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May 28th, 2014
In my previous blog, Three Myths of Usability Testing, I mentioned that one common myth is that usability takes a lot of time, resources and effort. That couldn’t be farther from the truth, as I tend to use low fidelity techniques in my job all the time. Here I’ve outlined a few ways that only require, pen, paper, and maybe some scissors. And those of you who are all digital, all the time, I’ve also offered some suggestions on programs to use that mimic the analog versions.
May 15th, 2014
I had the pleasure of speaking as a panelist at a UXPA Event on April 30th focused on developing successful UX portfolios. During the event, we fielded a variety of good questions that I think speak to what a lot of us struggle with when putting together our own Portfolios.
May 13th, 2014
Amazon.com is responsible not only for making digital personalization a mainstream concept, but for doing it so well that it is no longer a privilege, but an expectation. As such a widely used eCommerce giant, their “People also purchased…” capability is coveted by everyone from start-ups to market leaders.
Amazon’s approach to personalization started simple– they made it easy to understand, and to the user it didn’t seem to overly intrusive or “creepy”. That traditional presentation of recommendations still exists, however it’s quite clear that the model has evolved and the logic has been refined over the years. Amazon has an incredible amount of data in years of purchase history, and they’ve made no secret of putting that data to work. They have been the golden example of how to do personalization for as long as I can remember.
May 8th, 2014
The game 2048 has garnered much buzz around being a rip-off of 1024 which is a rip-off of the game Threes. Developers are angry and yet the 2048 app continues to stay at the top of the free apps list. Why? I would credit much of it to the fact that it’s free compared to the $1.99 price tag of its predecessor, but it’s more than that. The creators of Threes have gone to the media to tell their story and I can’t help but feel bad knowing that it doesn’t matter if 2048 is a copycat; people are using it and no matter how much coverage the original creators get, it won’t stop people from playing.
May 6th, 2014
Everyone seems to have Google Analytics, but not everyone is sure of why they have it in the first place, or how to run it once they get an account.
May 1st, 2014
Smart, informed content decisions will be the definitive success factor in the world of wearable devices and publishing. Having a piece of wearable tech in the publishing world might get you noticed, but the digital market never sleeps and companies now need to find ways to move past the tactics established by the world of the mobile phone and tablet.
April 29th, 2014
It’s common knowledge that the world of user interface design has expanded beyond the computer screen. We interact with digital interfaces on our phones, our tablets, our televisions, our cars, our clothing, our refrigerators, etc. And with each new input device comes the necessity to rethink how we design the interfaces they require. Responsive and touchscreen-based designs are becoming the norm as they allow us to adapt to the environment of the user while acting on natural affordances. As more and more of these technologies are born, the need to accommodate in newer, more creative ways persists. One such new interface making fast headway is virtual reality.
April 24th, 2014
You’ve spent lots of time and effort creating a new website, portal, or mobile app. But your work isn’t done. One of the biggest make-or-break moments for any system is the initial rate of user adoption. The launch of your new site is a great opportunity to take some time and focus on messaging to improve adoption and user satisfaction.
April 22nd, 2014
As Drupal 8 edges ever-nearer to release, excitement continues to grow among site owners and developers alike about many of the new features it will bring. The improvements to user experience alone – including in-place editing and many of the other sleek interface enhancements pioneered in Spark – warrant real enthusiasm as they will go a long way toward rectifying some long-standing frustrations and inconsistencies with the content authoring experience in Drupal. As compelling as these and other related enhancements are, the advances made on the back end are where things really begin to get interesting.
April 17th, 2014
With so many database development tools out there, how do you choose which one is right for you? Popular databases in the application development world are MS Access, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and DB2. Before choosing and using a database, there are some points programmers should consider:
April 15th, 2014
I recently downloaded the financial application called Mint, as a way to keep track of how I spend my money. “What does it do?” my friends asked me. “Not that much,” I responded, “just simply tells me how much money I have and what I’ve spent it on.”
April 10th, 2014
April 8th, 2014
The Adobe Experience Manager (“AEM,” previously called “CQ5”) group here at NavArts recently did a project for a client that required us to render content from Alfresco‘s Document Management system in a custom AEM component. We considered several options, ranging from installing a connector that would allow us to access the Alfresco content directly from AEM as a JCR node, importing the content from Alfresco into the AEM DAM and then accessing it directly using the Adobe’s API, and ultimately decided on a RESTful call to a client-provided web service (which the client made available for our use after the previous considerations).
April 3rd, 2014
Ever since our flirtation with smart phones and tablets blossomed into a full blown love affair, responsive design has also become a go-to in terms of designing and building sites that can be used across all devices. But a fascinating and refreshing thing has happened as responsive has become a standard solution: the collapsible navigation we know on our phones and tablets is now making its way to a desktop near you.
April 1st, 2014
Identity theft is one of the biggest problems faced by Internet users all over the world, particularly with hackers and pirates whose skills are constantly refined by the discoveries of new and highly developed deceptive methods.