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  1. User Experience: The Art Of Maintaining A Balance Between Simplicity And Complication Posted in Heavy Chef News, Concocted by Wendy Tayler August 3, 2012 1 comment

    The Baymard web research institute is based in Denmark, and run by two remarkably dedicated men – Christian Holst and Jamie Appleseed. Together, their skills lie in design, website coding and user experience. The Baymard Institute’s philosophy is seated in taking the originality and thoroughness of academic research and presenting it in a pragmatic and user-friendly format. We chatted to the Danes about their research, finding a good balance for user experiences and designing for multiple devices. Read Further

  2. The Art Of Good Design: Insight From Kalahari.com’s UX Specialist Posted in Heavy Chef News, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Wendy Tayler April 13, 2012 14 comments

    When it comes to User Experience and Design, kalahari.com is a sound example of a brand doing this successfully. We spoke to Rian van der Merwe, Head of User Experience at kalahari.com. We got some great perspective on some of the challenges faced in large organisations, design versus usability, and we hear about his next chapter that is soon approaching. Read Further

  3. Homer Simpson’s Community Blog: The Wireframe Posted in Community Management, Concocted by Sachin Ranchod October 29, 2010 3 comments
    We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing community management on the Heavy Chef blog and we decided that it was time to put some of the theory into practice.  To do this, we’ve developed a home-page wireframe for Homer Simpson’s community blog.
    Wireframes are often described as the stickmen of web design – they are simple mock-ups of a web page that allow us to quickly determine which elements need to appear on a page and their relative priority.  The wireframing process is usually the first step after you have taken the time to understand the website requirements from both the business and user perspectives.
    The idea for the Homer Simpson community blog was to create a place for Homer and his friends to write about topic which interested them (i.e. beer, donuts and TV).   Based on these topics, Homer then wants to build a community of like-minded people (starting in Springfield) with the goal of getting them to discuss the pressing issues around beer, donuts and TV.
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    We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing community management on the Heavy Chef blog and we decided that it was time to put some of the theory into practice.  To do this, we’ve developed a home-page wireframe for Homer Simpson’s community blog. Read Further

  4. Does a good user experience help to attract more people to become part of your community? Posted in Community Management, Social Media, Website Design, Website Usability, Concocted by Sachin Ranchod October 13, 2010 7 comments
    • User Experience (UX) describes the subjective feelings a person has when using a system (in this case, a website).
    • UX Design aims to influence the user’s emotions, perceptions and behaviour by designing a system where the user interface (including images, wording and components), workflow, information architecture, help, performance, marketing, accessibility and the general ease-of-use are all designed with the user in mind. Read Further
  5. Have you seen the new FNB.co.za? Posted in Website Design, Concocted by LouisJvR July 20, 2009 4 comments

    As banking websites go, they aren’t really built to excite.

    In fact I often wonder if they’re built to transact. It doesn’t seem as much, considering their failure (in my opinion) to find even a swift of balance between creative design and the user-experience.

    That being said, FNB has changed my perception. Read Further