UX Foundations

10 Posts

This session will guide you into the world of User Experience. Through straight-forward introductions, the tools of the trade and more detailed workflows, these tutorials and articles will teach you to pay UX the attention it deserves.

Posts in this series
  • UX
    The Basics of Great UXMain
    To the benefit of software and applications everywhere, UX has become an increasingly important step in the Software Development lifecycle. Even though UX is a slightly surreptitious layer of design, it's no less important. It, by the nature of its name, defines the experience of the users. That experience determines whether or not they want to come back for more, or run screaming in the other direction.Read More…
  • UX
    First Steps in Your User Experience Workflow: Nascent UXImages
    UX is typically an early part of the software development lifecycle, but let's look deeper into the steps a UXer should take before really beginning to put a UX design together. I want to refer to this as Nascent UX. Nascent) simply means "beginning to exist or develop". Nascent UX is the gathering and organizing of information prior to the actual design phase of UX.Read More…
  • Wireframing
    A Beginner’s Guide to WireframingWireframing
    Wireframing is an important step in any screen design process. It primarily allows you to define the information hierarchy of your design, making it easier for you to plan the layout according to how you want your user to process the information. If you've yet to use wireframing, it's time to get your feet wet..Read More…
  • UX
    A Beginner’s Guide to Wireframing in OmnigrafflePreview 1
    Omnigraffle is a tool that can be use for many purposes, but today we'll explore how to use it for wireframing. I've used all kinds of applications for wireframing and, while it's not perfect, Omnigraffle has the best combination of capabilities and efficiency for my workflow.Read More…
  • UX
    Defining And Applying Personas to UX DesignPre
    Personas have long been integrated with UX documentation. They help us create fictional users, representative of our real users, which we can reference throughout our creative process to inform and validate our design and UX. Let's examine how we set up a persona and then utilize it throughout our design process.Read More…
  • UX
    Crafting the Experience of User Interface MessagesPreview4
    Designing effective and friendly user-interface messages is an art form in itself. Whilst designers spend a lot of time crafting the bulk of the main user interface, designing messages can seem like an after-thought. Feedback is actually the glue between user and interface; without it, users can become confused.Read More…
  • Design Theory
    Applying Fitts’ Law To Mobile Interface DesignFitts
    Fitts' Law is an essential principle of Human-Computer Interaction theory that was formulated almost 60 years ago. It's critical to UX design for the desktop and laptop, but with interaction techniques being vastly different on mobile devices can we still use it the same way? We'll look at what Fitts' Law consists of and how it is applied to design on mobile devices.Read More…
  • UX
    The Psychology of Content DesignPreview 1
    As web designers, we face a difficult task every time we sit down to produce content for the web. There's no doubt that we understand Content is King; this term was most famously coined by Bill Gates in 1996, and (love or hate Microsoft) he was right about the future of computing.Read More…
  • UX
    Harnessing Social Media for Rapid Usability TestingPreview 3
    There are many ways of performing usability tests - all of which will get you feedback, allow you to make alterations and gradually iterate until you have a solution. But these methods often take time. Let's look at an alternative process which will speed things up tenfold: leveraging social media.Read More…
  • UX
    Cultivating Trust Through Web DesignPreview 4
    In this article we're going to discuss trust; what it means in terms of UX, potential pitfalls and how we as designers can play an important role in influencing it. You'll want to read this, trust me..Read More…