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“Smart” design should accommodate connected lives, not just add screens everywhere. Gauging by the number of devices being proclaimed as smart at CES 2013 it’s clear the term means different things to different people. Here we offer six design insights to make connected appliances truly smart.
Can mobility save the PC? Windows 8 represents the most radical change to Microsoft’s core offering since Windows 1 superseded MS-DOS in 1985. This fundamental shift is akin to Boeing reimagining the airplane, or Coca-Cola tinkering with its secret formula. On October 26, consumers will decide whether Microsoft has invented the passenger jet or New Coke.
Mobile payments are changing the way people pay for real-world goods and services. Since the introduction of the first plastic credit card in 1959, transactions have undergone a slow but monumental shift. It’s taken more than 60 years to reach the critical tipping point where over 50% of payments in the US are cashless.
As mobile design specialists, our clients consult with us because we are defining the best practices that can move UIs — and the mobile user experiences that encompass them — forward. We’ve collected 10 UX and visual design considerations that drive our design practice.
Voice user interfaces have been tantalizing and disappointing us for decades. The promise is simple — to allow people to communicate with machines naturally using voice. It is arguably the most natural human-computer input method available, reflecting the efficiency of speech in communicating complex and emotionally rich thoughts with the people around us.
A user experience is not confined to a single device anymore. It can flow from one device to another or be shaped by multiple devices simultaneously. Brands and manufacturers have to consider the growing number of devices and variations as potential touchpoints that users may have with any given product, media experience or service.
In the year following Apple's iPad release consumers were flooded with a torrent of new tablet options. With over 40 tablets available — nearly all of them Android — only a few can stand out. We’ll highlight what’s working. Spoiler: the way forward is through differentiation.
So you built an iPhone app. People can take your brand anywhere they go. But do they? And where do you go from here? Have apps delivered the value you expected from mobile?
Increasingly, interfaces are taking on dimension. Flat pages and menus are evolving into more immersive digital spaces. Creating these spaces, however, also demands more immersive,
Mobile user research can no longer afford to be confined by physical space and geographic boundaries. People are on the move. If we as researchers are to to understand their true
Innovation is a word steeped in cynicism. We’re probably all guilty in part perpetuating the negativity surrounding this word. But innovation should be a task of hope and joy and rigor,
Not long ago, mobile app stores were impenetrable walled gardens. Now, apps are central to the mobile experience and the challenge has reversed — the unfettered garden is overgrown.
Change is a constant. The device landscape is always changing and the device types are proliferating. With the increasing demand for unique mid-screen devices and the need to design responsive mobile experiences,
By itself the cloud is merely a set of enabling technologies. Mass adoption of the cloud only seems imminent because of the sheer ubiquity of always-connected devices.
There is an emerging class of devices that excel where the computer doesn’t belong and the phone doesn’t perform. But they are flooding the market all at once. Many will fail to
Television is breaking free of old paradigms and constraints. Consumers have no shortage of places to look for television content – online, on-demand, broadcast. But with added
Devices have outgrown one-size-fits-all design. Experiences must be selectively adapted only where they are relevant, and flow together across a series of devices and contexts. In a multi-device world, continuity is the new consistency.
The era of mobility has arrived. Newer, more powerful devices have been untethered from desktops and land lines. But the essential truth remains: people are mobile, not their devices.
There is a new challenge in the consumer device market. We call it "feature attachment" or "feature addiction." In the name of quality experiences – can we kick the habit?
Users are at the center of a highly personalized and evolving digital ecosystem. Convergence is a reality. New opportunities for innovation abound.