The Extreme Entrepreneur

By Sean Flaherty | Business ideas on the edge of disruption.

Maintaining Quality at a Break-neck Pace

How we design, develop and architect digital products is changing at a break-neck pace. Every week we are hearing about new breakthroughs in tools, …

Architecture

Why we switched our philosophy from Ops to Infrastructure

There is Ops, Infrastructure, Performance, DevOps etc. The terms and titles go on and they vary based on a variety of industries, companies, and …

SSH

The Secret UX Issues That Will Make (Or Break) Self-Driving Cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven't come close to cracking.<p>We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car's engineers. With a sticker …

Silicon Valley

Smartphone use eating into IoT’s $3 trillion future

Though the market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to reach a staggering $3 trillion globally by 2025, that forecast has dimmed partly due to broader smartphone capability.<p>Fortune mentioned an IoT report by Machina Research that lowered its forecast for part of the IoT …

Internet of Things

How the Evoq CMS Aligns with the Key Principles of ITX

Visionary Entrepreneur who builds simple, useful, technology products. Has founded and developed several businesses including one recognized as an …

Content Management

Pokémon GO is a Minimal Viable Product

Over the last few weeks we have witnessed Pokémon GO shatter app store records, dominate social media and drive stock market valuations. The game now …

Product Management

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Creative?

Before you read this post, I want you to do something for me. Take 10 seconds and think of 5 fields that best exhibit “creativity” as you think of it.<p>…

Intelligence

The Superbook - The smartphone-powered Android laptop

The UI That Could Help Make E-Sports A $100 Billion Industry

Activision Blizzard wants to make e-sports mainstream. How? By focusing less on the video game and more on the players.<p>With 2.2 billion fans worldwide and $124 billion in revenue, professional sports is big business. But ask Mike Sepso, senior vice president of Activision Blizzard Media Networks, …

The Foundation of Technical Leadership

I’m a front-end architect, but I’m also known as a technical leader, subject matter expert, and a number of other things. I came into my current …

Leadership

Create an Evolutionary Web Strategy with a Digital MRO Plan

Many organizations, large and small, approach creating their web presence as if it’s a one-time project. They invest an enormous amount of time and …

Web Design

Breaking the habit: The art of noticing the world around us and making it better

Article image: A worker using a spectroscope to observe steel color and gauge temperature. (source: Kheel Center via Flickr).

How to Create a Perfect Color Scheme [Infographic]

Nothing can make a project stand out or identify your brand or business like color. Just think: What would the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s be …

Color Schemes

Accessibility Matters: Meet Our New Book, “Inclusive Design Patterns” (Pre-Release)

<b>We use ad-blockers as well, you know.</b> We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly …

Universal design

Bridging retail's digital divide at the point-of-sale

If you want proof that digital transformation is much more than a simple technology upgrade, look no further than your nearest shopping mall. The …

Digital divide

Are Branding Agencies Still Relevant?

The old way of designing brands is in desperate need of a rethink, writes Edenspiekermann's Paul Woods.<p>A couple years ago, I was interviewing for a job as digital design director at a (well-known) branding agency. After the usual pleasantries, we landed on the details of what the role would entail. …

Branding

Val Head on the challenges of web animation

<i>Val Head will be discussing motion in design systems at Generate Sydney on 5 September, while Sarah Drasner will demonstrate how to make intricate</i> …

Animation

Pull

As young children we learn, very early on, how to influence the people around us. It starts when we are trying to get our basic needs met. We learn …

Command and control

Use Simple Checklists for Acceptance Criteria

Throughout this article, I’m going to use “GWT” as shorthand for Given/When/Then. And, in places, I will use “AC” as shorthand for Acceptance …

How Google is Remaking Itself as a “Machine Learning First” Company

If you want to build artificial intelligence into every product, you better retrain your army of coders. Check.<p>Carson Holgate is training to become a …

Learning

How Brainstorming Questions, Not Ideas, Sparks Creativity

Want to challenge assumptions? Follow the lead of Microsoft, MIT, and others, and ask more questions, writes author Warren Berger.<p>Brainstorming has developed a fraught reputation, perhaps deservedly so. When groups of people are thrown together and expected to come up with original ideas, there is …

Creativity

Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy

Back in 2007 the five major mobile-phone manufacturers—Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG—collectively controlled 90% of the industry’s global profits. That year, Apple’s iPhone burst onto the scene and began gobbling up market share.<p>By 2015 the iPhone <i>singlehandedly</i> generated 92% of …

A behavioral approach to product design

Aaron Otani shares 4 steps to designing products with impact.The post A behavioral approach to product design appeared first on InVision Blog.

Design

Complete Beginner’s Guide to UX Research

In an industry devoted to the people who use our products, services, and applications, research is paramount. We ask questions. We take notes. We …

UX Design

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that's exactly the …

How to Fix a Broken Intranet

As a consultant in the UX business, I see a lot of different intranets. Most of them have one thing in common: They’re super messed up. They lack …

Usability

The biggest change in fast food isn't about food — and it should terrify chains that can't keep up

Whether in Starbucks or Pizza Hut, mobile ordering is taking over the fast-food industry.<p>Orders placed via smartphone will make up more than 10% of all quick-service restaurant sales by 2020, Business Insider Intelligence projects. At that point, mobile ordering is expected to be a $38 billion …

Fast Food

How a Nobel prize-winner thinks

Get an insight into the mind of leading scientist Andre Geim, in this interview covering the beauty of complexity, what makes humans unique, and more.<p>Nobel prize-winner Andre Geim at the University of Manchester is known for creating one of the most promising new materials of the 21st Century – …

Nobel Prize