Infographics Resources

  • 20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs – Huge list from Inspired Mag’s, it has collected all the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place!
  • Data Visualization and Infographics Resources – Data visualizations and infographics can make complex datasets easier to understand and comprehend. By creating a graphical represenatation of data and statistics, complicated concepts and information can make more sense in less time. In this article via Smashing Magazine, Cameron Chapman will explain about it and give you more resources.
  • Nixlog –The infographics weblog an exhaustive list and collection of infographics available online, found on the web through research and the submissions of many individuals.
  • Gallery of Data Visualization – Good and bad infographics. This will displays some examples of the Best and Worst of Statistical Graphics, with the view that the contrast may be useful, inform current practice, and provide some pointers to both historical, ideas and current work. This article goes from what is arguably the best statistical graphic ever drawn, to the current record-holder for the worst.
  • Top 35 Flickr Groups for Infographics and Data Visualization – One of the best places to find tons of new infographics, maps, charts and other forms of data visualization goodies for examples without limit is, without question, Flickr Groups!
  • Infographics Can Help You Spread Ideas and Attract Attention – Worth more than a thousand words, they encapsulate meaning by both simplifying and embodying conceptual theories.They make information more appealing, more persuasive.

8 Must-see UX Diagrams

  1. The UX Honeycomb

    Despite its age (2004!), the UX Honeycomb by Peter Morville is still as relevant as ever. Unlike other diagrams featured in this list, however, the UX Honeycomb makes no claims with regards to process. Instead, it outlines the subjective considerations motivating our work. Peter explains:

    When I broadened my interest from IA to UX, I found the need for a new diagram to illustrate the facets of user experience—especially to help clients understand why they must move beyond usability—and so with a little help from my friends developed the user experience honeycomb.

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User Experience Publications

Industry Publications

A List Apart
Format: Ezine
Audience: Practitioner
Focus: Web Design & Web Development
For people who make websites. A List Apart Magazine explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
ACM’s eLearn Magazine
Format: Ezine
Audience: Academic
Focus: Education
eLearn is ACM’s first Web-only publication. It will build on ACM’s reputation by serving as the most accurate and unbiased source for news, information, and opinion on the now-flourishing field of online education and training. It also offers a community hub for e-learning professionals on the Web, providing a wealth of public forums for the free exchange of ideas. Continue reading

What Is User Experience Design? Overview, Tools And Resources

By Jacob Gube

Websites and Web applications have become progressively more complex as our industry’s technologies and methodologies advance. What used to be a one-way static medium has evolved into a very rich and interactive experience.

But regardless of how much has changed in the production process, a website’s success still hinges on just one thing: how users perceive it. “Does this website give me value? Is it easy to use? Is it pleasant to use?” These are the questions that run through the minds of visitors as they interact with our products, and they form the basis of their decisions on whether to become regular users.

User experience design is all about striving to make them answer “Yes” to all of those questions. This guide aims to familiarize you with the professional discipline of UX design in the context of Web-based systems such as websites and applications. Continue reading

25 User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time

By Janko Jovanovic

User Experience Videos

The State of User Experience
Jesse James Garett, founder of Adaptive Path and author of the book The Elements of User Experience, speaks on what UX and UX design is, what UX looked like before and what are some of the challenges people are encountering now. He cites engagement as the main goal of UX design and, through some fantastic examples, shows that engagement is an universal quality achieved through visuality, sound, touch, smell, taste, body and mind. One of the most impressive moments from the session is when Jesse compares Beethoven to an experience designer, accompanied by the Ninth Symphony. Duration: 40 minutes.

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How To Minimize Errors

Errors happen. It’s inevitable that any system will fail at times. Often failures are attributed to human error. Most, though are really due to design errors. As designers what can we do to minimize errors and their effects on our sites and in our applications?

Unknown error dialog box

Fortunately we can communicate through a variety design strategies in a way that reduce both the frequency of errors on the sites we build and the magnitude of those errors that inevitably occur.

There are a number of strategies and a lot to cover. We’ll begin today with a look at errors in general, the different types and causes of errors, and offer a quick mention of the strategies at our disposal. Then we’ll look in more detail at the first of these strategies for countering errors, affordance. Continue reading

Heuristic evaluation

Introductory articles

  • Heuristic evaluation
    Heuristic evaluation is a form of usability inspection where usability specialists judge whether each element of a user interface follows a list of established usability heuristics. Expert evaluation is similar, but does not use specific heuristics.
  • Heuristic guidelines for expert critique of a web site
    Heuristic usability evaluations (also called “expert reviews” or “usability audits”) are an efficient method of assessing a website for usability. This methodology provides for one or more usability professionals who are familiar with industry best practices in user interface design to evaluate an application based on recognised “rules of thumb.” The objective is to identify possible difficulties that users of the site may have with the current user interface and to recommend design improvements. Continue reading

25 Free Color Tools, Apps and Palette Generators

The marvelous thing about color within design is you have the choice from an infinite number of possibilities and combinations. On the flip side of that, having infinite color possibilties makes it very difficult to lock down on the perfect color scheme or palette for your project. This is were the post will hopefully help you.

In this post we have collected 25 completely free tools, apps and generators to help you find, manage, and create beautiful and, hopefully, perfect color schemes.

Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer
Color Scheme Designer is very simple to use app that offers you a complete report on how to use any given color (in various combinations as monochromatic, complementary, triadic, analogous, tetradic). One of its interesting features is the “vision simulation”, which offers you the option to view the color scheme through the eyes of someone with impaired vision or with an optical disorder. Continue reading

Usability Testing Toolkit: Resources, Articles, and Techniques

By Cameron Chapman

Usability is paramount in creating a good website or web app. If your site isn’t user-friendly, the majority of visitors won’t come back, regardless of how good your content is. You need to do everything in your power to make sure every website you design or web application you create is as user-friendly as it can be.

So how do you do that, exactly? The answer is simple: you test the site for usability. This involves getting actual users to try the site and let you know what isn’t working for them, either through automated means or simply by telling you. Read on for more information on usability testing and some tools available to help you.

Sites Dedicated to Usability Testing

There are sites out there dedicated entirely to usability testing resources. If you’re really serious about creating user-friendly sites, they’re a great place to start gathering information.

Usabilitygov in Usability Testing Toolkit: Resources, Articles, and Techniques is a U.S. government-run website that covers all sorts of usability topics. The site is broken down into a few different sections: basics, methods, templates, articles, and guidelines. They also include additional government resources for usability. The usability guidelines are especially helpful, and individual sections can be downloaded as PDFs.

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