Category Archives: Interaction design

Notes: Microsoft’s Craig Mundie on NUIs, Avatar Kinect, Surface 2 and telepresence

Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Microsoft Corporation, recently gave an interesting talk titled “More Like Us: Computing Transformed” where he discussed natural user interfaces, Avatar Kinect, Surface 2 and telepresence. Read the full post for brief notes and thoughts.

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Preview: Exporting Wirify wireframes to OmniGraffle

We show you a video preview of a future Wirify version that allows exporting the created wireframe into OmniGraffle diagramming application for editing. We also explain how you can save a Wirify wireframe as an image, plus discuss the changes in the freshly released Wirify version 1.3. Read the full post for details.

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Introducing Wirify: The web as wireframes (archived)

Wirify is a bookmarklet that lets you turn any web page into a wireframe in one click. It’s lightweight and works in many modern browsers. We believe Wirify will help user experience professionals analyse and redesign existing websites and also aid learning and teaching in the field. Read the full post for more.

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The problems with digital photography user experience

Digital cameras and camera phones have fundamentally changed the way we take and share photos. They have made photography much more accessible but also added complexity at almost every level. In many ways they have made photography harder for people who once happily took photos with their 35mm compact film cameras – but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Read the full post for details.

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Design detail – Plans and signup on the same page

We recently redesigned the signup process for Naview and changed from a Plans page and a separate sign-up form to having Plans and Signup on the same page. Read the full post for details on the thinking behind the redesign.

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Great ramp-up experience on the new Flickr photo page

Flickr have redesigned their photo page and their interactive tour of the new layout and features is exemplary. Read the full post for observations on how Flickr provide a great ramp-up user experience.

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Create easier navigations using Naview – Sign up for Early Access now

Naview helps you to design and build navigation prototypes quickly and test the usability of your navigation with users. It is made specifically for user experience and information architects, business analysts and web designers who design large website structures. We have been working hard on a new version of Naview and the beta is finally out! Read the full post for more.

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17 guidelines for better information architecture…from 1991

Kent L. Norman published an interesting book titled “The Psychology of Menu Selection: Designing Cognitive Control at the Human/Computer Interface” almost two decades ago. This post lists some the menu design guidelines provided in the book, adapted for information architects to use with today’s websites.

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Tip: Reuse your designs with OmniGraffle shared layers

When designing wireframes you typically have common elements like header and footer that you want to include on several separate screens. Read the full post on how to use OmniGraffle Pro shared layers to maintain and reuse these common elements.

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Design detail: An easier music video directory

We helped redesign an online service called Dancentral, “the ultimate dance music video directory.” See the full post for ‘before’ and ‘after’ screenshots and further details.

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    • Naview helps you create easier navigations through prototyping and testing
    • Wirify is a bookmarklet that lets you turn any web page into a wireframe in one click
    • Tweetpond is an underwater-themed ambient visualisation of Twitter
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