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Designing Websites for Human Beings – WordCamp NYC 2015

Web design is about communicating with people through the web, but when we design and build websites, it’s easy to get caught up in the technical minutia: What hamburger icon should I use? Where does the sidebar go? How do I allow more space for ads? It is time we start thinking about the people who visit our sites. What devices are they using, and how are they using them? What is their purpose for visiting, and what situation are they in when they do?

This talk brings the focus of web design back to its core subject: How to communicate with people. You’ll learn about user research, empathy in the design process, communication patterns, real-world testing, and designing from the content out. Web design is about empathy for the user, and the users who visit your site are people. This talk will teach you how to prepare, design, and build websites with user experiences that communicate clearly and make the people who visit the site the top priority.

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Foundations of UX: Logic and Content – new lynda.com course

Foundations of UX: Logic and Content - new lynda.com course with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

How can we communicate clearly through design and development? That is the question I attempt to answer in my latest release from lynda.com titled Foundations of UX: Logic and Content. The course looks at communication, web design, and User Experience through the prism of philosophy to find out how we communicate and also how we can use logic and common sense to create meaningful user experiences and ensure that the message we try to communicate is received as intended.

More than just an introduction to logic and how humans and computers use it to understand the world this course outlines the foundational mindset I myself use whenever I approach a project, whether it be in design, development, or even project management or music. In preparing for the course I took a step outside myself so to speak to identify where and how my background in philosophy impacts the way I do things. The result is a course quite unlike anything I’ve ever done before that draws equally from philosophy and design and development practices to present a different way of thinking about what we create and how we create it. 

I would like you to watch this course more as a conversation than a list of techniques handed from me to you. The examples and ideas in the course are meant to spark (even in some cases provoke) further discussion both in your own mind and also with your colleagues, friends, and family, and help you rediscover communication in its purest form. And once you’re done watching, I’d love to take part in that conversation and take it further. So watch the course and leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below and let’s explore logic, content, and communication together!

From the course description:

Foundations of UX: Logic and Content looks at how designers, developers, and content creators can use the ancient art of logic and reasoning to improve user experiences and facilitate communication. Morten Rand-Hendriksen looks at the principles of logic, how computer logic and human logic differ, and how these differences can be used to improve communication.

The core idea of logic is to create a system in which communication is clear, precise, and unambiguous, which is (or at least should be) the goal of any website or other communication.

Topics include:

  • How humans communicate
  • Comparing human and computer communication
  • Speaking logically
  • Using logical arguments
  • Understanding the limits of computer logic
  • Formatting information for humans
  • Communicating with logic