Stop doing user interviews. Start having conversations.
If you can level up by remembering your user interview skills and also relaxing and having a conversation, the person you’re talking to is going to be that much more engaged. If they’re engaged, what they tell you will be more natural, your insights will be deeper and learnings more nuanced. If they’re disengaged, you’ll get your yes, no answers, but they won’t feel like going deep, sharing their feelings, and opening up to you.
Sketching Interfaces – Airbnb Design
As the design systems movement gains steam and interfaces become more standardized, we believe that artificial intelligence assisted design and development will be baked into the next generation of tooling.
How Human Memory Works: Tips for UX Designers. – UX Planet
Knowing how memory works, designers can create human-centered interfaces which correspond to the natural abilities of the users, save their effort and boost usability.
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‘Reality shrivels. This is your life now’: 88 days trapped in bed to save a pregnancy | Life and style | The Guardian
Months before she was due to give birth, disaster struck for Katherine Heiny. Doctors ordered her to lie on her side in bed and not move – and gave her a 1% chance of carrying her baby to term
Shrews Shrink Their Heads to Survive Winter
Right now, as autumn descends upon the Northern Hemisphere, many animals are preparing for the frigid and lean winter months. Bears are going through a serious bulking phase. Hares and stoats are changing the colors of their coats. Oh, and shrews’ heads are shrinking. New research shows that the skull of at least one variety of shrew actually shrivels in size every winter. The research team, led by scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, not only discovered that the shrews sport this surreal, skull-wilting ability, but that they shrink their skulls repeatedly and on a seasonal cycle.
Mobile First, Desktop Worst – prototypr
Mobile First should not be taken as an opportunity to over-simplify and, by the same token, Desktop First should not be taken as an opportunity to pile on complexity.
Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook is testing a major change that would shift non-promoted posts out of its news feed, a move that could be catastrophic for publishers relying on the social network for their audience. A new system being trialled in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka sees almost all non-promoted posts shifted over to a secondary feed, leaving the main feed focused entirely on original content from friends, and adverts.
The problem with the Romans is they always try to walk it in
Using Latin phrases is often just verbal bullying, Bullingdon style. So let’s translate phrases into football.
Booking.com — UX Analysis and Responsive Redesign – uxdesign.cc
Zo'n old school artikel begot. Maar wel nostalgisch en wijs: "As a wanderlust and UX designer, I decided to challenge myself by redefining the user experience of Booking.com landing page."
The sad humanity of American Captain, the best anti-superhero comic about superheroes
“American Captain” gives us Steve Rogers (and to a lesser extent his peers) struggling with downtime, professional frustration, 21st century confusion, and post-traumatic stress. We look through the keyhole of the summer blockbuster and find the muted lifeworld of a sickly kid, now a grown man who can bench-press a car, but can’t figure out online banking. He’s the character who is both most and least like the reader, out of place in every room he enters. Steve is racked with guilt: not over losing Bucky, like he always is in the comics, but for not being able to protect his mother from his alcoholic father. For leaving the comm on so Sharon Carter could hear his plane crash. For forgetting to return The Hobbit to the NYPL before he was frozen in the ice. He’s thrilled to discover there’s a new Hobbit movie, but panics at the flame and explosions in the theater. He argues, sometimes passive-aggressively and sometimes aggressively, with everyone, including Nick Fury and Bruce Banner. He is marching, in kindness and honor, to his own destruction.
Dan Grover | Chinese Mobile App UI Trends
One day, for the fun of it, I started writing a list in my notebook of all the things that are different between apps here and those I’m accustomed to using and creating back in the US. When I finished, I was surprised by how long the list was, so it seemed fitting to flesh it out into a post.
Is My Startup Burn Rate Normal? | Hacker News
If you're not filling an efficiency gap, and you're not making money, you're not a business. You can fail one of those criteria and be either a parasite or a charity, but you need both to be a business.
A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire – SBNation.com
This may very well be RadioShack's final holiday season. Jon, a former employee, looks back on a strange, craven, five thousand-fingered strip-mall monster from a forgotten age.
