uiGarden Site Mission
uiGarden is a bilingual on-line magazine that provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners who work in the user interface design (including user experience, information architecture, GUI, and usability) field in the Chinese and the English speaking worlds to publish their thinking and exchange views with each other. The goal of uiGarden is to facilitate information exchange and communication between the Chinese and western user experience design communities.
There are two main reasons for us to do this project.
First of all, as practitioners in the UI/Usability/UX/Interaction design field, we hope to walk in this field farther and believe there is very wide development space for user-centred design. The motive force of building uiGarden stems from our persistent passion for user-centred design. We hope that uiGarden can become an open platform, where swift and free information exchanges are offered to professional people.
Secondly, this world is emerging everyday. People encounter different cultures everyday, especially in immigrating countries like Canada, the U.S, as well as in the UK. As designers who have worked both in the east and in the west, we would like to become a bridge between the western community and the eastern culture. There is much potential to explore the Chinese market, – nearly one fourth of the worlds population. On the other hand, we also want to bring the newest research and development in the west to China, in order to help the Chinese design and usability industry to keep up with pioneers in the related fields.
For western practitioners, we aim to create a place to communicate and exchange views with other professionals. The site will also act as a window on the user interface design industry in the Far East, helping to give insights into this increasingly important market.
From the point of view of Chinese practitioners, the website will give access to the latest developments in the West, featuring articles from leading Western experts translated into the Chinese language and providing discussion boards which facilitate discussion of each article.
We hope that uiGarden can be an active and sustainable link between the Chinese and western UX design communities, promoting usability within China and facilitating the design of a new generation of interactive systems for a global community.