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Design Bits #3
Why can't Santa be green?!?
How’s everyone holding up in the period running up to Christmas? I hope you are all finding some peace and joy amidst the chaos of the end of year period.
Let’s get to it:
1) It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There are Christmas parties, office parties, family get togethers and even more events. Some of these events are a production and planned to the last detail. Others are boring or even worse - full of stress. How do you design your events so that you optimize the experience for your expected audience? You already know it - you can use design principles to do this. See how one Christmas play used UX design principles to improve the end-to-end patron experience.
2) Marissa Mayer famously tested 41 different shades of blue to get the perfect shade of blue that Google uses on its homepage. I found this article from the design blog at Google (which is worth a subscription for anyone interested in how they use design principles). It shows how fantastic a product can be when design and engineering work together. Here, the Google Maps team were able to simply the product’s color scheme and make the product easier for a billion users worldwide.
3) Last but not least - have you ever asked yourself why Santa is red and white? What role did design play in his suit coloring? And why can’t he be green instead?