Sean Flaherty

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Design automation — An interview with Matt Cooper-Wright, from IDEO

The design process goes as far as it can with the resources that we have on hand. Automating the right parts of our workflow can bring our…Continue …

Automation

How Functional Animation Helps Improve User Experience

Since humans are visually driven creatures, the impact of imagery only increases with the help of animation. Our eyes innately pay attention to …

Design

Take the Time to Use Fewer Words

<i>tl;dr: If a user experience needs an explanation, something is fundamentally broken. Consider redesigning the experience until people no longer need</i> …

Color Psychology: The Psychological Effects of Colors

This is the last installment of our color therapy series: Psychological Effects of Color. You can read the previous installments: Color Therapy & …

Psychology

Bragging Rights

How to Pull Your Customers over the Advocacy Threshold with Technology<p>With the Loyalty Ladder, we explained how our customers move through their …

Customer Service

How Color Affects UX And Behavior

Color: when a design gets it right, you likely never notice it — but when it gets it wrong? It doesn’t matter if it’s an overly bright, eye-singeing …

Digital Design

The Alien Look of Deep Learning Generative Design

What happens when you have Deep Learning begin to generate your designs? The commons misconception would be that a machine’s design would look …

Design

Market Trends: Voice as a UI on Consumer Devices — What Do Users Want?

By 2018, 30% of Our Interactions With Technology Will Be Through "Conversations" With Smart Machines<p>Market Structure Trend<p>Voice — The Natural …

Trends

Lexus and Sriracha Just Made The Hottest Car Ever

Some things just go together, like peanut butter and jelly, chips and guac, and, now, Sriracha and Lexus. The luxury car company recently partnered …

Cool Stuff

Soon You'll Only Have to Charge Your Phone Every 3 Months

Our smartphones are smarter than ever, except for one very inconvenient Achilles heel: They suck up a ton of power and require obnoxiously frequent …

Google Just Unveiled a New Router That Could Fix Your Crappy Wi-Fi Once and for All

If you've been dealing with spotty Wi-Fi in certain parts of your home, you can rejoice.<p>Google just pulled back the curtain on a full lineup of new …

Google

Lasers beat rust every time

How to Use Micro Interactions in Your UI Prototype

If you’ve recently been following the latest UI trends at all, the rising popularity of micro interactions probably hasn’t missed you. An increasing …

Google’s UX HEART framework: how to collect user-centered metrics with prototypes

<b>Struggling to figure out which UX metrics to measure and how to link them to product goals? Check out our guide to Google’s UX HEART framework and</b> …

Home farming robot

The A-B-C’s of UX

With so many terms in use across the industry, it’s probably a good idea to set the record straight on some of the basics.<p><b>A</b> is for algorithms, for …

A Feathered Dinosaur Tail Has Been Found Preserved in Amber

This is so incredible.<p>A dinosaur tail with beautifully preserved feathers still attached to the bone has been found preserved in amber, and it's one …

The Grime You Leave on Your Phone Says a Lot More About You Than You Think

If those embarrassing late-night texts and selfie outtakes weren't bad enough, there's something else on your phone that's guaranteed to make you …

Digital transformation is about more than new technology

Marketers at Argos, Microsoft and Citi Bank have urged brands to acknowledge that people now work for purpose, not just money, which they will need …

Marketing

This creepy robotic eel swims autonomously to perform underwater maintenance

This creepy robotic eel is the stuff of nightmares but it might be able to reduce costs for the oil and gas industry.<p>It is called an Eelume and was developed by Kongsberg Gruppen and Statoil to inspect subsea vessels and installations.<p>The robot is armed with a clamp-like mouth which can tighten …

Robotics

Join an Open Design Critique with Facebook

One of the most reliable ways to strengthen our work as designers is by sharing it with others. <br>Extra eyes help us agree on the problems we’re …

Facebook

Speed and scale: Unlocking digital value in customer journeys

Even as organizations assemble digital building blocks for the long term, they also need short-term, pragmatic moves that meet customer expectations …

What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?

Last week, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and other cutting-edge companies, took a surprising question at the Code Conference, a technology event in California. What, a man in the audience asked, did Musk make of the idea that we are living not in the real world, but in …

PUG: A Framework For Measuring Product Performance

Everyone loves claiming to be a “data-centric” product manager. But as any PM knows, despite having all the data in the world, measuring the true …

Don’t Become a Victim of One Key Metric

The One Key Metric, North Star Metric, or One Metric That Matters has become standard operating procedure in startups as a way to manage a growing …

Skygazers gear up for extra bright 'supermoon'

Skygazers were heading to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches Monday to witness the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades, …

Supermoon

Designing Confirmation

Best practices and the future of confirmed action<p>The confirmation design pattern isn’t something to be taken lightly. If employed erroneously, or not …

Good designers don’t make good design

Human-centered companies do<p>UX, product design, service design — they are everywhere in the past couple of years. Really, every company wants good …