User experience and design articles

  • January 4, 2012

In the absence of any insightful Pixel Thread posts for a while, here are some articles and sites I’ve found interesting or useful over the past year…

Design is becoming a competitive advantage for startups
We’ve worked on two start-up projects this year and on both of these projects it’s fair to say that: “Design is no longer considered tactical; instead, it is recognised as a strategic component of the startup process…”

The Anatomy of an Experience Map
I love using experience maps to help understand and design different components of a project. Adaptive path do this very well, they say: “Experience maps have become more prominent over the past few years, largely because companies are realizing the interconnectedness of the cross-channel experience. It’s becoming increasingly useful to gain insight in order to orchestrate service touchpoints over time and space.”

Interaction models for faceted search
2011 was the year when faceted results became a standard for e-commerce. Faceted search simply means we enable users to refine the results displayed on a page by selecting and de-selecting different facets. Asos do this very well.

12 Museum Apps from around the World
Last year we ran a piece of research for San Jose Museum of Technology to help them design an application where museum exhibit designers can collaborate… For 2012, how-about some open-source museum apps which can be populated with content by exhibition curators?

Usability testing with children
We’ve run various usability tests with children for Aardman and BBC, this article summarises some of the challenges.

Mobile and responsive design
2011 was the year when mobile design seems to have finally taken hold with organisations understanding and investing in mobile… For any projects with a web element in 2012, we’re going to work with responsive designs where the layout and possibly some of the content changes depending on the device you view a site on.

Multi-device web design
Designing for multiple devices not limited to iPhone and iPad…

Showcase of responsive layouts
Re-size your browser to preview how these designs work in different devices.

Ecommerce mobile strategy
There are so many options that it’s important to step back, look the business and marketing strategy, and to determine how mobile fits in at the strategic level.

Mobile app design trends
Mobile design is moving at such a pace it can be hard to keep up…

Improve iPad usability in one simple step
If you can combine this stuff with a responsive layout you’re winning the battle!

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