What I’ve been reading lately (week 48)
- Intel’s UX research on touch interface usage and Ultrabooks
One of the more innovative studies to come along at Intel in regards to user experience and the Ultrabook is Daria Loi’s global survey of touch interface usage.
- UX design for startups: growth and design hacking
Marcin Treder of UXPin explains how to back up the user experience design process in a startup with a lean process of measuring the right metrics.
- Taking the “Con” out of Conflict
In design, as with most fields, some conflict is healthy. It ensures that bad ideas are tossed out and that the best and most innovative ideas rise to the top.
- Talking to Machines and Being Heard :A speech recognition primer
In the future, we can expect to see many different applications integrate speech recognition in some form. The time is near when speech will be the most universal user interface.
- How Organic Development Generates Serendipitous Experiences
As designers we are naturally optimistic, always on the lookout for opportunities to design new and meaningful experiences. And recent years software and service development has given us reason to be optimistic.
- Bring designs to life with interactive wireframes
As websites get more complicated and move further away from brochureware, web builders are asked to incorporate more and more time-based interactions, more complicated on-page functions and a more immersive experience.
- Pattern vision
Design and programming patterns are wonderful ways of disseminating knowledge. It’s immensely satisfying to bring solution to a tough problem by applying a perfect-fit pattern.
- Feedback Doesn’t Mean Failure
To make matters even worse many people see UX as everyone’s responsibility, and use that as an excuse to comment on all of our work. Thus, the amount of feedback that we receive is not only overwhelming, but it can be, at times, daunting. It is hard for many of us to not take this feedback as a sign that we are “doing UX” wrong.
- User testing in the wild: research at conferences and other events
Sometimes the hardest thing about user testing is simply making time for the logistics. At Twilio, we’ve found that events we’re already going to — like conferences and industry meetups — can be a great way to get easy access to a big pool of potential users.
- Just Don’t Make It Annoying
I find that whenever I’m designing a user interface, the one safe rule to follow is simply this: just don’t make it annoying. This might sound banal, but there are often cases where blindly following best practices and design theory slowly pulls you off the right track, so that you end up designing something for the sake of a good design — whatever that is — rather than for actual use.
- Five Design Tips for the New Android Experience
When Android launched, it struggled to catch up with iOS. The framework lacked consistency and quickly spawned a fragmented market with little appeal.
- Designing with Stakeholders? Accelerating the design process through co-creation
As user experience professionals, in our not so distant past, we all remember spending a lot more time evangelizing the business value of design. All of that hard work has come to fruition; we now get to focus more of our energy on understanding customers and providing more sophisticated creative solutions. But are our stakeholders truly engaged in the hard and sustained work it takes to solve creative problems?
- Design Process Kills Creativity / Design Process Creates Creativity
When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process. That is fairly well understood, at least in the arts… Something is always killed. But what is less noticed in the arts—something is always created too.
- Technology Is Useless If It Doesn’t Address A Human Need
Facebook is great for checking out photos of your exes and all, but for social innovators working in the developing world, there’s no point to new technologies unless they make life better for the people they’re trying to help, writes Meagan Fallone.
- Why do the user interfaces of Smart TVs suck?
Driven by marketing tick lists and a seeming disregard for how ordinary people will use their products, manufacturers have simply chucked more and more features into their sets until existing user interfaces have creaked at the seams with it all.
- Transform A Tablet Into An Affordable Kiosk For Your Clients
Twenty minutes after unboxing my first iPad, I realized this device’s potential to revolutionize the world of kiosks.
- Kathy Sierra – Building the Minimum Badass User
Design for the post-UX UX. Don’t just design for your users, design for your user’s users. Don’t design so they’re impressed with you, design so they’re impressed with themselves (or others are impressed with them).
- Should you learn to code?
“I earned my BFA in ’98. Learned to layout feature pages and create infographics for the local daily paper. I earned a Photoshop ACE in ’03. My most recent full-time contract was pure mock-up design work.”
- Why the Best Designers are also Facilitators
Facilitation: to make easier or less difficult; help forward (an action, process, etc.)
- Agile, OmniGraffle, and Native Mobile Wireframing
The problems that we run into … may be amplified—because we’re dealing with more platforms, devices, interactions, and potentially, the consequent slowing of our workflows.
- Best Practices for Online Guided-Selling Experiences
Guided selling is an approach that attempts to educate consumers about a set of products or services and provide decision-making support that directs them to a solution that is right for them.
- Inspiration: Adding A Personal Touch To Your Web Design
Web professionals have made it their calling to tame the “wild” Web and turn it into an accessible, user-friendly and, most of all, personal medium.
- SEO for the mobile web
With the explosive expansion in the use of tablet computers and smartphones for web searches, why are so many SEO experts unable to look beyond desktop development? Is it because developers do not feel the need to duplicate their efforts, or does the answer lie in the clients’ and employers’ unwillingness to swallow the extra expense?
- Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice & Power Users (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)