(Source: running-stuff)

Memoto - A tiny, automatic camera and app that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory.

(Source: kickstarter.com)

In de interactie met producten en diensten vinden ook discussies plaats in het hoofd van de gebruiker. Bij een gebruiksvriendelijke website wil je dat dit gesprek over de werking van die website tot een minimum beperken.

Hoe eenvoudige transities (animaties) in een gebruikers interface (UI) kunnen bijdragen aan de gebruiksvriendelijkheid. Krijg ineens het idee om ook hier een bibliotheek voor aan te leggen net als met interactie patronen.

(via Why Mood Boards Matter | Webdesigner Depot)

En natuurlijk zijn moodboards naast style tiles & element collages ook een goede tool om de look & feel van een website te communiceren. Mindy Wagner (webdesigner) geeft in haar artikel de volgende tip:

I typically create 3 mood boards for any design project. Depending on the style, I spend 1 to 3 hours on each. Before starting I come up with a list of adjectives for each board. An example might be:
  • Dark, glossy, slick, modern, edgy, hard, aggressive
  • Soft, muted, round, layered, elegant, realistic
  • Colorful, rough, sketchy, bright, illustration 

These adjectives serve as guidelines as I pull together the elements. The words (and boards) should have strong differences. Including a wide range of styles is important for getting the most out of this process.

A mood board is extremely useful for establishing the aesthetic feel of a web site. It usually fits into the process somewhere after wireframes and before design mockups. Things that can be explored in the mood board include photography style, color palettes, typography, patterns, and the overall look and feel of the site. Soft or hard? Grungy or clean? Dark or light? A rough collage of colors, textures and pictures is all it takes to evoke a specific style or feeling. The mood board is intentionally casual; it lets the designer start with broad strokes and get feedback before too much time is invested in the wrong direction. Think of it as rapid visual prototyping.

Daniel Mall stelt Element Collages voor als alternatief voor Style Tiles van Samantha Warren.

My version of Style Tiles integrates my love of collaging for a different type of execution I call an “Element Collage.” That particular phrase creates an expectation that what we’re looking at isn’t a final design but rather an assembly of disparate pieces without specific logic or order.

This format represents how I begin to think about designing a site. I often have ideas for pieces of a site in bursts. A full comp often requires ideas to be fully realized. An element collage allows me to document a thought at any state of realization and move on to the next.

the initial design phase of a project can be time consuming, fraught with frustration and rarely meets client expectations at the first approval meeting. What if there was a better way to approach things? With Style Tiles, the newest kid on the design-methodology block, there is.