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UI Intervision group @ ICT

March 9, 2013 1 comment

At ICT Automatisering we’ve formed ‘intervision groups’.  In these groups, professionals with common knowledge about a subject gather regularly and share information. Recently, we’ve formed the “UI Intervision group”, for which I have become one of the chair men. In this group we currently have about 10 professionals that have a keen interest in User Interfacing.

We meet about 5-6 times a year in the late afternoon /early evening at the ICT Eindhoven office. First meeting, my collegue and fellow chairman Hans Hendrix gave an introductory presentation about Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).  At the second meeting I gave a presentation about UI Design Principles. Next meeting will be about developing the UI of apps on the Android platform.

For future meetings, we are considering external speakers. So if you are a specialist in the domain of User Interfacing and are willing to hold a presentation of 1 to 1,5 hours, please do contact me with details of the subject!

Excellent UI/UX design course

September 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Finished an excellent course called “Creating User Experiences: Fundamental Design Principles” by Billy Hollis. Some great quotes:

“We are moving from “making things possible” to “making things easier”.  People or businesses that don’t follow, risk becoming irrelevant because others will step up and do better because of increased user expectance.”

And another one:

Billy Hollis First Law of Programming: Users Outnumber Developers.

“We (developers) spend an awful lot of time on worrying on things that makes life easier for ourselves or the development process. Things like unit testing, version control and continues integration. That’s fine, because those things add value. But we should spend even more time on making things easier for our users, because users outnumber developers.”

The course centers around ‘UI Design Principles’ that stem from basic human psychology, evolution and the way the human visual system works. These results in things like Gestalt Principles, Fitt’s and Hicks law, and things like ‘Preference for Naturalness’ (i.e. humans have a preference for open spaces, this comes from the Savannah preference).

Great stuff! I recommend the course for every developer that is interested in user interfaces. You can follow it on pluralsight.