I’ve found that The Complete Color Harmony (Eiseman) has a sort of emotional intelligence that is, well, remarkable to behold in a book about colors. I genuinely find – and I mean this as a compliment – that many of its most interesting passages are ripped straight out of a Psychology 101 textbook. It makes… Continue reading Color: In the Context of Nature
Although understanding the fundamentals of building great interactive interfaces is important, it is (equally?) as important to capture the essence of what makes a design emotionally stimulating to behold. It’s important to design interfaces that inspire. As of late, the UI Design course I’m taking this semester has focused on the relationship between art and… Continue reading Finding Inspiration: Yellow Band (1956)
I have always been fascinated by synesthesia, a physical phenomenon in which “stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway” (Wikipedia). Those who experience this phenomenon describe sensory conjunctions that suggest a strong parallel between seemingly disconnected senses; they can visualize particular shapes when tasting… Continue reading Color Compatibility & Music
Art vs. Design. It’s a debate that will never be objectively resolved, but it fascinating to participate in regardless. An article by Miklos Philips about this debate (https://www.toptal.com/designers/creative-direction/art-vs-design) inspired me to consider how the best designers and artists in the world might weigh in. Listen as I explore Jony Ive’s possible perspective: https://anchor.fm/siscoe/episodes/Jong-Ives-Perception-of-Design-and-Art-epup0k
Presentation Zen (https://www.presentationzen.com/) by Garr Reynolds is a wonderful book with powerful lessons about delightful design. In my reading about its principles for designing great presentation slides, it became very apparent very quickly what the takeaway is: Show-Don’t–Tell (that is a single word) The best presentations are highly VISUAL. They captivate an audience through the… Continue reading SHOW ME THE IMAGES
Ben Shneiderman’s User Actions are a practical tool for analyzing user interfaces in the context of how users actually engage with them. Shneiderman, a computer scientist and University Professor at the University of Maryland, developed these actions to inspire designers to consider more practically how users think about using interfaces in day-to-day life. In learning… Continue reading Substack through the lens of Schneiderman’s User Actions
Despite being a book primarily about designing for the Internet, Steve Krug’s “Don’t Make Me Think” makes a point to address what usability considerations exist in the world of mobile app design. The gist of the message is that everything we know about usability for desktop devices applies to mobile devices, but that making mistakes… Continue reading What can I do with this app?
“Scrolling is a continuation while clicking is a decision” Joshua Porter In Nick Babich’s excellent Medium post on the UX distinctions between infinite scrolling and pagination, the concept of giving users a “sense of control” serves as a positive in the camp of paginated content. I would argue that this concept transcends pagination and should… Continue reading Infinite Scrolling, Pagination, & Everything Else: It’s About Control
I’m in the early chapters of a book titled “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug. In reading about Krug’s “facts of life” about web users, I came to the realization that user behavior can (more often than not) be summarized in a single word: apathetic. Users don’t care about the wall of text on… Continue reading Your users are apathetic.
Surprise! You’ve been asking for it, and I will now undertake a hearty usability review of this wonderful household product: The Pizzazz Plus. Fresh or frozen, thin or rising crust, this pizza cooker does it all. Tap on the image to explore its functionality: All in all, this is a very basic pizza cooker. Like… Continue reading The Pizzazz Plus: Usability Review