Michael Weslander

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User Testing is a Waste of Money*

It was four days to launch, and all the features were locked. The dev team was in heavy QA mode, and the whole team was on edge. I myself was madly …

Profit

A Refresher on A/B Testing

It’s all about data these days. Leaders don’t want to make decisions unless they have evidence. That’s a good thing, of course, and fortunately there are lots of ways to get information without having to rely on one’s instincts. One of the most common methods, particularly in online settings, is …

Performance Testing

36 Questions to Ask Your Chatbot

<i>Teaching the Art of Conversation to Chatbots</i><p>Sure, you’ve asked Siri for a nearby restaurant. Maybe you’ve had M make a reservation for you. You may …

This Clever Projector Works Like A Desk Lamp

Why don’t we all use projectors? They haven’t been made for us–yet.<p>Sure they’ve gotten a smaller, lighter, brighter, and sharper, but modern projectors–even the tiny “pico projectors“–haven’t evolved significantly from their birth in the 1980s. They’re still obnoxious boxes that fit into our lives …

Gear & Gadgets

Beer drinkers of the world. What's your favourite brew?

The 14 Most Popular CSS Links of 2016 So Far

We’ve taken a look through all the stats for the 20 issues of HTML5 Weekly (our front-end development newsletter) published so far in 2016 and have …

Data Visualization — People remember the feeling not the numbers

Analytics belong to every process at your company. Your salesperson is data-driven, your manager is data-driven, your company is data-driven, and you …

Women fall in love more easily with men who are good storytellers

Everyone loves a good story, but can a good story lead to love?<p>Storytelling is a fundamental form of communication, and research has demonstrated the power of narratives to change minds and influence behavior.<p>For example, personal narratives are often used in advertising and health campaigns, and …

Psychology

German Carpenter/Interaction Designer's Hi-Tech Ping Pong Table

Thomas Mayer's Interactive Table Tennis Trainer<p>German designer Thomas Mayer underwent the carpenter's apprenticeship we discussed here, but …

Furniture

The Democrats’ Favorite, Nobel-Winning Economist On How To Reduce Income Inequality

“We should be using those scarce resources to preserve the planet. But we don’t give innovators any incentives.”<p>The message of Joseph Stiglitz’s book—<i>The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them</i> (out now in paperback)–is positive, in a way. He shows how growing income and …

Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Once your business has started collecting and combining all kinds of data, the next elusive step is to extract value from it. Your data may hold tremendous amounts of <i>potential</i> <i>value</i>, but not an ounce of value can be created unless insights are uncovered and translated into actions or business …

Data Visualization

High Resolution SLA and SLS 3D Printers for Professionals

en_US<p>website<p>Formlabs designs and manufacturers the Form 2 stereolithography (SLA) and Fuse 1 selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers for …

This Battery-Free Computer Sucks Power Out Of Thin Air

A quarter-sized computer could change everything from wearables to architecture.<p>Today, the biggest hurdle when it comes to designing new gadgets is battery technology. These big, bulky things restrict the forms our smartphones, computers, and wearables can take, and unfortunately, battery …

Internet of Things

11 Things You Have to Know About Purchasing Vintage Amps

In a previous piece I looked at ways of finding good used guitars at the traditional old bargain-basement haunts such as pawn shops, garage sales and …

Prince's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" solo shows one of his underappreciated skills

Prince is dead at 57. As the internet mourns, a tweet calling out Prince's incredible guitar talents, referencing a supposed Eric Clapton quote, has gone viral:<p>The quote is very, very likely fake. There is no verifiable source for it on the internet, as far as I can tell. And it has been used …

Guitar

Play With the Inner Workings of a Neural Network on This Neat Website

Neural networks are a fundamental part of Artificial Intelligence: Software systems that train themselves to make sense of the human world. But if …

Can’t Program? Now There’s A WYSIWYG For Designing With Code

A new tool from Framer makes it easy to design with JavaScript–even if you don’t know a lick of code.<p>Gone are the days when designers did all their UI/UX concepts in Photoshop. Now, they’re being called on to code their mockups.<p>But how do you introduce designers to code if they’ve never programmed …

Prototypes

3 missteps to avoid at all costs when building a minimum viable product

So… your brilliant idea for a web or mobile application is going to completely change the way consumers or businesses [fill in the blank]. Great! But the days of investors cutting checks for ideas with zero validation are a fading memory.<p>Today, investors more often commit money to scale companies …

Product Management

Logo systems: the future of logo design?

Technology has changed the landscape of the design industry drastically over the past 30 years, but the theory and approach to logo design has …

Better Interface Design: Logins, Menus, Toggles And Other Fancy Modules

CodePen has become the playground for developers. The sandbox where you can build whatever your imagination fancies. Practical things, experimental …

Web Design

Circuit Simulator

This electronic circuit simulator is highly interactive giving the feeling of playing with real components. It's very helpful for experimentation and …

Software

Statsbot

Statsbot - Google Analytics bot for Slack. (Slack, Messaging, and Analytics) Read the opinion of 119 influencers. Discover 15 alternatives like …

Monkey Test It

Monkey Test It - Automated website testing by clever monkeys 🐵. (Web App, Slack, and User Experience) Read the opinion of 37 influencers. Discover 7 …

PixelKit

PixelKit - Share, discuss and find your team's design work. It’s free!. (Web App, Slack, and Design Tools) Discover 8 alternatives like Gravit and …

Learn Fascinating Tidbits About Your City, With This Government Data Mining Tool

MIT and Deloitte have created Data USA, an unprecedented effort to make public data more accessible.<p>What’s the U.S. county with the most people over 60 years of age? What percentage of people in L.A. have college degrees? What percentage of military veterans in Chicago served in Vietnam? What’s the …

How to approach machine learning as a non-technical person

The last few years have seen an explosion of interest in machine learning technology and potential applications. As a non-expert, you’ve probably either had to assess ML technology for your product and business or as a potential investment. The jargon around ML technology is vast, confusing and, …

Machine Learning

MIT develops a new technique to load webpages faster

Webpage bloat is a growing problem. So no surprise techniques to speed page load times have often focused on data compression to try to shrink the number of milliseconds it takes for a website to heave into view.<p>But researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory …

JavaScript

Powerful People React More Unethically to Incentives

Incentives are a potent tool for shaping human behavior, but they’re famously tricky to get right. New research, published in Basic and Applied Social Psychology, has uncovered an alarming wrinkle that complicates incentives even more: they may make powerful people less ethical.<p>The study, led by …

Behavioral Sciences

Using the Microsoft Desirability Toolkit to Test Visual Appeal

<b>Summary:</b> Measure people's attitudes toward a user interface by a controlled vocabulary test: give users the list of product reaction words and asks …

Design Thinking Shakes Up The Beige World Of Enterprise Software

Supply-chain management software gets sexy. But should it?<p>Farewell’s website has the familiar look and feel of a startup software launch in the mid-2010s: highly saturated, widescreen colors; slick-as-hell typography and animated infographics; a short promotional film that looks like it was …

UX Design