Human Memory

User Experience (UX) topic overview/definition

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What is Human Memory?

Memory is a vital part of how we perceive the world around us. Human beings have both short term and long term memory capacities and we can create better designs by understanding how memory works and how we can work with that capacity rather than against it. This is important for all designers but particularly so for information visualization designers who need to ensure that their work is readily understood by the viewer in order for it to be immediately useful.

Literature on Human Memory

Here’s the entire UX literature on Human Memory by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

Learn more about Human Memory

Take a deep dive into Human Memory with our course Information Visualization.

Information visualization skills are in high demand, partly thanks to the rise in big data. Tech research giant Gartner Inc. declared that almost half of all companies invested in big data in 2016, predicting that a further 25% planned to invest in the next 2 years1. With the ever-increasing amount of information being gathered and analyzed, there’s an increasing need to present data in meaningful and understandable ways.

In fact, even if you are not involved in big data, information visualization will be able to help in your work processes as a designer. This is because many design processes—including conducting user interviews and analyzing user flows and sales funnels—involve the collation and presentation of information. Information visualization turns raw data into meaningful patterns, which will help you find actionable insights. From designing meaningful interfaces, to processing your own UX research, information visualization is an indispensable tool in your UX design kit.

This course is presented by Alan Dix, a former professor at Lancaster University in the UK. A world-renowned authority in the field of human-computer interaction, Alan is the author of the university-level textbook Human-Computer Interaction. “Information Visualization” is full of simple but practical lessons to guide your development in information visualization. We start with the basics of what information visualization is, including its history and necessity, and then walk you through the initial steps in creating your own information visualizations. While there’s plenty of theory here, we’ve got plenty of practice for you, too.

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Recalling Color Theory Keywords: a way to refresh your memories!

Recalling Color Theory Keywords: a way to refresh your memories!

Choosing the best combination of colors for an interactive design layout is not, as it may appear, a guessing game. Knowing which ones to use will save you time (and headaches). Getting it right will also keep your users connected.Since the early days of art and design, the use of color has followed many rules and guidelines, which are collectiv...

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Preattentive Visual Properties and How to Use Them in Information Visualization

Preattentive Visual Properties and How to Use Them in Information Visualization

A preattentive visual property is one which is processed in spatial memory without our conscious action. In essence it takes less than 500 milliseconds for the eye and the brain to process a preattentive property of any image. This is good news for information visualization designers and graphic designers in more general terms too – it means tha...

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The Properties of Human Memory and Their Importance for Information Visualization

The Properties of Human Memory and Their Importance for Information Visualization

It is important to know that while neuroscience has progressed dramatically over the last decades; there is no complete understanding of how human memory works. We know, for example, that data in the brain is stored in clusters of neurons but we don’t know how, precisely, it is stored or even how it is encoded. Thus when it comes to understandin...

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The Self-Generation Effect: How to Create More Memorable User Interfaces

The Self-Generation Effect: How to Create More Memorable User Interfaces

Learn how to improve user experience by incorporating the self-generation effect in your user interface design. The self-generation effect is prompted in many of the customization tools built into some of the most widely-used products out there. This phenomenon provides users with a sense of control as they customize their own tools and function...

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