“After all, despite the availability of powerful tools and access to cloud-based systems, the fact remains that it is usually data scientists that create the applications, who may not be adept at developing intuitive interfaces.”
I’ve been telling to family and friends since Facebook launched – by posting to your social media channel you are just creating free content to sell ads. Making billionaires even richer. You don’t get new business or fame, it’s an illusion, it is a hoax. Get a decent website or blog, it’s a bit more work but at least you are in control and you’ll see who visits your content, what’s the most popular and so many other things you can learn about yourself, your business. There’s no algorithm – clients and audience will find you! I can recommend easy to use site builders if you ask me and get online soon.
I am in the process to make my business completely social media free.
Illustration: a screenshot of one of the “json” files you receive after requesting data Spotify (or Facebook) holds about its users. Imagine how many non-tech users (99%) will benefit reading these geeky code…
TensorFlow (developed by Google) is used by AirBnB to categorise and rank around 5 billion images. This number is so huge that it would took months and months to process. The most interesting part of the video is at 1:50 where you can hear and see how AI can help designers and developers to process this enormous quantity of data. For both AirBnB hosts and guests (and of course for AirBnB itself) the main goal is to see an image gallery with the most appealing living room images first in the image gallery.
If you think about it, AirBnB sales depending on nicely shot images, it’s a kind of a photographer’s portfolio.
The FontShop Vienna branch was the nearest physical shop around Budapest where I could buy the latest typeface as a student back in the days.
Accidentally found the above business card in a moving box and wondered how unchanged the basic characteristic of brand design remained in the last almost 30 years. If you compared it with websites, software and mobile interfaces, the amount of change is shocking.
I like to keep an eye on my favourite design universities partly because I like teaching and it is quite fulfilling to spread one’s knowledge and mentor future generations. An interesting trend can be noticed if you made a search on Central Saint Martins via Google Trends: the global interest towards design education has been massively decreased in the last 14 years.
I still don’t believe in split UI and UX roles. The two disciplines are related very closely, they are in a continuous relationship, cannot exist without each other. There is no UX without visual design.
I am a hybrid.
In the last ten years while working in different in-house or agency teams very few people really benefited from black and white rectangles…
Test your mobile app or website in areas where there is no signal or wifi (for example on the London Underground, where there is no wifi between stations). Professional UX should tackle situations when you go offline, the app should cache the data. You must be able to continue where you left off without data loss.
“Every single day, designers across the UK do exciting and thought-provoking work, but jargon and bullshit are getting in the way of people recognizing its massive contribution to business and society.”
Greedy agency owners and bland corporate marketing people played a huge role in devaluation of design. Very important thoughts by John Spencer, the whole article should be printed and hanged on agency walls everywhere globally: https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/10-16-september-2018/john-spencer-theres-no-bullshit-like-design-bullshit/
“A few companies, including Google, have built smartphone apps that allow customers to pay merchants using NFC. Here’s the flow:
A shopper enters a store.
Orders a sandwich.
Takes his smartphone out of his pocket.
Turns his phone on.
Slides to unlock.
Enters his passcode into the phone.
Swipes through a sea of icons, trying to find the Google Wallet app.
Taps the desired app icon.
Waits for the app to load.
Looks at the app, and tries figure out (or remember) how it works.
Makes a best guess about which menu item to hit to to reveal his credit cards linked to Google Wallet. In this case, “payment types.”
Swipes to find the credit card his would like to use.
Taps that desired credit card.
Finds the NFC receiver near the cash register.
Taps his smartphone to the NFC receiver to pay.
Sits down and eats his sandwich.
If we eliminate the UI, we’re again left with only three, natural steps:
A shopper enters a store.
Orders a sandwich.
Sits down and eats his sandwich.”
Somebody build a decent app and design a service for the UK private health insurance sector. Getting a simple ultrasound scan is an utter pain – endless appointments, paperwork, links to third party providers and phone calls, slow and dated web & mobile apps.