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A step-by-step guide with some key concepts explained*I believe that doing an affinity diagram exercise is more efficient in a physical space with teammates scribbling notes, thinking out loud and engaging in discussions. Therefore, unless Sketch provides the ability to share/edit a file with multiple people at once, I would suggest to use the template to digitally store written Post-it notes or to showcase the process/result somewhere (i.e portfolio).
At the end of this article, there is a link to download a Free Sketch Template to create a digital version of an affinity diagram with explanations 😎
What is an Affinity Diagram?In short, the affinity diagram shows the common issues, themes, and scope of the customer problems and needs in one place. By hierarchically grouping the data, or affinity notes that reveal the problems and needs, it acts as the voice of the customer and the issues become the basis for user requirements. With just a few tools, you can create a visual representati..
Photo by Jamie Street on UnsplashAs a writer, I am often being asked to help app makers with push notifications. Designing a push requires both time and energy and it’s never an easy task to do especially if you are a technical thinker. What I mean by a “technical thinker” is that a lot of people see only one side of a push notification; they have something to tell their app users and they just tell it. Usually through a very generic message. This is way too technical.
But the fact is that a push notification is a marketing tool no less important than SMS and emails. So, app makers need to be careful with this to make the most out of it. Mastering the technique of merely sending a push is not yet enough to make that push work. You have to convey a marketing message in a very user-friendly way. So, let’s examine my algorithm of designing mobile push notifications that don’t suck. Here you are!
When to send the pushDefinitely NOT when your users are sleeping. Also, always send push notif..
How to be more concentrated, create better products and be a better colleaguePhoto by Rob Bye on UnsplashConcentration was not much of a topic 20 or 30 years ago. Most people could easily focus on page-length articles without pictures or infographics. This is hard for us since we are constantly bombarded with information about all sorts of channels and devices. The new media takes our attention almost uninterruptedly and our impulsive brain is helplessly exposed to the many stimuli.
Attention is the new currencyPhoto by Youssef Sarhan on UnsplashThe digital world is brilliant!(?)The countless positive achievements of the digital age are undisputed. The only problem is that our brain has not yet learned to deal with the modern flood of stimuli. When we’re not in a workflow tunnel, our brain constantly scans the environment for new stimuli and pounces on any interesting information. Nowadays we are constantly receiving new messages over the smartphone and the internet, so our brain absor..
Be the type expert your users deserve with our ultimate list of free typography resources for UX designersIt was infamous typeface designer Eric Gill who opined in 1931 that “we are concerned with typography in England.” Fast forward 80 years and everybody is concerned with typography, everywhere.
That’s why the Justinmind UXers came up with this list of top font and typography resources.
Typography in design: A quick run-downTypography is entwined in our everyday lives and there is no avoiding its omnipresent power. Whether you’re in a bustling metropolis like New York City or secluded in the plains of Rwanda, you’re going to interact with type. It’s on street signs, buildings, movie posters and books to name but a few of its homes.
That’s why typography plays such a vital role within user experience design. It’s found all over the globe and can be used to define a brand, convey emotion, deliver information and even ignite fiery hatred among zealots.
Use typography to prototype awesom..
Mood board: The staging for Virgil Abloh’s A/W 2018 collection was a red room installed at the Pompidou centre. For red, read new blood. Abloh has created a cult label in a short space of time, capturing the imagination and the evolution of Generation Z. Everywhere you turn, in cities around the world from Hong Kong to Hull, you’re faced with his recognisable branded security tag, strapped across knowing shoulders. The pulp illustration on the show’s invitation depicted a suited man wielding a knife on which his frenzied eyes reflect back at him; the Hitchcockian scene suggested a sense of dread, perhaps even self-loathing. Best in show: The brand is connected to its fans – they are its bread and butter. Prior to the show, Abloh Instagrammed a photograph of a single pocket t-shirt, engineered to twist around the torso. The caption read: ‘primary show note in one iphone photo. pattern...
Back in 2015, I launched the Persuasive Patterns card deck. It was a physical brainstorm tool created to help UX practitioners implement persuasive design in their daily work. The card deck is used in the daily UX work at some of the biggest and most popular tech companies all over the world.
