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Usability Considerations in Website Design Lessons from Architectural Design, Print Design, Graphic Design, and Information Ergonomics by Jeffrey Gold

Usability Considerations in Website Design Lessons from Architectural Design, Print Design, Graphic Design, and Information Ergonomics by Jeffrey Gold

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Usability Considerations in Website Design, drawing on lessons from Architectural Design, Print Design, Graphic Design, and Information Ergonomics was a presentation by Jeffrey Gold in the Professional Communications department at Westminster College.
Usability Considerations in Website Design, drawing on lessons from Architectural Design, Print Design, Graphic Design, and Information Ergonomics was a presentation by Jeffrey Gold in the Professional Communications department at Westminster College.

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Usability Considerationsin Website Design
Lessons from Architectural Design, Print Design,Graphic Design, and Information Ergonomics
By Jeffrey Gold
 
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Lessons from Architecture
Form
Visible shape and configuration
Function
An activity or purpose natural toor intended for a person or thing
Horatio Greenough – “Form ever follows function”Popularized by Louis Henry Sullivan Adolph Loos – “Ornament is a crime.”Gives rise to modernism: Le Corbusier, Gropius, van der RohePotential Dangers: Wisdom dictates: Form follows FunctionSelf-indulgent designers put Form over FunctionNon-designers, depending on variety, either put Function over Formor Form over Function, when best practice is a synthesis of both
 
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Lessons from Print 
 Text 
Centuries of Text
• Past to Gutenberg (1456) to present
 IndexGlossary  Table of Contents (TOC)
 
New: FAQs
Positive Analogy 
• Website incorporating Index (Index & Navigation)• Website incorporating Table of Content (Site Map)
Negative Analogy 
• Web Browsers are not formatted like the printed page• No tactile response or tactile response is different• Font limitations• Text is inherently linear, webpages are link-driven (non-linear)

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