Magnetic Strip and Barcodes

So at Union City BART station I noticed two old ladies were struggling to pay for their parking ticket. What was annoying to them was the following:

1) how to enter the lot # where there car was parked?
2) what type of parking they need to select, is it All Day, 3 hours etc?
2) how to swipe the credit card/debt card to pay for the parking?

I approach them and help them out, but I was just giving them instructions what to do for which step.

Guess where they stuck most? First they complained because of angel of the sun the screen was unreadable. So they changed the parking payment meter. Now they were able to understand first two flow. And they got stuck on Step #3, which is payment.

They need to quickly insert the card and pull it out. This is bit difficult for old people, they tend to be bit slow.

Why not create a duo-magnetic strip which can be designed as barcode? Or best of all why not make system forgiven, in the sense when it sees card is inserted and it didn’t pull out for more then expected duration. Then it should not throw an error this will be easy for seniors to pay and it won’t impact the young age group either

Recording Interactions

So far all the books and websites show and tell about mobile patterns with static images and too long text to describe them.

Why not present them in bite size small interaction videos of them. There are several ways to record those interaction such as AirPlay on iOS devices for instance.

There should be an app at least shared among interaction designers to be start with so they can record the interesting interaction and post them either on Pinterest, Flickr etc to show and tell and discuss the pros and cons of it.

I am usually on my iPhone or on my iPad most of the time so I was very excited to see Display Rec. on App Store. However it was yanked by Apple policy. But I lost that ipa too. Now I am wondering if it is worth an effort to go ahead hire someone and get it develop for those like me who are mostly mobile and don’t get a chance to be in front of computer and would like to contribute in an Interaction Pattern Library which not just show the static images but the video of the interaction and also it can be a support material for Designing for Mobile Interfaces by Steven Hoober book.

Tell me in comments section about your thoughts?

F@#$ You! Password Rule

In the name of UX and Holy Interaction Design and Information Architect Perspective, I respect Adobe’s effort regarding the coolness and awesomeness it offers to billions of designer around the world. Yet on there Job site I still need to follow the Password rules as shown in the screenshot.

Password rules are so 90s, there should be only minimum length restriction, and rest should be the responsibility of the User. Because Internet already trained those who are using websites for Job Search that Password should be easy to memorize and tricky enough for someone else.






Interaction Design for Beginners

For last couple of days I was asking on Twitter that how should I get started in Information Architect, Interaction Design & User Experience arena, it all about the “Art & Science of Human Behavior”, whether it is related to creating a website or designing an iPod or a door knob. It is nothing more than understand the Human behavior toward any product usage and usability. I think I was not so lucky to get some response.

During my commute from Fremont, CA to San Francisco, CA in BART, I usually read books either on my iPhone or a classic way … the paper-backs.

These days I am completing one of my favorite book Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks by Luke Wroblewski, while reading about some topic, I came to know about Jack Moffett, at that momet, I try my luck and ask him the same question

“How a person can get basic training in to the Interaction Design field of study? Is he should get some online courses or join the University? Or books are the best bet plus a Mentor who time to time give a beginner done advice?”

I think it was my luck day, got his reply right away… Here is what he said and I asked his permission to share with you guys so anyone like me who is seriously thinking to get in to the Interaction Design, Information Architect or User Experience arena can benefit from it:

“You would find that different designers will have different answers to your question. Personally, I feel that the best way to do it is to attend a University. An on-line course won’t give you same benefits that a studio experience will. You learn as much from your fellow students as you do from your professors when you work beside them every day.

That said, there are the financial aspects. Attending a university is expensive, time-consuming, and location-specific. Some people will choose on-line courses for these reasons. You may still get a quality education in this way, but I don’t believe it will be as rich.

Working with a mentor is an excellent way to learn. Some would argue that this is more beneficial than formal education. Mileage will vary depending on your mentor, of course.

You can learn a lot from books, and there are some good ones out there on the subject, but they cannot replace learning by doing with a mentor or professor, either one.

I would also recommend reading the IxDA forums. Many of the best interaction designers in the industry actively participate in the discussions there. You can search the archives for discussions about the very things you are asking me. http://www.ixda.org/index.php

See, it was that easy! University is the best place to learn the subject, and get along with the Mentor, in any given field we do need a mentor, who help us to start with rolling, crawling to baby-step till we start running and exploring the hidden gems.  Second best place is the online-courses, yes there are some draw-backs but if you have mentor at work, would be sufficent.

Thanks to Jack Moffett for his insightful tip. Oh by the way if you are in San Francisco Bay Area, I would be very interested to meet you and the best place as Jack mentioned is a local chapterd of IxDA, email address is follow: sf-local@ixda.org.

Alright folks, next week, I will present you with my findings about a new software that I am evaluating for Wireframe Diagram…Balsamiq Mockups

Till then enjoy the links I usually share on my blog time to time.

Until next time,

Happy Byting!