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? …

Let your users wait…

   A good article by Tal Mishali on UX MAG about wait time: communicating progress in UI Design. When an action we perform happens faster than we would expect it to, we may not appreciate the effort put into it. In more extreme cases we may think that if it happened too fast, maybe it didn’t happen at all. Full article here: http://uxmag.com/articles/let-your-users-wait I always find interesting to design aspects of software where it is necessary to communicate progress and provide feedback when the action is accomplished. This is a typical application of ‘microinteractions’, where small design details like a well …

Mobile stats – worldwide

It’s a real shame this report from WURFL does not include either historic trends or desktop figures to see the proportion between desktop and mobile traffic. Still useful though. Source: Mobile Overview Report January – March 2015

The Mistery Meat of Mobile Navigation

I wouldn’t know what to choose from: Hamburger or Kebab for your mobile navigation? Mystery meat of mobile navigation: the hamburger & kebab.[3/3] pic.twitter.com/L3l5ZvgmyU— Luke Wroblewski (@lukew) April 22, 2015 Jokes aside, it is sad to see the hamburger and its poor cousin the kebab are frequently used not only for mobile, but even in desktop and tablet layouts. It’s a lazy design choice and it does not make your website easier to use, rather the opposite. Evidence suggest that a ‘menu’ button is 20% more clicked than a hamburger button. On tablet, there is often space for standard top navigation.