Jim Connolly - Interaction Designer - ICS UXD Team

Jim Connolly is an Interaction Designer working with the ICS UXD Team. Jim brings a broad creative and technical background, having worked in multimedia, web development, touchscreen application design and motion design and is an integral part of this UX group.


Blog  •  February 22, 2017  •  By Jim Connolly  •  UX  •  UX, UX Design
People are impatient and distracted. You’re probably scrolling through your Instagram while reading this blog. Or replying to your boss’ email. Or ordering sushi. Point is, you’re busy and don’t have time to waste navigating hard-to-use sites, apps or touchscreens. Neither do the users you design for. That’s why when designing presentations for large-format touchscreens, your goal should be to make the user understand immediately how to navigate. If the interface requires instructions, it is too complicated. Cleverly conveying interactivity is key. The Role of Design Affordance...
Blog  •  March 8, 2016  •  By Jim Connolly  •  UX  •  UX, Eight Golden Rules, User Experience
Ben Shneiderman explains design dialogs with the following: "Sequences of actions should be organized into groups with a beginning, middle and end. Informative feedback at the completion of a group of actions gives operators the satisfaction of accomplishment, a sense of relief, a signal to drop contingency plans from their minds, and an indicator to prepare for the next group of actions." Schneiderman is explaining the process of moving the user smoothly through the various steps of an interface, making it easy for them to understand what they are doing and preventing confusion....
Blog  •  February 22, 2016  •  By Jim Connolly  •  UX  •  Eight Golden Rules, UX, Interface Design, Visual, Informative Feedback
The third rule of Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design is as follows: "For every user action, there should be system feedback. For frequent and minor actions, the response can be modest, whereas for infrequent and major actions, the response should be more substantial. Visual presentation of the objects of interest provides a convenient environment for showing changes explicitly." This means that for every user action, the system should show meaningful, clear reaction. This is as simple as a button changing to a highlighted state when pressed, the change notifying the user...
Blog  •  January 25, 2016  •  By Jim Connolly  •  UX  •  UX, Design, User Experience
In Ben Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design, he wrote: "Consistent sequences of actions should be required in similar situations; identical terminology should be used in prompts, menus, and help screens; and consistent color, layout, capitalization, fonts, and so on should be employed throughout. Exceptions, such as required confirmation of the delete command or no echoing of passwords, should be comprehensible and limited in number." This is a fundamental principle that transcends throughout the world of design, consistency is a key factor. In Interface design, all of the...