User experiences for children, for seniors and for play
Designing user experiences for children
By Heather Nam (Mediabarn)
Creating a great experience for Web site users should always take the usersâ€™ perspectives into consideration. While a userâ€™s age can be a contributing factor in a designâ€™s success for a particular user, demographic information should not trump design conventions. Then, why do UX designers struggle when creating Web sites for children?
Designing for senior citizens | Organizing your work schedule
By Janet M. Six
Every month in this column, the Ask UXmatters experts (this month: Steve Baty, Dana Chisnell, Pabini Gabriel-Petit, Caroline Jarrett, Janet Six and Daniel Szuc) answer readersâ€™ questions about user experience matters. The questions this month:
– What fonts and colors are easiest for senior citizens to read online? Do you have any other tips for me? I am building an informational Web site for senior citizens.
– What are your favorite tools for organizing your work schedule? Do you organize such information on your computer, your phone, or on paper?
Playful user experiences
By Shira Gutgold
Rather than trying to motivate users to go down routes they have no personal motivation to follow or to use a new feature theyâ€™ve never seen before and are perhaps a little wary of trying out, why not tap into peopleâ€™s existing motivations and use their natural inclinations to encourage them to interact with our products? The most evident natural motivation is play.