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A New Case for Software Development

Slide deck for a presentation I made for St. Louis South County Toastmasters on the changing landscape of software development, the need to produce elegant, intuitive products and some of the principles for good design.

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A New Case for Software Development

  1. 1. A New Case for Software Development
  2. 2. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. - Abraham Lincoln, 1862
  3. 3. For the history of software, it's been good enough to make things possible. Now success also depends on making things easy. - developer Billy Hollis
  4. 4. Universal Design Principles • Aesthetics • Simplification • Organization • Direction • Color
  5. 5. Design Principles: Asthetics • Attractiveness Bias • Aesthetic-Usability Effect • Application to Software Development?
  6. 6. Design Principles: Simplification • Pareto or 80/20 Rule – roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes
  7. 7. Design Principles: Simplification • Progressive Disclosure – Gradually reveal options and data as they are required
  8. 8. Design Principles: Simplification • Fitts’ Law – the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to the target and the size of the target
  9. 9. Design Principles: Simplification • Hick’s Law – the time to make a decision increases as the number of alternatives increases
  10. 10. Design Principles: Organization • Principle of Proximity – Elements close together are perceived to be related
  11. 11. Design Principles: Organization • Principle of Similarity – Similar elements are perceived to be related
  12. 12. Design Principles: Direction • Affordance – visual clues indicating how an object is to be used
  13. 13. Design Principles: Direction • Constraints – disabling controls that shouldn’t be used • Feedback – visual indications of what is happening • Forgiveness – the ability to undo an action
  14. 14. Design Principles: Color kuler.adobe.com
  15. 15. Universal Design Principles • Universal Principles of Design - William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler • Design for Software - Erik Klimczak • uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com • visualstudiomagazine.com • pluralsight.com - UX course by Billy Hollis
  16. 16. Richard Hiers, PMP CSM Director of ITS Covenant Theological Seminary www.covenantseminary.edu richard.hiers@covenantseminary.edu 314-392-4135

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