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  • there is a big difference between information, and knowledge.  That old chestnut states “Knowledge is power”; not data, or information, but knowledge.  I’m not being pedantic here; in a world where we almost literally have an incredible amount of data (some of it highly dubious) at our fingertips, it’s how we collate, integrate, and apply that information that gives you knowledge.  And, as Somerville shows, hopefully eventually wisdom.
Mar 24, 15

"There’s no question that self-education has never been easier.


We can consume countless blog posts, articles, books, videos, TED talks, and Reddit AMAs. We take MOOCs, and can study along with course syllabuses from Ivy League universities. It’s awesome. And best of all, no one can criticize effort spent on becoming informed.

But there is a dark side to this glut of free information. It’s enabled a whole industry of self-help gurus, life coaches, and social media marketers to sell snake oil to the masses, tricking people–people who genuinely want to improve their lives–into thinking they can get something for nothing."

  • But there is a dark side to this glut of free information. It’s enabled a whole industry of self-help gurus, life coaches, and social media marketers to sell snake oil to the masses, tricking people–people who genuinely want to improve their lives–into thinking they can get something for nothing.
  • And knowledge requires more than just books and instruction. It requires experience. It needs the interplay–the back and forth feedback loop–between theory and practice, hypothesis and results, ideas and action.
  • Education without experience is masturbation. As the saying goes, non scholae, sed vitae discimus—not for school but for life we learn.

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Mar 24, 15

"The human mind’s content is based on the kinds of things that one interacts with on a daily basis. Many a time people perceive things based on either what they have seen, experienced, heard, read, learned or inferred after some experimentation. These perceptions are then categorized in the mind as data, information, knowledge, understanding or wisdom. Unlike wisdom, information and knowledge perceptions are as a result of what the brain has recorded in the past. That said, we need to know how knowledge differs from information (if it does) and if one can exist without the other."

  • The human mind’s content is based on the kinds of things that one interacts with on a daily basis. Many a time people perceive things based on either what they have seen, experienced, heard, read, learned or inferred after some experimentation. These perceptions are then categorized in the mind as data, information, knowledge, understanding or wisdom. Unlike wisdom, information and knowledge perceptions are as a result of what the brain has recorded in the past. That said, we need to know how knowledge differs from information (if it does) and if one can exist without the other.
  • Information refers to data that has been given some meaning by way of relational connection
  • Knowledge is the concise and appropriate collection of information in a way that makes it useful.

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Mar 24, 15

"Firstly, let’s look at Knowledge. Knowledge is what we know. Think of this as the map of the World we build inside our brains. Like a physical map, it helps us know where things are – but it contains more than that. It also contains our beliefs and expectations. “If I do this, I will probably get that.” Crucially, the brain links all these things together into a giant network of ideas, memories, predictions, beliefs, etc."

  • Knowledge is what we know. Think of this as the map of the World we build inside our brains.
  • Our brains constantly update this map from the signals coming through our eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin.
  • Everything is inter-connected in the brain.

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Mar 24, 15

"m 25 and I've been working at Company X for 3 years. I'm currently a manager of 4 younger people, and one of them is currently building complex models/queries (something I don't know how to do). What is the most effective way of managing him? I want to learn from him, but I also don't want him to think I'm an idiot."

  • Which makes it all the more remarkable that Finland is about to embark on one of the most radical education reform programmes ever undertaken by a nation state – scrapping traditional “teaching by subject” in favour of “teaching by topic”.
  • They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic.
  • Instead there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills.

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  • To convey a hierarchy of information, you can use different shades for text. The standard alpha value for text on a white background is 87% (#000000). Secondary text, which is lower in the visual hierarchy, should have an alpha value of 54% (#000000). Text hints for users, like those in text fields and labels, have an even lower visual prominence and should have an alpha value of 26% (#000000).

    Other elements, such as icons and dividers, also benefit from having an alpha value of black instead of a solid color, to make sure that they work on backgrounds of any color.

Mar 18, 15

"Whether you’ve decided to start your own company, already operating a small business or corporation, understanding the impact of color on consumer behavior will help you stay in tune with your brand and build a website that is target focused.

By using the latest color psychology trends, your website design can be more specific in targeting your desired audience to generate the desired response for your business, product or service. Colors are the first visual component and can leave a good or bad first impression. Colors can even be the primary reason that someone purchases a product. This makes colors an important factor when it comes to web design. "

Mar 18, 15

"It’s often used to justify ignoring user research, but all it does is demonstrate a misunderstanding of how feedback should be interpreted. It suggests that we should take whatever someone says about our product or service as verbatim, and not look any deeper."

