Yours Is the Next Best Practice

Best Practices are viral by their nature. They are trends in design on a positive feedback loop. The more they are mimicked and aped, the more they are reinforced and the more Best the Practice becomes. In UX design, we use Best Practices because they are what we think the user expects.  If we can give the user the experience…

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Designed to Linger

As user experience designers we are often trying to facilitate the user to reach their goal most efficiently. We want the fewest clicks, the fastest path, or the most targeted dive into a taxonomy to maximize performance and reduce the time taken to perform whatever task our user is attempting. It can be extremely challenging to take complex business logic,…

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Designing for What? (The convergence of ‘mobile’ and ‘desktop’ in UX design.)

I recently attended a seminar about accessibility issues on mobile devices. The categories of mobile devices listed included smartphones, phablets and tablets amongst others. These categories, and many of the accessibility solutions outlined at the seminar, underscore an outdated dichotomy in design between the mobile device and the desktop. Previously, there were a number of clear distinctions between mobile and…

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Machines Set in Motion

In The Matrix, humans were used as a power source for the machines who were controlling the earth for their own pointless ends. In real life the companies we have purchased products and services from are using their machines-set-in-motion to record our behavior and sell that data to the highest bidder or give it to the government. These companies then…

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Neither Here, Nor There

I believe I was overly optimistic when I wrote about the third space as the place inhabited by two telephone conversants. They are, indeed, neither here nor there; but wherever they are they are not together. Consider the text messager. I walked behind one on the way up from the subway this morning. She was certainly not on the stairs…

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Technology as Consciousness Extender

I have already blogged about The Third Space, a place you go when you’re on the phone with someone; someplace other than here. The Third Space is a physical space that exists in your mind, contingent on your connection with the person on the other end of the line. In The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral…

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The Third Space

This is a subject which continues to fascinate me. I was in my car, stopped at a red light. I saw a man approach the crosswalk. He was on a cellphone. He had a walk signal, but stood still at the corner, looking agitated and possibly confused as he talked. Then, right before the light turned green for me, and…

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