UX

We leverage best practices in User Experience and Interaction Design when designing and building Your Custom Blog.  Read on for a brief intro to User Experience and Interaction Design.

User experience (UX) is the way a person feels about using a product, system or service. User experience highlights the experiential, affective, meaningful and valuable aspects of human-computer interaction and product ownership, but it also includes a person’s perceptions of the practical aspects such as utility, ease of use and efficiency of the system. User experience is subjective in nature, because it is about an individual’s feelings and thoughts about the system. User experience is dynamic, because it changes over time as the circumstances change.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_experience

Interaction design, often abbreviated IxD, is “about shaping digital things for people’s use”, alternately defined as “the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems, and services.” Like many other design fields interaction design also has an interest in form but its main focus is on behavior.  What clearly marks interaction design as a design field as opposed to a science or engineering field is that it is synthesis and imagining things as they might be, more so than focusing on how things are.

The Five Dimensions of Interaction Design:

1D Words
This dimension defines the interactions. Words are the interaction that users use to interact with.

2D Visual Representations
The visual representations are the things that the user interacts with on the interface. These may include but not limited to “typography, diagrams, icons, and other graphics”

3D Physical objects or space

The space with which the user interacts is the third dimension of interaction design. It defines the space or objects “with which or within which users interact with”

4D Time

The time with which the user interacts with the interface. Some examples of this are “content that changes over time such as sound, video, or animation”

5D Behavior

The behavior defines the users actions reaction to the interface and how they respond to it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interaction_design

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