Designing UI can not be done in a vacuum. At OKFocus we try to arrive at good UI though a process of deduction achieved from careful observation and the sharing of opinions. Good design is functional, as is culture. When designing a website like Draw With Your Face, an application which introduces an entirely new gesture, you have less to look towards than say, designing a restaurant website. When an application’s function has less historical precedent, it’s necessary to understand the nature of each UI element on a fundamental level. We looked towards the semiotics of past examples for each element. For instance - in designing a score board we looked towards the design in the game of darts and for designing a toolset we looked towards MacPaint. But our challenge ultimately was a new one - how to get people to learn how to draw with their face, and be excited about it. Through the marriage of function and aesthetics, social context is defined, with that in mind we try to design in the most direct way to ensure usability – new function promulgates new design.
Ryder Ripps — @RYDER_RIPPS