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UX Brighton 2013 - The Psychological Foundations of Design took place on 1 November at the Corn Exchange in Brighton. A few of the Fresh Egg team were in the audience for a day of learning and inspiration. Read on to find out what we learned about, the key takeaways and what we thought.
Photograph of the percussion band during Dr. Susan Weinschenk’s presentation by Will Barnes
Being a beginner in psychology and design, my personal goals for the day were:
Dr Susan Weinschenk, behavioural psychologist
Vision, Hearing & The Brain: The Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Perception
Blay Whitby, technology ethicist
Flying Lessons: What Aviation Investigations Tell Other Disciplines About User Interfaces
prof mc schraefel, professor of computer science and human performance
Designing For Human Performance: The Case For In-Bodied Interaction
Nathalie Nahai, web psychologist
Empathy: Your Secret Weapon In Designing For The Web
Patrick W. Jordan, psychologist and marketing strategist
Psychology & User Experience: 10 Key Concepts
Jon Dixon, interaction designer
Pretending For A Living – Why Actors Are All UX Designers
Yvonne Rogers, professor of interaction design
Out of Our Minds
Simon Norris, information architect
Neuroaesthetics: Science Embraces Art
Susan Weinschenk started the day off with a brilliant talk on perception and offered insights into how our brains work. She told us:
Susan also used musical percussion to demonstrate leadership and belonging, which lead to synchronicity. We watched Fresh Egg’s SEO engineer Tom Brennan lead the hastily brought together band to create its own catchy beat (as shown in the image at the top of this post).
Nathalie Nahai’s talk on empathy struck a chord with the team; she discussed how the different parts of our brain can be used as a metaphorical model to build persuasive and interesting online experiences, and how clever design can affect empathy in order to engage with users.
She gave the following suggestions:
Fresh Egg’s very own Digital Marketing Analyst, Julian Erbsloeh, expanded on Patrick’s point, saying:
“When we buy something (especially large ticket items), we still look for reassurance afterwards that we have made the right decision. We look for social proof and we may still be a little nervous about the website we just bought from because we never ordered from there before.
“I would love to see really nicely designed post-transaction pages. I have seen too many really poorly designed post- transaction pages because they are deemed low priority when it comes to UX and design. In my opinion, the post-transaction page has an immense influence on how we feel about a purchase.”
The overall level of speakers throughout the day was fantastic, and having walked in with a very limited knowledge of how psychology affects web design, I walked out with some interesting points to consider, and a thirst to learn more.
A big thank you to the organiser Danny Hope and his team, I’m looking forward to next year!
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