Designing For Human Attention
I have always been fascinated by the way the human mind works. I am also convinced that being familiar with cognitive sciences is one of the key skills of any designer. To better myself professionally and perhaps to help other people learn something new, I decided to write about the cognitive topics I am interested in.
Cognitive Psychology for UX: The Principle of Limited Attention
It’s physically impossible for us to pay attention to everything in our environment. We have access to hundreds of TV channels, thousands of movies and shows on streaming sites, and 300 hours of new video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. We see about one million marketing messages each year (around 3,000 a day), and spend, on average, 13 hours each week on email.
There’s simply not enough time in the day for it all.
Cognitive bias cheat sheet
I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. It’s been an invaluable reference for helping me identify the hidden flaws in my own thinking. Nothing else I’ve come across seems to be both as comprehensive and as succinct.
Books and Resources 📖
A Cognitive Sciences Reading List for Designers – freeCodeCamp
If you’ve ever done any contextual inquiry or usability testing, you’ve probably observed first hand the difference between what people say they will do and what they actually end up doing. Overlooked calls to action, bizarre navigation paths, mind-bogglingly irrational decisions — even the most sensible seeming users occasionally (or often) do things that “rationally” make little sense.