Tagged with UX

mapping a complete experience

Posted July 7th, 2009 at 11:20 am. There are 0 comments.


LEGO’s Experience Wheel shows the mapping a complete experience by surfacing the points that are critical to a good experience and where there is opportunity to improve, differentiate or optimize the delivery of the experience, in this case a fictional flight to NYC by a company executive. Bruce Temkin outlines what he like about this particular approach :

  • It’s great to have a formal approach to describing/designing experiences
  • It starts with the description of a specific customer (in the center)
  • It recognizes the life cycle of experiences: before, during, and after
  • It’s easy to use and simple to understand

boffin from last.fm

Posted May 15th, 2009 at 8:42 am. There are 0 comments.

Last.fm Boffin-4.jpg

Boffin is last.fm radio for your local music. You aim it at your music collection and it crunches for a bit. While it eats up your music you get a wonderful view of it all, with filename scrolling at warp speed in the background and album covers moving right to left.

This is the nicest possible progress bar an app could have.

When it’s done you get a tag cloud and you can pick the different genres you want to listen to.

Last.fm Boffin-3.jpg

enjoysthin.gs signup is wonderful

Posted January 8th, 2009 at 5:26 pm. There are 0 comments.



Signing up for a web service like enjoysthin.gs is a pleasure when it is done like this. Like the huffduffer signup, your username is integrated into copy that has a conversational tone rather than stalinistic form to be filled out. Nice touchs include outlining your user name in green to indicate it’s available and the 1-click and you got a full-on user account, just your username is needed. Everything you add on the next page like your name, your email and password if you like are strictly optional, letting you see what you are going to get as quickly and hassle free as possible. Well done.

It's a Good Thing

Posted November 13th, 2008 at 1:12 pm. There are 0 comments.

Ted Booth, head of Interaction Design at Smart Design spoke earlier this evening at the AIGA Design Remixed series. He spoke a bit about Smart’s approach to running an inter-disciplinary design practice and the role of the ‘hybrid’ in their studio. The ‘hybrid’ spans across disciplines (Smart Design has: Industrial Design, Engineering, Interaction Design, Communication Design, Insight & Strategy and Prototyping) and seems to help drive innovation by having their hands in many pies.I usually consider myself a generalist or hybrid, for better or worse. Of the several projects shown two stuck with me until this morning.

HP Q Control

Conceived out of an initiative to consolidate the many different physical navigation elements across their wide offerings of devices. The Q part is the little back button which dangles off the bottom left which serves as a “get me out of here” safety net for users. It also seems that it creates a crutch for less rigorous interaction design on the screens and functions being controlled by the Q control. Not having ever used one, i can’t really say.

HP produced video talking about the Q Control

HP’s Q Control from maritoruiz on Vimeo.

Augmented Reality Prototypes

In the prototyping of consumer electronics they often mock up user interfaces in Flash and then build rough physical prototypes that control the interactions on screen. While janky, it can be effective but it still doesn’t look pretty. Booth briefly described a methodology they are using on a new project, where physical interactions such as pressing buttons is done on a block of foam covered in green screen paper and the video of the new devices and on screen activity keyed in. I think it would make for a compelling visual and easily help sell their ideas.

No images or video so here’s a clip from the Girl skateboards video Yeah Right where the skaters ride invisible skateboards

Unfinished Swan

Posted October 30th, 2008 at 11:51 am. There are 0 comments.

The Unfinished Swan – Tech Demo 9/2008 from Ian Dallas on Vimeo.

The understated simplicity of this navigation, feeling around in the dark so to speak, is very compelling to me.

Imaginary Friends

Posted October 29th, 2008 at 9:47 am. There are 0 comments.

Creating an imaginary friend allows you to see your friends content within friendfeed even if they don’t use friendfeed. I can’t decide if it is a cheap version of data portability (good) or an additional layer to add to social network fatigue. If widely implemented you may find yourself managing your imaginary friends as you would your real or fake friends.

via atomiq

Amazon Windowshop Beta

Posted October 27th, 2008 at 8:43 pm. There is 1 comment.

Windowshop lets you browse the New, Bestselling and Editor picks from Amazon. Features a fast arrow key interface. Previews in place with video or Audio (!) for books. Pretty nice.


Posted October 24th, 2008 at 8:43 am. There are 0 comments.

Kompakt Records has a nice online mp3 store at Kompakt-mp3 and the little preview widget has some really nice behaviors that take the standard 30 second preview a little further and works quite a lot better. The track is divided into sections, seemingly by hand, and you can preview each of them as well as listen to a random section of the track by clicking the play button. The added benfits here allow you to listen to something other than the first 30 seconds, which very often is not representative of the whole track and you can listen to the whole most of the track, in 30 second chunks of course.

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