A Group. About Usability. In 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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