2013

Optimizing UI icons for faster recognition

Boxes and Arrows

What makes an icon a valuable addition to the interface, rather than a mere decorative element? Intuitiveness, aesthetic value, memorability, intercultural perception?

Lean Startup in the Enterprise Anti-Pattern: The Lean Waterfall

Grasshopper Herder

More enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup. In doing so, they are failing at the most basic level.

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The connected organization

Dave Gray Info

A webcast I did on 27 June 2013 to explain connected organization concepts to the U.S. cooperative extension, an American government outreach organization. Blog posts Videos

Innovating When Opportunity Knocks

Technology Created

“Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it’s too late.” – Rita Coolidge. Being a technologist is all about solutions. OK, it’s about a lot more than that.

Measuring Innovation Performance

Why do only a third of the organizations worldwide have formal innovation metrics in place despite accepting that innovation is critical to survival? Download this eBook to learn about the 5 basic principles that guide every successful innovation process.

Brands in Memoriam 2013

CorporateIntel

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a spectacular impact recently when he went on 60 Minutes the day before Cyber Monday and gave us a glimpse at the future—a fleet of small delivery drones he branded Prime Air.

More Trending

Piloting Into the Future: Solar Impulse

Bill Fischer

The future has often been built by those who are a bit out ahead of the rest of us; not afraid to dream, and perseverant enough to ensure that their dreams are realized. In the process, we all move forward as well.

U and I in Assurance

Tata Consultancy

Sivaraman Ganesan. VP and Global Head, Assurance Services. Human-computer interfaces have evolved steadily, perhaps stealthily over the years. Depending on our initiation into the world of computers, our experiences have ranged from variants of punchcards, keyboards, the mouse and of course touchpads and icons. For sure, tactile screens are all the rage now while voice recognition and eyeball-tracking seem to be on the prowl.

Let Them Pee: Avoiding the Sign-Up/Sign-In Mobile Antipattern

Boxes and Arrows

This is an excerpt from the upcoming Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers (Wiley, 2013) by Greg Nudelman. Anything that slows down customers or gets in their way after they download your app is a bad thing.

A Truly Ambitious Product Idea: Making Stuff for People

Boxes and Arrows

When I was eleven, my parents bought a Mac Plus. It had a tiny monochrome screen, a floppy drive, and 1MB of memory. And it came with something called HyperCard. HyperCard let you make stuff. It had documents called stacks , each a series of cards – similar to PowerPoint today.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Emotional Design with A.C.T. – Part 2

Boxes and Arrows

Back in Part 1 , we looked at how the emotions expressed by people and products communicate personality traits over time.

Design 101

How to Breathe Life Into Personas

Boxes and Arrows

Personas are essential when you are working on a project and don’t know the target audience very well. For instance, not every designer has experience in fashion or banking. Creating a model of your target audience may help you and your stakeholders feel significantly more empathy for those people.

Context matters

Boxes and Arrows

What makes a marketing e-mail or newsletter efficient? One can judge, for instance, by the number of users that opened the message or clicked on a specified element representing primary action, such as a product link or button.

Living Lean

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup is not easy. It sounds easy when you hear Eric talk. "I''ll I''ll put up a launchrock page! Now I''m a Lean Startup." Sorry. it doesn''t work like that. Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship Minimum Viable Product MVP

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6 Ways to Build a Successful Innovation Program

Learn how forward-thinking leaders use crowdsourcing to impact their company’s bottom line through methods such as creating a culture of innovation.

The Power of Collaboration

Boxes and Arrows

A quote that I stumbled on during grad school stuck with me. From the story of the elder’s box as told by Eber Hampton, it sums up my philosophy of working and teaching: “How many sides do you see?”. One,” I said. He pulled the box towards his chest and turned it so one corner faced me.

Soldiers & Hessians, Ronin & Ninja

Boxes and Arrows

When UX’ers talk, they tend to talk about process, but the ability to deliver an innovative user experience starts before kickoff and lasts after the launch. Repeatable success in UX depends on the right culture.

Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 1

Boxes and Arrows

When a company or team experiences rapid growth, it’s exciting. But more often than not, that success comes with a price.

Are You Going Soft?

Boxes and Arrows

When was the last time you read your resume? Go ahead and give it a look. Read your last job description. It’s impressive, right? Chances are, you emphasize your accomplishments, your ability to create stunning deliverables, and your extensive knowledge of the user experience practice.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

The One Minute Retro

Grasshopper Herder

Lean startup is hard. When we adopt a new paradigm it''s hard to differentiate tactics like "use a business model canvas" and the principle of "plan to learn.". Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship Productivity

The UX Professionals’ Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams

Boxes and Arrows

The adoption of Agile software development approaches are on the rise across our industry, which means UX professionals are more likely than ever to support Agile projects. Many UX professionals seem stymied by the challenge of effectively integrating UX within an Agile development framework –but there are others in our field who have encountered the same problems yet are finding effective solutions.

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In Defense of Floppy Disks: The Vocabulary of the Interface

Boxes and Arrows

I work on interfaces used by college students to search for academic articles. Librarians buy these databases. Librarians happen to be wonderful clients to build products for because they always let you know what they don’t like. A few years ago, my department started hearing complaints about the “save” icon on our interface. The librarians were concerned that, since college students had never seen floppy disks, they wouldn’t know what the icon meant.

Site Speed and Usability

Boxes and Arrows

Did you know usability tests have shown that the maximum number of seconds a user is willing to wait, on average, before abandoning a web page, is 8.6? If that number surprises you, it should. The study took place in 1994.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.

Clicking Fast and Slow

Boxes and Arrows

Through social psychology and cognitive science, we now know a great deal about our own frailties in the way that we seek, use, and understand information and data. On the web, user interface design may work to either exacerbate or counteract these biases.

A Stakeholder Interview Checklist

Boxes and Arrows

This is an excerpt from from Kim Goodwin’s excellent Designing for the Digital Age. It is quite long, so we’ve broken it into several sections. Many thanks to Ms. Goodwin and Wiley for allowing us to share this with our readers. Understanding the Business. The General Stakeholder Interview. The Marketing Stakeholder Interview. The Engineering Stakeholder Interview. The Sales Stakeholder Interview. Interviewing Executives and SME Stakeholders. A Stakeholder Interview Checklist.

Is the iPad mobile?

Boxes and Arrows

My Android phone died on the train when I was several stops away from my destination. I should have remembered where I was supposed to get off, but, like everyone else, I rely on technology to offload cognitive processes when I should be using my brain. Wait, I thought, I have both my iPad and my laptop in my backpack. I felt ridiculously conspicuous pulling out either just to check Google Maps. Between the two, I chose the iPad. It’s smaller and it has 3G.

The Shallow Dive

Boxes and Arrows

At a recent job, my department faced large budget cuts. When the dust had cleared, I found I had become a UX group of one.

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 5

Boxes and Arrows

An Open Letter to Project Managers

Boxes and Arrows

Dear Project Managers, It has been a very enjoyable experience working with everyone over the last couple of months and sharing our ideas on UX design. The various discussions about user interface, product usability, and user engagement have been an enlightening experience for me as well, and it is very positive to see that everyone involved in the product thinks so highly about improving the user experience.

Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 2

Boxes and Arrows

In my last installment , I shared how Greg, Tim, and I prepared Intuitive Company for success by focusing on creating an open work environment in every sense of the term. Planting , or placing the right elements into the mix, was our next step.