Joe Jennings

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How Biometrics Help Designers Design Better

In collaboration with Mariano Rodriguez.

     Designers are usually creating, iterating, and updating their work in a type of vacuum. They rely on best practices, current experiences, their personal opinion, and if they are lucky enough, they have some user feedback to help guide their design. When the issues with a design go further than what one can simply see, it is important to take advantage of tools outside of design.

Traditionally Biometrics is only seen as a way to get data on users, it is seen as not creative and as a result, not usually used by designers. Biometrics provides data such as eye tracking, facial muscle activity, skin responses, and heart rate which can all be used and combined by designers to gain insight on their users and find pain points that they can improve through design.

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What Does Responsive and Adaptive Design Mean?

      Times have changed in the world of UX since I first started in this industry. I designed and developed websites for only desktop views, and there was a standard content container size at that time. As a result, designing was much easier. If I placed a button on the screen it would stay that way on all devices, I didn’t have to worry about it moving. The only time I had to account for multiple scenarios was when it depended on the user’s internet browser. This all changed when Apple released the iPhone. We were all forced to break out of our rigid thinking in regards to designing and developing web pages. Now we had to design pages in a way that could respond, transform and adapt, seamlessly to any device.

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The Idea Behind Rapid Prototyping

April, 12 2017 | Design, Prototyping

Bob is your typical UX’er. He designed a beautiful experience and he would have bet his career that it would work properly. He spent hours perfecting the wires, the designs, and the prototype. He even sold the idea to his colleagues and clients. He was absolutely sure that this experience was golden. Then something unexpected happened. User testing revealed that users were confused and lost within Bob’s masterpiece. He couldn’t do anything, but stand in the observation room behind the two-way mirror with his mouth wide open in shock. The time and energy he spent perfecting these designs were just thrown out the window. He now must go through the painstaking process of back tracking his designs.

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