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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.

Brand Minimalism

Art in America Magazine has this look back at an exhibition from 1980 that examined the striking similarities between minimalist art and corporate identity design. Titled “Objects and Logotypes: Relationships Between Minimalist Art and Corporate Design” and curated by Buzz Spector, the show juxtaposed identities for companies like the Aluminum Company of America, Chase Manhattan…

Johan Blomkvist’s doctoral thesis on prototyping in service design

COVER01Representing Future Situations of Service Prototyping in Service Design by Johan Blomkvist Linköping Studies in Arts and Science Doctoral Dissertation Human-Centred Systems Division Department of Computer and Information Systems Linköping University This thesis describes prototyping in service design through the theoretical lens of situated cognition. The research questions are what a service prototype is, what […]

User experience is the new differentiator. How will that affect the internet?

The world of business is changing, as are the locations of the people who are driving that business. How companies reach new users and how they treat them once they do will be the defining business issue of the future. Those who deliver the best user experience to a global audience will win this race […]

Ethnography, magpies, shiny things, and parallel worlds

Magpies-Stuff-1200x420Three posts by Simon Roberts (?) explore the rise, fall and possible futures of ethnography in commercial settings. Ethnography, magpies and shiny things The first piece explores how ethnography fell victim of the enduring quest for fashion and the need to differentiate in market research. The market research industry commoditized ethnography and failed to capitalise […]

How Facebook uses UX research to personalize the way we see each other

facebookposterFacebook recently made profiles more “contextual” on their iOS app, writes John Paul Titlow in Fast Company. That means that like Google searches or other personalized experiences, Facebook profiles will now appear differently based on who’s viewing. “We wanted to know what people find useful when they look at their friends’ profiles.” says Facebook UX […]

Why UX Designers Need to Think like Architects

April 23, 2014

During a recent conversation with my father-in-law, an architect with nearly 40 years of experience, I couldn’t help but notice the parallels between his work and mine. As he detailed his design process and thinking to me—sharing his extensive design insight—I was reminded of my own process and thinking. Obviously, the tangible results are quite different, but there is common ground in the way that we view the world, and the way that we think about design.

Architects are, of course, a type of designer, but the work of a good architect is not just about designing a space that is beautiful. It’s about balancing aesthetics with usability—precisely what we are tasked with as user experience designers. Moreover, architects solve problems, crafting solutions that embody balance. The late American architect...read more
By Rima Reda


Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Advanced Manipulation Applications

Nifty! SRI is "developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems":


Mellow is a "smart sous-vide cooking machine":


Interesting for interaction designers >>> Gorogoa is a (soon-to-be-released) hand-illustrated puzzle game for Mac/PC. Take a look at this preview from WelshPixie:

[via waxy.org]

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