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comment Grid text alignment rules
Thanks John. This is very helpful
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
Although it might not sound user centric but the learning curve associated with a new design is not something usability testing are geared towards. Coming to your question of how wow factor success is measured, I feel a long term study with a very high fidelity fully functional prototype is the way to go. It sounds risky from a business perspective but I think designers have to be willing to take chances and believe in their ability :)
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
Testing is done for various parameters like visual design, conceptual design, interaction design, usability, content etc. If any of these parameters already have a well known design solution then yeah I agree testing in 30 min can give a quick feedback, however if there is a interaction or any aspect of design is never heard of and the designer has a good rationale behind something innovative then testing it over 30-40 min usability test will not give the true user feedback. However if the company is willing to invest in a long term study then testing of this new design might give feedback.
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
Thank you for the recommendation @ted.strauss. I m surely considering buying this book in near future.
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
Thanks for the answer Jay. I agree with most of what you said, however in my experience users mental model and expectations are greatly influenced by their past experiences using other technology tools( websites, apps etc.). Therefore if a designer should rely on testing with users only to meet a level of expectation user has based on other tools they have used (heuristics, task analysis etc.) If a designer wants to create the "wow" factor in the designs and surprise end users then testing is not very helpful. Hope that makes sense. Thanks again.
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
Although I did take couple of classes in graphic design but I would not call myself a expert. Do I know enough to critique graphic and visual design? This question has 2 answer's: 1. I understand the basics of graphic design so I feel I can tell a graphic designer when a graphical element needs improvement. 2. I can't tell the graphic designer how to get that desired improvement in terms of the tools or the process he has to follow to get the final target. I know the process myself but I don't want them to feel that they are working to satisfy me but rather it is a team effort.
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
I probably shouldn't have used the word testing, anyways I meant that I found the following problem as a recurring trend. An icon in itself has various layers( the symbol, background color and the enclosing shape for all the elements). Background gradient was making it look like the symbol has just been thrown on top of background colors.
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
@DA01 I m aware of those basics, so only I gave the existing critique :) I was looking for something on the lines of the following paper. .dagstuhl.de/Materials/Files/08/08292/…
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comment Graphic design critique parameters
A designer who just knows typography to be a technique to change font size, color, weight etc. is someone I consider not to be a graphic designer who understands typography. A designer having knowledge of expressive typography, the process of construction of new fonts etc. is someone I consider to have a good understanding of typography.
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accepted Number of lead designers on a single UX project
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comment Number of lead designers on a single UX project
I m not against collaboration but every designer has their own sense of design. There can never be two designers who produce the same design ever. In such scenario I feel having a leader who gives ensures a consistency from a PM point of view is important.