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July 30, 2014

The productivity of information workers is jeopardized by too much e–mail. This paper proposes the use of a scarce synthetic currency that senders can use to signal the importance of information and receivers can use to prioritize messages.
Source: First Monday

March 18, 2014

The future of design lies in the organization. "Every organization has its own goals, processes, techniques, and teams - each with special characteristics. They are all important to consider when incorporating user experience, but it's also crucial to gauge the maturity level of an organization." (Juan Manuel Carraro a.k.a. @carrarojm ~ UX magazine)
Categories: Weblogs

March 17, 2014

I think Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan will have to say a few things here. "The terms 'filters' and 'faceted navigation' are often used interchangeably; while related, these concepts have important differences. Both are tools to help users narrow down large sets of content, but faceted navigation - while more flexible and powerful - is more difficult to create and maintain." (Kathryn Whitenton ~ Nielsen Norman Group)
Categories: Weblogs

March 14, 2014

Fashion gets enriched by information technology, therefore information design must be incorporated. "A lot of people in the mobile industry were surprised that mobile happened as fast as it did. Once the iPhone was released, within two years we saw companies like Motorola and Nokia go from top of the mobile phone world into basically junk stock. And I think a lot of people see wearables as sort of that next big tidal wave. People don't want what happened in mobile to happen again, so they’re interested in wearables." (Laura Kudia a.k.a. @laurakudia ~ Why this way)
Categories: Weblogs

March 13, 2014

Design for understanding keeps being the motto. "(...) a compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the Industrial Internet of Things." (Stephen Anderson a.k.a. @stephenanderson)
Categories: Weblogs

March 12, 2014

A moment to remember. "Twenty-five years ago today, I filed the proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web. My boss dubbed it 'vague but exciting'. Luckily, he thought enough of the idea to allow me to quietly work on it on the side." (Sir Tim Berners-Lee)
Categories: Weblogs

March 11, 2014

Codifying and normalizing gesture languages. Getting inspiration from sign languages. "The Gesture Markup Language is the world's first markup language for multitouch gesture-based interactions. This extensible language not only shapes how applications are developed but it allows developers to explore new interaction paradigms and user experiences." (Gestureworks)
Categories: Weblogs
Functionalities and features across touchpoints. Compare and contrast. "So you want to extend your website's account management features to mobile devices. Well you're not alone; most major websites today have cross-platform accounts and profiles that make for a more engaging and cohesive user experience. And many sites enable account management features on mobile devices." (Will Hacker a.k.a. @willhacker ~ Boxes and Arrows)
Categories: Weblogs

March 10, 2014

Adding French philosophers to the equation mostly complexifies things. "In the post-modern era, knowledge is being understood as information. In reality, knowledge is commoditized and objectified as decontextualized representations. More information may mean that the society is drawn into a critical phase where loss of knowledge occurs with the unlimited flow of information. Such ubiquitous information could lead to less understanding, less trust and less truth, which would erode rationality in the governance of the society. Using a framework based on Michel Foucault's archeological methodology, i.e., unearthing how information and communication technologies came to be viewed as a source of truth/knowledge, this paper explores the question: Do ICT contribute information that can be construed as knowledge? Does this knowledge contribute to truth or to power? Do ICTs push an information society towards Foucault's disciplinary society, where the so-called knowledge speaks truth to power?" (Indhu Rajagopal ~ First Monday)
Categories: Weblogs

March 7, 2014

Designing interactions, designing media. The academic route. "The article sketches the basic steps of a theoretically informed practical testing of opportunities inherent in the interfaces and procedures of communication. It is an experience-based technique for discovery and problem solving." (Lars Nyre a.k.a. @LarsNyre ~ The Journal of Media Innovations)
Categories: Weblogs

March 6, 2014

Using power words doesn't make any opinion any better. "It looks like Google's Android UX team used a now-debunked research paper to guide much of their UX work. Does this mean the Android interface now needs to change? Probably not, and that might be worse. I'll look at what this means and how we can be more careful when using research to inform our work." (MJ Parnell a.k.a. @Neovenator ~ Hopeful Monsters)
Categories: Weblogs
Design in a rollercoaster (against) due to technology disruption. "Technology extends our grasp, making it possible for us to achieve our goals rapidly and efficiently; but it also places its own set of demands upon us. The fields of industrial design, graphic design, and software user experience design have all evolved in response to these demands - a need for a human way to relate to and interact with our new tools." (Jenn Webb a.k.a. @JennWebb ~ Radar O'Reilly)
Categories: Weblogs
In general, poor UX kills all human-facing digital applications. "Because of the word design, UX often gets conflated with styling. But they're not the same. UX is a problem solving discipline. Identifying problems, solving them and designing elegant solutions. Styling is often part of the solution, but doesn't have to be." (Elaine Thompson ~ Huffington Post)
Categories: Weblogs
Enterprise software, the apps UX forgot. Use it or you're out! "Most big businesses globally are locked into some kind of reliance on enterprise technology. Unfortunately such systems are not only fiendishly difficult to install and maintain, but often equally challenging for the workforce to use. When the stakes are so high, why is the user experience of enterprise systems so bad?" (Rob Gillham ~ Foolproof)
Categories: Weblogs