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All posts with the tag of meaning

30th January 2014
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User Experience

Lorem ipsum and the art of prototype testing

Printers and typesetters have used lorem ipsum for over 500 years to demonstrate visual design elements. Meaningless chunks of Latin makes sure everyone involved in the visual design process focuses solely on font, typography and layout – rather than the words. But this tradition is under attack in the digital sector: in particular, the rise of agile methods and content strategy are conspiring against it.

16th November 2012
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Simon says

Meaning First: a manifesto for user-experience design

Meaning is what we assign to every aspect of our lives from the simplest of actions to the most complex. The design of any digital experience that feels meaningful has to accommodate our basic human need for discovery.

Meaning-first is a design approach that puts emphasis on delivering meaningful interactions.

8th November 2012
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Simon says

Designing meaning: translating insight into design

Regardless of the proposed technology the ultimate goal is to make any design and the experience as meaningful as possible to the user. This article will focus on the actual ‘shaping’ or designing of meaningful interaction. Understanding what is actually meaningful to people in terms of their interaction and the form it should take represents the very essence of ‘designing a great experience’.

24th August 2012
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User Experience

Why fidelity matters: good with users and bad with clients

Typically, when fidelity gets mentioned in a user experience (UX) context we often hear it paired with the word wireframe. Fidelity is more commonly known in its abbreviated form either as low-fi or high-fi. Yet, we feel fidelity has so much more to offer. We can use it as a tool to design meaning.

This article will explore the idea of using fidelity to build a common understanding – a shared meaning. It builds on a presentation given in February ’12 to the Bristol Usability Group.

27th April 2012
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Simon says

Researching meaning: making sense of behaviour

Most of our decisions on a daily basis will be driven by some sort of emotional factor rather than thinking or reason. We process more than 11 million pieces of sensory information every second. We can only attend to about 40 of those but the rest is not disregarded – it’s processed. As interaction designers we need to learn to dive below the surface and uncover the factors that will help us design deeper meaning.

9th February 2012
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User Experience

Alluring Layouts – drawing and capturing attention

Delve into the instinctive effect of similarity and how to break it to draw users into your design.

17th January 2012
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User Experience

Positive UX: Optimal user experience is more than the absence of usability issues

The study of well-being focuses on the topics of positive psychological functioning and experience. It has captured the interest of moral philosophers for centuries. In this article I draw parallels between the fields of well-being and UX in order to illustrate the factors that define and foster ‘Positive UX’ and the implications this may have on measuring good experience with the web.

13th December 2011
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Simon says

The meaning dimension

This is the second article in a series I’m writing about meaning. In my previous article I introduced the critical importance of designing for meaning and how it can be applied to help us deliver a superior user experience. Essentially, by focusing on meaning we are centering on the many significant psychological factors that motivate us and engage us at an emotional level.

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