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Link: Beyond Frustration: Three levels of happy design | UX Magazine →

June 16th, 2010 2 notes

By the title, I imagined this article was about happy designers and moving beyond frustration on the job — something I could use a bit of now and then. :)

It does touch on the part of a designer’s job that can be difficult and frustrating, the constraints, the pressures, the decisions that affect design decisions to the point where you almost forget what you’re designing for in the first place.

But mostly, Dana Chisnell, of usabilityworks.net, talks about three things you can take into consideration when designing an experience that will go beyond just making a site usable, and hopefully make users feel emotionally happy in some way for having used the site.

Beyond usability, this article discusses designs that encourage feelings of delight, deep engagement (flow), and add meaning to users’ lives, with some excellent examples and links for further research.

Link: The Current State of Web Design: Trends 2010 - Smashing Magazine →

May 11th, 2010

A nice write-up with examples of current web design trends, but this is more than the usual blah blah about gradients and textured backgrounds or whatever the cool new thing is of the moment. These trends cover more than just the visual, covering concepts like designing for a delightful experience and designing keyboard interactions in addition to layout and typography.

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February 5th, 2010

Volkswagen: The Fun Theory - Piano Stairs

In Keith Robinson’s article on User Experience and Expectation, he references the piano stairs experiment to illustrate how a product can exceed users’ expectations by developing an emotional connection with a design:

"This is a great example to think about! The design of the stairs, while not technically better than that of the escalator, drew 66% more people once it was designed to be fun. I think the implications of that are amazing. Meeting expectations is a great baseline, but to do something great you’ll want to go beyond that."

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