The first secret of design is … noticing!

I just finished watching this great talk from Tony Fadell, at TED this year. Tony is the Lead Product designer of the iPod and of the NEST Thermostat. This talk is thoroughly enjoyable and it does a great job of getting a simple  message across: why is Product Design and UX so important today? Tony takes us through his design principles in the typical 18-minutes TED format. He does it with great passion and emotional intelligence. What is Habituation? Why do we get annoyed at problems and then stop caring? Why is it so important to notice the tiniest details? …

London Design Week events

Hi guys, There’s a few things happening in London this week that I thought might be worth sharing Tuesday 15 September, Adam Greenfield (Author of ‘Everyware’) is speaking at the LSE about Smart Cities http://lsecities.net/media/objects/events/a-city-worth-fighting-for This Saturday 20, at the Science Museum there’s a workshop about how to photograph magnetic fields (£10, limited places) The field life of electronic objects http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/Plan_your_visit/events/media_space_events/field_life_of_electronic_objects.aspx During the week-end 20-21, the V&A has a number of free exhibits about Digital Design http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2565/digital-design-weekend-3870/ Ping me on Twitter you think of going to any of those

The browser is dead. Long live the browser!

With the unstoppable rise of mobile apps, some pundits within the tech industry have hastily demoted the mobile web to a second-class citizen, or even dismissed it as ‘dead’. Who cares about websites and webapps when you can deliver a superior user experience with a native app? Well, we care because the reality is a bit different. New apps are hard to discover; their content is locked, with no way to access it from the outside. People browse the web more than ever on their mobile phones. The browser is the most used app on the phone, both as starting …

Beyond the screens

It is time to look beyond the screens and discover a truly new product Click To Tweet I found this very interesting article on Medium today. It resonates with my idea about wearables. So, OK… we are obsessed by touch screen and touch UIs, but we should not try to put them everywhere and rather focus on providing value to users in different ways. – What kind of data can we collect without relying on touch or speech input? – How can we notify users and provide feedback without having to watch a new screen? “As developers start to build …