Design + Psychology
The term sketchnoting describes the style of visual note-taking that has become popular at tech conferences in the past few years. Matthew Magain steps us through his sketchnoting techniques to show how it’s done.
Psychology Today has a collection of articles about introversion and how it’s not what people think it is. Introverts are not cowering or hiding - they are succeeding, but in different ways.
“One of the fundamental cognitive tasks in analytical thinking is to reason about causality. Thus one of the fundamental principles of analytical design is to show causality. Austin Bradford Hill’s classic essay on thinking about causal evidence is reproduced here.”
~ Edward Tufte
Hilarious episode about Thomas Edison that could have been written by @Oatmeal himself!
From Don Norman: “…what we call design thinking is practiced in some form or other by all great thinkers, whether in literature or art, music or science, engineering or business. But the difference is that in design, there is an attempt to teach it as a systematic, practice-defining method of creative innovation. It is intended to be the normal way of proceeding, not the exception.”
Designing one interface for both novices and experts is challenging, but here is one approach that helps get the interface out of the way as users gain skill and experience.
Looking for really old web sites as examples of bad design or how web design has changed over the years? Well, look no further. Here are 23 old web sites that live on!
“Mega menus may improve the navigability of your site. (Of course, it’s always best to test.) By helping users find more, they’ll help you sell more (or meet other business goals, such as attracting donations or disseminating helpful information for non-profit or government sites .)”
User Experience Design calls for us to write words on buttons all the time – but how do we know whether we’re choosing the right ones? Linguistics may provide a clue. Here is a simple test to check whether your calls to action “work” linguistically as well as a guide to consider the grammar of your experience elements.