I found the readings for this week helpful when picturing what I can change with my portfolio and what I should do with my assignments and final project. A lot of White Space is Not Your Enemy seemed like obvious information, at least for me. However I have a background of art as a hobby from a little tot to present day and that has always filtered into my other work. For example, while writing a paper for class I try to avoid little “orphans” hanging on a separate line. I like everything to look even. Although, I never noticed little white space rivers before; I don’t think it makes is unpleasant to read either, though. As for centering everything, I imagine that gets done because of OCD tendencies which causes someone to believe their design looks best that way. I know I used to prefer everything centered so it looked “even”. Eventually that look started to bother me, which according to the book is a good thing.

The chapters in general made me feel as if I was taking high school art all over again, really. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a great resource, I can see how valuable they would be to someone who didn’t take art as their elective because they were not given that opportunity or any other reason. However, I did feel as though the section on the color wheel was a little too basic because I remember going over that in elementary school. I think they could have done a lot more with that to make it a more worth-while read.

I did enjoy the section on layouts, that will be very helpful moving forward. The in-depth discussion on using grids and determining columns will be essential to the aesthetics of our designs for class and well after this.

The Jakob Nielsen piece has a broken link, but I thought the UXMyths were an interesting read. I liked seeing what the common misconceptions were and how many I could relate to. What I would like to know, though, is why is “People are rational” a myth? Who in their right mind sat down and said to themselves, “People are generally very rational.” Not a rational person, that’s who. Users are so immensely unpredictable and that is the challenge and joy of design. You never know just who it will reach, but the challenge of completing it even while knowing that is a great feeling!
Also, how about something the UXMyths didn’t do…what does the UX stand for? The only logical explanation I can think of is User Experience; however, coming to that conclusion requires me to think rationally and read the web (their website), two things their site debunks as not happening.

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Comments (2)

  1. Amy

    I also wondered what UX stood for and I also decided it must be User Experience.

    I found the myth about people knowing what they want to be very fascinating. I think it is really hard to verbalize what you want in a website and often what you say contradicts your actual behavior. This goes back to the point that people are very unpredictable.

  2. Josh

    You make an interesting point about what is taught in high school. From my experience, I had several classes that discussed design. Although I never took an art class, several of my computer classes involved making flyers etc. I wonder how much the curriculum in schools is changing to meet new demands. It would be interesting to compare how the curriculum has changed in the past 20 years.


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