Before taking this elective, I had my doubts that I would find it beneficial. After all, I’ve done my share of project building and thought the preparations for our Capstone projects would be a breeze. Prof. Simon strongly suggested that Continue reading ICM 590: Project Management invades my life more than I thought.
“This is one of the most wonky set-ups I’ve ever put together,” said Quinnipiac’s Interactive Media director Phillip Simon, balancing a tiny video camera on a mic stand and wrapping it in duct tape. “And I’ve been a video producer Continue reading Fuzzy, Wonky, Crude… But you Can’t Beat Google On Air for Authenticity
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These guidelines were written by the Summer 2011 “DC” section of User Centered Design. Using a wiki, the class collectively wrote the guidelines. The wiki is in response to there being no social media guidelines at http://www.usability.gov. Comments are welcome as this is an evolving document.
1. Know who you are designing for
Determine who you are designing for and what functions/features would be most appropriate and useful for them. People can take on many different personas in a social media space. Some users will be very proactive and others will be more inactive. Those that are considered to be spectators rather than contributors would prefer a social media site that requires less interaction and something less intrusive, then say, Foursquare. Identify your users using various usability techniques, including focus groups, user surveys, user interviews, usability testing, and persona development. Also, a social media site designed for a specific group, such as LinkedIn, which is targeted towards working professionals, needs to evaluate what features are useful. For example, you wouldn’t have the capability to upload your resume on your Facebook wall for the same reason why LinkedIn doesn’t have picture sharing capabilities.
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