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ProtectWise UI

Title: Redefining security visualization with Hollywood UI design Context: Don’t judge a product by its UI…pffftt! Just kidding! Totally judge everything by its UI. Synopsis: Bells and whistles. All sizzle and no steak. Freshly painted front porch but nobody home.

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Xerox Star 6085 desktop icons (c. 1985)

Title: History Of Icons Context: Iconography: 40 years later and we’re right back where we started. Synopsis: Of all the GUI’s contributions to the canon of design, none is so significant, and fraught with passionate debate as the lowly icon.

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False Icons, Rejection ofImage credit: Dj Walker-Morgan, “False Icons, Rejection of“, January 14, 2005, Flickr

Title: Icon Usability Context: Nobody knows what your icon means. It’s just science. Synopsis: After weeks of struggle, you finally solved it. You came up with an icon to represent some abstract concept in your navigation schema, that you are

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Icons used in research project

Title: Are Hollow Icons Really Harder to Recognize Than Solid Icons? A Research Study Context: The age old argument between solid and outlined icons finally gets settled. A long 12 months of conflict finally resolved! Synopsis: There are many assumptions

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Title: Authentic Design Context: There are lots of competing theories on what digital design should be. And approximately 0 ways of knowing which one is right. Synopsis: Arguments over the correct way to design things is as old as our

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Title: Redesigning the Save symbol. Let’s do this. Context: Culture. History. Symbolism. Metaphor. Psychology. It’s like a dang Dostoyevsky novel. Synopsis: When was the last time you used a floppy disk? Probably just a few minutes ago. Really. Go check

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Title: Fixing A Broken User Experience Context: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broken, get up off your lazy ass and get to fixin! Synopsis: Fractured user experience. Mis-aligned product portfolio. Multiple visual languages and

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Title: 9 Rules to Make Your Icons Clear and Intuitive Context: Put down the pirated copy of Photoshop and step away from the iconography. Synopsis: Icons are easy. All you need to do is to make a little picture of

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Title: Lost in translation: Bridging the gap between interaction & visual design Context: When it comes to interaction design and visual design, can’t we all just get along? (Even though we usually do, for the purposes of this post, pretend

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Title: Do You Know When To Communicate Verbally And When To Communicate Visually? Context: Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember…Wait, what was I talking about again? Synopsis: The brain is a funny thing. The way we’re all wired

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Title: Little Big Details Context: Not only is the devil in the details, so is the elegance. Synopsis: Wonderful Tumblr site that showcases UI and interaction designs to be found in web, software, mobile, iconography – what have you –

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Title: Clive Thompson on the Power of Visual Thinking Context: Shut up* and draw. You’ll make more sense. *Not meant pejoratively. Synopsis: As designers we are particularly good at thinking visually. When working with people who are not so “artistically”

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Title: Realism in UI Design Context: How realistic should that icon look? Synopsis: Many UI elements are abstractions of familiar concepts that allow users to project their own context on while remaining universal enough to be functional across individuals, demographics

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