The First UX Conference in Singapore!

2 Days of 8 Keynotes and 8 Workshops… UXSG – The First UX Conference in Singapore.

I am in Design Nirvana!

Hack Design: Learn design at your own pace

Yet another ‘easy to follow design course’ for designers. The lesson is sent to your inbox every week. Great resources from across the design community at your fingertips. Bookmark away!

http://hackdesign.org/

Facebook reveals the user testing for it’s new feed design

An interesting look at how the social media behemoth conducts it’s user research.

http://martinbelam.com/2013/facebook-news-feed-ux/

Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction… Free!

The best things is life are free… first the free online HCI course from Coursera and now this… wait for it…

The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed.

http://www.interaction-design.org/books/hci.html

“Free textbooks written by 100+ leading designers, bestselling authors and Ivy League professors. The textbooks are assembled in a gigantic 4000+ page encyclopedia covering the design of interactive products and services like websites, household objects, smartphones, computer software, aircraft cockpits, you name it.”

Statement of accomplishment – Coursera

Honored to have received the ‘Statement of Accomplishment’ from the Stanford online course for HCI

https://www.coursera.org/maestro/api/certificate/get_certificate?course_id=164

Highly recommended for aspiring and seasoned designers alike. The course is well structured and covers all the methodologies necessary to practice design. There are several interesting courses out there.  Here are some that caught my eye.

Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society (University of Pennsylvania)  https://www.coursera.org/course/design

Human-Computer Interaction (Stanford University)  https://www.coursera.org/course/hci

Introduction to Psychology (University of Toronto) https://www.coursera.org/course/intropsych

Social Psychology (Wesleyan University) https://www.coursera.org/course/socialpsychology

Creativity, Innovation, and Change (Pennsylvania State University)  https://www.coursera.org/course/cic

A crash course in Visual design

Quick and effective article on Information and Visual design.

It’s no BFA, but gets the basics in place for anyone interested.

Introduction to Human Computer Interaction

Just started on the online course for Human Computer Interaction. It promises to be an interesting and a very practical course.

Here are a few excerpts off the first course online:

  • HCI is the design, implementation and evaluation of user interfaces.
  • At the onset of the design project, we often don’t know what the problem is or what the space of possibilities might be, let alone what the solution should be.
  • Consequently, real-world design is often iterative.
  • Fail fast so you can succeed sooner.
  • Focus on the people who are going to use your system.
  • Good user interfaces can have a tremendous impact on both the individual’s ability to accomplish things, and societies’.
  • Bad design is frustrating and costs lives
  • Fixing these problems requires following just basic principles like consistency and feedback
  • Oftentimes, the best interfaces become invisible to us.
  • When this happens, our attention shifts from manipulating an interface to accomplishing a task.
  • That is precisely when a user interface is successful.

The fact that bad design causes accidents is unnerving, but true. The air crash at Linate airport in Italy is an example of how bad design can make things go horribly wrong.

 

Human-Computer Interaction Course from Stanford University

Its the best news around. Stanford University is initiating a course on Human Computer Interaction. Classes start soon.

More details at https://www.coursera.org/course/hci

Intricately beautiful backgrounds

There are some websites that you probably just visit for the eye candy. I know I do 🙂

I bumped into this post by Andrew Faulkner, who happened to list some of my favorite blogs.

http://joshuaink2006.johnoxton.co.uk/
http://www.webdesignerwall.com/
http://www.ndesign-studio.com/

You can actually imagine how much work has gone into these beautiful creations. I never tire of visiting these websites.

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Pink for gals and blue for boys?

bluepink.gifColors are often associated with a gender. It is common practice to gift a family with a new born baby girl, something in pink. Likewise it’s taken for granted that baby boys will wear only blue. Have you ever wondered why it is that a baby in a blue blanket is taken for a boy?

Gender specific color introduced as early as the 20th century.

The color pink was noticed in children’s clothes, in the 18th century. In fact it was identified more as a boy’s color, since it was a pale version of red (a fierce color). Blue was more a girl’s color, since it was considered delicate and dainty.

The medieval explanation

Evil spirits were supposedly kept at bay with the color blue. The association of the color with the heavens was the key. Continue reading