During the evening of Monday, March 2, 2015, ArcGIS Online updated. That’s the beauty of the Cloud – it just updates for you. A lot of great new features came into the platform and you can find out everything that … Continue reading
Seeking a deeper understanding and a more clearly articulated vision for crafting engaging and aesthetically pleasing user experience and user interface designs, were the goals for crafting this list. Over time this will be an evolving, living document as expectations of users change. An item to note, this shouldn’t be considered a magical checklist, but rather a set of guidelines or tenets.
In no particular order:
- Useful, Usable, Compelling
Quite simply, simplify. Decrease confusion and increase productivity by providing useful capabilities that empower people to make and share their work.
- Users First – Story centric
Be a user advocate. Focus on common user expectations. Launch your design from stories based on real people and real goals. Make a good first impression.
- Content Matters
Demonstrate passion for your design by providing relevant content for the intended audience. In other words, do your homework now to avoid a fire drill later.
- Increase Familiarity
Know when to get creative and when not to. Be consistent and deliver information with common design patterns, and try to avoid cookie-cutter designs.
Options and actions a user can take, as well as what the results of those actions will be, should always be clear. Avoid causing a dark abyss of frustration.
- Empathy for Real People
Acknowledge that the user is not like you. Be an advocate for the target-audience user. Know them and engage them in a clear and honest voice.
Create content that’s accessible for the majority of people and devices, not just the one in your hip pocket.
- Constant Evolution
Question everything repeatedly. It’s better to fail cheaply and early on rather than expensively later. Don’t be afraid of change. Trust us, your acid reflux will thank you.
Plan for the long haul. Craft content and information architecture that can be easily maintained in the future. Remember, trends are great, but best left for your wardrobe.
- Collaborative Partnerships
Design collaboratively rather than on an island. Iterate together. Be humble. No one has all the answers, not even the person yelling the loudest.
- Validate User Expectations through Research
Make research your best friend (but not the friend who’s sacked out on your couch). Look for early customer validation instead of releasing products with unknown end-user value.
- Continuously Improve
Start by making 90 percent of use cases efficient with the appropriate defaults, and then enhance the user experience where possible. Perform honest assessments to find out what needs to be better. To the moon, then Mars!
- Problem Solving Focused on Tangible, Rapid Solutions
Solve user problems over designing the next “cool” feature. Create nimble design over heavy wireframes, comps, or specs. Apply appropriate tools over following a rigid plan.
Thanks to all who contributed to this far-out list of principles. You rock! Extra special thanks to Mark Harrower, Steven Nelson, James Hitchcock, David Lauruhn, Patrick Arlt, Cassidy Bishop, and several others.
The highly-anticipated Preparing Data for Community Maps Workshop self-study materials have been released! Now you can participate in this training at any time, from anywhere. You can watch the videos, review the lecture slides and complete the exercises at your … Continue reading
by Rajinder Nagi, Lead Community Elevation In a country like Netherlands, where about half of its land is less than 1 meter (3.3 ft) above sea level, having detailed and precise elevation data is vital for applications like flood management, climate … Continue reading
After taking a holiday break, it’s time for the Community Maps webinar series to kick back into gear with our first broadcast of 2015. In this edition, we will be taking a look at both the past and future of Esri Community Maps. First, Sarah Osborne, from the ArcGIS Online Content team, will explore the continuing dramatic increase in ArcGIS Online basemap usage through 2014. We believe this increase is due to the authoritative content provided by Community Maps contributors. As an example of this, Sarah will be demonstrating some of the great apps that are driving this increase in usage. Following the retrospective look at 2014, other members of the Community Maps team will discuss exciting changes and enhancements that are coming for the program in 2015.
Whether you are a long time Community Maps contributor or are just interested in the program, this is a webinar you don’t want to miss. The connection info is below, or you can just add the session to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there1
Date and Time:
Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
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Esri has released security updates for the ArcGIS Web adaptor for Java, ArcGIS Server, and Portal for ArcGIS. A number of security issues are addressed with this patch as described in the associated KBA’s and we recommend our customers apply … Continue reading
The 10.2.5 release of ArcGIS Runtime SDK for WPF is now available to download from ArcGIS for Developers. This release follows the 10.2.3 release in May 2014 and addresses at least 50 bugs you asked us to fix, and a few more we found as well! We also found time to add a few minor enhancements you asked for:
- Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition is now a supported IDE.
- The gdbVersion on RelationshipParameter Class is now supported.
- New DrawMode.ScreenAlignedRectangle enumeration type was added (Note: DrawMode.Rectangle is map-aligned).
- Support for feature collection items by reference in WebMaps.
- Exposed Symbol properties on Editor, TemplatePicker and EditorWidget.
- Support for WMTS multidimensional services.
You can read the full list of enhancements, issues addressed and known limitations in the release notes.
Note that version 10.2.5 marks the last planned release of the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for WPF. Technical support will continue to be available through June of 2016. Moving forward, we recommend you explore WPF solutions based on the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET. For information on transitioning to the new ArcGIS Runtime SDK for .NET please read this blog post.
ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry 10.3 is full of new and exciting features, such as the new support for point feature classes! Here’s a quick list of some of the highlights: Continue reading