Philipp Schalla

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Forget Coding: Writing Is Design’s “Unicorn Skill”

In a new report, John Maeda explains why writing is a must-have skill for designers.<p>These days many designers can code–an increasingly important skill for landing a job. But few are just as fluent in their own language as they are in Javascript. That presents a serious problem in terms of design. …

UX Design

What If Smart Homes Were Designed For Seniors, Instead?

Young people are often the internet of things’ target market, but elders might make more sense, argues one designer.<p>The smart home of the future is designed for millennials: tech-savvy, hyper-social, Marie Kondo-reading youngsters who aspire to keep their lives clean and orderly forever. But life …

Bots

How IBM And Disney Brainstorm In The Cloud

This collaborative whiteboarding app tries to digitize the fun, chaotic physicality of brainstorming, while making it accessible to anyone.<p>International design firm Ideo popularized the designer brainstorming session: Just lock a team of creatives up in a conference room with some Sharpies and …

Design

The 4 Universal Requirements For Great UX

The prestigious UX consultancy Nielsen Norman Group inspires a set of tips for designing butter-smooth user experiences.<p>As the saying goes, build the right thing, then build the thing right.<p>Usability is how well a product serves its purpose, and encompasses a variety of interface aspects: How …

UX Design

IBM launches Watson Health Cloud for ResearchKit, Apple Watch-based sleep tracker ‘SleepHealth’ as first app

IBM today announced that it’s launching the first app that will run on its new Watson Health Cloud for ResearchKit — <i>SleepHealth</i> — as it also makes that platform available to researchers building their own apps that work with Apple’s ResearchKit.<p>The first ResearchKit app to run on Watson Health …

Just How Much Money Will Self-Driving Cars Save You?

Estimates from auto insurance startup Metromile suggest not driving yourself is really worth your while.<p>Self-driving cars will save the average driver about $1,000 annually, according to estimates from auto insurance startup, Metromile.<p>Robotic self-driving cars have a near-perfect driving record; …

Driverless Cars

Ten Years Later: Lessons From the Applied Semantics’ Google Acquisition

Image copyright undrey<p>Ten years ago today, my business partners and I sold Applied Semantics to Google. At the time, it was Google’s largest …

Big Data’s Hidden Weakness

What we risk missing when we kneel at the altar of data.<p>No matter what problem you’re talking about these days, Big Data is inevitably the answer. We hear it constantly. Data will help us live healthier lives. Data will allow us to design smarter cities. Data will make sure nobody makes a bad TV …

Big Data