Prototyping: Three Reasons You’re Doing it Wrong

22 Dec, 2014

There’s a good chance you’re building your prototypes incorrectly

I’m a huge advocate of prototyping. I’ve given talks at conferences about its benefits; I’ve written about various prototyping tools, and how to use prototypes to effectively communicate a design vision. The effectiveness of a well executed prototype really cannot be understated.

That being said, there is a good chance you’re building your prototypes incorrectly.

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The Mobile Innovation Cycle is Over

15 Nov, 2013

True innovation in the mobile space has passed.

On June 29, 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone to the world. It wasn’t the first smartphone—not by a long shot—but it was the first to really nail the experience. While the technology that powers mobile computing is improving exponentially, every smartphone (even every tablet) that follows the iPhone is a shade of what Steve Jobs unveiled over six years ago.

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The Next Big Thing in Tech: Screenless Interfaces

26 Aug, 2013

As the mobile computing revolution evolves into an era of internet-enabled wearable devices, interaction designers and developers are about to run headlong into a sizable design challenge: We’re running out of room.

Technology is quickly moving from handheld touch screens (which presented their own unique interaction design challenges as user interfaces transitioned from PCs to mobile phones) to even smaller, personally integrated form factors e.g. watches, glasses, and clothing. Think about the first time you used your thumbs to type on a smartphone keyboard; now consider how that operation might work on a watch interface. Hint: It won’t.

Smart Watch - Teeny Tiny Keyboard

As screens shrink—or even disappear altogether—what’s an interaction designer to do? The answer may look like science fiction, but the advancement and convergence of two technologies are paving the way for the future of user interface design.

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iOS7, Ergonomics, and Moving The Trash

23 Aug, 2013

I’ve been using iOS7 on an iPhone 5 for several weeks now. With each Beta release there have been modifications to stabilize and improve the operating system. I have concerns about usability issues, especially for users who are new to the iPhone experience, but for the most part—aside from some stylistic choices and visual design inconsistencies—the new operating system is a step in a positive direction.

There’s one thing that’s been bother me though…enough to blog about it. Apple moved the Trash!

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iOS7 Has Been Stalking Me

7 Aug, 2013

iOS7 Beta has a setting enabled by default on iPhones (I’m not seeing the same feature on my iPad) that is automatically tracking and storing users’ movements. Given the recent attention and outcry over NSA tracking and privacy, I’m sure this is going to ruffle quite a few feathers.

iOS7 Location Services

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Building a Better Smartwatch

6 Aug, 2013

After living with the Pebble smart watch on my wrist, designing a Pebble watch app, and immersing myself in smart watch news, rumors, and trends, I wanted to compile a design wish list for upcoming smart watch manufacturers. You hear that Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung…even you Pebble (if you’re around long enough for a v.2)? These are the features you’ll need to include in your smart watch in order to make it a must have for everyone—not just gadget geeks.

Smartwatch design
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