Posts in category: Technology

Captcha usability over time

Captcha usability over time

Have you noticed how much harder it is to decipher Captcha codes these days? Here’s the graph I made while thinking about this. I still remember a time when anti-bot measures like Captcha was unheard of. As a species, we just can’t have nice things (for...
The cheap and the entitled

The cheap and the entitled

Some of the comments on Google’s Play Store (and presumably also on Apple’s App Store) show how much of a disrespectful entitlement culture we live in. You know the ones: If only you could change the entire app to work exactly the way I want, I would give...
One small cable

One small cable

This small $3 USB OTG (On The Go) cable opened up the world of USB peripherals to my phone. And I am excited! I can hook up a keyboard (complete with a touchpoint and a touchpad) and type away. The touchpoint/touchpad worked. Even Alt-Tab to switch between running...
From vision to realisation

From vision to realisation

Sometimes, it can take a decade or two to realise a vision in all its glory. I remember using an early Newton. The potential was profound; the implementation much less so. The technology was simply not there yet. Twenty years later, the Galaxy Note 3 is the Newton...

Paper-pen replacement?

Do you use a pen-based tablet or tablet PC to replace pen and paper in meetings? I’ve been looking out for a practicable way to electronically capture a combination of drawings, handwriting, and handwriting-recognised-text for a while now. The recently released...
Evolving PCs

Evolving PCs

Will we see home and work PCs as we know them now disappear from ubiquity in the near future?

Transitions and ease of use

Two of the foundations of “easy to use” are familiarity and consistency. They enable users to leverage prior knowledge and their progressively learnt new behaviour. When a long-familiar thing/system/process changes drastically, it can shake the perception...
UX/UI for internal vs public users

UX/UI for internal vs public users

The UX/UI design context can vary depending on whether the expected end users of a given application are internal staff or the general public. INTERNAL (Specialised) Users PUBLIC (External) Users Example: Tax Office intranet audit application. Example: Web-based...
UI, UX, IA and gamification in context

UI, UX, IA and gamification in context

Everything we use – including software applications, machinery/equipment, and processes/services – has a User Experience (UX) component. The user experience of a product or service is what the user feels, thinks and experiences in the course of interacting with this...
Three elements of a UX use-context

Three elements of a UX use-context

There are three aspects we need to consider when reviewing a use context. How the design addresses these elements will directly affect the user experience of the product or service. Physical The physical environment, the physical ability of the user, and the physical...
Writing in transit

Writing in transit

My blogging behaviour has changed somewhat in response to a recent project that necessitated an almost-daily commute into the city. I write on the train and bus now, using my phone (Swype keyboard FTW), and storing drafts on Google Drive. The previous half a dozen or...
Design seesaw

Design seesaw

When designing a service, product, or software application, there are often these four aspects to balance.
Manifesting UX

Manifesting UX

The user experience (of a product or service) manifests through three aspects: the user interface (UI), the information architecture (IA) and the presentation design (PD). UX User Experience UI User Interface IA Information Architecture PD Presentation Design Means...

UI design vs user training

We consciously design applications and info systems to suit our needs and proclivities. In the course of using a system, we also modify our behaviour to accommodate the system; such as learning the keyboard shortcuts. Improving a user interface is an on-going dynamic...
Replacing computers with tablets

Replacing computers with tablets

Tablets are the craze at the moment. As with all tech crazes, there is a tendency to tout tablets as the ultimate device capable of doing everything, including spelling the demise of their less trendy brethrens. And if we have learnt anything from previous tech...
New social opportunities in online communications

New social opportunities in online communications

According to Wikipedia, “Nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of all communication.” Left image from Wikipedia.org Many of us are familiar with the loss of the non-verbal aspects of communications when online. Written text obviously does not carry tone of...
Unbox and reveal in UX design

Unbox and reveal in UX design

What the user experiences when unwrapping a product is part and parcel of the product/brand’s total user experience. Image from Wikimedia.org Architects for example work with a building’s approach experience. This describes how the structure reveals itself over time...
My ideal phone

My ideal phone

I have been very happy using my Samsung Galaxy SII for over a year now. Recently I went back to the old Nokia C6 while the Galaxy is having its cracked screen replaced. Despite having taken to the Galaxy’s touch Swype keyboard better than I had ever imagined, I...

Illiteracy in the post-PC era

The term “post-PC era” is increasingly being bandied around the media since it was invented by the Magical Apple Marketing Machine. Even as we increasingly flock glassy-eyed to the shiny, fondle-able tablets; “…fewer and fewer people have the ability to read and write...
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