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How To Design Mental Models That Create a Superior User Experience - Leanne Byrom

How To Design Mental Models That Create a Superior User Experience - Leanne Byrom | Mapmakers | Scoop.it

   Designing something right requires that you completely understand what a person wants to get done. You need to understand how a person uses something if you’re going to get the design right for them. You also need to know the person’s goals and the procedures she/he follows to accomplish those goals.

   Mental models give you a deep understanding of people’s motivations and thought processes along with the emotional and philosophical landscape in which they are operating.

   Mental models guide the design of your solution and help you and your team make good user and business decisions by focusing your solution on what users actually need – based on the feedback they have already given you.

   They can also act as a road map, ensuring continuity of vision and opportunity. A mental model consists of several sections, with groups within each section.

 

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Our Favorite Tools for Sketching - Leah Buley @UgLeah

Our Favorite Tools for Sketching - Leah Buley @UgLeah | Mapmakers | Scoop.it

   Why are sketches and drawing suddenly so prevalent? Well, for one, they can save a lot of time and mitigate the risk of building the wrong thing. But we're also finding that drawn elements magically invite people into the process and make ideas proliferate.

   Whatever the reasons, sketching and drawing seem to be emerging as the next must-have skills for user experience professionals. If you've been wanting to beef up your sketching chops, this newsletter is for you. In it, I share my toolkit for sketching like a pro—even if you aren't one. Here's what's in my sketching toolkit, and how each of the tools helps me be a better user experience designer.

 
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Inspiring UI Wireframe Sketches - Gisele Muller @GisMullr

Inspiring UI Wireframe Sketches - Gisele Muller @GisMullr | Mapmakers | Scoop.it

   Wireframes are the skeleton of an idea, and it is really interesting to observe how other people do their wireframes because we can get several ideas and insights for our own projects. There are many different approaches to wireframes, from detailing kinds of information you will display, to showing a range of functions available, or laying out the several scenarios you have in mind. Wireframes are a important step of the creating process. Here you'll find a few good examples of wireframe sketches that show you how other designers are developing their ideas.

 
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