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  1. Design Killers<br />How to recognize when they’re killing your project and how to bring good projects back from the brink of doom<br /> 2. Design…
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  • 1. Design Killers<br />How to recognize when they’re killing your project and how to bring good projects back from the brink of doom<br />
  • 2. Design Killers<br />Ruin good projects.<br />Sometimes, they kill off great projects. <br />It’s a good idea to know that they’re out there, so you can spot them in a lineup.<br />
  • 3. Meet the Usual Suspects<br />
  • 4. Meet the Usual Suspects<br />
  • 5. Marketing Fluff<br />How to tell if fluff is killing you:<br /><ul><li>People are smiling at you, and you have no idea who they are
  • 6. Unusually white teeth
  • 7. Ubiquitous headset
  • 8. There are words - too many of them.</li></ul>Crimes of Discontent<br />If you’re adding non-nutrious content to your site, be sure it’s actually dessert. <br />
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  • 10. Content<br />How do you pick your content images?<br />
  • 11. Look at things.(Yes, I’m serious.)<br />
  • 12. 1977<br />
  • 13. 1977 (pong)<br />
  • 14. Art is Inspiration<br />Why bother?<br />
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  • 16. Meet the Usual Suspects<br />
  • 17. Function Only Bot<br />How to tell if it is killing you:<br /><ul><li>The UI only looks functional
  • 18. Overuse of grey and khaki
  • 19. Can’t tell if it’s a wireframe or a site</li></ul>ExTERminATE!<br />Don’t get me wrong.. Function over Form any day of the week. But if you’re playing it safe with defaults, you are headed for heartache. Actually, heartache would be preferable. You’re headed for blah.<br />
  • 20. Default<br />Lies not in the stars, but in ourselves.<br />
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  • 23. Some art is <br />“just decorative”<br />Some art is created<br />to match your sofa<br />Some art is created<br />to make people say <br />“oh how pretty!”<br />
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  • 26. Metro<br />
  • 27. Panorama<br />
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  • 29. How to solve the case:<br />Admit it. Humans are emotional.<br />
  • 30. Meet the Usual Suspects<br />
  • 31. Carsick Unicorns<br />How to tell if color is killing you:<br /><ul><li>Your eyes bleed when you see it *
  • 32. wincing *
  • 33. animated gifs </li></ul>(*unless you are colorblind, which in many cases leaves you blissfully immune) <br />
  • 34. Color<br />
  • 35. Color<br />What it is and what it’s good <br />(and bad) for<br />
  • 36. Color<br />
  • 37. Warm<br />
  • 38. Cool<br />
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  • 47. How to solve the case:<br />Pick a limited palette that’s consistent with your brand.<br />
  • 48. Why have Design Guidelines?<br />Myspace Customization<br />Facebook <br />
  • 49. Great Color Resources<br />
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  • 53. Meet the Usual Suspects<br />
  • 54. Crasher Squirrel<br />How to tell if bad UX is killing you:<br /><ul><li>Apart from being a squirrel, he’s a popup
  • 55. You are trying to do something and something is blocking you</li></ul>Interruption<br />If you are interrupting someone using your product, just like in real life, you’re being rude. Be sure there is a good reason for it.<br />Most of the time, popup interruptions will be seen as an advertisement and people will try to skip or instinctively avoid looking at it. This includes splash screens and page interruption adverts.<br />
  • 56. UX<br />(bless you?)<br />
  • 57. How to solve the case:<br />Remember what you set out to do, and let your customers do it as easily as possible.<br />
  • 58. Meet the Usual Suspects<br />
  • 59. Miss Alignment<br />How to if layout is killing you:<br /><ul><li>Content spills out of containing boxes
  • 60. Angles aren’t consistent
  • 61. Or, everything is so angular it hurts to look at it.</li></ul>Tends to work with her brother, “Buster” and often a crew of minions called “browser bugs”<br />
  • 62. Layout<br />Three things to keep in mind<br />
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  • 64. Lin Bolin <br />Seeing the Invisible<br />
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  • 69. Create order with grids.<br />
  • 70. Thanks, Lokesh! Check out his blog: www.lokeshdhakar.com<br />
  • 71. Thanks, Lokesh! Check out his blog: www.lokeshdhakar.com<br />
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  • 76. How to solve the case:<br />Keep the Design in Mind.<br />
  • 77. Meet the Usual Suspects<br />
  • 78. Comic Sans<br />How to tell if typography is killing you: <br /><ul><li>In addition to comic sans, it could be any font that isn’t matching the branding of the project
  • 79. Comic Sans is a sad clown. He wants to be used in fun invitations to kid parties. But he keeps getting put in inappropriate settings, like corporate reports. </li></li></ul><li>Typography<br />Meet the (font) Family.<br />
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  • 82. And then she saw it…<br />And then she saw it…<br />Oh, you get the idea.<br />And then she saw it…<br />And then she saw it…<br />And then she saw it…<br />
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  • 87. omeGood Type Resources<br />
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  • 90. Killers?<br />
  • 91. Community? You’re soaking in it!<br />
  • 92. Code Camps, User Groups, Meetups, and Tweetups<br />You’re already here.<br />Go ahead and ask around!<br />(Or you’re watching this online)<br />DM me @dianeleeper<br />
  • 93. Blogs, Sites, Online Magazines<br />SmashingMagazine<br />Abduzedo.com<br />visitmix.com<br />Interaction Design: www.ixda.org<br />
  • 94. Conventions: Mix, Max, and SXSW<br />SXSW.com<br />2009.max.adobe.com/online<br />2010.max.adobe.com/online<br />videos.visitmix.com= MIX09<br />live.visitmix.com = MIX10<br />
  • 95. Microsoft.com/design/toolbox<br />
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