User Experience News

Here’s a collection of user interface news, as aggregated by AllTop. I take no responsibility for the content, but it’s usually very good.

Experientia’s Twitter feed live

Experientia has now its own Twitter feed. Four months of Putting People First posts and other links have already been uploaded. If you followed Experientia on Twitter through the feed of its CEO, Mark Vanderbeeken, make sure to now also follow the company (but don’t unfollow Mark, who will keep on tweeting away). And while […]

Why Americans care more about experiences than possessions

Leslie Bradshaw, managing parter of Made by Many, describes Americans’ shifting value systems. “Young people have redefined success, and their new definition values experience over possession. The word “experience” may sound like a code word for “free,” but the change is not necessarily a reaction to underemployment or even a desire to save money.” His […]

Why Mozilla conducts qualitative user research

“Technology and business organizations often default to a positivist worldview and subsequently believe that quantitative results that provide numeric measures have the most value,” writes Bill Sellman, Lead User Researcher on Firefox. “The hype surrounding big data methods (and the billions spent on marketing by vendors making certain you know about their enterprise big data […]

The Top UX Trends of 2014

December 19, 2014

This was another big year for experience design. Biggest one yet? Sure, why not. There were too many developments, surprises, and shakeups to count, so we sent the call out to our contributors to give us their picks for the trends—both good and bad—that stood out from the rest.

Wihtout further ado, the top UX trends of 2014:

Welcome Back Social Media, We’ve Decided You Are Useful - Rebekah Rousi

After years of deliberating the benefits and popularity of social media, with conflicting views and sentiments over whether it was healthy or not—promoting loneliness through abundance of "friends" but no real relationships and of course the deflated interest levels of disgruntled users filtering through waves of selfies and “words of wisdom”—people have decided that services more
By UX Magazine Staff


Home Automation, So Far

DropcamThis fall I started making some decisive home automation improvements to our house—I know there are plenty of others who are much further along this particular curve than I am, but I thought I’d share some brief thoughts on what we’ve done so far. Actually this effort really started earlier this year when I installed…

VIDEO: As one who is usually the loudest, especially…

As one who is usually the loudest, especially for lightning talks, Chris Powers’ message on silence is one you should to listen to.

Beautiful users: book and exhibition

BOOK Beautiful Users: Designing for People Edited and designed by Ellen Lupton Princeton Architectural Press, 2014, 144 pages In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss, widely considered the father of industrial design, pioneered a user-centered approach to design that focuses on studying people’s behaviors and attitudes as a key first step in developing successful products. In […]

Putting People First blog redesigned

Experientia’s Putting People First blog has been redesigned. It is now entirely responsive, allows for easier browsing, searching, and filtering, and features larger images on the posts. The entire history of posts remains accessible as before. We are still tweaking things and welcome any feedback.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Well, 'tis the season to trot out the same old worn-out clichés (fa la la la la, la la la la). So we'll keep it simple: Thanks for all the comments and emails you've sent us this year (keep em coming folks!) and, on behalf of the whole team here at Etre, have a safe, joyful holiday season and a wonderful 2015.

Reaction will be taking a short break over the holiday period to allow for some essential application maintenance (or something important-sounding like that). Normal service will resume on Monday, 5th January. If you subscribe to our RSS feed though, you'll be the first to receive our new posts (and if you're going to do that, why not subscribe to our newsletter too? ;-)

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Feeling the winter chill? Check out our Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion collection.


Created by James Alliban, Nova is an experimental study of the slit scan (visual arts) technique with "a particular focus on emphasising its spacial and temporal properties". The slit scan image in the video below was created using footage of "bioluminescent deep sea creatures" such as the comb jellyfish. The resulting animated structure resembles "a surreal organism that is locked into an ever-increasing state of perpetual growth, decay and transformation".