Sean Flaherty

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J. Crew vs. Domino's: Competition in the Digital Age

Technology has shifted the balance of power from brands to the individual consumer. No longer is a consumer confined to selections on display in …

Trends

The Importance of Cognitive Bias in Experience Design

<b>Design can benefit immensely from cognitive bias.</b>Specifically, design can benefit from thinking of cognitive biases as keys to efficiency and …

Behavior

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later.<p>Great, how am I supposed to …

Behavior

The Evolution of Design with Culture Thinking

Why we should think about culture before we designIt used to be Hollywood that drives culture but now, it’s Silicon Valley.It seems to me that rarely …

Design Thinking

6 storytelling principles to improve your UX

Crafting a good experience is like telling a good storyStories are core to various activities, tools and methods applied in UX.Stories are how we …

Storytelling

Affordance in user interface design

The properties of an object which allow it’s function.<p>Brief history<p>One of the top cited American psychologist James J. Gibson from the Department of …

UX Design

Product managers for the digital world

The role of the product manager is expanding due to the growing importance of data in decision making, an increased customer and design focus, and …

Product Management

Storyframes before wireframes: starting designs in the text editor

Browsing through a well-crafted interface is like reading a great story (or flipping through a great comic book). As designers, why are we not …

UX Design

The CEO guide to customer experience

Companies that create exceptional customer experiences can set themselves apart from their competitors.<p><b>What do my customers want?</b> The savviest …

Jobs to Be Done...Continuously

<b>A Brief History:</b><p>The Jobs To Be Done framework’s star is on the rise. Clayton Christensen, venerated HBS professor, seems to have coined the term as …

How To Use White Space In Web Design

It is a designers role to create compelling layouts users like to use. White space is a concept that will help you to make beautiful, easy to read …

Consistency: MORE than what you think

Let’s examine a subject that has more to it than meets the eye. Applying a deeper appreciation of consistency to your designs will yield precious …

Color Schemes

Product People, Mind the Gap!

An elementary school teacher of mine once assigned us an exercise that seemed simple on the surface, but turned out to be surprisingly complex.<p><i>It</i> …

The 12 Things Traveling Teaches You

“We are driven into wild rage by our luxurious lives, so that whatever does not answer our whims, arouses our anger.” –SenecaContinue reading on The …

Mind

What do Uber, Volkswagen and Zenefits have in common? They all used hidden code to break the law.

“No ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him …

Uber

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The MVP is dead. Long live the RAT.

Why you should focus on <i>Riskiest Assumption Tests</i> and forget about MVPs.<p>There is a flaw at the heart of the term Minimum Viable Product: it’s not a …

Why Some Apps Use Fake Progress Bars

Designers use “benevolent deception” to trick users into trusting the system.<p>In a fit of productivity, I did my taxes early this year. They were a bit more complex than usual, so I set aside some time to click through TurboTax and make sure I got everything right. Throughout the process, the online …

February 21

A More Human Interface Through AI

What if designers used artificial intelligence to augment their decisions?Continue reading on uxdesign.cc – User Experience Design »

UX Design

The magic of microcopy

Delight is in the details<p>When I think about the products I love, they all have one thing in common: delightful little details.<p>There’s this coffee …

UX Design

New model for deep mantle conveyor belt system at the core of the Earth

In this research, the scientists took a new approach by considering whether the chemical composition of mantle rocks affects the churning convective …

Geology

Typography, Branding, and Value

Where do free fonts fit into professional identity design?<p>Recently, I went to Twitter with a thought.<p>Free typography has its place but I’m not sure …

Could Prehistoric Bugs Thaw And Kill Us All?

Then, just three years ago, Jean-Michel Claverie of the University of Aix-Marseille in France found a virus at least 30,000 years old, deep in the …

‘Artificial atom’ created in graphene

In a tiny quantum prison, electrons behave quite differently as compared to their counterparts in free space. They can only occupy discrete energy …

This Chemist A.I. Will Invent New Drugs With Deep Learning

A new artificial intelligence aims to create new drugs by learning what molecules already work and what may fit with existing patterns. The success …

Google proved that AI can reshape medicine

A doctor’s work isn’t all done in examination rooms. Many specialists spend lots of time alone with the lights out, examining photographs that reveal their patients’ internal workings.<p>That might soon change. A paper by Google published in the Journal of the American Medical Association details an …

Medicine

Scientists Use Squeezed Light To Cool Objects Down To Zero Kelvin

How do you cool down further what’s already super cool? By bending the laws of physics, of course! For the first time, physicists cooled a mechanical …

Synthetic Cells Have Passed A Turing Test

Fake It ‘Til You Make It<p>Amid rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), humans use the Turing test to determine if a machine is truly …

Scientists Simulate a New Material That Could Be Even Weirder Than Graphene

Get ready for one-dimensional boron chains.<p>We all love graphene - the one-atom-thick sheets of carbon aren't just super flexible, harder than …

Chemistry

Here's how American workers' wages have changed since 1960

When we talk about the money that the “average” American worker makes, we are usually referencing a “median” or “mean” income statistic.<p>While this number can be useful in many different contexts, it can also be extremely limiting. The reality is that there’s a very wide range of incomes out there, …

Equality