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Make your website more user friendly (UX)


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Presented at the 2012 Drupal Camp Columbus, in Ohio.

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Make your website more user friendly (UX)

  1. 1. Make your website more user friendly (UX) Slides: Twitter: @KirkKimmel
  2. 2. This presentation is cat pics FREE.
  3. 3. “Usability people are in the business of telling people their baby’s ugly,”
  4. 4. “We don’t just say, ‘Your baby’s ugly,’ we say,‘here’s how we make this baby pretty.’ And it’s not just about pretty; it’s about useful and usable.” - Professor Randolph Bias University of Texas
  5. 5. Overview● A little background history and theory● How UX fits into the overall design plan● Understand your audience● The web is not print● Content and typography
  6. 6. “If we want users to like our software, we should design it to behave like a likeable person.” – Alan Cooper
  7. 7. Usability is:● Learnability● Efficiency● Memorability● Errors● Satisfaction
  8. 8. How UX fits into the overall design plan
  9. 9. The Surface
  10. 10. TheSkeleton
  11. 11. TheStructure
  12. 12. TheScope
  13. 13. TheStrategy
  14. 14. If it were only that simple.
  15. 15. Alright take a deep breath.Just know this structure exists and keep the chart handy for reference.
  16. 16. Understand your audience
  17. 17. ● Prototype● Benchmark ● Refine
  18. 18. “The control which designers know in the print medium, and often desire in the web medium, is simply a function of the limitation of the printed page. We should embrace the fact that the webdoesn’t have the same constraints, and design for this flexibility. But first, we must “accept the ebb and flow of things.” - John Allsopp
  19. 19. Content and typography
  20. 20. Got any tips?
  21. 21. Examples
  22. 22. References:● - looking through fence● - falling water● - library● - contrast● - baby foot● - signs● - minimal movement● - at the top● - trash bin man● - time leaves● - purple berries
  23. 23. ● - stairs● - barrels● - chain● - little nibble● - eat everything● - the brain● - into the light● - red hats● - penguin skeleton● - window grid● - deck surface● - structure● - earth● - Usability planes● Books:● The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett● Designing Web Usability by Nielsen● The Design of Everyday Things by Norman● About Face 3.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Cooper