Join Chris Nodder for an in-depth discussion in this video Using graphics, part of Interaction Design for the Web.
- Photos, line drawings, and other graphics…can be a great way to get a point across,…but more often than not the images you seen on webpages…don't actually add anything to the conversation.…When we visit a site,…our brain has to process every item on the screen.…If some of those are just there for no purpose,…it slows us down and might even make us miss other,…more important information.…That's why it's important to use graphics for communication,…not decoration.…
Graphics are useful for making a quick comparison…where fine detail isn't required.…They're also great for assistance,…for instance, diagrams showing the location of items,…especially real-world items,…because this is truly a situation…where a picture is better than a thousand words.…They're also helpful for quickly getting a point across,…using well-recognized visual indicators,…such as Caution or No Entry signs.…Some of your visitors might not have English…as their first language.…
They'll rely on your images to guide them.…Even people who do read English well will find it easier…
- Designing around human limitations
- Telling stories
- How we group the things we see
- Making standard and consistent interfaces
- Smart defaults
- Reducing system latency and communicating during delays
- Making error messages into useful dialogs
- Designing for delight
Skill Level Beginner
1. How Brains Work
2. How We See Things: Perception Principles
3. Real-World Metaphors: Physical Concepts
4. Telling a Story: Workflow Concepts
5. Communicating through the UI
6. Designing for Delight
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