3 Representational Models That Affect Usability

A few weeks ago while talking about visual perception and memory, I mentioned how the mental models your audience hold affect how they perceive your designs. Today I want to expand on the topic and consider the conceptual model of the designer as well as the interaction model or where designer and audience meet.
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How Design Is The Body Language Of The Web

A few weeks ago I watched a video from WordCamp Phoenix in which Heather Billings compared web design to body language. I thought it was a great metaphor for design and I’ve been thinking about the connection ever since.
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What Designers Should Know About Visual Perception and Memory

When a visitor lands on your web page and begins to look around you hope your message is communicated clearly and understood. On the surface this may seem like a simple one way transmission of ideas from your design to the viewer’s eye. The reality is more complex.
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11 Things That Influence Your Designs

This weekend I came across an interesting post by Dmitry Fadeyev, Our Tools, which looks at how the tools we use in designing a website influence the final design for the site, regardless of whether or not we want the tool to influence us.
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10 Things You Can Do To Become A Better Web Designer

Like a lot of web designers I didn’t go to school to learn design or development. My degrees are in completely unrelated fields. As a web designer and developer I’m close to 100% self-taught. That self-teaching isn’t random though.
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