Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility

Found this really helpful article on accessibility here.  Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly. In this world, only the design itself can cause people…

“Dear Data” creative visualization of everyday life

Dear Data is a project where two creative pen pals exchange postcards about their week in form of dat – viz. Its so wonderful to see the various master pieces of a week in subway or a week of things to buy. We all have too much data to deal with and such artistic and simplified…

Dieter Rams on what Apple gets right, and the kind of design he truly hates

Dieter Rams inspired designers of all generations. His approach to design is simple, holistic and noble. Sustainability of products has always been key concern for his as he says “Good design is long-lasting. Good design is consistent in every detail. Good design is environmentally friendly. And last but not least, good design is as little design…

Apple’s initiative will change traditional research methods

Really appreciate small and simple initiative by Apple for providing open source medical research tool. I am sure it will help so many in so many ways. I hope its just the beginning and soon many more open source research tools for various fields will be available for people to participate and  contribute. At times…

The Psychology Of Notifications

In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtime with the ring of a bell. Pavlov found he could elicit an involuntary physical response in his dogs with a simple jingle. Every time his bell rang, the dogs began to salivate. Today, the beeps, buzzes, rings, flags, pushes and pings blasting from our…

A Guerilla Usability Test on Dropbox Photos

Dropbox is a great product, but a quick usability test reveals that people run into two critical issues with Dropbox’s Photos feature. Objective Identify the pain points of Dropbox’s current “Photos” interface: Current dropbox.com/photos UI Test Parameters What: Dropbox web app platform. Who: Existing Dropbox users who own photos. Where: Screen passerbys outside of a…

THE DESIGN SPRINT

The sprint is a five-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. Developed at Google Ventures, it’s a “greatest hits” of business strategy, innovation, behavior science, design thinking, and more — packaged into a battle-tested process that any team can use. Working together with companies in a sprint,…

Beautiful process of infographics

The best infographics are clear, easy to digest, and eye-catching. But the process of distilling data into a neat little chart, bar graph, or venn diagram usually requires pages and pages of messy preparatory sketches, which are rarely seen by the public. Article from Codesign Early sketches of an app for cancer survivors, which tracks emotional…

Turning Qualitative User Data Into Actionable Design

Once our Yelp research was complete, it was time to analyze the findings and determine the major pain points users experienced with Yelp’s current site. We began by watching our UserTesting videos and making note of interesting moments. (UserTesting’s platform allows you to annotate videos and create video clips directly from your dashboard.) Image Source:…

Designing with Metaphors

When you make a design choice, how do you justify it to others? Do you wrap it in a layer of industry jargon? Do you construct an elaborate post-rationalization? I admit I’ve done both when I’ve been at a loss to express my intuition. But new scientific research confirms it is exactly that intuition—built upon universal experiences and…

Story Map

Rise from pixel-pusher to a product visionary with a new type of design document called a “story map.” What is a story map? A story map is a new type of design document that shows the big idea of your product experience at a glance. A good story map is your golden ticket to unify…

Low-fidelity prototypes are key for agile methods

Designer Paul Rand once said, “An understanding of man’s intrinsic needs, and of the necessity to search for a climate in which those needs could be realized, is fundamental to the education of the designer.” Prototyping helps us to unveil and explore these human needs, opening the door to insightful interaction and more empathetic design…

One of the best design practicing guide by IDEO

I have used  HCD kit by IDEO when I first started design and research, it guided me very well. This new design+research  kit by IDEO is very nicely designed, illustrated and step-by-step guide  for those who want to start fresh and learn. “Explore | Download | Practice”

Li Edelkoort thoughts on “Food of Future “

The food of the future is not what you’d expect. Say goodbye to restaurants and hello to bugs. Here’s how and what you’ll be eating soon. On her own admission, Li Edelkoort says she’s in a strange profession. As a trend and lifestyle forecaster, her clients come from a diverse range of industries — fashion, cars,…

Browser plug in

Originally posted on Research Imagining:
I’ve been working on a design for a web application related to this research which is in early prototype stage. The application unfolds at three distinct stages. 1. Choose story layout. A range of choices are available to select the comic page layout you prefer for your browser history comic.…

Better, Faster Design Research

MICHAEL MARGOLIS IS MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN EVER. Google Ventures On 8 Shortcuts For Better, Faster Design Research ” I’ve been doing design and UX research for almost 24 years. In that time, I’ve learned a lot, and I hope I’ve gotten better at it over the years. One thing is certain: I’m more productive now than…

Five years from now

IBM’s annual 5-in-5 report offers insight into how the world will be different in five years. Source http://www.fastcoexist.com/3023514/futurist-forum/do-you-know-what-life-will-be-like-in-5-years-ibms-top-scientist-does#1

Gadgets to keep you healthy

Isabel Hoffmann’s daughter fell sick after the family moved to the U.S. from Europe. The 14-year-old’s illness got progressively worse — hives, low blood pressure, tremors and light sensitivity — to the point that she had to drop out of school. To make matters worse, no doctor could determine what was causing the chronic illness….