Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!
Augmented Reality and User Experience. Having worked specifically in the development of augmented reality apps in the past, I personally find this article particularly relevant to showcase their evolution, and what relationship is established with this specific type of application and the UX practice. Highlight of the article includes:
“Augmented reality can only be called that when it is able to recognize and process information in the context. Additionally, it has to be able to react to environmental changes automatically, and without delays, while requiring little to no input by the user. At the same time, the technology mustn’t restrict the user. It has to integrate into the user experience seamlessly, with the goal to improve it.”
Color and Accessibility. One of the user experience qualities is accessibility. As this topic continues to get further attention, it’s very important to shed light in one of the key components that accounts for accessibility: color. Highlight of the article includes:
“The purpose of UX design is to facilitate a seamless interactive experience for users. As such, color selection and juxtaposition should not be solely based on your personal preferences. Of course, it should be grounded in your brand aesthetic, but also in the science of accessibility.”
Actionable UX Reports. Another interesting article hailing from WebDesignerDepot, focused on mandates and useful strategies to digest and apply when it comes to build a relevant UX diagnosis. Much like any critical assessment document, these are reports that should walk a tight line between what is being diagnosed, and recommendations to overcome issues that have been identified. Highlight:
“That’s why all findings in a report need to be specific. It’s essential to write usability findings in a clear way that helps the team identify the cause of a problem and work toward a solution. Thus, instead of saying “The process of purchasing a product was hard,” provide a clear context for the issue. Say why the process was hard. Were too many steps involved? Were field labels in forms unclear? Make it clear in your report!”