User-centered design: Lab or field observation?

User-centered design: Lab or field observation?

I’ll say it upfront: I’m a big fan of field & participant observation. I know, I know, getting people in the lab, under controlled conditions, with the latest and greatest observation technology seems “scientific”. Yet, ask yourself how much it changes the very thing you’re trying to observe. I’m not concerned about the user feeling […]

Spare your users the cognitive load

Spare your users the cognitive load

This is NOT about consuming their time and attention while they’re using your app. This is about draining their ability for logical thinking, problem-solving, and willpower after the clicking/swiping/gesturing is done.

RIP Douglas Engelbart

RIP Douglas Engelbart

Douglas Engelbart, the father of the computer mouse, is no more. Known not only for inventing the mouse, but also for showing shared documents, simultaneous editing, remote collaboration, and much more already in 1968, when personal computers were little more than a dream.

Touché from Disney: very interesting touch sensing technology

Very interesting touch sensing technology from Disney. They use multi-frequency capacitive sensing to detect a user’s hand, finger, and body position on various surfaces. Even the human body posture itself can be recognized and acted upon. Several scenarios and possible uses are presented. Worth watching!

Hypervoice

The original article talks more about hypervoice, i.e. hyperlinking of voice content to other data, and how it might change the way we telecommunicate and work together. Interesting read, albeit a bit long.