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Patterns: Filter a gallery of items

Most e-commerce sites today show search results in a gallery and include a set of filter controls along the top or the left side. How should the page respond to filter selections? There are 3 patterns I’ve come across.

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Posted 2 years ago
Patterns: Start signal

A common problem I find with busy e-commerce sites is lack of a clear “start signal”, which can be concrete, like an action, or more implicit, like a visual hierarchy. Either way, the user needs to know where to start.

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Organize UI patterns by user behavior

A good pattern library would help me define the user and the interaction problem I am trying to solve. It would be organized by user behaviors and goals rather than UI elements.

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Usefulness testing

Usefulness is a term I picked up at the NN/g usability conference in Toronto that I will be using a lot. Here are my thoughts on how usefulness relates to usability.

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Fun with slicing IMG into DIV tiles

You can create interesting image effects by slicing up an image into separate div tiles. Here is a jQuery plugin that takes care of the slicing.

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Click/hover event on circular element

A solution to attaching click and hover events to circular elements that uses an image map overlay.

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Custom easing functions: Math study 1

I looked at different ways of creating and tweaking exponential function shapes. My goal was to understand functions better, so I can create custom easing functions. These are my notes.

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Funnies

My first comics! I hope I get more ideas for these.

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Words: seeing forest, seeing trees

At what point does a bunch of trees become a forest? It’s tricky because a forest is an emergent concept. Such a thing does not really exist. Neither does “culture”, “brand”, or “customer satisfaction”.

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Business Analyst in the age of Design /3

How does Business Analysis practice differ from Design Thinking practice?

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Business Analyst in the age of design /2

Everything should be designed. Everyone should be a designer.

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Business Analyst in the age of design /1

What is the place of user experience in Business Analysis? Can Design replace Business Analysis?

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Words: goal, purpose, or objective?

Clarifying these words can bring great clarity to a project.

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