a cup, toy or website, up to larger, integrated experiences such as a museum or an airport." Sources: UX Net, Interaction-Design.org "'User experience' encompasses all aspects of the end-user's interaction with the company, its services, and its products. Source: "User Experience - Our Definition." Source: "The Elements of User Experience." “Information architecture defines the structure of information. Luke Wroblewski Source: InspireUX User Experience Design "[E]xperience design uses the interactions of customers with products, services and company branding to optimize the overall impressions left by these. Source: "What is User Experience Design," Montparnas. UXBASIS' model is based on a creative process of a four part cycle; plan, act, observe and refine. Source: UXBASIS Discussion See also
Experience Maps Identify Inefficiencies and Opportunities An experience map is a holistic view of all of the touchpoints or interactions people have with a brand. It enables you to determine a number of key factors: Frequency and duration of each touchpoint Levels of satisfaction with each touchpoint Points of failure or bad experiences Opportunities to innovate during the experience A foundation for determining the cost of each touchpoint Why Create an Experience Map? The map helps stakeholders empathize with their customers, putting them in their customers’ shoes. The map enables the business to determine where to focus resources. Most of the impressions or experiences people have with brands are made up of multiple interactions. A website for booking a room A call center if we have additional questions or problems A person who greets us at the front desk when we check in The time it takes to check in The ease of finding the room The cleanliness and amenities of the room The friendliness and responsiveness of the resort staff
"Accessibilité du Web - Glossaire Web - Paris-Web" Aller au contenu – Aller à la navigation Glossaire Web Dans le cadre des conférences Paris Web Accessibilité du Web Dans une acception large, un site accessible est un site conçu suivant des standards qui rendent son contenu et ses fonctionnalités accessibles : aux personnes ayant une faible connaissance d’internet ou une faible bande passante, aux personnes qui naviguent avec des périphériques restreints, aux outils manipulant le contenu (robots d’indexation des moteurs de recherche, traducteurs automatiques, etc.). Vous entendrez ce mot lors des conférences suivantes : Je veux un VRAI sous-titrage ! Éditer cette entrée Retour au Glossaire Index Alphabétique Paris Web 2011 c'est : Nous suivre Fonctionnement du site Pour ajouter une nouvelle entrée dans le Glossaire, aller sur la page Entrée Glossaire Pour modifier un texte, double cliquez sur le texte pour l'éditer rapidement si vous êtes enregistré sur le site. À propos
Semantics in HTML 5 I’m going to make a bold prediction. Long after you and I are gone, HTML will still be around. Not just in billions of archived pages from our era, but as a living, breathing entity. Too much effort, energy, and investment has gone into developing the web’s tools, protocols, and platforms for it to be abandoned lightly, if indeed at all. Let’s stop to consider our responsibility. HTML 5, the W3C’s recently redoubled effort to shape the next generation of HTML, has, over the last year or so, taken on considerable momentum. There are also revisions to the structure, syntax, and semantics of HTML, some of which Lachlan Hunt covered in “A Preview of HTML 5.” But for this article, let’s turn solely to the semantics of HTML. The BBC recently announced that they would drop the hCalendar microformat from their program listings, due to accessibility and usability concerns with the abbr design pattern. This is not simply a theoretical problem. Extensible semantics#section1 But how about this?