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Presented by Ken Walters at Web Content Chicago, June 17-18, 2008....

Presented by Ken Walters at Web Content Chicago, June 17-18, 2008.

Sometimes the message needs more than just words. Graphic design is about visual communication. From brand identity to usability, good design is design that works.

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  • About me?
    • Director of Interaction Design, Duo Consulting
    • Education in Advertising and Fine Arts
    • 13 years of experience in design, development and project management for the web
    • Work featured in Communication Arts, Graphic Design:USA, Graphis, and Forbes.com’s Best of the Web.
  • About you?
    • Designer?
    • Developer?
    • Content contributor or editor?
    • Manager?
    • Marketing?
  • What is the purpose of your site’s content?
    • Communication
  • Hi.
  • Design is about communication as well.
    • Often we’re trying to answer some very important unspoken questions.
  • Where am I? What should I do next? Where can I find my information? What are my options? Did I make the right choice? Can I buy this? Who is this company? Can I trust them? What are their values?
  • Good design anticipates and answers users’ questions.
    • The user may not even realize that they’re asking these questions at all.
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  • Unified Behavior Model
    • These are learned behaviors from the global web that users will try to reapply in similar situations.
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel.
    • “ If 80% or more of the big sites do things in a single way, then this is the de-facto standard and you have to comply. Only deviate from a design standard if your alternative design has at least 100% higher measured usability.” Jacob Neilson
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  • What should I do next?
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  • Color is the single most powerful design tool available.
    • It can communicate mood, emotion, emphasis, unity, movement, and rhythm. Colors carry physiological, cultural, personal, emotional, and expressive implications.
  • Red
    • Increases pulse rate and breathing and causes blood pressure to rise.
    • The food color. It makes you hungry by increasing your body's metabolism.
    • Hot, passionate, urgent, danger, blood, devil, angry, enraged, amorous, outspoken, optimistic
  • Yellow
    • The color of the sunny disposition, the idealist. Intellectuals love yellow.
    • As you get older you tend to dislike yellow because it can make you feel anxious or angry.
    • Yellow enhances concentration and speeds metabolism.
    • Warm, cowardice, caution, fearful, bright
  • Blue
    • The number one color choice of the introspective and educated.
    • Pumps people up. Proven to increase energy.
    • Responsibility, trustworthiness, compassion, those are the attributes of royal blue.
    • Honest, integrity, righteous, puritanical, moral, severe, prudish, cool, melancholy, sad, glum, downcast, gloomy, unhappy, quality, first place
  • Green
    • A good color for people in transition. Green is Mother Nature's color, lover's of green may be fickle.
    • Universal symbolism: Nature, freshness
    • Contemporary symbolism: Ecologically beneficial
    • Nature, health, regeneration, contentment, harmony, cheerful, lively, friendly, fresh, sickly, unripe, immature, simple, unsophisticated, gullible, new
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  • Good design might never be noticed.
    • Bad design is hard to miss.
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  • An interface that confuses a user can make them feel stupid and in the wrong.
    • Users don’t come back to sites that they don’t understand.
  • A site should be like a good friend.
    • Would you let a friend continue to make mistakes, or would you try to help them through their task?
  • Design as a scientific process.
    • “ Designing requires a designer to consider the aesthetic, functional, and many other aspects of an object or a process, which usually requires considerable research, thought, modeling, interactive adjustment, and re-design.”
    • Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design
  • Interaction Design tools
    • Creative brief
    • Wireframes
    • User testing and focus groups
    • Personas
    • Best practices
    • Style guides
  • Creative brief
  • Interaction Design tools
    • Creative brief
    • Wireframes
    • User testing and focus groups
    • Personas
    • Best practices
    • Style guides
  • Wireframes
  • Wireframes
  • Wireframes
  • Wireframes
  • Interaction Design tools
    • Creative brief
    • Wireframes
    • User testing and focus groups
    • Personas
    • Best practices
    • Style guides
  • Personas
  • Interaction Design tools
    • Creative brief
    • Wireframes
    • User testing and focus groups
    • Personas
    • Best practices
    • Style guides
  • Measureable results
    • Start with goals and objectives
    • Research the users
    • Define constraints
    • Create a solution
    • Test the solution
    • Refine the solution
  • CareerBuilder.com
    • Search results filtering
  • Goals and objectives
    • Increase the use of filtering tools on search results pages.
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  • Research users
    • Live user observation during real job search situations revealed that users frequently never saw the filtering tools
    • When they did find the tools, they were impressed with the ways they could refine their results
    • Most users seemed to overlook the filtering tools due to “banner blindness”
  • Establish constraints
    • Ad space needed to remain unaffected
    • Page width had to fit within 750px
  • Design a solution
    • Filtering tools were moved to the top of the page in an expandable interface to place them in the flow of information
    • The basic set of filtering tools was narrowed down to include only the most frequently used and other filtering options were moved off to another tab
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  • Test the solution
    • An HTML only prototype was prepared and presented to real site users
    • While users recognized and responded to exposed filters, few expanded the basic set of filtering tools
    • When they were exposed, the filtering tools were frequently used
  • Refine the solution
    • The designs were slightly updated to expose the basic filtering tools by default
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  • Results?
    • Within the first week of launching the updated designs, the use of the filtering tools doubled
  • So…
    • Your design should engage in a conversation with your users.
    • You have to understand the user and their needs and speak the same language.
    • You need to place yourself in their place and try to help them through your site by anticipating and answering their questions.
  • Questions?
    • Kenneth Walters
    • [email_address]
    • Duo Consulting