Why I don’t like hackathons, by Alex Bayley aged 39 1/2 | Infotropism
The result is that people build quick hacks that are cute and flashy, but have little depth. Meh.
What I Wish I’d Known About Emacs
The admission of emacs into the editor war is something of a misrepresentation. That emacs can be used as a text editor is incidental to its nature as a computing environment.
I analyzed the chords of 1300 popular songs for patterns. This is what I found. | Blog – Hooktheory
In this article, we’ll look at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions. First we’ll look at the relative popularity of different chords based on the frequency that they appear in the chord progressions of popular music. Then we’ll begin to look at the relationship that different chords have with one another. For example, if a chord is found in a song, what can we say about the probability for what the next chord will be that comes after it?
The Oatmeal v. FunnyJunk, Part V: A Brief Review of Charles Carreon’s Complaint | Popehat
Yes, it's totally true, as anyone who has read about this story or met Charles Carreon could attest: interacting with him is clearly a memorable joy, akin to being farted upon by a unicorn, and his actions normally inspire only adulation and the occasional rapturous fainting incident.
Can We Please Move Past Apple’s Silly, Faux-Real UIs? | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
In many ways, the iPad book app feels like it was designed with the intention to look simply like a book, whereas it appears the Kindle was intended to feel like a book for those who love to read and want to.
Applied Sciences Group: High Performance Touch – YouTube
Modern touch devices allow one to interact with virtual objects. However, there is a substantial delay between when a finger moves and the display responds. Microsoft researchers, Albert Ng and Paul Dietz, have built a laboratory test system that allows us to experience the impact of different latencies on the user experience. The results help us to understand how far we still have to go in improving touch performance.
Why You Shouldn’t Be A Writer – Forbes
I’m going to be a writer, you decide one day, sitting on the crapper, considering your life on the way to work, walking out of the office where you signed the divorce papers. Really, though, you shouldn’t be a writer. Here’s why. TIP #1: You’re not good at it.
A Show with Ze Frank by Ze Frank — Kickstarter
In 2006, I launched a show called "The Show With Ze Frank." It was one of the most strange, exciting, difficult, and amazing things I have done so far. I think it is time to do something similar, what with the economy in the crapper and the election coming up. If Newt can do it, so can I. So can we.
Mountain Lion Review: What Happened to Apple’s Innovation?
That's the most surprising thing about Mountain Lion. Not what Apple did, but that it makes clear a startling reality: Microsoft is the new Apple, thinking of ways to make a better, more productive experience for users. Sure, MS might fail, but at least Redmond is breaking new ground and trying to push computing forward.
Think about that for a second: Mountain Lion is conservative and boring—even gaudy at times. Meanwhile Microsoft is pushing the envelope and being innovative and elegant in its approach to user interface.
Hell. It froze.
Sinéad O’Connor: A Mea Culpa < PopMatters
It’s time to apologize to Sinéad O’Connor.
850k Android Daily Activations, 300m Total Devices, Says Andy Rubin | TechCrunch
In many ways the mobile platform war feels like the desktop race of the early ’90s. Apple had a huge lead, refused to license and is now about to be overtaken by hordes of nondescript clones. But in this race the main competitor is Google rather than Microsoft and the devices are smartphones instead of beige desktops. It’s just a matter of time until Android overtakes iOS now.
Microsoft offers touch guidance to Windows 8 Metro-app developers – istartedsomething
Since Metro-style applications for Windows 8 should all have a touch-first experience, Microsoft has recently released a brief but useful “Windows 8 Touch Guidance” documentation on how developers should think about touch in their applications. The four-page PDF touches (pun) on some interesting touch characteristics of Windows 8 – including but not limited to drag-down/up for select/deselect, semantic zoom and panning and swipe from edge.
