“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
My name is Jay and with this blog I’ll be sharing my views and experiences about something that has always fascinated me and has become a cornerstone of my career: UX (User eXperience) and UI (User Interface) design.
I began my career as a Information Architect and naturally transitioned into the role of a Business Analyst over time. Despite the fact that my career is now about words (sometimes by the thousand in larger BRDs) I’ve never lost sight of the visual.
I’m interviewing now and whenever somebody asks about my philosophy or career path I always bring up the same note and that is that I believe in the visual. If I hand you two documents about the same process- one containing a screen and a couple of supporting diagrams and the other a 30-page Word doc detailing the entire process you’ll understand more quicker and better with the images. That is the power of the visual and that is what UX/UI is all about.
The Einstein quote at the top of this section is my favorite and it states my design philosophy perfectly. I spend a lot of time preaching the gospel of SIMPLICITY in here. The vast majority of usability issues that people run into are a direct result of making things needlessly complicated. Make things as simple as possible, but not too simple, and usually things work out to your benefit.
However, this blog isn’t ONLY about usability. I often take the opportunity to… shall we say, wander off the path.
Here’s some guidelines on what you can expect behind each of the nav elements above:
- UX/UI Design: Posts having to do with user experiences and design issues.
- RPR- Red Paint Rules: A list of several basic “rules” for usability that still always seem to get violated.
- Red Ramblings: Basically everything else. If it doesn’t involve usability it’ll find it’s way into here.
- Favorites: A listing of my favorite posts that I’ve written over the course of this blog’s history
Enjoy your time here. Updates hopefully come pretty regularly.
Now, an answer to the most common question I hear: “Why ‘Red Paint Blog‘”?
A riddle: “What’s red and smells like blue paint?”
Ask most adults this and they’ll do mental contortions looking for the clever answer. Ask a kid and they’ll stare at you like you’re an idiot and then tell you the answer: “Red paint.”
When I first heard that joke it struck me as practically a zen riddle, perfectly defining the human condition.
We never look for the obvious, clean, simple solution to a problem. We over-think it and usually end up with an even bigger mess as a result. This is particularly true in the field of web design and usability.
This blog is meant to look at these cases and use them as an opportunity to preach the gospel of simplicity and clarity in design.