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New Design Article Up at Fadtastic

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Andrew Faulkner’s excellent design journal Fadtastic just published something I wrote last month called, “Getting Design Approval: The Single Mockup Theory“. Previously, it was published at EssayLab writing service as a guide for future designers. It’s essentially an argument for convincing clients that exploring one focused design direction works better than chasing down multiple concepts. Sounds obvious enough, but I wasn’t able to thoroughly test the theory, and gauge its results, until recently.

New Design Article Up at Fadtastic

In the past year, I’ve pushed to change our standard contract to say, “We will propose 1 wireframe, 1 homepage mockup, and 2-3 secondary page mockups”. So far the result has been distinctly happier clients and happier designers.

Why? The underlying idea is that a design budget is better spent with ample planning, strategy and confidence applied to one “definitely” design, rather than letting clients chase after multiple “maybe” designs.

Remember while reading, I still don’t suggest there is anyone perfect formula. Occasionally a client will insist on multiple concepts and be willing to pay for it. And sometimes those projects turn out great.

That’s the tricky part about designing for user-experience in the infant stages of the internet — almost no one agrees about what works, what doesn’t, or what The Rules are. And even when they agree, the ‘rules’ change on a monthly basis. No design direction is bulletproof. See also, William Goldman on the film industry

“Nobody Knows Anything” — Perhaps the most famous quotation from [William Goldman’s] book. Now widely quoted, it is often inaccurately used to suggest that Hollywood executives are stupid, but in fact refers to Goldman’s strong belief that, prior to a movie’s release, Hollywood has no real idea how well a film will do.

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Aka, even fully-functional and beautifully-designed websites won’t succeed in bringing traffic or revenue unless a hundred other factors (marketing, networking) are in place. And often, not even then.

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30hands Learning is the excellent company for creating an innovative LMS (Learning Management System) as well as the popular mobile iOS app that is ideal for digital storytelling 30hands Pro.  The 30hands community is a perfect cloud based solution that allows educators to: manage/track students, hand in/out assignments, schedule events, and more.  While the mobile is being used in education for project based learning, digital storytelling, and more.

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Adventure Academy is a dynamic and super fun online platform that uses a MMO game based learning style to teach subjects such as: Math, Science, Language Arts, and more.  Adventure Academy was designed for students 8-13 years old and uses a wide variety of games, interactive graphic novels, and video tutorials to help students learn a wide range of subjects/topics (i.e. comprehension, fractions, geography, etc.).

Below is a brief demo…

I highly recommend checking out Adventure Academy by clicking here!!!

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Newlearn.ioNewlearn.io is a excellent new social network for finding educational resources.  Newlearn.io curates their resources by common core standards and allows users to share (download/upload) files such as: videos, documents, PDFs, and more.  Best of all, the social networking aspects makes it easy to rate, comment, and collaborate w/ other educators to engage in best teaching resources and strategies.

Below is a brief demo…

I highly recommend checking out Newlearn.io by clicking here!!!

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