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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The 'Net Web

The 'Net Web

As a designer, my main goal is facilitating communication. In order to do this well, I need to be concerned with how a user interacts with and experiences my designs. User experience, especially as related to interfaces, therefore, became the focus of this final project.

My project, The ‘Net Web, was inspired by Professor Souther’s word association web. Starting with a basic concept word—experience—I created an intricate association web, which allows the user to choose a word, see its connections to other words with one degree of separation, and then choose one of those words.

The project is incomplete, in large part because I have chosen to work with very basic HTML and CSS capabilities for this, the first iteration of this project. I would very much like to enhance the interaction—and the user experience—when refining this project in the future. It is also the first design in which I have deliberately sought ambiguity, rather than clarity, in the user experience.

Sources coming soon.

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