Why User Experience Designers Are More Valued Than Ever

Posted In UI/UX, Working in Tech
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IBM will pump $100 million into consulting services designed to help improve clients’ user experience design (UX). As part of that initiative, Big Blue will open 10 “Interactive Experience” labs at locations around the world, including London, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo. “There’s no longer any real distinction between business strategy and the design of the user experience,” Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, wrote in a statement. “The last best experience… continue…

Why Demand for Interaction Designers is Rising

Posted In Looking in Tech, UI/UX
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For the uninitiated, interaction design is less a job than a type of architectural practice. It’s been around for quite a while, though often under different job titles. Think hypermedia designer, information architect, GUI designer, front-end engineer or user experience architect. While the titles have changed in relation to the environment, industry or task at hand, the practice has remained fundamentally the same. Interaction designers look at an organization’s overall needs, observe how users interact with products or concepts and… continue…

The Challenge of Flat Design

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Like just about every iOS developer, I’ve starting working on updating apps to be consistent with Apple’s latest Human Interface Guidelines (HIG). All previous versions of the HIG strongly recommended skeuomorphic design elements. The latest strongly encourages flat design and strongly discourages skeuomorphism. The reason for encouraging skeuomorphic design was to make the use of an unfamiliar device – a handheld computer with a phone or a tablet computer – more obvious by mimicking devices users would be familiar with.… continue…

Gestures Are the Next Big Thing in UI

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For the most part, user interfaces today require users themselves to do all the work. But as technology evolves to allow people to use gestures alone, that’s changing. The result: Working with technology is becoming more natural and more effective. For example, in the near future it may be possible to refuse a call simply by looking at a ringing phone and shaking your head. If you’ve stopped paying attention or left the room, the app might pause to await… continue…

The Stupification of Graphical User Interfaces

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A long time ago simply having a GUI was amazing to those that used it, or a toy to the few million Microsoft DOS users who made up the majority of computer users. But those that preferred a Command Line Interface (CLI) always crowed that they could do things far faster by typing than by using a mouse, and for a subset of them (those that could type 40+ wpm, spent ~30+ hours per week using a CLI, and could… continue…

SXSW: How Emotions Determine Google Android’s Design

Posted In Cloud
What’s the key to an excellent mobile operating system? Two designers behind Android talk about how emotion plays a big role. continue…

About Windows 8: It’s the Interface, Stupid.

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Microsoft has plenty of reasons to worry about Windows 8. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the company is spending on marketing, initial surveys of IT buyers suggest a reception that’s cool at best. Last quarter, about 24 percent of more than 1,200 North American and European hardware purchasers said they had no plans to migrate to Windows 8, though they expect they will at some point. David Johnson of Forrester Research, which conducted the survey, said only 4… continue…

Adobe Adds Collaboration to Creative Cloud

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Adobe’s Creative Cloud adds some teamwork features, embracing the broader collaboration trend. continue…

Why Techs Are Cooler Than Other People Think

Posted In Living in Tech
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Are those of us who work in technology really creatives? While we’re still stereotyped as “math nerds,” the truth is our industry is filled with artists and possibly offers more creative outlets than most other fields. For the doubting Thomases out there, here are a few ways we all tap into our inner Picasso. We Open the Doors First Unlike people in most industries, we continuously reinvent, creating a domino effect across multiple platforms. In order to accomplish our fast-forward… continue…

Learn Design Fundamentals, Then Break Them

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“When you’re crafting a user interface, you need to keep in mind that you’re trying to help users complete a daily task.” This bit of common sense advice comes from Uday Gajendar, Principal Product Designer for Citrix. There are some very basic do and don’t design fundamentals, said Gajendar. Don’t clutter up the screen with extraneous information and buttons, and do organize content through prioritization, hierarchy, color, typography, grid and image elements. I asked him about the design philosophy that… continue…