IxD session 5

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Prep for tonight

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  • Done? Andrew – yes // Jackson – yes // KatieC – yes // KatieJ -yes // Nicole – no

Reading prompt: What are the most important things designers need to consider when thinking about mobile users/desktop users/accessibility? How does this relate to your class project? Post to class WP site (category: reading) before 5 pm on Wednesday.

  • Andrew // Jackson // KatieC // KatieJ // Nicole
  • Read and comment (asking questions is good!) on the post of the person who follows you in the alphabet (Nicole, you’ll respond to Andrew’s post ).

Research post: for your project, develop three personas with specific scenarios/tasks. Use your work with your competitor sites to help develop tasks. Tell me what platform/device you are designing for and why. Post to class WP site (category: research) before 5 pm on Wednesday.

  • Andrew // Jackson // KatieC // KatieJ // Nicole
  • Read everyone’s post.
  • Work in these small groups: Katie/Andrew and Jackson/Nicole

Prep for quiz (session 6): develop three-four questions related to the reading or lectures, focusing on concepts/principles that you think are important take-aways from the course. Explain why.  Post to class WP site (category: journal) before 5 pm on Wednesday.

  • Andrew // Jackson // KatieC // KatieJ // Nicole
  • Discuss

Tonight’s discussion / Visual Interface Design

  • Housekeeping 1: I need to know how to get in touch with you quickly and y’all aren’t answering email — do you want me to text you?
  • Housekeeping 2: review project assessment criteria
  • Reading review (above)
  • Research review (above) – personas. Talk in small groups. Rework in class. Repost (new post) with category “in-class”.
    • Persona elements (usability.gov)
    • Personas specific to accessibility issues
    • KC personas (pdf, example content and layout)
    • Another persona layout (jpg)
    • And another (png)
    • High-level persona (yours should have at least this much detail before you leave tonight)
    • Design strategy template (contains fill-in-the-blanks for personas)
    • Personas on Pinterest
    • Thinking about tasks
      • What are your persona’s goals; what are they trying to achieve?
      • What do your personas actually do to achieve their goals?
      • What experiences (personal, social, and cultural) do they bring to the tasks?
      • How are your personas influenced by their physical environment?
      • How does their previous knowledge and experience influence:
        • How they think about their work
        • The workflow they follow to perform their tasks
    • Think back to the toothbrush exercise!
      • Let’s develop a flow diagram for brushing our teeth
    • “Search” is not a task, it’s a technique or tool; so is browsing
      • if “buy a new pair of black dressy flats” is a goal // what are the tasks/sub-tasks, what do I have to “do” in order to meet my goal?
      • We need to order flowers for a birthday for a friend who lives in another state. What are the tasks/sub-tasks? Let’s look at ProFlowers.com
    • Your re-worked post must have three fleshed out tasks for each persona. All three personas cannot have the same task sub-set.
    • Generic tasks:
      • Set up an account
      • Change avatar
      • Find  “x” because of “y”
      • Contact the app/site developer/owner
      • Figure out where a business is located
      • Check out the company Facebook page or Twitter/Pinterest/YouTube accounts
  • Quiz review (above, quiz will be Monday, not Friday)

From last week’s in-class assignments

  • Read Jackson (frustrations) and KatieJ (Adobe) — what did you learn? what are the similarities and differences in their experiences? how will you design to minimize frustration? (We will talk about this – take notes but no need to write a response. Everyone will speak, round-robin-style.)
  • Interaction re-do (model: example from prior class): Andrew // Jackson // KatieC // KatieJ (read this for example of how to incorporate class concepts in a reflection) // Nicole (absent) — Kathy provides comments.


Visual design

  • Log in to Lynda.com via SPL (kathy)
  • module 4- five essential principles of interaction design
  • module 6- principles of interface structure (Gestalt, sequence, design patterns)
  • module 7- navigation best practices
  • design for my mum (maybe)
  • Resource: 10 elements of effective UX





  • In-class assignment: short-term memory test
  • In-class/journal: continue reworking your personas.

    Your re-worked post must have three fleshed out tasks for each persona. All three personas cannot have the same task sub-set.

Next session assignments

Our virtual class (Friday):

  • Watch this video — prepare a response (minimum 500 words) that links video content to your project (and convinces me that you watched it in toto).  Post to class WP site before 11:59 pm on Friday (category: in-class).
  • Watch this video — use the concepts here to help you refine your wireframes for Monday. Prepare a response (minimum 300 words) that explains how you are evolving your wireframe design   Post to class WP site before 11:59 pm on Friday (category: research).
  • Review this Slideshare presentation — what concepts/tips resonate with you as a one-person UX team this session?  Post to class WP site before 11:59 pm on Friday (category: journal).


Friday’s assignments for Monday

  • Read Ch 12-16, Cooper.
    Reading prompt: Thinking about your projects, how do these readings help you with your visual design? Interaction design? Post to class WP site before 5 pm on Monday (category: reading).
  • Research post: post the high-fidelity wireframes for your project.  Post to class WP site before 5 pm on Monday.


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