UI Tips

As you may know, I wrote my honors thesis on Human Computer Interaction back in my university days, and since then have done a lot of UX and UI based work over the years. I thought I would share some insight into some common things that people mistake UX for UI and vice versa. So here is a clarification post for those interested.

Normally, we think of the term user interface (or UI) as it applies to applications. Technically, this term refers to the parts of the software which interact directly with a human. So, it covers things like what options are available to the user at any given time, how those options are presented on the computer screen, as well as the physical interactions (mouse/keyboard, game pad, etc.). For example, with video games, the UI is divided into two parts: the input (that is, how the player gives commands to the game) and output (how the game communicates the results of those actions and other aspects of the game state to the player).

Games vs Simulations

Office Simulation

From my experience and observation, a lot people lately (the last 2 years or so) have been throwing the whole “gamification” and “simulation” terms around in the eLearning community. As some of you know, I have been into this sort of stuff for a bit longer than this (5+ years) so I would like to help some of those newbies out there, what these terms are and how to appropriately use them.

UX and Usability in Non Profits

Lately at work I have been working with the non-profit organisation World Vision Australia on the 40 Hour Famine website as a UX and Usability Specialist. There is a growing global awareness of the requirements of people with disabilities and older people, but this does not mean that all countries have a shared or even similar perception of the concept of accessibility. Some countries impose stricter laws and regulations, while some are less rigid.

More iBooks goodness

Recently, I have been at a contract job working on a set (3) of Apple iBooks. These were to assist general practice registrars navigate their way through the maze of general practice training. They covered employment as a registrar, including employment terms and conditions; exam preparation, including advice on study partners and how to utilise practice case studies; support, including wellbeing tips and the importance of looking after yourself; and training resources, including information about the Australian General Practice Training program…

Adobe DPS

The last few days I have been working with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, the fact is, in this version of DPS, you never actually get a Folio file saved on your machine. You now virtually create Folios within your Folio Builder panel within InDesign, and then upload individual articles to a Folio using your Adobe Id to the Adobe DPS Servers….