User Centric Design delivers results to the Nokia Asha Full-Touch Devices

Mobile Design Asha 305

Just 3 months after its launch, the Nokia Asha 305 is the best selling device in India.

I recently worked as the UX Design Lead for the Nokia App Store in the new Asha Full-Touch devices. It is very rewarding to see that the User Centric Design approach used by the design groups involved in this program is paying off so rapidly and that the product is getting an amazing acceptance in the markets it was specifically designed for.

The Asha 305 is one of the recently launched Series40 Full-Touch Devices, a price-conscious full touch alternative designed for young users in Emerging Markets.

The success of the Asha Full-Touch line of products has brought 2 new devices to market: Asha 308 and 309.

Below is the official Nokia video for the Nokia Asha 309.

UX Design for the Nokia Store on S40 Full-touch “Asha” devices

Mobile Design, Asha Full Touch

In my current role at Nokia, I had the pleasure to work as the UX Design Lead for the Nokia Store on the recently launched Series40 Full-Touch Devices (Asha 305, 306 and 311); a price-conscious full touch alternative designed for young users in emerging markets. My UX Design effort also included the EA Games Gift, a promotional initiative between Electronic Arts and Nokia that has become a pivotal tool in the launch of these and many other Series40 phones.

Below is the official Nokia video for the Nokia Asha 311.

Other phones recently launched with the EA Games Gift are the non-touch Nokia 110, 112 and Asha 202, 203 to mention just a few.

Provide the Option of Visiting the Standard Site from a Mobile Version – Notes on User Experience

Provide Options, UX
We all know that mobile versions of web sites should be minimalistic, efficient, action driven; in many cases a lighter version of a standard website.
But sometimes, users may want to access the standard site from their mobile devices if they are looking for specific information or if they are familiar with the standard website. This is more common with the proliferation of better mobile devices and more efficient, inexpensive data services.
What many mobile versions are failing to do is to provide a link to visit the standard site causing great frustration to the user.
What to do:
Give your mobile visitors the option of visiting the standard site, even if it’s just through a link in the footer. And from your standard site, you could give them the option to come back to the mobile site, making this link available on detected mobile devices.

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Data Visualization: Conveying Information through Visual Representations.

Alex Aranda, Professional development at Harvard University

A professional development experience at Harvard
By Alex Aranda, Principal Consultant, Innovo Ideas Interactive.

Aware that our field evolves in the blink of an eye, I have made the personal commitment to frequently seek for professional development opportunities. This summer, I went to Harvard University to participate in a seminar on Data Visualization.
The location was the CGIS-south building at Harvard University; just a few steps away from Harvard yard and Harvard square, this beautiful building offered convenient, state of the art facilities -a perfect setting for this seminar-.

Imparted by distinguished Professor Hanspeter Pfister, the seminar on Data Visualization was a great opportunity to explore different visual representation methods and techniques, hear the latest on research and new ideas on how to increase the understanding of complex data.

The lectures, team activities and hands-on exercises were an excellent way to dive into the subject. The experience got even richer by sharing ideas with participants; some of them representing global innovators such as Google and HP, not to mention scholars from renowned institutions such as NYU.

The seminar was a fantastic experience that reinforced a clear goal: we need to create simple, creative and user-friendly visual representations of data to improve comprehension, communication, and decision making in a world overloaded with complex information.

Expected format and client side scripting – Notes on User Experience

Form design
Users, including ourselves, have to deal with web forms almost every day. The task can be tedious and even frustrating, especially when a simple task comes with an instruction booklet.

It is common to find a simple Telephone Number field with a set of instructions attached to it: “Please don’t use spaces, dashes or brackets”… “Use brackets, don’t use spaces”… “Area code in brackets, no spaces”.

Yes, the database expects a clear format and this is very important, but the user shouldn’t have to pay for it.

All forms and specific fields should be designed taking a user-friendly approach, utilizing client side scripting to format the data, no matter how the user inputs the information.

Using the telephone example, the user should be allowed to input dashes, spaces, brackets; the script will strip these characters sending only the information needed.
Other alternative is to use a multi-field format with properly labeled and sized fields, and scripting to allow the user to continuously type the information by jumping from one field to the next one once the field is completed.

As a last note, don’t wait until the user fills the complete form to provide feedback, immediate validation is necessary to offer a positive user experience.

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“You Are Here” Indicators – Notes on User Experience

You are here UX indicators

I was recently presented with a web application for evaluation and I was surprised to see that what we think as a “Usability Basic Principle” was poorly executed. The use of “You Are Here” indicators.
It is important to let the users know at all times where they are. A user may lose track while browsing through your website or using your application and unless they know where they are, they will abandon the task and leave your site… frustrated!

What to do:

  • Display a Clear Page Title – Use the highest visual hierarchy for the title in your content and always present it in the same place.
  • Indicate the Location in the Navigation – Highlight/differentiate in the Menu and Sub-menus where the user is.

Other ways to let the user know their location in your site: 

  • Use Breadcrumbs – Breadcrumbs are a powerful navigation tool that also help communicate where users are in relationship with the rest of the site/application and the path they took to get where they are now.
  • Use Progress Indicators – Let users know their progress during a process or while filling a multiple-page form.

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