Zen Garden Wireframes

Posted: March 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

What does the author mean when he says people are social animals?

People will adapt to whats going on in their environment and use whatever is around them to be social, including technology.

 

Describe some characteristics of user behavior as it pertains to the websites.

Users come to a website knowing what they want so most decisions are made unconsciously and the users decide instantly whether or not they can trust your website.

 

Give an example of looking vs. seeing. 

People tend to overlook certain parts of websites without knowing they did it, our eyes take in so many things and at such a fast pace, that our brain can’t process it all and bring it all to the level of awareness.

 

Summary

A great article that relates to my current assignment, teaching us to make sure you grab the users attention immediately and hope that you have what the user is looking for. Also make the user focus on what you want them to see and try not to distract them with unimportant information.

 

Wireframing

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

www.45royale.com/blog/articles/the-importance-of-wireframing/

muiomuio.com/web-design/website-wireframes

graphicdesign.about.com/od/effectivewebsites/ss/wireframes.htm

 

When it comes to creating wireframes in order to get the job done faster you must know what tools you are best with. Like using the shape tool to create a circle instead of using the pen tool, or knowing shortcuts to speed up the process, the biggest time consumer of all may be the placing of the “X” inside boxes to show where an image is. The easiest way to solve that is by saving an “X” in your files and continue to copy and paste.

 

Two helpful tools  

The two tools that allow me to work faster when making a wireframe are the shape tool and the type tool. These tools allow me to work faster because of the way a wireframe is in most cases set up, empty boxes with the letter “X” in them and and some text that can be useful but doesn’t have to be relevant in most cases. With the type tool I create filler text and the shape tool allows me to make multiple boxes, circles, or triangles depending on what I need to do.

Visible vs. Invisible Design

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

What is Invisible Design? How does it affect the way users interact with the interfaces we create?

Invisible design is something the users don’t have to think about. They understand what to do without anyone telling them off first glance, and it puts the user more at ease, nothing to frustrate them with the difficulty of the website.

 

Do you agree with Einstein’s definition of simplicity? How would this apply to user interface?

Einstein says the “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

I agree with what Einstein says, at times people get carried away with design and it makes it harder for the user to navigate through the site. There are times when people can get carried away with certain things for a site and it is still easy to navigate, but I don’t see that often. If it were up to most designers we would keep it simple for the user’s experience.

 

What is a design pattern? Why are they important?

When an application is praised as being intuitive, it means that an underlying pattern has been followed. Design patterns are important because they give us awareness and an ability to anticipate. Separating meaningful design from visual noise.

 

Choose 2 interface design guidelines and explain how you will incorporate them in your next design.

  • Don’t overwhelm the user. Keep superfluous things like animations and loud hover effects to a minimum.
  • Balance function and style with purpose. Don’t just design to design.

Let the magazine be a magazine even if it is online, give it some color, articles, and ads and let the people read it.

Place my designs on the magazine to draw the users attention to to what I want them to see first extra designs take away from that and that’s not something I want.

 

Summary

This article proved to be very helpful I’ve never heard of invisible design or how big of a role it played in creating a good user interface website some parts of this article I already learned but it’s very important that certain information always stays with you so you don’t stray away from what makes a good website.

 

 

Logo & Branding

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

http://www.thedesigncubicle.com/2009/05/11-steps-of-a-successful-logo-design-process/

http://www.logodesignlove.com/10-successful-logo-redesigns

http://www.logobird.com/the-principles-of-good-logo-design/

 

Before completing your logo try and find something that inspires you whether it be another logo or some colors that go well together, having inspiration is a great way to start a logo, because it fuels you to want to make something that can leave a lasting impression. Maybe one day your logo will be another designers inspiration. Even though you may love the logo that you have created it is very important that you receive feedback from your client, because if they do not share the same feelings that you do then you won’t be receiving any payments for the work you have done, which is just time wasted.

When designing a logo it is important that you take it step by step like other projects. A very important part of your logo should be its relevance to the industry, the client and the target market. Let it appeal to who you are making it for, if it’s a logo for a band do not make it as if you were targeting a pet store. Another key element of a logo is its impact on a person at first sight, make your logo memorable so no one can ever forget it.

 

Web Proposal

Posted: February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

http://www.bidsketch.com/web-design-proposal-templates/

http://speckyboy.com/2010/01/18/useful-web-design-proposal-resources-tools-and-apps/

http://www.noamdesign.com/blog/professional-web-design-proposal-template/

 

When creating a web design proposal it is key that you are doing more listening than talking, your client is the most important person at that time. Follow what they want and have input on some things that you think may work better without insulting their ideas, make them believe that you are the best person for the job no matter who your competing with, show them that not just you but the people that you work with are very committed to their project.

It also important that your client be very reasonable and easy to work with because butting heads is a sign of failure in most cases, make sure to keep things between you and the client flowing smoothly because the more comfortable they feel with you handling this project the better chance you have. Try to make sure you never keep them waiting because time is always a very key essential.

 

What I Learned…

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

In the redesign of my portfolio I’ve learned that it can catch the eye of a designer and still look simple, user interface is key, make sure your page is simple enough for the older generations. Take everything one step at a time and try not to overwhelm yourself. If at any time something may frustrate you, taking a break is encouraged and if you are not sure of a design or the structure of your portfolio ask others what they think.

Here are some good examples of portfolios

http://www.netdreams.co.uk/index.php/showcase/

http://www.spoongraphics.co.uk/portfolio.html

http://onlineportfolio.hu/