Design as a leading practice.

by Dario D'Aprile • March 27, 2014

Design is transformative because of four major characteristics: Design Thinking: ensuring that the correct problem is being solved. Systems Thinking: cutting across and encompassing all disciplines. Integrative: blending of practice and theory. Human-centered: assuring that people and technology work harmoniously as collaborative players.

UX checklist.

by Dario D'Aprile • March 27, 2014

I run this checklist to validate interface design. Thanks to ixdchecklist. Affordance. Control suggests how to use it. The controls map to the result in a simple and logical way. Example: Dropdown arrow is pointing down suggests something will appear below whereas, if an arrow was pointing to the right, it suggests something will appear to the […]

Animations and transactions can improve user experience.

by Dario D'Aprile • March 18, 2014

Lab cognitive research validated that user perceives an object faster and more clearly when it is animated. Designers can influence user behaviours using transactions and animations, it is an underestimate way to improve cognitive understanding of the product interface: features, flows, components and content. From today this will be my mantra: move elements to move […]

Cognitive Science and Design

by Dario D'Aprile • March 16, 2014

I love Google UIs and the rationale behind them.  Complexity is just a matter of perspective, Google engineers are segmenting reality and reassembling it via the text editor. They start with mechanical computation but then they move into the biological computation:  this is where the code is interpreted, on the user’s mind. Designers abstract target users […]