The Joy of Navigation: A Design Story

About the project

UX-Women was tasked with optimizing the mobile experience for www.nypl.org to accommodate the growing desire for a robust mobile access. Based on our stakeholder interview, we interpreted mobile optimization to include a more seamless experience from desktop to mobile, and from physical libraries to the web.

Over the course of 12 weeks, we followed a process of design, plan and frame, create, and evolve.Continue Reading »

Enhancing The Pratt Institute Libraries Experience – UX Research and Recommendations

ABOUT THE PRATT INSTITUTE LIBRARIES

The Pratt Institute Libraries is an academic library institution serving three campuses in the New York area. The Libraries’ main building is located on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus with collections and services that focus on the visual arts, architecture, design, creative writing, and related fields.

The mission of the Pratt Institute Libraries is to provide outstanding service and access to a resource-rich environment that facilitates critical thinking and creative teaching and learning in the Pratt community.Continue Reading »

A Brief Introduction to Zeplin and Adobe capture

UIuiAs a UX designer, there are many software or apps to accelerate the work. Zeplin and adobe capture are two useful application for UX designer to enhance their efficiency, containing collaborating with other colleagues and accumulating design material library.

Zeplin

The final work of a UX design project is high fidelity prototype, and then it normally will be sent to engineers who would build it by programming.… Continue Reading »

UX/UI Design for globalization – more than just translation

When you’re designing for international users of web products, internationalization and localization are things you have to consider. With the two together, we can call it web globalization (= internationalization + localization). The first and right instinct is to deal with translation, but it’s more than just using an auto-translator to simply translate the language itself.… Continue Reading »

Google’s HEART Framework- Measuring and Tracking Progress Towards Key Goals


What is the HEART Framework?

The HEART Framework was created by 3 members of Google’s research department to help UX teams focus on specific dimensions of user experience that should be focused on for the project, and to identify goals and tools to track progress. 

Using the Heart Framework to measure and track process can be broken down into 3 steps.… Continue Reading »

Spa Sensation on the Web

Canyon Ranch, the luxury destination spa, makes good use of visual interface design to convey a highly sensory experience for its desktop and mobile web users.

In particular, strategic use of text, shapes, and the size of the shapes along with high-quality video and dramatic contrasts among elements make the site attractive, drawing in even the shortest attention-span users.… Continue Reading »

Design for Difficult Contexts – The Imperative of Functionality and the Uses of Pleasure

 

Designing for difficult contexts—for situations where a product or interface is serving users in heightened emotional states or positions of physical or sociopolitical vulnerability—presents particular challenges to the designer. Literature on the issue stresses the importance of ensuring that general usability principles are part of the design process (e.g., functionality, flow, aesthetics, task success, and user satisfaction), as well as working with additional measures and guidelines based in previous research and user feedback (e.g., pleasure, meaning, and measures in alignment with care-expert best practices) to guide designing for these special contextual environments.… Continue Reading »

the evolving search in context

BERRYPICKING A discussion based on Bates’s The Design of Browsing… (1989)

This discussion on berrypicking techniques and how users retrieve information online is heavily based on Marcia Bates’s, The Design of Browsing and Berrypicking Techniques for the Online Search Interface (1989).

The berrypicking technique is… well, it refers to a lot of things.

  • First, it’s a model for information retrieval, or how we search and find things.
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