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UX Comics: Communicating Experiences with Pictures at FOWD2014

April 08, 2014

UX Comics: Communicating Experiences with Pictures at FOWD2014

Slides from my talk at the Future of Web Design 2014.


April 08, 2014

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  2. TYPES OF NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION Facial expressions: smiling, frowning, scowling! !

    Eye contact: gaze, eye movements, pupil size! ! Body language: posture, open/closed actions! ! Gestures: hand movements, speed, flow! ! Speech: tone of voice, speed ! !
  3. “Words and pictures can combine to create effects that neither

    could create separately”! Scott McCLOUD!
  4. “Comics have a vocabulary that doesn't even require language. In

    fact, many of its symbols could be considered a language of their own that requires no teaching or explanation”! Kevin CHENG ‘See what I mean’!
  5. SCENE SETTING Use simple props to set the scene! A

    few, key items are better than loads of detail (it just creates noise)! !
  6. THE SCENARIO We’re working for an ecommerce photography site called

    ‘The Camera Shop’.! They sell lots of different cameras and photography gear to a variety of customers, though most of them are passionate photographers.! They want to know how they can appeal to more customers who don’t consider themselves photographers and who spend less on cameras (but there are more of them).! Before they commission a large piece of research, they want to see what insight we can give about this audience.! We need to quickly create a comic that shares some of the problems and potential solutions The Camera Shop could provide to laymen photographers.!
  7. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? ‘Bob’ wants to buy a new

    compact camera.! He has shopped around, but has been overwhelmed by the variety and choice of cameras.! He doesn’t want a lot of fancy features, but he does care about the image quality.! He has up to £100 to spend.! He is looking for help to make a decision.!
  8. MAKING THE STORY Bob wants to buy a new camera

    because his current one has broken. He wants to replace his camera before he goes on holiday.! He has looked on several websites, but has been overwhelmed by the choice. He needs help to refine appropriate cameras into a more manageable shortlist, or even to find the best one for him.! The site or app needs to allow him to control his searching and browsing so he can manage the volume of results. It needs to give him choice but not overwhelm him.! He needs to be able to look at cameras based on their size (he wants it to be compact), their image quality (it needs to take nice pictures) and its price (it must be under £100).!
  9. PLANNING THE COMIC 1. Introduce Bob 2. Bob’s camera has

    broken 3. Bob looks for cameras online 4. Bob gets overwhelmed 5. Bob finds The Camera Shop 6. Bob finds ‘The Compact Camera’ finder 7. Bob filters compact cameras by price and size 8. Bob finds a camera he is interested in 9. Bob browses photos taken with the camera from Flickr 10. Bob feels satisfied and purchases the camera
  10. Across the UK and around the world there have been

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  11. ESSENTIAL READING Understanding Comics, Scott McCLOUD! Making Comics, Scott McCLOUD!

    See What I Mean, Kevin CHENG! Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, Ivan BRUNETTI! ! TOOLS Comic Life, Plasq! !