notes by robin davis @robincamilletoo
bold = resources
user experience design in the digital humanities
led by Karin Dalziel
- how is ux different for dh? — karin: not aimed at selling something. plus content heavy. plus can take design cues from the physical objects in question, if any.
- is there a good collection of DH design projects? — not really. see dhcommons, centernet
- Wordpress great for skinning, same for Omeka
- sustainability of using CMS in terms of security? — part of system update that will update wordpress across the board. if applying for a grant, need to mention sustainability. and if tech dies, HTML only. or use spider to crawl it.
- what about sites that look straight from 1997? buildings in the real world get renovated, websites should be too
- karin — reskinning old sites does not scale; instead, dial the design back to neutral (inoffensive, non-trendy)
- or redo the CSS theme, or migrate info
- how to deal with requests for 10000 little changes? — try to nip in bud with testing; digest of changes
- I would love to see more documentation of process and design decisions on every project. dh center should write article for every site about process
- sometimes you have to stick up for design choices when asked by scholars. point to articles, your own data
- ux research can be the data for this; but if no time for testing, use site metrics to back up design decisions
- progressive enhancement - new features viewable but not mandatory
- jargon - scholars write a certain way. may have to rethink language choices. eg finding aids => collection guides
- see article about what library terms students know and don't know. usability studies. misunderstood: "database, library catalog, ejournal, index, ILL, periodical, serial, reference, research, subject categories"
- Kupersmith, John. (2012). Library Terms That Users Understand. UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley Library. Retrieved from: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3qq499w7
- html5 application or native app? — native app is bad at rich text.
- Voyce: app for browsing stacks, archives
- consider downloadable guides for no cell signal