Is Collaging Useful

3 Jun 2009 - 1:59pm
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Margoleath Berman

I would be interested in hearing about your experiences with image
collaging in UX. What's worked, and what hasn't?


4 Jun 2009 - 2:11am
Jonas Löwgren


Here are some collage-related techniques I have used over the years.

Traditional moodboards: Works well to inform visual design aspects of
screen-based interaction. Does not really support temporal aspects
(interaction flows).

Cutout animation (see
Works well to visualize use scenarios that are difficult to express in
video sketches. Downside is that they are more expensive than video
sketches to make.

Example catalog (pre-produced collection of distinctive examples
within the design genre at hand; see
visCat/): Works well if used properly to involve non-specialists in
early phases of design processes, helps other stakeholders understand
interaction design processes and concerns to a certain extent.
Downside for non-specialist use (particularly managers) is that the
catalog cards sometimes stimulate premature or unwarranted decisions
based on superficial visual preference.

Best regards,
Jonas Löwgren

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