Do Androids dream in Verse?

a great article from Joscelin Cooper, former UX Writer at Google : As technology becomes more pervasive and gains access to greater amounts of our personal data, how can we design successful human-machine conversations? Should user interface text approximate the lilt, flow, and syntax of human speech? Or does humanizing UI conversations create a false intimacy that distances even as it attempts to foster familiarity? The answer, of course, is that it depends. Most of us have encountered voice-automated customer service systems. Some of them, in an effort to make their robot customer reps less droid-like, feature voices that try …

The last 18 months at Canonical

It has been a month since I left Canonical, so it is time to sum up what we achieved. I have been working for 18 months in the Ubuntu mothership, and oh boy they have been very hectic. 2014 has been a great year for me and the Apps team. We accelerated the evolution of touch friendly apps: Browser, Weather, Clock, Calculator, the whole communication suite (Dialler, Contacts, Messaging). By the end of the year 2014, we had a mature set of app design and their implementation was on its way. It was a real privilege to be able to work …

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 …