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Topic: Human Computer Interaction

  • Expandable Menus: Pull-Down, Square, or Pie?

    May 8, 2016

    Selecting an option inside a menu depends on how far away that option is from the menu icon. Drop-down menus, megamenus, pie or radial menus, and marking menus arrange items in different patterns to optimize the reach time.

    The Role of Enhancement in Web Design

    May 1, 2016

    An enhancement is a user-interface feature that speeds up or enriches the interaction on some platforms for some users. Enhancements take advantage of special user or device capabilities and need to be backed up by more traditional ways of implementing the same interaction.

    How Chunking Helps Content Processing

    March 20, 2016

    Chunking is a concept that originates from the field of cognitive psychology. UX professionals can break their text and multimedia content into smaller chunks to help users process, understand, and remember it better.

    Why Designers Think Users Are Lazy: 3 Human Behaviors

    October 4, 2015

    Do you ever think your users are lazy, or maybe even a little bit dumb? Device Inertia, momentum behavior, and selective attention are common behaviors that can make users seem slothful. However, interface design, not deficient user effort, is the true cause for these error-prone user paths.

    The Roots of Minimalism in Web Design

    June 28, 2015

    Many popular web-design trends originate in minimalism, a movement that aims to reduce information overload by presenting content in its simplest form.

    Don’t Prioritize Efficiency Over Expectations

    May 10, 2015

    Features meant to increase user efficiency by reducing steps can end up hurting users if they do not conform to existing mental models and expectations based on past experiences.

    Animation for Attention and Comprehension

    September 21, 2014

    Moving elements are a powerful tool to attract users’ attention. When designing an animation consider its goal, its frequency of occurrence, and its mechanics.

    Interaction Cost

    August 31, 2013

    The interaction cost is the sum of efforts — mental and physical — that the users must deploy in interacting with a site in order to reach their goals.

    The Human Body as Touchscreen Replacement

    July 22, 2013

    When you touch your own body, you feel exactly what you touch — better feedback than any external device. And you never forget to bring your body.

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