Interface Design

Unit 4 Reading Response

Chapter 7. The Big Bang Theory of Web Design

First off. that analogy between an old games show and a homepage didn’t make sense at all. I think the author just wanted more people to know about Beat the Clock. He’s told us to keep it simple so we don’t confuse our audience. Now he’s saying “there’s always just one…more…thing” to do, when you’re creating a homepage. His check off list for the homepage looks like it’s for a more commercial and consumer-based brand. I’ll remember them when I have to redesign a brand or business. I don’t really think I need Content promos or deals on my portfolio website.

Here’s a link to a blog post that lists off 15 of the best Homepages.

I was a little frustrated at his “guidelines for getting the message across.” He tells to use as much space is necessary. Even though if you google search for a car dealership website and click the first link, everything on the page has to remind you that it is a car dealership website.

Link to a blog post questioning if Homepages are outdated.

Then he tells us “don’t use anymore space than necessary.” The first page clear told us that “there’s always just one…more…thing,” now he’s contradicting himself.

Taglines are mostly slogans that the business usually decide for themselves. I didn’t know that designers were also responsible for creating them. I’d imagine this section would only be relevant if the task was to rebrand a company.

Here’s a link to a list of the most influential taglines since 1948.

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Interface Design

Unit 3 Reading Response

Chapter 6. Street signs and Breadcrumbs: Designing navigation

I think the author is very repetitive throughout the book. This chapter holds the same information that the ones before do. It’s a little different because this ones based on navigation but it also explains the same things as the one before did. Don’t make things too difficult to find for the user, follow these simple guidelines, blah, blah, blah. and blah. Things like sections, subsections, and etc I already knew about.

This was me after I realized that the author was going on about the same things.

I already knew about breadcrumbs, I just didn’t know what they were called that.

This info-graphic is one I found from a website that goes in depth about breadcrumbs.

 I believe that this chapter held so much unnecessary information that everyone would consider common knowledge. Like the store scenario, if you can’t find the thing your looking for, you’re supposed to ask a sales associate. If you’re not sociable then instead of going to a store why not just buy it online?

The whole section called, “The unbearable lightness of browsing” is about how users scan a page, which is already something the author talked about in an earlier chapter.

Another section that was unnecessary was the one with a whole page dedicated to the search tool. I am reading this and questioning why it had to be a page long and why he thought he needed to go in depth about a search tools functions.  My exact reaction:

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Interface Design

Unit 2 Reading Response

Chapter 3. Billboard Design 101: Designing pages for scanning, not reading

What I took from this chapter is the importance of convention and clarity. That there is an actual reason why there’s always a menu header either on the left or top of the webpage, It’s because it works and every knows how to navigate with it. Then during the chapter, I was starting to question his reasoning. Asking questions like “If we use the basic, boring format on websites, how are they ever going to change into something more pleasing” and “Why would I use the same format if I have the means to discover an even better option?” Of course then I read in the book, “there’s a great temptation for designers to try reinventing the wheel” and then I started questioning if the author could actually hear my thoughts.

This is what I would call a busy webpage.

Chapter 4. Animal, vegetable, or mineral?: Why users like mindless choice

This chapter was more about user experience. That if a person was looking for specific information from your site they should be about to find it easily within a few clicks starting from the homepage. I completely agreed with the author with what he was explaining. Though there was one example that he used which I thought was really dumb. It was the Home Office one where he was looking for a printer to buy on a website. The problem was there was no category for Home Office, instead there was a “Home” button and there was an “Office” button and he was confused on which one to click. I was flabbergasted, because you would obviously click Office. Home would be where all the furniture stuff would be. A home office is literately an Office in your home.

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Chapter 5. Omit needless words: The art of not writing for the web

This chapter was basically about getting rid of everything unnecessary, specifically words like happy talk and instructions. I think that this chapter should have been to creators of the SATs.

I believe that something like this isn’t unnecessary .

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Interface Design

Unit 1 Reading Response

In the introduction, the author explains is profession to you and points out that he’s going to use the book as helping tool because you probably can’t afford him. “I wrote this book for mainly people who can’t afford to hire (or rent) someone like me.”

I don’t know if I should be offended for thankful for that. I mean it kind of seems that he thinks too much of himself since he’s valuing himself over what most people can pay for. Then again, he did write this book to help me out.

In the first chapter, the author explains that basic rule of usability: don’t make me think. “It means that as far as humanly possible, when I look at a Web page it should be self-evident. Obvious. Self-explanatory.”

Though I agree with the author, I can’t help but feel that his approach is offensive. He’s basically calling people idiots that get frustrated easily. I think the chapter should be called “make it simple.” It holds the same pretense and makes more sense to me. I did enjoy the comics though.

In the second chapter, the author gives us the ways that viewers perceive a web page.

I felt like this chapter was more philosophical and more based around human nature. He did title the lessons, “Facts of life.” I did know that most people scan pages. It’s basically what I do when I looking for certain things.

Inspiring Portfolios

1. Rachel Peachy and Paul Mosig

2. Thibaud

3. Florian Bernard

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Digital Illustration

Week 6 Project Two Classmate Feedback

Jamie

She really didn’t like the circular shape of of my design for the zodiac. She said it was too generic and it’s been done a million times. She suggested that I should think of a new layout. Like now where all the zodiac animals are in a line together or one where they are in a landscape.

Emma

She like my design. She said that I should make it more childish and cartoon like. It would make things easier on me because my design requires a lot of elements.

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