Articles about Design

Evil by Design? How Interaction Design Can Lead Us into Temptation

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A look at four persuasive design patterns that persuade and entice people to move from browsing to buying, effortlessly. [Read More]

MadLibs for Designers: Ideating Based on User-Generated Scenarios

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Struggling to generate novel ideas? Try DesignLibs, a design tool that involves potential users filling missing keywords from a scenario. [Read More]

From Science Fiction to Science Fact: How Design Can Influence the Future

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Science fiction shapes our collective imagination and pushes technology forward. Ultimately, science fiction is a prototyping tool that can impact the science of tomorrow. [Read More]

Simplicity, Not So Simple: Embracing Deep Gradual Engagement

Simplification is not so simple. Fundamentally, simple is good when it comes to experience design, but there is typically a trade-off. [Read More]

Design Like da Vinci: Sketching Lessons from the Original Renaissance Man

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Michael Gelb’s How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, drawing from Leonardo’s sketch-books, provides designers and usability practitioners lessons in better thinking and problem solving. [Read More]

Shaker Design: Out of this World (Book Review)

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A review of several books on the Shakers, noting the ways in which they pioneered what we would call today “user-centered design.” [Read More]

Solving Interaction and Design for All: Tackling UX Challenges with Accessibility Insights

Focusing on accessibility objectives can help surface UX issues go beyond “accidental benefits” and improve a product or site’s overall usability through accessibility insights. [Read More]

What’s News: Simplifying Web Design and Management

Platformic is making breakthroughs in web management usability, thanks to its ability to develop CSS without needing a programmer or web design software. [Read More]

Making Forms Accessible: Accessible Forms Help all Users

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Development of an accessible pdf form for students with disabilities that provides both the required level of usability and accessibility and the necessary backend features. [Read More]

What Do You Mean? How to Write Good Questions

When designing forms, a background in survey methodology and social research can facilitate a transition into user-centered design. [Read More]

Redesigning Centrelink Forms: A Case Study of Government Forms

Daunting as they are to develop, government forms with improved usability save money by reducing the need to contact customers, correct errors, and deal with bad data. [Read More]

Formally Speaking: Two Guidebooks about Designing Forms

Two books about designing forms, similar in subject matter but contain different approaches to defining problems, providing solutions, and presenting their approach in book design storytelling. [Read More]

Resuscitating the User Experience: A Touchscreen Systemfor EMS and Fire Rescue Professionals

When updating a touchscreen medical record program, a user-centered design process fixed a number of critical usability issues and resulted in a user experience and financial success. [Read More]

Design Competitions Succeed in Spreading the Usability Message

World Usability Day 2006 festivities varied with social and professional cultures that celebrated the day. Several cities organized design competitions to redesign existing systems that maximize usability. [Read More]