Ik heb zo’n Boxwave stylusding gekocht, een soort vinger-op-een-stokje voor tabletten en telefoons. Na nauwelijks een dag gebruik is het wel heel, heel erg duidelijk: de toekomst is, zoals ik al een paar jaar zeg, aan een toestel dat tegelijkertijd vinger én stylusding doet.
Een iPad is nutteloos om handgeschreven notities op te nemen zonder zo’n ding. Nutteloos om tekeningen op te maken, ook. Dit, om maar iets te zeggen, had ik nooit met mijn wijsvinger kunnen tekenen:
Met een pen? Kinderspel.
Een ipadachtig iets, niet zwaarder dan een ipad 2, met twee schermen, in een openklappend formaat (zet het in een tentje en je kijkt met twee naar hetzelfde aan twee kanten van een tafel, zet het ene scherm recht en het tweede kan een keyboard worden, klap het open en het is één bijna naadloos groot scherm), haptisch (dat het scherm minstens een beetje tactiele feedback geeft), beschrijfbaar met pen en manipuleerbaar met pen en vingers, met een schermresolutie zoals een iPhone 4 heeft: ik ben er redelijk zeker van dat dat er komt, een dezer jaren.
En ondertussen, voor wie nu al een tablet heeft: lóóp naar uw dichtstbijzijnde interwebwinkel, en koop een stylus. Die van Boxwave zijn degelijk.
Novices Orienteer, Experts Teleport – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
Expertise significantly impacts how we seek information online. Just as novice and expert photographers prefer different tools, so novices and experts behave differently when searching for information. Understanding these differences will help us design better search interfaces for both groups of users.
The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything : Monkey See : NPR
The vast majority of the world's books, music, films, television and art, you will never see. It's just numbers.
Print – The Last Meal – Esquire
A two-ounce songbird. A lemon-sized tumor. An imperial appetite for death, flesh, and the immortal gesture. It was time for dinner.
Photographs of Napoleon’s Veterans | HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT
Photographs of veterans of Napoleon’s Grande Armée and the Guard wearing their original uniforms and insignia. Likely date May 5, 1858 – all are wearing the Saint Helene medal, issued on August 12, 1857 to all veterans of the wars of the Revolution and the Empire. May 5 – the anniversary of the death of Napoleon.
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A VISUAL STUDY OF COMPUTER GUI IN CINEMA.
2011 ASME Awards | MetaFilter
2011 National Magazine Awards Finalists Announced (Instapaperable list)
Science fiction movie produced in 48 hours
March 2011 Update – Strategic Planning
En nu hopen dat ze er écht iets aan doen: "Here’s what we think the Editor Trends Study tells us: Between 2005 and 2007, newbies started having real trouble successfully joining the Wikimedia community. Before 2005 in the English Wikipedia, nearly 40% of new editors would still be active a year after their first edit. After 2007, only about 12-15% of new editors were still active a year after their first edit. Post-2007, lots of people were still trying to become Wikipedia editors. What had changed, though, is that they were increasingly failing to integrate into the Wikipedia community, and failing increasingly quickly. The Wikimedia community had become too hard to penetrate."
7 myths about paper prototyping
"Many information architects are obsessed with wireframes but in most projects, they aren't needed: they are just a bureaucratic overhead. You'll find that an electronic prototype, modified as the project progresses, provides a much more useful design communication tool than a wireframe."
Is Advertising Revenue Dead as a Blogging Income Stream?
The topic of conversation? Monetizing blogs by selling advertising directly to advertisers.Their conclusion on the topic? It’s a dead and obsolete method of making money.
Design Principles for Visual Communication | April 2011 | Communications of the ACM
How to identify, instantiate, and evaluate domain-specific design principles for creating more effective visualizations.
vlaamseconservatieven: Ons Europa vereist een vrij Vlaanderen
Want, inderdaad, zoals het hier reeds klonk net voor het vreugdeslied :"Alleen een vrij en sterk Vlaanderenin een Europees Europakan van harte en bij uitstek ons aller toekomst zijn".
Can Hated Design Elements Be Made to Work? (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)
…aaaand cue nóg meer lightbox popups.