Posts Tagged ‘UI’

Are you making your clients look like Hilary Clinton?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Not that there is anything wrong with looking like Hilary. But short blonde bobs are a pretty safe bet and won’t get many oohs and ahhs on the red carpet. If you’re watching the bobs roll out like on an assembly line at your hair salon – perhaps it’s time to fire your stylist. The same applies to designers. Too many tired drop shadows, turned up corners and bubbles are grounds for immediate dismissal. We all do it because we know it’s a sure thing, but too much of it is a creative cop out. Eventually these safe design options will lead to the client going elsewhere for more innovative work.

I have a rule which works for me. I will use one, maybe two of these designs elements within a fresh layout that includes lots of original visuals elements. Ideas for the visuals are pulled from the client Info Gathering phase – as a result clients tend to respond positively when they see their input taken seriously. Especially when the work is moving in a great direction. At this stage I think it’s important to get other colleagues involved – getting their feedback is super important. Make sure every element serves a purpose; even if it’s just pointing the way.

Finally, sometimes it’s a good thing to have a client go away. It can be very liberating. When you’re creating a couple of boring landing pages every month that always look more or less the same and bring in a safe, dependable amount of money, it’s hard to let it go. Especially in these times. However I’ve found that when this happens, almost immediately something new comes in its place 100 Xs more creative and fun.

Yuzu-san on UX in public transportation

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Konichiwa blog readers. Before I begin, I would like to point out that moving bodies to destinations is a very important process. Therefore, it is necessary to have much knowledge and training in this area. A typical large city has many complex tasks to translate into simple and easy user experiences. Signage is of high importance because many users of the service are visitors from other countries. They depend on visuals to guide them.

Firstly, I would like to point out that it is my view that the Tokyo Subway system is the best in the world with the Paris Metro, the runner up. Please do not think that I am saying this because I am of Parasian background. There are solid reasons to back up my contention. The Tokyo Subway trains do not stink. Riders are encouraged by the signage to take care of bodily matters outside the trains, further the surfaces and seats are easily cleaned. Take a look at the example below.

Secondly, it is well know that boys will be boys in any country and ‘fanny feeling’ and worse is an everyday occurrence in pubic transport. The Tokyo Subway has a special pinku train for ladies so that women on a crowded train do not have to quietly endure this humiliation.

That is all I have to say at the moment.