All posts from
July 2015

Inspiration for UX design from the Arts and Sciences

As long as the human experience is the focus of design, anything goes.

“Our experts have taken inspiration from such diverse fields as music, dance, philosophy, theater, and gastronomy. Have you taken inspiration from another profession and applied it in your UX design practice? If so, please share the source of your inspiration in the comments. Read on to learn about some of our experts’ sources of UX inspiration.”

(Janet Six ~ UXmatters)

Omnichannel customer experiences: A new design challenge

Omnichannel requires omnidesign and omnidesigners. Such much for omni to do.

Disclosure: I work at Informaat experience design (The Netherlands) ~ “Forget native apps, forget responsive webdesign, and say hello to omnichannel. We have moved away from the design of a single application, product or service. Increasingly, organizations have to deal with a multitude of them. This evolution is triggered by technology and raises a number of issues, challenges, and problems. How can we create a ‘seamless’ experience between all of the channels? How can we always keep the customer at the center of the design? And are our tried and tested design methods good enough, or do we also need a new way of designing, so-called omnidesign, to meet omnichannel’s needs?”

(Jantine Geldof a.k.a. @JantineG ~ Informaat BiRDS on a W!RE)

Connected experiences are compelling experiences

Everything is connected and distance is zero in any network.

“Today our phones can connect to our alarm clocks, our watches, and maybe even our coffee pots. Dan LeBoeuf, a designer who focuses on connected experiences across multiple devices, explains how we can use connectedness to improve our UX work.”

(Dan LeBoeuf a.k.a. @danleboeuf ~ UX Booth)

The future of cards in Web design

A simple but powerful UI concept for digital content collections.

“In this article, we’ll help explain what cards mean to the modern web UI designer: pros and cons, best practices, how they’ll likely evolve in the future, and finally some online resources to help.”

(Jerry Cao a.k.a. @jerrycao_uxpin ~ TNW)

Why information grows

Call it data or content, but information is the basis of it all.

“There are many things to like about this lucid account of the evolution of our scientific understanding of information. One of the most important may be the simplest. It illustrates what it means to think like a physicist.”

(Paul Romer) courtesy of marcandreessen

Omnichannel is not the golden calf of content strategy

Content as the cement of the digital and physical human experience.

“Omnichannel is not a fad. It’s not some buzzword that replaces multichannel (although many people in the digital industry throw it around that way). Omnichannel also does not have to consider every existing channel out there or all channels (Latin definitions of omni aside). It’s not something to throw up — no pun intended — and display as something that is the be-all, end-all solution for all things within multichannel publishing. Omnichannel presents a model for placing the consumer at the center of a brand experience. In contrast, multichannel considers more than one channel. There may be a strategy behind multichannel, but in its essence, the term means more than one channel.”

(Kevin P. Nicols a.k.a. @kpnichols)