  • It’s often used to justify ignoring user research, but all it does is demonstrate a misunderstanding of how feedback should be interpreted. It suggests that we should take whatever someone says about our product or service as verbatim, and not look any deeper.
Mar 18, 15

"Back in July I posted a presentation on Slideshare highlighting 11 key interaction design principles. Some of the feedback I received asked if I could share my notes from the presentation which is exactly what I’m doing now.
This post isn’t intended to be an exhaustive list of interaction design principles, its merely an introduction to the subject. And I’m definitely not going to attempt to enter the lions den of defining what ‘interaction design’ is, that’s for another day!"

  • Cognition is the scientific term for the “process of thought”. When designing interactions we need to minimise the amount of “thinking work” required to complete a particular task. Another way of putting it is that a good assistant uses their skills to help the master focus on their skills.

  • Entrepreneurs redirected in the correct direction, can and should start as many enterprises as they need, but you have to know there’s just one thing that puts them in the right path, it is called purpose.
  • There are 3 kind of businesses:
  • The conventional,

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Mar 18, 15

"Visual hierarchy is one of the most important principles behind effective web design. This article will examine why developing a visual hierarchy is crucial on the web, the theory behind it, and how you can use some very basic exercises in your own designs to put these principles into practice."

  • Design = Communication
  • At it’s core, design is all about visual communication: To be an effective designer, you have to be able to clearly communicate your ideas to viewers or else lose their attention.
  • When presented with something as simple as two circles, a person won’t just see two ordinary circles, they will find a way to differentiate between the two.

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  • These slides are from a one-day class designed to help product teams bridge the gap between applications that look great or are highly functional.

    This class, given with the Boston UXPA, provides guidelines and examples about how to make visual design decisions that reinforce usability best practices and create interfaces that people value. Participants learn the characteristics of “visually usable” apps to know what to shoot for, and get an introduction to the visual design “tools” for digital apps – layout, type, color, imagery, and controls and affordances – and how to use them to create appealing applications people can easily understand and use.
Mar 16, 15

"The goal of the course was to provide an overview of the "tools" for achieving consistency, hierarchy and personality in web application visual design – placement, color, typography and imagery."

  • While most of the content and interactive elements in applications for children employ graphic components and vibrant color combinations, the way in which application’s combine these elements can lead to a great user experience or be a cause of frustration and confusion.
  • The background illustrations are generally very colorful in such layouts, which create an immersive and exploratory experience for children. However, it is still important to maintain a visual hierarchy and emphasize elements that are interactive. You can achieve this by making clickable or tappable elements bigger, adding subtle drop shadows or contour lines, or using a broader color palette than the one you’ve used in the background graphics. Additionally, in applications for children, audio and animation cues generally accompany such visual emphasis, prompting users to action.
  • Children’s attraction to bold colors and high contrasts extends all the way to their fifth year. However, recently, children’s tolerance for broader color palettes, more complex textures, and more advanced levels of depth has increased—largely because of the now very common use of computer-animated, 3D graphics in movies and TV shows for young audiences.

  • Web designers often overlook the true value of user experience. There is a lot to be said for how a user interacts with your page which can make or break your business and brand. All areas of design ultimately fall back to values of true user experience. You may ask yourself questions such as "how will my average visitor behave once they land on my site?"

     

    Another approach is to step directly into the shoes of your site's visitors. Consider yourself just another web surfer jumping from page to page - how does your website stack up? Any web designer or developer will benefit greatly by taking steps towards applying deeper analytics into their web applications.

Mar 16, 15

"A great report by UXPIN on the basics of User Experience & User Interface. A must read for all web designers and marketers."

  • This proposal of work contains details and samples of the user centric design process I follow. I have been trying to find a good graph that represents the process, but at the end I have decided to make my own! ;)
Mar 16, 15

"This is my presentation from the 2014 Future of Web Design Conference where I spoke on the topic of practical, or bite-size UX methods."

  • This is the third lecture about contextmapping given for the experience design master class at HITLab, Canterbury University in New Zealand. Contextmapping is an important exercise in the early design phase when the designer needs to confront his / her assumptions with the real world the users live in. It is a great preparation for user research.
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