The premise of the tool is to help companies build products that not only solve real user problems but also excels in execution. To help companies that have been spending too much time perfecting the usability of their product and too little on figuring out what actually motivates their users to do exactly that.
It doesn’t matter how easy your product is to use if nobody wants to use it.
Too often, companies have built great products that actually solve important and real problems of the user, but fail to get users to realize it. For that purpose, you might consider looking into persuasive design. Here, the starting point is psychology rather than graphical design. Persuasive design help design..
A l’occasion de ses 10 ans, la Haute école d’art et de design de Genève organisait un étrange colloque convoquant designers, artistes, philosophes, théoriciens, cinéastes… pour tracer des « histoires d’un futur proche ». Une prospective aux frontières de la création et de la science. Parfois ébouriffante, parfois déconcertante. Retour sur une sélection de ces… narrations d’un futur qui est déjà là.
Métagénomique On ne devrait plus avoir à présenter Kevin Slavin (@slavin_fpo). Slavin est le responsable scientifique de The Shed, un centre d’art new-yorkais. Il est le responsable et le fondateur du programme Playful System du Media Lab du MIT. Il est le cofondateur de Everybody at Once, une entreprise spécialisée dans le développement d’audience et les stratégies média et de l’entreprise Collective Decision Engines. Mais aucun de ces postes ne le définit vraiment. C’est un touche-à-tout iconoclaste qui a étudié la sculpture, paraît-il… Il en est bien loin. Il avait donné à Lift, en 2011..
Sur Wired (@wired), Brian Merchant (@bcmerchant), l’auteur de L’appareil unique, l’histoire secrète de l’iPhone, revient en détail sur le développement du pistage de nos e-mails. Pour son enquête, il a utilisé Streak, un outil qui s’interface avec sa messagerie et qui permet à tout utilisateur de savoir si ses correspondants ont ouvert leurs e-mails. 40 % des e-mails envoyés seraient pistés, selon une étude faite par une entreprise qui propose des outils pour s’en protéger, One More Company, la société qui est derrière Senders et evercontact.
La technologie utilisée est très simple, elle consiste à insérer du code dans chaque e-mail ou une image invisible d’un pixel par un pixel, qui sera téléchargée dès que le destinataire ouvrira l’e-mail qui lui est adressé. Ce qui permet à l’expéditeur en retour de connaître à quel moment le mail a été lu, sur quel appareil, depuis quelle adresse IP et donc depuis quelle localisation. Autant d’informations qui permettent de savoir si une adresse ..
I have some things I need to get off my chest. This is a ramble, but I’m in too much pain to tidy it up. If it’s too rambly, go to the final section about naming names at least, please.
Not Here was written in 2014, the year of #YesAllWomen. I might call it the moment I “woke” up, but like nested nightmares in which you wake up just to find yourself in another nightmare, I keep waking up and it doesn’t look to be stopping soon.
Shortly after I wrote Not Here, I wrote “Tweaking the Moral UI” for A List Apart. I went through rounds and rounds with my editor. If we were going to write this for a very male developer-heavy audience, we were going to have an article that was airtight. The only time I’ve come even close to that degree of editing was when I wrote for a peer-reviewed journal and a panel tore apart every sentence. For the Moral UI, every sentence got torn apart twice.
Potentially angering men is a dangerous business if you are a woman.
A woman’s worst nightmare? That’s prett..
Of all the exhibitions that have been mounted thus far at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, an evocative presentation of photographs by Richard Wentworth is the first to turn inward on the maison. The estimable British artist treats one of the most venerated names in fashion with remarkable closeness; yet his access and acceptance as an insider yields a series that reveals details little by little, free of linear structure or imposed emotion. Each glimpse feels spontaneous, yet nonetheless in deference to Alaïa’s rarefied craft and communal culture.
But the full extent of intention is largely communicated through the show’s scenography, which actually exists as an on-site sculpture. Nailed onto plywood boards staggered throughout the versatile atrium – the same one that has been transformed into a runway venue or showroom – the unframed prints could be alternately perceived as fragments of activity, output and architecture surrounded by expanses of space; presumably all the moments left und..
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