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Simplicity in innovation

Posted by Dave Humphrey in Jostle News

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Pictured: My reaction to receiving the award.

The best designs are based on purpose and function. When a design solves a functional problem, as simply and elegantly as possible, the resulting form will be honest and timeless. A philosophy at the heart of Jostle is to constantly strive for simplicity and elegance. This is often recognized and validated by our amazing feedback from customers all around the world. It’s even more humbling when your peers recognize your craft.

Jostle just won the Vancouver User Experience Awards for the category “Employee Experience and Engagement”. The event has been established by the Vancouver User Experience Group (VanUE), which is a group of user experience professionals who share unique approaches, experiences and challenges within their practice. The Vancouver User Experience Awards recognizes local Vancouver user experience innovation and outstanding UX practitioners. We are honoured and proud to be selected and alongside talented design houses Rethink Canada and Digital Drive.

Jostle’s UX approach is a constantly evolving process. We think critically about each and every human touch point throughout the user’s journey. Our work-relevant results from of the confluence of three essential understandings:

  1. enterprise leadership,
  2. user experience design, and
  3. web-enabled software architecture.

From a usability perspective we focus us on creating systems people WANT to use. We have a constant open dialog with customers ensuring that our approaches are sustainable and highly relevant.

While there are specializations within the field of user experience, here’s my attempt at identifying some of Jostle’s key guiding principles of UX design:

  • Be contextual—It’s often easy to think of a user journey like a storybook. If you open most books to any given page and select a word, you’ll be met with an abundance of context on the page. You’ll usually see the title of the book, the chapter, the page number, and the word will appear contextually within a sentence, paragraph, and page. Ensure that users are contextually aware of where they are within their journey.
  • Be human—Be approachable, trustworthy, and transparent. Provide human interactions rather than machine-like interactions.
  • Be findable—Establish a strong information scent. Provide wayfinding signs.
  • Be easy—Reduce the user’s cognitive workload whenever possible. Be consistent and clear, and establish a strong visual hierarchy.
  • Be simple—Establish a strong signal-to-noise ratio. Avoid distractions, jargon, and long loading times.

If all of the above design principles are followed, the resulting user experience should be elegant. One common definition of elegant is that something is simple; elegant means nothing superfluous. This is the larger goal of a Jostle experience.

Good design enables organizations to do the work they were founded to do.

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