Designing Infographics & Data Visualizations

Do you know what story you’re trying to tell with that data? And secondarily, how do you create a visualization that effectively communicates that story? Find out if you’re on the right track with Noah Iliinsky. In our next virtual seminar, Designing Infographics & Data Visualizations, he’ll help you identify the information needs of your audience, figure out the right story, and showcase it through user-friendly designs tailored to your audience. Draw from the science of cognitive perception to make design decisions based on user behavior. You’ll learn how to Start with user-centered design Select your relevant content Structure your visualization Format your visualization Ever wish someone could teach you best practices for data visualizations so you could talk about them with your organization? Some wishes do come true. Save your team’s spot...

9 Seminars Addressing Your Top UX Challenges

During the first half of 2014, you’ll hear the latest thinking from the best speakers in the user experience design community. Get your team into all 9 live seminars from January through June. We have some great presenters and topics lined up for you. With these educational events on your team’s calendar, you’re sure to maximize your core knowledge and skills. Jan 09 – Taxonomy & Findability with Stephanie Lemieux Jan 30 – Wireframes with Chris Farnum Feb 20 – Content Strategy with Ahava Leibtag Mar 13 – Mobile Design with Josh Clark Apr 03 – Lean UX: A Deep Dive with Joshua Seiden Apr 17 – The Four Pillars of Information Design with Noah Iliinsky May 15 – Design Team Collaboration with Dan Brown Jun 05 – Responsive Design Workflows with Ben Callahan Jun 26 – The Product Roadmap: Where Product Management and UX Meet with Bruce McCarthy Sign-up Once. Pay Once. All live seminars January through June 2014. Register...

Dan Klyn – Determining What Good Means with Performance Continuums Live!

[ Transcript Available ] This podcast is Dan Klyn’s full presentation from UX Thursday Detroit. In considering your user’s experience with your design, keep in mind that there’s a difference between something looking good and being good. But how do you determine good? How can you measure it? If, for example, you’re a print company building a digital presence, do you focus on retention or acquisition based on the shifting experience? Dan Klyn of The Understanding Group believes that it all starts with language. It’s easy to ask for something that already exists, but much harder to describe something that one might want or need. Inspired by the work of Richard Saul Wurman, Dan introduced a diagnostic tool to his team based on the idea of performance continuums. In using these continuums, you can remove “or” from the conversation. Instead of looking at design problems as a contradictory issue, you place your focus where it is appropriate on the continuum. In the example of the print company, Dan offers “We must continue to acquire new customers, yet we will service the ones that we have really well”. By seeing where you land on the continuum, you can get a sense if what you’re currently doing fits in with “good”. Dan shares his thoughts in this podcast of his presentation from UX Thursday Detroit. Recorded: June, 2013 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Dan Klyn: “Publishing Company” was accustomed to this. Paper and print and periodicals. What they were up against is digital. They had...

Brian Suda – Data Visualizations that Pack a Punch

[ Transcript Available ] Creating visualizations from data can be a powerful and intriguing way to present findings. But way too many design teams sit on vast amounts of data. They also spend entirely too much time making static images rather than interactive tools. In his virtual seminar, Data Visualizations that Pack a Punch, Brian Suda outlines different types of meaningful data visualizations, from charts and graphs to more interactive models. He also discusses the importance of using the right tools and newer technologies and higher resolution displays as they emerge. The audience asked a slew of great questions during the live event. Brian comes back to chat with Adam Churchill and tackle some of those questions in this podcast. How do you approach accessibility challenges, such as color blindness? How do you communicate that the data you’re presenting is “fresh”? Is there a good way to demonstrate the ROI of good visualizations? What can you do to encourage people to start exploring and using data? Are there any examples of companies currently using visualizations well? Should you try to do this in-house or is it better to outsource to an agency? What is the best way to get started? Recorded: August, 2013 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Adam Churchill: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of the SpoolCast. Recently Brian Suda joined us to present his awesome virtual seminar “Data Visualizations that Pack a Punch.” Brian’s seminar, along with 110 others that teach the tools and techniques you need to create great...