UX Implications of “Her” on the ‘not-so-distant-present’

UX Implications of “Her” on the ‘not-so-distant-present’

A little while ago I saw the movie Her, a sci-fi, dramatic comedy about a lonely writer named Theodore who develops an unlikely relationship with his operating system. While it seems like such a Jetsons-esque, futuristic plot at first, some of the artistic decisions within the film make it feel like a very real partContinue Reading

Innovations for Niche User Needs

Innovations for Niche User Needs

Tech is cool. And engineers just keep inventing cool tech, often without really considering what their inventions are really going to be used for. This is great news for user groups with ‘niche’ needs especially if there are multiple niches that can be served by the same technology. This week the Akendi UK team wasRead more

From Wireframe to Visual Design – Establishing Initial Concepts

From Wireframe to Visual Design – Establishing Initial Concepts

The creation of visual concepts is a process that many graphic designers may be familiar with. My process may differ a bit from others, or may be altogether unfamiliar to those who only see the completed concepts. Often I find that people think it simply ‘happens’. I assure you, it does not. The process canRead more

Simple Isn’t Always Better

A common requirement that I see when reviewing user requirements documents is that the system should be simple. First, stating that the system should be simple is not a valid user requirement, and second, simple is not always the best design. The entire console of a nuclear power plant can be reduced to a singleRead more

Usability Testing is not Public Opinion Research

Usability Testing is not Public Opinion Research

This week it was brought to my attention that the Canadian Government was reviewing the standing offers that pertained to Public Opinion Research. The big news was that under Public Opinion Research there was now a new category for Usability Testing. When I heard that – my eye started to twitch. You might think thatRead more

The Importance of User Expectations in Experience Design

The Importance of User Expectations in Experience Design

In personality psychology we talk about traits and states. Traits are said to be stable characteristics across situations, like being introverted, anxious, or compulsive, whereas states are temporary behaviours or emotions depending on the circumstance, like being nervous the first week at a new job, or joyous when your country wins the World Cup. So,Read more

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