What I’ve been reading lately (week 51)
Here’s the latest design related articles I’ve come across lately, Christmas edition.
- “Form Follows Function” – An unclear design principle
“Form Follows Function (FFF)” – You can think for hours about these three words and for their explanation quite some words are necessary, for it is a frequently misunderstood design principle.
- Investigating Cross-Channel Consistency
The gestalt principle of consistency has served designers well for generations. But today, the designer’s canvas is expanding to include entire ecosystems where digital channels such as web and mobile must work in harmony with physical channels, from print media to the natural environment. As our remit expands, we must revisit the principles that have made us successful in the past, and reinterpret them for the future.
- Treat Your Users Like Children
Do you have kids of your own? How about young nieces, nephews, or nephews? Do you spend time around your friends’ children? Is there that one neighbor who has youngsters who makes it a point to disturb you any chance they get? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you understand that caring for kids is difficult! Many people would argue that my use of the word “difficult” is a strong understatement. They’d be right!
- Viewports, iPad Mini, & Multi-Device Web Design
In this week’s A List Apart, I had the pleasure of exploring the complex issue of browser viewport defaults with the super-sharp Lyza Danger Gardner, Stephanie Rieger, and Peter-Paul Koch. As we continue into a world of multi-device Web design, this topic (and others like it) needs more attention.
- The Flâneur Approach to User Experience Design
Recently I did something that most people would call a bit crazy. As I walked out of the office one Friday afternoon, a seemingly random thought came into my head: I should quit my job. Later that weekend, I did just that. Then I did the next logical thing, I booked a flight to Europe for two weeks.
- Hot in web standards: November/December 2012
I doubt many of you can think about web standards at this time of the year, with the holidays just around the corner and the Christmas songs loops in practically every public place. However, W3C WGs have their own gifts for you during this festive season: there have been many exciting developments lately in a number of open web platform technologies. I will try to cover them as concisely as possible, so that I don’t steal too much of your precious pre-holiday gift-buying time. Have fun!
- Vexing Viewports
You see, Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad Mini, creates a vexing situation: Its device-width viewport tag defaults to the same values as Apple’s original iPad (768×1024 pixels), even though the Mini’s screen is physically 40 percent smaller. That means every button, graphic, link, and line of text on a web page on the iPad Mini appears tiny—even when we try to do the right thing and build flexible, multi-device experiences.
- How Eye Tracking Could Revolutionize Interaction Design
Kinect? Leap Motion? Mere toys compared with the technology by startup PredictGaze.
- Case Study: Methods of Evaluating an eCommerce Checkout Experience
“Heuristic evaluation has its strengths and limitations. UX professionals evaluating Web sites and applications use this method to deliver succinct results to clients who require design guidance.”
- Agile Problems, UX solutions, Part 2: Thoughts on Patterns and Prototyping
“Intelligent UX strategies can solve certain problems with agile development—in addition to intrinsically benefiting our UX design work.”
- Trends in User Experience
In this edition of Ask UXmatters, our experts discuss emerging trends in user experience. As 2012 ends, it’s a good time to consider what the future of user experience might bring—in terms of both cultural shifts that impact UX professionals and UX design trends.
- CSS Baseline: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Vertical rhythm is clearly an important part of Web design, yet on the subject of baseline, our community seems divided and there is no consensus as to how it fits in — if at all — with our growing and evolving toolkit for designing online.