Navigating User Interfaces: What Works for Disney World Can Work For You

You can learn a lot from how Disney World guides its visitors to the sights those visitors want to see. And, when it comes to finding your way around, Disney World is probably a lot more complicated than any website you’ll ever build. Visitors come to Disney World to see the “sights” (the rides, shows, […]
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Navigating User Interfaces: It’s Just Like How You Get to Your Hotel Room

If you want users to find the content/functionality in your website, then your user interface will have to guide users to the content they want. To do that effectively, you need to understand how people find their way to anywhere — and your last experience with checking into a hotel will tell you everything you […]
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Helping Your Users Find Your Site’s Content

If your users can’t find the content they want on your website, then it really doesn’t matter if you actually have that content. Here’s what you can learn from the craft of “wayfinding” about helping users find what they want. Architecture may not seem to have much to do with building user interfaces for a […]
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Creating Genuinely Intuitive Designs: Feed Forward Design Patterns

You can create User Interfaces that your users will find intuitive…provided you look at the other electronic applications they’re using. Some things require no explanation. If you are this close to a crocodile you don’t move or, if you do, you back away sloooooowly. No signs or shouted instructions are necessary. An ideally “intuitive” User Interface […]
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Creating Intuitive User Interfaces: Understanding Mental Models

Your user probably doesn’t think about the problem the way you do. And, unless you take the time to find out how your users do think about the problem, you won’t have anything like an “intuitive” interface. Jared M. Spool defines “intuitive” as the gap between what knowledge the user has and what knowledge the application […]
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