Visual and Visible

What makes an icon a valuable addition to the interface, rather than a mere decorative element? Intuitiveness, aesthetic value, memorability, intercultural perception? While an effective icon would combine many of those characteristics, I’d like to focus on one measure–speed of recognition, or how fast a specific icon can be discovered and identified. In a simple…

I work on interfaces used by college students to search for academic articles. Librarians buy these databases. Librarians happen to be wonderful clients to build products for because they always let you know what they don’t like. A few years ago, my department started hearing complaints about the “save” icon on our interface. The librarians…

April 11th, 2010

IA Summit 10 – Dan Roam Keynote

A Podcast from the IA Summit 2010 in Phoenix, AZ

Dan Roam kicked off the 2010 IA Summit by sharing his unique approach that helps solve complex problems through visual thinking.

December 5th, 2009

Sketchy Wireframes

When you can't (or shouldn't) draw a straight line

Aaron Travis explores the importance of using sketchy wireframes early in the project
cycle. He then discusses the conversion of computer-based sketches into traditional wireframes and includes an analysis of “sketchy” capabilities of popular software tools.”

August 3rd, 2009

The Content Conundrum

Bridging the gap between design and content

Designers often dismiss deep consideration of content. Chris Detzi shows how this affects project implementation and helps us
create experiences that hold
content more effectively.

February 18th, 2009

Photos for interaction

Visual Interface Design: The photography example

Visual design of software interfaces is becoming increasingly complex due to more possibilities and fewer platform standards. Milan Guenther introduces how to support interaction with the visible part of software, using photography as an example.

March 20th, 2008

Cues, The Golden Retriever

How our natural responses to stimuli can inform the design process

Jamie Owen explores how we can best utilize cues in our work by understanding how memory, cognitive psychology, and multimedia research affect how information is encoded and retrieved.

This article is the fourth in a series sharing a design framework for dashboards and portals. In this installment, Joe Lamantia demonstrates how to connect content containers to ease navigation at all levels of the architecture.

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