Micah Eberman

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For Modern Businesses, Standing Still Is Not An Option

In order to stay competitive in a relentlessly changing world, it is no longer optional but <i>imperative</i> that companies keep pace with technological …

UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet

<b>Summary:</b> Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they …

The Ultimate Web Design and UX training bundle is your ticket to launching an exciting new career in 2017

Anyone can build a website with the right training. However, a truly great site is one that’s not just stunning to look at, but also seamless to use. With the Ultimate Web Design and UX Bundle, you’ll be on your way toward bridging that gap from adequate coder to real web artist.<p>Let 2017 be the …

Why Uber Channeled The “Seinfeld” Era To Build Its New Site

Most startups iterate through trendy agile development. But for Uber’s first website makeover in three years, the company had to try something else.<p>Uber is a remarkably well-designed app that’s only gotten better through iteration. Originally it was a clever app that would send an expensive black …

Visual Design

Beyond Excel: Grid Is A Spreadsheet Built For Tablet Life

A Microsoft designer behind apps like Excel has built a spreadsheet app for the touch-screen era.<p>One weekend, Josh Leong was stuck at home during a “low point in video games.” He may have just cleaned or caught up on Netflix, but Leong was a designer at Microsoft working on apps like Excel, Word, …

Software

Advance Education Reform Through Service, Creativity, and Collaboration

I recently returned from the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York, the world’s largest gathering of volunteer leaders from the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors, where we explored how to leverage service and volunteerism to address critical issues–from economic …

Education

From Google Ventures: How To Hire The Best Designer For Your Team

The key to recruiting for a startup is to craft a realistic job description. And stop looking for unicorns–they don’t exist, writes Google Ventures’ Braden Kowitz.<p>Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough–there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right …

UX Design

11 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Want to get more productive? Fast Company asked amazing female entrepreneurs–like Rachel Sklar, Whitney Johnson, Cindy Gallop, Leandra Medine, and Stacy London–to share their favorite apps.<p>When I saw this piece on apps entrepreneurs can’t live without, I was delighted.<p><b>Our Previous Story</b>: <i><br>10</i> …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

Stephen King

Why We’re All UX Designers Now

What do Apple, Tumblr, and Toyota have in common? They all champion the user. And you should, too.<p>What’s the difference between interacting with a Dell laptop and an Apple one? Fumbling through Blogger or gliding through Tumblr? Hyperventilating on Twitter or exhaling on Medium?<p>Call it user …

Tumblr

Disney Research's AIREAL creates haptic feedback out of thin air

Disney Research is at it again. The arm of Walt's empire responsible for interactive house plants wants to add haptic feedback not to a seat cushion, but to thin air. Using a combination of 3D-printed components -- thank the MakerBots for those -- with five actuators and a gaggle of sensors, AIREAL …

Revolv shows how you could control a connected home with Google Glass (video)

Google Steals Ideas From Bing, Bing Steals Market Share From Google

Last month, Google added a new feature to its homepage that enabled users to select a background image. Google included a gallery of professional photos to choose from, including those by famous artists and National Geographic. Soon, Microsoft responded via tweet over the obvious similarities of …

AdWords

This Pillow Glows When Your Long-Distance Partner Goes To Bed

Romance is complicated just by itself, and when you add distance to the equation things rarely get easier.<p>This is where Pillow Talk comes in.<p>Pillow Talk is an Internet-enabled pair of pillows that talk to each other anywhere in the world. When your long-distance paramour is sleeping, your pillow …

The Startup That Digitizes Your Snail Mail Just Raised $5 Million

The digital mail startup just raised $5 million in Series A funding, TechCrunch reports.<p>With a total of $7.2. million raised, Outbox is seeing a back order of requests to join its beta, because Outbox sounds like a really good idea.<p>Three times a week, Outbox swings by your mailbox and grabs your …

A Lightning-Fast Way To Make A Digital Prototype

A step-by-step guide to turning a storyboard into a prototype for user testing, from Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Missed the other previous posts? Here are Parts I, II, III, IV, and V</i>.]<p>At …

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …

Design

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype

Instead of defaulting to groupthink, writes Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp, make sure you have the buy-in of the higher-ups–or you might regret it later.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second</i> …

An iPhone Flight App Straight Out Of The Pan Am Era

A new app called Flying aims for convenience but also hopes to bring back some of the wonder to air travel.<p>When you strip away the hassle of security checks, lost luggage, inevitable delays, and that dope next to you who won’t stop hogging the armrest, air travel is <i>amazing</i>. We step into a winged …

Air Travel

Wiselist Manages Tasks with Checklists, Notes, and File Attachments

iPhone: While iOS isn't lacking for great task manager apps, Wiselist carves out a niche of its own with a gorgeous UI and a unique blend of features.<p>…

Intel's working on DIY programmable home automation, we go eyes-on with its proof-of-concept (video)

The internet of things is growing, friends, and Intel knows it. From WiFi lightbulbs to smart thermostats and door locks, it seems that most everything in our homes will have some sort of connectivity in the not-so-distant future. That's why chipzilla's research arm has been working on a way to …

Square Market launches, provides easy online storefronts for small businesses

We've come to know Square for its efforts in making it easier for small -- and not so small -- businesses to get paid in real life with card readers, iPad registers and apps, but its latest project is trying to help them sell online as well. Square Market has just opened up, and features …

How To Conduct Your Own Google Ventures Design Sprint

To mentor 150 startups in its portfolio, Google Ventures developed a five-day design process. Here, the method’s mastermind, Jake Knapp, details how your company can run its own sprint to solve a big problem.<p><i>Editor’s note: This post is part of a seven-part series originally published on Google</i> …

Design

Report: How People Really Use Tablets While Watching TV

The whole industry is building iPad apps that integrate with television. But Nielsen’s latest report gets hard numbers on whether or not this trend actually makes sense.<p>About half of all smartphone and tablet owners use these devices while watching TV. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, because …

Mad Men

A Workbook Of Simple Tasks For Sparking Your Creative Process

The folks behind Conditional Design want you to experiment in structured ways.<p>Good ideas can arrive (seemingly) in an instant or may emerge after a hard-fought battle between right brain, left brain, and reality. But even people who are blessed with a fertile imagination can benefit from a change …

Creativity

From Google Ventures, The 6 Ingredients You Need To Run A Design Sprint

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp lists the people and things you’ll want on hand to start tackling a big design challenge.<p><i>[Editor’s note: This is the second post in a seven-part guide on how to conduct your own Google Ventures’ five-day design sprint. Read the first part, on why you should conduct a</i> …

The First Step In A Design Challenge: Build Team Understanding

Before embarking on a design sprint, make sure the players involved come to a common understanding, writes Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the third post in a seven-part series from Google Ventures Design Studio on how to conduct your own design sprint. Read the first post here;</i> …

Product Management

HTC Creative Director Daniel Hundt on the first-gen iPod, Leica M8 and the quandary of constant social connectivity

<i>Every week, a new and interesting human being tackles our decidedly geeky take on the Proustian Q&A. This is the Engadget Questionnaire.</i><p>In this week's installment of your smattering of queries, HTC's Creative Director Daniel Hundt chats up the versatile smartphone and responsible consumption. For a …

6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation

Reward employees with time to think, while providing them with the structure they need.<p>Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge when strategies, business models, structure, processes, technologies, …

Innovation

Americans have mixed feelings about wearable tech

Wearable technologies such as Google Glass — a tiny computer with a head mount — are still in their infancy, but already Americans have a love-hate relationship with them.<p>Some 82% of wearable technology users believe these devices have enhanced their lives, but with privacy concerns mounting, …