Applied Interaction Design
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Applied Interaction Design

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We still have one bouquet that we need to purchase, but we're not quite sure what we want to get. Now earlier when we were navigating through the site, we noticed that they sell orchids. But you know I'm not so sure that an orchid is a good idea, I'm worried that it might be a little too much to care for. So let's see if we've got some caring information, there we go, Caring for Orchids. Let's see if this is going to be a problem or not. So here we are. We've got some information here about Light, Water, Fertilizer, Air Movement. Wow, there's a lot of information in here, and these are a lot of topics, and this is a really tiny little window for me to read all of this stuff. And, you know, I think this is probably just going to be a little too much effort for me to try and figure out if I want to buy an orchid or not. There's gotta be a better way to present this information. Well, yeah, let's take a look at the modified version of the site and see what we did to improve this design.

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1h 49m Beginner Jul 11, 2013

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Dave Hogue has been studying how people interact with digital devices and interfaces for over 15 years, and knows how design can make or break a website. In this course, he shares a hands-on approach to improving interaction design for a better user experience on the web. This course breaks down the components of an example site, from its homepage to categories, content, and the shopping cart, and introduces common customer scenarios that can be used to identify opportunities for improvement. You'll learn how to enhance navigation, gather feedback after interactions, manage content layers, and add features such as infinite scrolling, collapsible modules, and dynamic content to enrich the user's experience. Then compare the before and after websites to understand why these techniques make them more engaging and effective.

Topics include:
  • Defining a customer scenario
  • Improving navigation
  • Working with content in grids
  • Establishing a sense of place on category pages
  • Exploring infinite scroll and pagination methods
  • Using tooltips to deliver contextual content
  • Working with light boxes and layers
  • Improving form structure
  • Handling errors and presenting effective error messages
  • Comparing the original site to the enhanced site
Subject:
Web
Author:
David Hogue

Working with panes and panels

We still have one bouquet that we need to purchase, but we're not quite sure what we want to get. Now earlier when we were navigating through the site, we noticed that they sell orchids. But you know I'm not so sure that an orchid is a good idea, I'm worried that it might be a little too much to care for. So let's see if we've got some caring information, there we go, Caring for Orchids. Let's see if this is going to be a problem or not. So here we are. We've got some information here about Light, Water, Fertilizer, Air Movement. Wow, there's a lot of information in here, and these are a lot of topics, and this is a really tiny little window for me to read all of this stuff. And, you know, I think this is probably just going to be a little too much effort for me to try and figure out if I want to buy an orchid or not. There's gotta be a better way to present this information. Well, yeah, let's take a look at the modified version of the site and see what we did to improve this design.

We've got the same information, but now it's presented in a very different manner. So each one of the same sections, we've got information about Light, and Water, and Fertilizer. But we're able now to see all of the information at once. I don't have to scroll in that tiny little window, and I can open multiple panels at the same time. The original technique was using Accordion Panes, and the new technique is using Collapsable Panels. The difference between them is an accordion pane can display one section of information at a time.

But a collapsible panel can be opened and closed independently. So I can open more than one panel at a time, and collapsible panels have independent heights. So some may have more content and some may have less content. We've already seen drawers they slide into view and we're including them here because panels and accordions often have drawer like behavior. In fact, let's go back and look here at the modified care tips page. This is the improved version. And you'll notice that these panels are actually sliding up and down and it's a little bit like opening and closing a drawer.

So on the original site, we had accordion panes open one at a time. It's a fixed height area and regardless of the amount of content, if there's more than can be seen, then I've got this internal scroll bar. And I have to work for my content. But on the improved page, now I can open these panels, I can see all of the content, I can open them as needed. In fact, I can open all of them and create a very long page. But this is a much better reading experience.

I can scan through this, I can answer my questions much more effectively.

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