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D 105: Affordances and Their Importance to UX Practitioners

In this interesting, enlightening, and sometimes entertaining close-up look at the concepts, the author carefully and clearly defines and explains affordances. Five different types of affordances are distinguished and the author shows how practitioners should use them together in UX design.

The types of affordances and principles for their use are illustrated with engaging examples. The course is entirely in the form of videos, as narrated PowerPoint slides. Lectures are interspersed with thought questions and hands-exercises. The approximate time to complete the course is about four hours, including the time to work out the questions and exercises offline.

Why take this course? Few topics in HCI or UX have been as misunderstood and misused as the notion of “affordance”. Yet few concepts are as central to effective UX design.

The author of this course is a leading expert in the subject and this presentation is based on a seminal paper and a defining book chapter.

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Affordances and Their Importance to UX Practitioners

Introduction and Brief History
Types of Affordances
Cognitive Affordance Design Issues
Physical Affordance Design Issues
Sensory Affordance Design Issues
Shared Cultural Conventions
Using Affordances Together in Design
False Cognitive Affordances
User-Created Affordances
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Title: Affordances and Their Importance to UX Practitioners
Course #: D 105
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Group: UX Design
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Meet: Rex

Rex Hartson

Rex Hartson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized consultant, author, teacher and speaker on Human-Computer Interaction and User eXperience. Hartson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, where he was the founding faculty member in HCI in 1979. For 30 years, as a pioneer in HCI as a field and in usability engineering as a discipline and practice, he helped develop many of the techniques that are now considered an integral part of good practice.

Rex holds a B. S. and M. S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS and Ph.D. in Computer & Information Science from the Ohio State University. His research, writing, and teaching have always been grounded in extensive interaction with UX practitioners and practical experience in consulting and training for business, industry, and government.

Currently, Hartson is co-author of new book on interaction design and development to ensure a high quality user experience (Rex Hartson and Pardha Pyla, The UX Book: Ensuring a High Quality User Experience>, Morgan Kaufmann, expected in 2011).

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In his last four times teaching UX Design graduate courses at Virginia Tech, Rex received ratings of 4.0 out of 4.0 from about 35 students per class

 

Affordances and Their Importance to UX Practitioners

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