Testing Prototypes

Last week, I created a dozen paper prototypes for my app idea for my town’s website.  “Paper Prototyping is a technique that consists of creating hand drawings of user interfaces in order to enable them to be rapidly designed, simulated and tested.” – Justin Mifsud My paper prototypes consist of the main page of the app. ForContinue reading “Testing Prototypes”

Paper Prototypes

The fourth step in the design thinking process, prototyping, can be done in many different ways. One of these ways is through paper prototypes. This method gives a lot of freedom for the designer and the team. “Paper prototyping is a process where design teams create paper representations of digital products to help them realize concepts and testContinue reading “Paper Prototypes”

An App for A Town

“Rule of thumb for UX: More options, more problems.”— Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer Smartphones make our lives easier for many reasons, mostly because it’s a mini-computer in our hands. Still, the mobile apps on these devices are simple and straightforward versions of the web browser due to their limited functionality.  Unfortunately, even though itContinue reading “An App for A Town”

Town Website: Information Architecture

“Information architecture is the practice of deciding how to arrange the parts of something to be understandable.” – The Information Architecture Institute Information Architecture (IA) is often used in user experience (UX) design. It is an organizational method that lays out content in an effective way. There are many different types of information architecture. From site maps, contentContinue reading “Town Website: Information Architecture”

A Mind Map for a Mind Map

“We shouldn’t abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.”  ― Edward Tufte Sometimes gathering thoughts and generating designs can become difficult when your brain isn’t flowing with new ideas. There are many different ideation techniques to help get your mind back on track.  From brainstorming to worst idea, these techniques allow the user to come upContinue reading “A Mind Map for a Mind Map”

Ideation Time

A few weeks ago, I looked at some App Store reviews for some of my favorite apps and created some Point of View, POV, statements based on the feedback. Now, it is time to take those statements and develop some ideas to fix the problems.  Ideation Techniques There are many ideation techniques designers can use,Continue reading “Ideation Time”

Mash-Up Ideation

When I was younger, I was in an after-school program called Destination Imagination, or DI. This problem-solving club for all grade levels focused on various absurd science, technology, engineering, arts, or math challenges. After coming up with a solution, a team will perform a short skit or presentation to show the judges their solution. The wholeContinue reading “Mash-Up Ideation”

Personas of a book lover and a casual reader

“When UX doesn’t consider ALL users, shouldn’t it be known as “SOME User Experience” or… SUX?” — Billy Gregory, Senior Accessibility Engineer How can designers make sure they design their website or app to fit everyone’s needs? From the rookie user to the expert, designers need to put themselves in others’ shoes to create theContinue reading “Personas of a book lover and a casual reader”

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