Category: Design

Flat design? Not for the warm-hearted…

Design, Opinion

Back in the early 90’s, while I was at design college, my class took a field trip to Berlin. It was one of those ‘let’s go study Berlin design and culture’ things – with the convenient added bonus of a great popup scene, where bars and clubs would spring up...

Designing for fluency – Part 2

Design, Experience, Interaction Design, Opinion, UX

Fluency, cognitive choreography and designing better workflows If you’ve read part 1, you’ll know all about what Fluency is and how understanding it subtly, but importantly, changes the way you think about usability.  Now I’d like to take this one step further by introducing a couple of other concepts from Kahneman’s book on...

Designing for fluency – Part 1

Design, Experience, Interaction Design, Opinion, UX

From the new psychology of Fluency to useability, beauty and beyond Having had a background in (proper) psychology, before emerging as a designer, I’ve often been dubious about the value of this fascinating ‘science of the mind’ for the practice of design.  Every now and then, you’ll hear some strained...