All posts for "Design" tag

Making websites accessible without sacrificing aesthetics

Published
5th August 2013
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Simon Norris
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Making websites accessible without sacrificing aesthetics

Fifteen years after the Web Accessibility Initiative was launched, which aimed to improve web usability for those with disabilities, online accessibility is still widely ignored. Far too often there is a belief that a compromise must be made between accessibility and an attractive design.

Accessibility - Where are we now Mr Bowie?

Published
21st January 2013
by 
Léonie Watson
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Accessibility - Where are we now Mr Bowie?

Dear David Bowie,

You may be one of my music Heroes, but your new website isn’t so much Rock n Roll Suicide as inclusive design murder. If The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell, your website is leading the way.

Start with meaning

Published
16th January 2013
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Simon Norris
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Start with meaning

A summary of the key concepts and ideas from the 5 articles in the meaning series. We human beings are hungry for meaning in all aspects of our lives. The meaning-first manifesto is a philosophy for researching and designing meaningful interaction.

Designing meaning: translating insight into design

Published
8th November 2012
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Simon Norris
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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’.

Why fidelity matters: good with users and bad with clients

Published
24th August 2012
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Simon Norris
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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.

The meaning dimension

Published
13th December 2011
by 
Simon Norris
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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.

Invisible Design

Published
17th March 2011
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Simon Norris
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Invisible Design

Design is a very complex subject and it has many definitions but one I particularly like is ‘to plan and fashion artistically or skillfully’ (dictionary.com). Design is a highly skillful activity and requires dedication and creativity. Good design is a process and one that is made up of many elements. It is the successful combination of elements that deliver a great design that make it compelling, engaging and ultimately, invisible.