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Reading Assignment 

Reading Assignment every week

Steve Krug Don’t Make Me Think

Post reading response to blog

Late blog post receives no credit.


Client

the person or company who hires you to design a User Interface for reaching users

In this class, you will be designing with both your clients’ needs and your users’ mentality.


Information Architecture (IA) 

Data is the electronic storage of information in binary code (1s and 0’s)

Content – is data a client wants to make available to users. Data describing products, images, media.


Information Architecture (IA) 


IA and UI 

IA — “Information Architecture”: the logical structuring of the content into usable streams. (Facilitates the creation of a UI) Some free Content Management systems that provide information architecture are: Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.


IA and UI 

IA — “Information Architecture”: the logical structuring of the content into usable streams. (Facilitates the creation of a UI) Creating information architecture involves more complex code. Apache, PHP, MySQL are some of the terms and languages often involved.


IA and UI 

Information Architecture is not our focus in this class.

If you have experience with Information Architecture, with code, this class is an opportunity to put down the code, and put on your designer’s hat. You can focus on visual and interactive design with less concern for what is and is not configurable.


IA and UI 

Information Architecture and code are not our focus in this class.

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If you have no experience with information architecture or coding, then this class is an opportunity to not worry about code.

USER EXPERIENCE


UI 

The overall logic of this class is to focus on user interface design: the presentation layer.

PRESENTATION LAYER

We are interested in designing mockups.

Good layout, typography, and attention to the experience of the user IS necessary.


UI 

Whether you are a Graphic Designer or an Interactive Media Designer, you will be learning code soon enough: html, css, javascript, dynamic website design.

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The opportunity this class provides is a chance to play hard with the design of interfaces, code-free.


UI User Interface 

UI — “User Interface”: In the context of the internet, this means the visual and sensual environment that allows the user to gain access to content We are concerned with the Design of the User Interface. Our concerns are aesthetic AND functional.


Who is the User?


What is an Interface ?

Wikipedia: “A user interface is the system by which users interact with a machine. Usability is the degree to which the design of a particular user interface takes into account the human psychology and physiology of the users, and makes the process of using the system effective, efficient and satisfying.


Interfaces 

User Interfaces (UI) - Non Digital: potato peeler, car dashboard (well...) . All tools.

All acoustic musical instruments- even the triangle. DJ deck, Newspaper.

The newspaper probably has the strongest residual effect on web design. “Above the fold”, “Below the fold” - layout, typography, hierarchy – all terms and conventions are used in web design today.


Human factors 

In industrial design, interface design is under the heading “human factors” and is synonymous in some important ways.

Baddesigns.com is an archived critique of physical, manufactured user interfaces from an industrial design perspective.

A similar critical stance will be useful for you to cultivate as you move from consumer of online experiences to producer.


User Interfaces (UI) Digital: 

Kiosks: photocopier, ATM, Car wash ,Gas Pump , Fandango kiosk, DVD, television remote/onscreen interface.

Webpages are digital interfaces (no surprise). They have several categories that we will explore this quarter.

iphone, ipad, droid, windows phone 7...


User Experience (UX) 

The experience the user has with the interface: Its quality, efficiency, positive, negative Wikipedia: User experienced “…is a term used to describe the overarching experience a person has as a result of their interactions with a particular product or service, its delivery, and related artifacts, according to their design. “


UX User Experience 

UX — “User Experience”: feedback about how well the UI performed from the user’s point of view


Assumptions

Al-Jazeera English

Al-Jazeera Arabic website


Assumptions

In the United States it is universal for the “on” position of a toggle switch to be “up”, whereas in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand it is “down.”


Assumptions

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As another example, Japanese do not place an X in a check-box to indicate acceptance --this indicates refusal.


Assumptions 

Conventions are these agreed upon choices within and across cultures.

Conventions are useful.

Without them we have to learn a new way with every new interface we encounter

As you design interfaces, ask yourself it forcing the user to learn a new way is necessary and improves their experience.


Portfolio Website Project

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Portfolio Website Project Specifications


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