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Human factors underpin everything we do

Human factors underpin everything we do

In an IDEO interview with InnoFuture Tom Kelley spoke of three factors for innovation: human factors, technology factors, and business (economic) factors. With all of these being of equal importance. And where human factors is the one area with the most opportunities...

Regardless of the technology, human nature still rules

This post was sparked by this Economist article: Invisible sieve: Hidden, especially for you. Personalisation induced filter bubbles may be cocooning us in our own isolated universes, linking us only to those people like us, who hold similar (and non-challenging)...
Gamification

Gamification

“Gamification is the use of game play mechanics for non-game applications (also known as “funware”), particularly consumer-oriented web and mobile sites, in order to encourage people to adopt the applications.” Wikipedia Below are two notable points I...

Making that extra leap

Spotted in Singapore: external USB hard drives that came with a full-length movie preinstalled. This is clearly a natural extension of the free shovel-ware approach. It seems obvious now when someone’s done it doesn’t it? In the days before the common practice of...
People do scroll for content

People do scroll for content

Following on from my post yesterday on busting the myth of the fold in web design, I spotted the beautiful layouts of Choice magazine’s website. Shown above is how the layout looks on a 1366×768 resolution screen typical of many consumer laptops. See how...
Challenging the myth of the fold (with style)

Challenging the myth of the fold (with style)

Way back when in the dark old days of the Internet before people learnt to scroll (yes, really, apparently) graphic designers (web designers were few and far in-between then) migrated the concept of “the fold” from newspaper land to web pages. Essentially:...

Resolving exceptions and social media

One measure of an organisation’s agility is its ability to detect and resolve problems (exceptions) in their operations quickly and effectively. Resolving exceptions in processes require: An effective exception detection mechanism – people who care enough to identify...

When is marketing irresponsible?

Marketing is irresponsible when it perpetuates simplistic myths that perpetuates ignorance and causes damage to customers in the long run. Apple and its fans have long spouted how the MacOS operating system is totally safe. How it’s all automated. How users won’t need...

Duck houses and old computers

Interested in these or just about any other topic you can possibly imagine? In the old days you’d look for a book – if one existed. Nowadays you’d Google it. Google search is the ultimate compendium book of any esoterica. You can call up pictures and...

Bit.ly: non-visual good design

Good design is often not about how something looks. Good design is about how well something supports what users need to accomplish. The URL shrinking service bit.ly is a beautiful case in point. The way it works is just about as beautiful as you can get it. There are...

Should we expect more from entrepreneurship?

This post is triggered by this article in the Sydney Morning Herald. On one hand I admire and applaud the entrepreneurship. The ability to spot or create an opportunity and then take advantage of it. On the other hand, I can’t help but cringe at the lack of any deep...

The un-designed Facebook

In many respects FB is un-designed. If I had to rate its usability, I’d give it a 6 out of 10. I regularly find many aspects of Facebook frustratingly hard to use. Important controls are hidden (the Create New Message button often disappears off the right side of the...

Personality-tailored apps

There are large numbers of same same apps out there. To the point when someone shows you a cool one that wants payment, chances are you can find a similar one that is free. I think personality-tailored apps are going to be the next thing. Apps with features that...

Two approaches to entering/cracking the app market?

(1) Spend loads building loads of apps and wait for the right ones to breakthrough. (2) Or do something you are passionate and crazy about; do something that pleases yourself. And wait for it to breakthrough.

Don’t forget the quiet opportunities

Despite all the media hype over smartphones, the reality is, most people don’t have one. Tech author and 3G strategist Tomi Ahonen believes that the real killer apps are MMS and SMS. Read the full article on The Register. And the numbers back him up. An iPhone app can...

Thoughts on smartphones and tablets

When smartphones first appeared, I thought “I have my laptop with me all the time, why would I want to surf the web on a tiny screen?” The same with tablets. I have a laptop. I don’t need another, less functional, thing to surf the net on. This was certainly true when...
Liberating lists and the Age of Knowledge Synthesis

Liberating lists and the Age of Knowledge Synthesis

In an always-connected world, the idea of printed listings is dead. The current generation growing up will probably never use an atlas, a dictionary or the White/Yellow Pages in their entire lifetime. What’s an atlas but Google Earth printed on paper. What is the...
The Office ribbon and location memory

The Office ribbon and location memory

I reckon one reason I dislike the Office ribbon is because it actively defies location/placement memory. With old style drop down menus, I rely a lot on knowing the vague locations of commands: “about 3 menus form the left and about half way down. This is perhaps more...

Risky assumptions about Facebook

Assumption 1: Facebook is globally sensitive. This post was sparked by this article Japanese with common last name Yoda denied Facebook account. While I understand how Facebook, being an American invention, could let slip the occasional unawareness of things...

Make your TV commercials search-inducing

Most people never just passively watch TV. Googling random facts, checking their Facebook news feed and seeing who has tweeted in the past 30 seconds were atop the list of activities to do while watching, but strangely, a full 20 percent confessed to search for more...
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