Category: Usability

Why Cross-Platform Products Fail

Alex Payne has written a wonderful article about why cross-platform development environments ultimately fail to deliver what customers really want; a great experience. Alex says: This post is about platforms and doing the right thing by your customers. It’s about the one big thing that I think HipChat and some other great companies are doing […]

Accessibility on iOS

Implementing accessibility in iOS applications. It only takes minutes to make your software usable to an audience with a few changes in Interface Builder.

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 […]

Looking Through the Eyeglass in Reverse

I was talking with a fellow UX professional and the conversation quickly turned into a discussion about design. It seems like every product or service has their, “don’t get me started” black-eye. No matter how elegant, wonderful, thoughtful, and well-orchestrated the product is, that bastard child always seems to be present. Too often we measure […]

What is Great Design? Part 2

Ben Shneiderman wrote in his article Designing for Fun: The psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi talks about the flow experience of optimal performance when people are creatively facing challenges to achieve personal goals. When people are in the flow state they suspend their fears, put aside their anxieties, and engage fully in the experience of the moment. Concentration is intense, […]