Good Design is Honest: The Cognitive Science of User Experience Design


I love this Slideshare presentation from Will Evans, Director of Design and Research at TLC Labs, called “Good Design Is Honest: The Cognitive Science Of User Experience Design.”  Check it out below:


What great Slideshare presentations have you seen lately?



6 thoughts on “Good Design is Honest: The Cognitive Science of User Experience Design

  1. Gary Bisaga

    Hi Alex… Whenever I see a SlideShare now, I cannot help but think of slideuments and your (excellent) distinction between presentations and PowerPoints. So my question: what makes a good SlideShare? It seems to me that a good SlideShare might be one of a few things, and that depends on the purpose of Nancy Duarte’s hero.

    We (the audience) might reference a SlideShare just as an example of great slide:ology. In that case a good SlideShare is the actual set of slides you’d use in a presentation. I.e. sparse, visual, bento-box-like, etc.

    But a lot of times, it seems like we actually need a slideument. I think I have seen effective SlideShares that are probably best described as a slideument: if you were actually presenting them, some of the slides would have their text relegated to notes shown in the presenter’s view. This strikes me as actually being a good thing: it has enough visual impact to get a flavor of what the talk would have been like (along with the visual memory cues, etc), but enough text to actually figure out what’s going on.

    What’s your take on this?

    • Hey Gary!

      That is such a great question… You’re absolutely right: a Slideshare presentation is most often a standalone flip-book, so the same rules as a slideshow wouldn’t necessarily apply because the Slideshare should be able to communicate a message on its own.

      However, some people DO use Slideshare to upload a slideshow for a presentation, so the flip-book may not make complete sense without the presenter.

      Slideshare also allows us to share infographics, so I do see the purpose of a standalone Slideshare (minus a presenter) as similar to the purpose of a strong infographic.

      I am always reminded of this amazing infographic on successful infographics from David McCandless:

      • Gary Bisaga

        Thanks for your thoughts. And … ooh, infographics. That’s one of the (MANY!) things I still need to learn about presenting. That’s a great discussion you pointed us to.

        Can you explain a little more what you mean by “I do see the purpose of a standalone Slideshare… as similar to the purpose of a strong infographic”? I take this to mean, both need to be both visually striking/readable and contain information that would otherwise be spoken by a presenter. Extrapolating this, does this also mean that infographics presented by a presenter can be differentiated from those that are standalone, and if so how? Thanks!

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