Week 1

  • That Donald Norman and Jakob Nielsen are still very important. Almost 20 years ago when I started my Industrial Design degree I had “The Design of Everyday Things” by Donald Norman as a required text and about 15 years ago when I had my first job in web design, I bought Jakob Nielsen’s “Designing Web Usability”. I’m not sure where those copies are now, it’s amazing to think they could still be relevant in a field that moves so quickly. It just goes to show that the basic principles of design never change! Like Gestalt, which is another area I need to dust off in my academic brain.
  • How to spell “skeuomorphism” and what it, and “skeuominimalism” are. Something I’d noticed as trends, along with flat design, but not something I knew had those particular terms to describe them.
  • Where Interaction Design fits in with the other disciplines of design (Saffer diagram) – bridging Industrial Design which I previously studied and Visual Design, where most of my current work is, so it seems like the ideal area to learn more.
  • Also understanding how Interaction Design fits into the overall User Experience area. I was thinking more about the definition of a User Interface during the week (between human and machine) and that my example of my best UI is probably more Information Design than UI, so I’d like to change mine to Google Maps Directions function. Same overall concepts, but with added interaction!
  • That someone somewhere in the world is still listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers (!)
  • That Nik likes to add humour into his lectures which is always a good thing 🙂