Not very many links this week. The fact that I started reading The Mobile Frontier
explains parts of that.
- Windows 8 and the art of UX compromise
Microsoft is cleverly promoting Windows 8 with the tagline “no compromises.” The idea is that you get both a desktop/laptop operating system (OS) and a tablet OS in one package and a “best of both worlds” experience on any device. In reality, the decision to meld the traditional mouse-and-keyboard Windows with a new, radically different kind of interface designed for touch devices is itself a compromise – a choice with understandable business and engineering rationales, but one that is likely to introduce significant challenges for the Windows user experience (UX) in the months ahead.
- Creating a Shared Understanding
You can see immediately why shared understanding is different from a BDUF spec document. Spec documents are focused on what will be built and how it will be built.
- Are men overconfident users?
There are some interesting known differences between men and women in the psychological literature. For example, women tend to be better judges of emotion when looking at faces for just 0.2 of a second[pdf]!
- Fred’s 10 Rules for Working With Axure