Process

Where does integration fit into user experience design?

  1. Visual Design – this is primarily graphical design… Choosing the right colors and proper use of layout, typography, and iconography
  2. Interaction Design – this is primarily the use of motion and interactivity applied at discreet moments in an experience.
  3. Information Architecture Design – this is the thoughtful implementation of a user experience holistically. It’s the culmination of multiple small interactions pulled together into an experience that is complimentary with each individual user experience.
  4. Usability – this is the study of what works and what doesn’t work. It’s where the psychology of the user shines through and effects decision making based on analytics of human behavior.
  5. Knowledge of Trends and Fads – some things you choose to do because its what is cool at the moment and the only way to be relevant.
  6. Creative / Aesthetic Design – I still think this is separate from visual design because creativity isn’t necessarily visual. It takes all these aspects together to create an innovative pleasing experience.

 

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Designers Love Effects Simple Sample Using Pixel Shaders in 3.5 sp1

Just wrapped up a project and am feeling really good right now… Exciting times for WPF and Windows in general! Really pumped about going to the PDC… Finally getting a chance to look over the sessions list.

I finally got a chance to play with the Pixel Shaders Library on CodePlex and now I am really jazzed about what you can do with effects.

I actually tried this in the project that I worked on this week and it was sweet… I applied the ColorTone effect to desaturate my images and put a specific color cast on the image…

It looks like this… (sorry no time to get formatted code in this post… Screenshots are all you get today)

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its an all Window week for me

In honor of the PDC I wont be using non MS products… Other than my iphone… But where possible I will be using things like Windows Live Photo Gallery beta instead of using my default Aperture in OS X or when I need to look something up I will use maps.live.com

I mentioned yesterday that I am using Windows Live Skydrive and Mesh extensively lately. I will be reviewing some of my experiences this week with other great Windows user experiences/services.

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