i) this week we looked at user experience, user interface and information architecture and below is my explanation of how I understand these web designing aspects.
User experience is the experience a computer or web user gets or goes through as they are on a website or application. this determines whether they come out satisfied or not.
User interface is how a person the computer or the device they are using interact. the ways through which a person uses a device to get what they want. for example the appearance of a screen, keyboards and a mouse.
Information architecture on other hand is how information is structured, positioned and designed on a web page. and how it is shared so that the users are able to find and use it
ii) I have learnt that as a web designer, I just do not come up with content or design it just for the sake of it looking beautiful in my eyes but rather design web pages and tailor them to the satisfaction of the user. In order to do this I have to consider the aspects of user experience, interface and information architecture.
Reading about dark patterns in user experience has made me realize that there are other designers that design information in ways that benefit them more than it benefits the users for example forced continuity such as users that are tricked into monthly subscription payment after trials of certain applications.
iii) We looked at an aspect called building a persona when designing a web page. the kind of audience that a web designer wants to target. I was fascinated at how much research has to be put into trying to build a satisfactory web page or application.
The challenging thing which we also learnt is changing a PhotoShop Document to html. I feel like this will a bit challenging for me , studying and coming up with codes for an already finished product which has to look exactly the same. However it is something that is going to be fun and help me get better .
After learning about user experience, I feel that this could have helped me with my client blog. I can still use the aspect of creating a persona to come out with the information I want to be consumed by the targeted users and use wire frames to help me visualize the blog.