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What Assembling Ikea Furniture Taught Me About User Experience

In an increasingly complex and unequal world, there is one experience that is almost universal, speaking to both the agony and the ecstasy of the human experience. I’m talking of course, about the assembly of Ikea furniture.<p>We all know the story. You spot an affordable, well-designed piece of …

UX Design

Anywhere but Medium

Dave Winer:<p>If Medium were more humble, or if they had competition, I would relax about it. But I remember how much RSS suffered for being dominated …

Check out this reimagining of how computer interfaces work

The concept of using windows to manage our operating systems dates all the way back to the 1970s, when Xerox introduced the first basic window manager on the Alto computer.<p>Fast-forward to today, and it’s still the most popular way of interacting with computers — at least on laptops and …

Siri can beatbox, but it's not very good

What do you do when you want to drop a sick freestyle but your beatboxing buddy isn't on hand for accompaniment? Turn to your iPhone, apparently. The internet has recently discovered that Siri is capable of laying down a rudimentary beat. Ask Apple's digital assistant to beatbox and it will spit a …

Siri

11 Mobile Apps To Keep Entrepreneurs Mentally Stable and Healthy

• Facebook<br>• Twitter<br>• Google+<br>• Buffer<br>• Gmail<br>• reddit<br>• LinkedIn<br>• Like<p>Life as an entrepreneur has its ups and downs. You can be celebrating small success milestones one …

Nigerian professor claims to have solved 156 year old maths problem

Dr Opeyemi Enoch believes he has solved one of the seven millennium problems in mathematics<p>A Nigerian professor has claimed to have solved a maths conundrum that had stumped scholars for more than 150 years.<p>Dr Opeyemi Enoch, from the Federal University in the ancient city of Oye Ekiti, believes he …

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.<p>Once upon a time, Apple was known for designing easy-to-use, easy-to-understand products. It was a champion of the graphical user interface, where it is always possible to discover what actions are possible, …

Computer Science

Which Ad Buy Has a Better Bang for Your Buck: Facebook or YouTube Video?

Like many major marketers, Reebok wondered where its digital video ad dollars might be better spent—Facebook or YouTube—and it partnered with …

Advertising

Free ebook on UX design trends for 2015-16

Citing analysis from UX experts and featuring analysis of 71 examples, UX Design Trends 2015 & 2016 explains the current best practices of UX design. …

UX Design

Benefits of prototyping for UX design with Pixate

The process of user experience design for any mobile application is a very responsible stage on the way to the final product, which will satisfy the …

Elderly falls may be caused by infections not mental decline

Family members and care providers should not rush to judgment and think falls are a sign of fraility and mental decline<p>A fall at home is often the final decider for family members when considering whether their elderly relatives should go into care.<p>But a new study has shown that nearly half of …

British journalists face five years in Indonesian jail for visa violation

Two British journalists are facing five years in jail in Indonesia for making a documentary about piracy while allegedly on tourist visas.<p>Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, have been held for four months after they were arrested off the western island of Batam on 28 May. Their trial started …

First Feature Film Recorded Entirely On An iPhone

We all knew that this day would come and it may change the way we look at cinematography forever. It is pretty amazing to think that this entire …

Sundance

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Alzheimer's Disease

Everybody Scrolls.

Our first piece of ongoing research into usability best practices tackles scrolling.

Usability
Cape Town

6 Simple Steps to Improve User Experience

There’s a reason we come back to the same grocery store each week. It’s the same reason that we return to the same barber, home improvement store, or …

Web Design

accessible web color combinations

We built this tool to help designers select color combinations that allow users to read their content regardless of different visual capabilities and …

We pitted an iPhone camera against a point-and-shoot and a DSLR to see if there's really any difference

We matched an iPhone 6 camera against the DSLR Canon 5D Mark II ($3,400 for the body alone) and the point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1400-IS ($244).<p>We tested the cameras in various situations, including bright sunny day, moving objects, close up, etc. Don't expect techie jargon or focus charts …

Mobile Photography

Apple, Facebook add egg-freezing to employee benefits, report says

Men outnumber women by more than 2-to-1 at Apple and Facebook, but the technology companies may have found a new way to keep more women on board.<p>Facebook has begun and Apple is planning to begin paying for women employees to freeze their eggs, according to a report posted Tuesday by NBC News. The …

Nvidia Grid VCA – Motion Graphics by Bureau Hardy Seiler

The Nvidia Grid VCA – Explanation Video.<p>Bureau Hardy Seiler from Hannover, Germany teamed up with studio Nord Nord to create an explanation video …

Computer Hardware

TV execs want Netflix to be more like Hulu and Amazon

Advertisement<p>40 Comments<p>Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com<p>If TV executives had their way, then Netflix (S NFLX) would look a whole lot more like …

The History Of Graphic Design, In Icons

We know two things for sure about the guys over at Brooklyn’s Pop Chart Lab: they love drinking, and they love good graphic design.<p>Their latest poster is a tribute to the entire history of the latter: The gridded, black-and-white poster is a cheat sheet to the history of graphic design, beginning …

Graphic Design

Delany House in Sydney, Australia by Jorge Hrdina Architects

The Sophisticated Architecture of the Delany House.<p>Here comes another fine example for the topic ‘outstanding mansions’. Jorge Hrdina Architects is …

75 Percent Apps Compatible With Nokia X

The highly rumored Nokia X saw the light of the day at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona yesterday. The handset is running on Android Open …

In 3.5 Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones

I reckon it’s time to check in on one of my bolder predictions. Some 18 months ago, I wrote “In Five Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones.”<p>Let’s get this out of the way: most of the smart money thinks I’m wrong by at least three years. Worldwide, according to Gartner, smartphone sales …

Facebook Develops A Photoshop For Interaction Design, And It’s Free For Anyone To Use

To design the groundbreaking app Paper, Facebook built an in-house IxD tool first. And then the company shared it with the world for free.<p>Editor’s Note<p>2/17/14<p>Happy Presidents’ Day! To celebrate, we’re revisiting some of our most popular stories of the year. Enjoy.<p>We’ve already waxed poetically …

Social Media

Google can now say if your internet connection is quick enough for YouTube

Many are tempted to blame stuttering YouTube streams on our internet providers, but who's really at fault? Google may shed some light on the subject now that it has launched a Video Quality Report. The tool tells surfers how well their providers typically handle YouTube in a given region, breaking …

Jellyfish House in Marbella, Spain by Wiel Arets Architects

The Refined Architecture of the Jellyfish House in Marbella, Spain.<p>Wiel Arets Architects have designed the Jellyfish House located in Marbella, …

It is dark… a haunting, multicolored experimental video - The Fox Is Black

San Diego based video designer and photographer Charles Bergquist uploaded this really awesome experimental video a couple of weeks ago. The imagery …