UIEtips: Dissecting Design – Part 2

In this week’s UIEtips, we offer part two of Ben Callahan’s article, Dissecting Design. In it, he explores which tools are the most helpful for different parts of the design process. Ben was one of our top speakers at this year’s UX Immersion Mobile Conference and we’re pleased to have him back for our next virtual seminar on June 5, Responsive Workflows: Because There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Process. Here’s an excerpt from the article: I believe many people in our industry struggle with “design in the browser” simply because they aren’t fluent with the tools needed for working that way. I’ve heard many people say, “Happy accidents don’t happen in code like they do in PhotoShop.” I can testify that this is absolutely not true. Instead, I believe it’s about where you are the most fluent. As we evaluate the best tools for the monumental task of problem solving in design, I keep coming back to the ideal of fluency as a solid principle on which to base the decision. You can’t write poetry in a language you don’t speak. Similarly, you can’t craft design using tools you’re not fluent with. Read part two of the article here. Missed part one? Read it here. What tools do you and your team find most efficient and effective in solving design problems?  Tell us about it...

Make Collaboration Happen, a Virtual Seminar with EightShapes’ Dan Brown

Happy, productive teams may seem like a pipe dream to those who believe all designers are divas, project managers rush timelines, and bosses (or clients) expect the impossible. Dan Brown’s team at EightShapes has adopted behaviors, making their work transparent and effective. In Make Collaboration Happen, he’ll show you how he’s distilled these behaviors into a framework called the “4 Virtues of Collaboration.” You’ll want to attend this seminar if you Want to learn 6 different behaviors to become more collaborative on a daily basis Have to interact with multiple stakeholders as a regular part of your job Struggle to answer “who is doing what?” Don’t want another collaboration tool, but instead a methodology you can actually use If you want to improve the way you—and your team—interpret and respond to everyday design challenges, be sure to save your spot.  ...

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...

Designing Touch-Friendly Interfaces

Josh Clark returns to the UIE Virtual Seminar program with his March 13 presentation, Designing Touch-Friendly Interfaces.  If you want to convert your mouse-focused desktop sites into touch-friendly designs, then be sure to save your spot in Josh’s seminar. You’ll want to attend this seminar if you: Want to learn proper layout for primary controls, regardless of device Are designing for fingers—and especially thumbs—on multiple screen sizes Haven’t designed touch interfaces or need to evolve your existing ones Believe it or not, our webinars can sell out, and both of Josh’s previous presentations did exactly that.  So, act quickly and register for Designing Touch-Friendly Interfaces.        ...

Wireframes – A January 30 Virtual Seminar on Choosing the Right Strategy

The virtual seminar series is put together with your design challenges in mind.  We chase down the most important topics, and find the leading experts to show you the important how tos associated with the topic. Our next is one we’ve been chasing for some time. Wait no longer. On January 30, Chris Farnum presents Choosing the Right Wireframe Strategy for Your Project. You’ll learn to: Drive design and communication by using wireframes Plan projects by defining unique page types Build scenarios with states and layers Learn to draw “just enough” Save your team’s spot for this long-awaited presentation.      ...