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Thinking about a workshop for UX Bristol...

The past couple of weeks I've been mulling over the idea of submitting a workshop idea for UX Bristol.

I was wondering about doing something on visual design - it might be kind of interesting to focus on the aesthetic and emotional aspects of the user experience. I think it's really important that UX design doesn't end with a clickable prototype, but includes the whole visual layer too.

You know, there's a whole process when designing the UI for a web app, which involves thinking about different elements grabbing attention, making it easy to spot which things are clickable and which aren't, using colours and positioning to make it easier to understand what you can do on a page, etc. And then there is also the 'feel' that you try to create with the design. Maybe you want the web app to have some kind of 'personality'.

The call says we need to have a practical technique or approach that we can explain. Do I have a practical technique for doing this? Yeah, I think so. I try to break down the interface into all the different kinds of elements I'll need and then try to create a visual system that works consistently across all these elements. And then there's definitely a whole load of best practice stuff about how to actually go about doing that.

The call also says a workshop needs to have a hands-on activity that delegates can try out for themselves. This gets a bit tricky... I can't assume people will have laptops loaded with Adobe software, so how can it be a hands-on activity?

Is anyone else thinking of doing something in this kind of area? Or have any ideas of how to approach it?

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Comment by Ben Hayes on February 17, 2011 at 13:20
I guess some kind of testing technique would fulfill the 'hands-on activity' requirement. I'm quite interested in emotional response testing, like the Ten Emotion Heuristics method... perhaps it would be a chance to explore something like that...
Comment by Dave Ellender on February 24, 2011 at 17:00

Hi Ben

I think getting people to use software applications during a workshop is probably a step too far - they may not have the right tools, the tools might be awkward... etc

But perhaps you might create a paper-based activity around your methods to "break down the interface into all the different kinds of elements I'll need and then try to create a visual system that works consistently across all these elements."

Comment by Ben Hayes on February 24, 2011 at 17:12

Thanks Dave. It's a little hard to see how that could work with visual design. We're talking colours, typography and gradients here, don't forget... however, I have some other ideas of how I might be able to approach it.

Comment by Ben Hayes on March 14, 2011 at 9:38

Hi Dave


It's turning out that I'm a bit swamped with work this spring, so I'm going to have to postpone my proposal to another time. 


I'm really looking forward to going to the conference, however!


Best wishes



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