Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!
Accessibility and Designing for Color Impaired Users. Relevant article focused on recommendations and important guidelines to abide to when creating products that contemplate color impaired users. The article contains such important highlights as labels, symbols and primary buttons standouts. Highlight of the article includes:
“Color differences are incredibly important with data visualization e.g., graphs and pie charts. Choosing colors that have a low contrast ratio can make your chart difficult to interpret for color blind users. Here’s what you should do instead: Use patterns and textures to make it easy for users to differentiate different segments; Add text labels to segments to make them even easier to understand.”
Anticipatory Design. Great article focused on anticipatory design, and the process by which it is possible to make it effective and successful. The article specifically focuses on User-centered Design Approaches and Data Processing, as means to achieve this type of solution. Highlight of the article includes:
“Since making a decision requires some cognitive resources, it’s possible to save resources by removing the need to make a decision in the first place. The goal of the anticipatory design is not in helping the user make a certain decision, but to create a system where that decision is never needed — it happens automatically, and users might not even know that the system is doing it. Anticipatory design eliminates many steps that require user input and replace them with action which happen automatically (those actions are based on prior user’s behaviors and business logic).”
Animation in UX. Another thorough and detailed article focused on micro-animations and how it can successfully improve the product experience. The article provides details on the difference and approach between micro-animations on web products and native applications. It also provides small samples/prototypes to each of the demonstrable case studies, which makes this a very useful article to reference. Highlight:
“Web animation is treated in a different way. Since we are accustomed to an almost instant opening of web-pages in a browser, we expect to transit between different states quickly as well. So, the duration of web transitions should last about 2 times shorter than on mobile devices — between 150–200 ms. In other cases, the user will inevitably think that the computer freezes or has troubles with the internet connection. But. Forget about these rules if you are creating a decorative animation on your website or trying to attract the user’s attention to certain elements. In these cases, animation can be longer.”