Creative Collaboration With Algorithms
by Naimul Hasan
Posted on August 24, 2016 at 9:00 PM
Designers have learned to juggle many tools and skills to near perfection, and as a result, a new term emerged, “product designer.” Product designers are proactive members of a product team; they understand how user research works, they can do interaction design and information architecture, they can create a visual style, enliven it with motion design, and make simple changes in the code for it. These people are invaluable to any product team.
However, balancing so many skills is hard — you can’t dedicate enough time to every aspect of product work. Of course, a recent boon of new design tools has shortened the time we need to create deliverables and has expanded our capabilities. However, it’s still not enough. There is still too much routine, and new responsibilities eat up all of the time we’ve saved. We need to automate and simplify our work processes even more. I see three key directions for this:
constructing a UI,
preparing assets and content,
personalizing the UX.
I’ll show you some examples and propose a new approach for this future work process. Constructing A UI Link
Publishing tools such as Medium, Readymag and Squarespace have already simplified the author’s work — countless high-quality templates will give the author a pretty design without having to pay for a designer. There is an opportunity to make these templates smarter, so that the barrier to entry gets even lower.
For example, while The Grid is still in beta, a hugely successful website constructor, Wix, has started including algorithm-driven features. The company announced Advanced Design Intelligence, which looks similar to The Grid’s semi-automated way of enabling non-professionals to create a website. Wix teaches the algorithm by feeding it many examples of high-quality modern websites. Moreover, it tries to make style suggestions relevant to the client’s industry. It’s not easy for non-professionals to choose a suitable template, and products like Wix and The Grid could serve as a design expert.
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Imranul Hoque August 25, 2016 at 9:30 PMI think it's time to create Red List for endangered jobs like we already have Red List for animals/plants/whatever. Maybe even more, we need to create a reservation/conservation for that jobs or something like that.
Javed Omar August 25, 2016 at 9:30 PMExcellent point! I think you should add Google Slides’ Exploration function to the list of examples. It is an illustration of production scale implementation of layout optimization akin to DesignScape. Of academic works, you might mention SketchPlore (http://www.kashyaptodi.com/sketchplore/) that calls itself UI optimizer of both usability and aesthetics.
How Functional Animation Helps Improve User Experience
Posted on September 20, 2016 at 9:00 PM
Since humans are visually driven creatures, the impact of imagery only increases with the help of animation. Our eyes innately pay attention to moving objects, and animation is like eye candy — catchy and bright elements that call attention to and help differentiate an app from its competitors. As of late, more and more designers are incorporating animation as a functional element that enhances the user experience. Animation is no longer just for delight; it is one of the most important tools for successful interaction.
However, animation in design can only enhance user experience if it’s incorporated at the right time as well as the right place. Good UI animations have a purpose; they are meaningful, and functional. In this article, we’ll talk about the role of functional animation in UX design and see when to incorporate motion into a design. If you’d like to follow along and spice up your designs with animations, Adobe introduced Experience Design CC (also known as Adobe XD) which you can download and test for free, and get started right away.