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  • Designing Effective Carousels: Create a Fanciful Amusement, Not a House of Horrors

    September 14, 2013

    Carousels allow multiple pieces of content to occupy a single, coveted space. This may placate corporate infighting, but on large- or small-view ports, people often scroll past carousels. A static hero or integrating content in the UI may be better solutions. But if a carousel is your hero, good navigation and content can help make it effective.

    Mobile: Native Apps, Web Apps, and Hybrid Apps

    September 14, 2013

    Native and hybrid apps are installed in an app store, whereas web apps are mobile-optimized webpages that look like an app. Both hybrid and web apps render HTML web pages, but hybrid apps use app-embedded browsers to do that.

    Interaction Cost

    August 31, 2013

    The interaction cost is the sum of efforts — mental and physical — that the users must deploy in interacting with a site in order to reach their goals.

    Mobile Intranet Design

    August 19, 2013

    Supporting field staff and mission-critical apps are core reasons to take enterprise computing mobile, but users also value access to news and internal social networks.

    Tablet Usability

    August 5, 2013

    Flat design and improperly rescaled design are the main threats to tablet usability, followed by poor gestures and workflow.

    The Paradox of Wearable Technologies (at jnd.org)

    July 24, 2013

    Can wearable devices be helpful? Absolutely. But they can also be horrid. It all depends upon whether we use them to focus and augment our activities or to distract. It is up to us, and up to those who create these new wearable wonders to decide which it is to be. Article available at Technology Review.

    The Human Body as Touchscreen Replacement

    July 22, 2013

    When you touch your own body, you feel exactly what you touch — better feedback than any external device. And you never forget to bring your body.

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