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Month November 2015

Visual Highlighting: Information Visualization

While its best practice to display the most important information in the top left corner within a dashboard and provide users with an overview, the relative importance of this information may change over time. This may lead to the conclusion that we as designers should move the information in a different location, which is not what we should be doing.

Opponent-Process Theory of human vision

The opponent-process theory was proposed in 1982 by German physiologist Edwald Hering. In his theory he explains that our ability to perceive color is under the control of three opposing systems which are generated by the three different photoreceptor cells found in the retina of the human eye.

Experiencing color

The ability to experience color can help us in a variety of ways. Colours convey meaning, connect, communicate functions, and help us to distinguish information.

What is User Experience Design?

There are so many discussion online on user experience, what it is and what it’s not, and it gives me a headache every time I see a debate. There is in general just so much confusion. I can only suspect why that is:

  1. Many young people feel attracted to UX, and get into the field without a proper formal education. I don’t have a problem with this approach, as long as they educate themselves through other sources out there. And there are plenty of it.
  2. Large organisations know they need designers, but don’t know how to integrated us. Yes, unlike Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, Business Development, Engineering, etc. we are a very different tribe with needs that are different from what organisations know.

Gestalt principles to use in dashboard design

Kurt Koffka, Max Wertheimer, and Wolfgang Kohler identified and described a number of perceptual biases. These biases help us identify groups of objects. There are several Gestalt principles that designers apply in their work, and six of them are of special interest in the context of desinging a dashboard.

Gestalt principles to use in dashboard design

Kurt Koffka, Max Wertheimer, and Wolfgang Kohler identified and described a number of perceptual biases. These biases help us identify groups of objects. There are several Gestalt principles that designers apply in their work, and six of them are of special interest in the context of desinging a dashboard.

Alternative approaches to user-centerer design

We hear all about user-centricity as approach to product design. But what are some of the other approaches, how do they work and are they better?

How we see

About 70% of all sense receptors in the human body are located in the eyes, which explains why we shape our understanding so much through visual input.

Design features that make or break a dashboard design

Certain design features should be avoided to improve the meaningfulness of a dashboards. Here are some of the good and bad practices.

Advantages of dashboards

Designers use dashboards to represent raw data in a visual form that is helpful and supports immediate recognition and extraction of information that is most important.