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How to Create Great Experiences From Your Designs

To say you’re a user experience designer or developer is redundant. Everything you’re creating is ultimately going to be used by someone. That’s why Aral Balkan (@aral) refers to himself as an experience designer. “We need to better understand humans so we can design for humans,” said Balkan in his presentation “A Happy Grain of Sand: Great Design Gives People Superpowers!” at the Future Insights Live conference in Las Vegas. When you develop a great product with great design, you… continue…

Developers Admit What’s Wrong with Their Process

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I’m always jealous when I meet someone who works at a company with an amazingly smooth development process. It’s not common, but they’re out there. Unfortunately, what’s more common is process frustration. Almost every developer and designer I speak with wishes theirs was more agile and that their communications were better. At Future Insights Live, I was surrounded by developers and designers. So I asked them, “What’s wrong with your development process?” Here’s what they said.

Effective Companies Live Their Messages

Voice is what we craft to tell a story. But, says Aarron Walter (@aarron), user experience lead for MailChimp and author of Designing for Emotions, we’ve been faced with a lot of companies telling us dishonest stories. In fact, we’ve been told tons of dishonest corporate stories. In a presentation “The Real Me: Crafting Honest Customer Relationships” at Future Insights Live in Las Vegas, Walter gave the following examples: Vitamin Water, which is sold as a healthy drink, has the… continue…

3 Steps To Improve Website Design Client Relationships

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We all have had troublesome Web design clients. Clients who drive us a little nuts by making bad decisions and choosing poor projects, just to name a few. But Paul Boag, co-founder of design and development firm Headscape, says having an attitude that clients will be tolerated for the sole purpose of keeping the money flowing in to pay bills while you to dig into your passion projects, or build your apps on the side, is a wrong attitude. In his… continue…

10 Tips for Using Emotion to Attract Gamers

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“Emotion is a part of business,” said Brian Wong, the 21-year-old CEO of Kiip, a company that provides phyiscal and virtual goods as rewards for achieving goals in video games. Through his work, Wong learned that emotion is a core part of winning business and is more effective than using attention-grabbers. “In moments of joy and happiness, you can reach someone,” says Wong. “When it’s an earned feeling, and you tie it to a reward, you have a stronger affinity… continue…

Your ‘No Money’ Guide to Bootstrapping Your Business

“You can build any company you want to without having to raise any kind of money,” said Jason Nazar, CEO of document provider .docstoc, in a presentation at Future Insights Live in Las Vegas. Nazar bootstrapped his own business before taking a $4 million investment four years ago. His advice combines his own experience with lessons that the most successful entrepreneurs he ever met used to build their businesses. Here’s his advice: Principles of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs sell ether: How do… continue…

How Young Developers Can Get Respect

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If you’re a young developer — in your teens or early 20s– you may feel like other professionals aren’t taking you seriously. That was the concern of Sebastian Sandqvist, a 17-year-old designer and founder of the website Sparque. After Brian Wong, the 21-year-old founder of the app-rewards producer Kiip, finished his presentation at Future Insights Live, Sandqvist asked him, “Being so young, how do you get investors and other people to take you seriously?” “Assuming people won’t take you seriously… continue…

How to Improve Your Web Design Process [Video]

While we’ve seen Web design advance dramatically over the past few years, the process by which Web designers work with their clients hasn’t. The first visual representation in any design process is usually a collection of three full comps or mockups. Those are then picked apart by the client, for whom the designer is now charged to create a “Franken”-comp. At least that’s how Samantha Warren, Design Director for Phase2 Technology, put it in her presentation “The Future of Web… continue…

How to Build a Remote Digital Business [Video]

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Theoretically, if you create a digital product like applications or websites, you could work from any location. But if that were true, why is development talent concentrated in areas such as Silicon Valley and San Francisco? It’s because location still matters, even with digital goods. However, Dan James has proven that doesn’t have to be the case. James is founder of silverorange, an 11-member design shop based on Prince Edward Island, Canada. The company has produced logos and Web design work for… continue…

Will PhoneGap End Native vs. HTML5 Debate?

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I’ve heard the endless debates regarding how you should develop a mobile app. Should it be completely open Web, usable by all operating systems and devices, or should it be built natively to take advantage of offline time, device features, and unique properties of the OS? That debate may be over, or at least the discussion tempered, when developing mobile apps with PhoneGap. The free open source mobile framework software supports eight platforms including Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and more recently… continue…