In honour of World Usability (#WUD)

17 Nov
wud-logo-color
World Usability Day (#WUD), generally the second Thursday of November, aims at ensuring that services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use, and at celebrating and educating – celebrating the strides we have made in creating usable products and educating the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. It is about making our world work better.

This year I attended with 40 or so others, FLUPA Nice The World Usability Day local meetup where Google’s Material Design was introduced, and a small workshop was held on visually designing wireframes.

I learned that 21% of the French population is in a situation of handicap (that is 23M people) and that 80% of handicaps are invisible. W3C was mentioned for its work on WCAG, but unfortunately not for its WAI tutorials or Developer tools.

Other useful snippets:

  • Digital accessibility is a vector of social integration.
  • My priority design principles include:
    • Visible elements
    • … including visible buttons using or or two words
    • Most important elements at the top
    • Similar types of information are grouped
    • Clear hierarchy of information
    • Consistency of UX throughout
    • Sufficient font size and colour contrast
    • 2 to 3 colours (that match, preferably although it’s a matter of taste)
    • 2 font types at most, maybe a third if used in a logotype
    • Short sentences
    • A little jargon as possible
    • Consistent usage of personal pronouns
  • Given that only a handful of frameworks appear to be used to create websites nowadays, people really need to be creative in order to stand out and be identifiable.
Advertisements

#inktober days 26-31

1 Nov
[Inktober: 31 days 31 drawings, following a prompt list.]

Voilà, Inktober 2017 is over. I really enjoyed doing it this year again and will probably do it next year. I was not inspired every day but most days I was. I’m quite proud of most the drawings I made and I hope you liked them as well. (Interestingly some of those I didn’t particularly like were liked/favourited more than I anticipated, and by the same token, a few of those I found outstanding didn’t garner a lot of popularity.)

Day 26: ‘Squeak’. Black and white ink drawing of a cat playing with a mouse, against a circular background of red watercolour.
Black and white ink drawing of a cat playing with a mouse, against a circular background of red watercolour

Day 27: ‘Climb’. Black and grey ink drawing of the silhouette of a woman rock-climbing.
Black and grey ink drawing of the silhouette of a woman rock-climbing

Day 28: ‘Fall’. Grey India ink soft brush pen, black ink pin pen and black ink brush pen drawing of a man falling from a skyscraper. For this one, I had to hold a soft brush pen in each hand so that the dark and light greys would blend better. I don’t know how others do it. After I posted the drawing, Emmanuel nudged me when he realised the sky scraper looked very much like the Tour de Bretagne in Nantes.
Grey India ink soft brush pen, black ink pin pen and black ink brush pen drawing of a man falling from a skyscraper

Day 29: ‘United’. Grey India ink soft brush pen, black ink pin pen and black ink brush pen drawing of two carps, forming a circle.
Grey India ink soft brush pen, black ink pin pen and black ink brush pen drawing of two carps, forming a circle

Day 30: ‘Found’. Grey India ink soft brush pens and black ink pin pen drawing of a foundry and tiny people. I made a typo in the theme on the drawing, oh well.
Grey India ink soft brush pens and black ink pin pen drawing of a foundry and tiny people

Day 31: ‘Mask’. Black ink pin pen and white Posca pen drawing of a man holding a mask.
Black ink pin pen and white Posca pen drawing of a man holding a mask

Inktober prompt list:
Inktober prompt list

 

#inktober days 21-25

28 Oct

 

[Inktober: 31 days 31 drawings, following a prompt list.]

Day 21: ‘furious’. Black ink brush pen drawing of a roaring gorilla.

57BA6F66-CCEF-4F04-A8BF-B48BB7D8C840

Day 22: ‘trail’. Black ink pin pen drawing of a dirt path winding next to a tree and what in hindsight looks like a pile of poo but was meant to resemble a pile of rocks.

81638F45-04D3-41C8-83BE-9FA3DD53D85A

Day 23: ‘juicy’. Grey India ink brush pen drawing of a dripping slice of orange and the word ‘juicy’ underneath.

B967184A-81D1-41A5-9E87-A58BA87F6F1B

Day 24: ‘blind’. Black ink pin pen, grey India ink brush pen and black ink brush pen drawing of feet walking forward, following a white cane.

71B74F5D-56AC-431F-92D7-AE0F17C47679

Day 25: ‘ship’. Black ink pin pen, grey India ink brush pen and black ink brush pen drawing of a lopsided ship stranded in the sand on the shore.
2E4479B6-A8B1-40EF-ADA9-FA61E8D52444

Inktober prompt list:
Inktober prompt list

#inktober days 16-20

27 Oct

 

[Inktober: 31 days 31 drawings, following a prompt list.]

Day 16: ‘fat(so)’. Grey India ink brush pen and black ink pin pen drawing of a wombat in a medallion, the words ‘Mortal Wombat’ underneath. Tribute to the logotype of the ‘Mortal Kombat’ video game I used to play in the 90s.

Grey India ink brush pen and black ink pin pen drawing of a wombat in a medallion, the words Mortal Wombat underneath. Tribute to the logotype of the Mortal Kombat video game I used to play in the 90s

Day 17: ‘graceful’. Black ink pin pen drawing of a detail of Antonio Canova’s masterpiece sculpture ‘Three Graces’.
Black ink pin pen drawing of a detail of Antonio Canova’s masterpiece sculpture ‘Three Graces

Day 18: ‘filthy’. Grey India ink brush pen and black ink pin pen drawing of a cartoon showing President Donald Trump in a Captain America costume, a dollar sign on his shield, carrying a nozzle and hose of lubricant.

Grey India ink brush pen and black ink pin pen drawing of a cartoon showing President Donald Trump in a Captain America costume, a dollar sign on his shield, carrying a nozzle and hose of lubricant

Day 19: ‘cloud’. Black ink pin pen drawing of clouds, sky and stars, done with parallel straight lines.

Black ink pin pen drawing of clouds, sky and stars, done with parallel straight lines

Day 20: ‘deep’. Black ink pin pen drawing of a giant squid grabbing the Nautilus.

Black ink pin pen drawing of a giant squid grabbing the Nautilus

Inktober prompt list:
Inktober prompt list