IxD 2013: Rhythm, Flow, and Style

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Today Carlo and I listened to a 45 minute presentation by Peter Stahl called “Rhythm, Flow and Style” which discussed designing flow and rhythm into applications. Peter started with the observation that the world is full of rhythms, but not just what people think of (namely music). Rhythms exist in every part of life, chopping vegetables, walking outside, involving in conversations, filling out forms, navigating a website, etc. All of them involve actions, pauses, and repetitions. According to Stahl there are two types of rhythm: iterative rhythm, which is rhythm of the user (engaging with the application) and there is also motivic rhythm, which is rhythm within the application. But to get rhythm you need flow.

Flow, according to Stahl’s presentation has several dimensions:

  • Known goals, with known progress
  • Perceived balance of challenge and skill
  • Sense of control
  • Focused concentration
  • Loss of self
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IxD 2013 – Production ready CSS workshop

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Carlo and I are in Toronto for Ixd 2013 for the week hoping to pick up some interesting info on interaction and design. We were painfully reminded of the need for continual design improvement within the first hour of stepping into Canada. We rented a Hyundai Veloster and for 30 minutes couldn’t figure out how to start the car. For the uninitiated, you have to hold the brake pedal down while pushing the start button.


Today the conference started and we attended a workshop called “Sitting in the drivers seat: Designing production level CSS”. Carlo’s been doing html and css for a long time and was interested to hear what the speaker would say, whereas I am less experienced and wanted to see if I could pick up any design tips. We were pleasantly surprised when Jack Moffett started and stressed that we … Read more

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