Category: Industrial Design

iPad for Senior Citizens

I’ve been seeing a lot of iPad usage around me. I know what you’re thinking, “Duhhh, Captain Obvious! You live in Silicon Valley and this is where Apple is headquartered. Yeah, I think you might see a few.” Silicon Valley is loaded with top-tech talent. Devices and gadgets that only the top-talent stereotypes understand and […]

Amazon Kindle Review

I love books, I love reading, and I love technology. Is the Amazon Kindle my new favorite gadget? You better believe it! While it’s not perfect, it is pretty darn close. One of the things that really surprised me, and the Kindle delighted me in a quite a few ways, is that it is smaller […]

Design Adds Value More Than it Adds Cost

You would expect that kind of title from a designer, right? Who wouldn’t. So let’s back that up with a real example. The Motorola RAZR was one of the hottest selling cellular phones during the 2005 selling season and well into the 2006 season as well. In fact, it was selling at a rate of […]

Why You Have to Design For Usage Scenarios

I hate my furnace. I really, really, can’t stand it. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever disliked anything as much as my furnace. Ever. What is it about my furnace that evokes such strong emotion and contempt for something that simply pushes air around my home? Functionally, the furnace does everything it is suppose […]

What is Great Design? Part 1

As a User Experience professional I am often asked the age-old question, “So what makes a great design?” If you’re also in the design profession, perhaps your management has asked you to quantify it, break it down in to terms or numbers that business people understand. Maybe your CEO has “challenged” your company to create […]