design thoughts by rohan sandeep



Principles of Interaction Design

Category : Blog Jan 31st, 2011

I came across this interesting article by Short Bored Surfer, outlining the Principles of Interaction Design. The Points outlined include,

  1. Match Experience & Expectations
  2. Consistency
  3. Functional Minimalism
  4. Cognitive Load
  5. Engagement
  6. Functional Layering
  7. Control Trust & Explorability
  8. Error prevention, detection and recoverability
  9. Mousing
  10. Affordance
  11. Hierarchy of Control

Nokia – UX Course Material for Mobile

Category : Blog Jan 21st, 2011

I came across this wonderful link from NOKIA for User Experience in Mobile Context.
I still have to go through all the slides, seems quite interesting so far.

Link to UX Driven Development for Education

Bus Route Search

Category : Blog Jan 20th, 2011

I have a tough time in Bangalore travelling in busses. The reason, my inability to read kannada the local laguage. With my lingual handicap I have been relying on my memory to remember the bus route numbers to go from location one to the next. Recently I started looking online for this information. I started with expecting none, but came across three websites that currently provide information related to buses plying in Bangalore.  These websites aim at providing the users with information on which busses numbers ply on the routes they are interesrted in, or in simple words how to reach from Point A to Point B.

Each of these seem like good tools for my search. But I have come across numerous usability issues in each of the applications.

Innovations in search – what does this button do?

Category : Blog Jan 3rd, 2011

Google has been on the forefront of innovations in search. For most part these innovations were not displayed to the user and done on the backend. Slowly though google is moving on the innovation side with the GUI. The latest one i have seen (picture below) includes display of a remove option from the search results.

Am a little confused what it really should be doing. Logic mostly indicates the ‘Remove’ option would alter the search suggestion list and help search within only the options left. Does it do anything else. From the lay users point of view, the design pattern is very new and might just catch them by suprise (‘what does this button do’).

All the same its exciting to see some of these innovations on the otherwise featureless text boxes on search engines.

Design Challenge! – Route Search

Category : Blog Jan 2nd, 2011

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation has an interesting application enabling users to search for a route, or browse through an existing route using the Google map navigator displayed below.  What improvements come to your mind looking at the current interface!