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UI and UX

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.

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When it Goes Offline

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.

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“There’s no bullshit like design bullshit”

“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:

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The best interface is no interface

“A few companies, including Google, have built smartphone apps that allow customers to pay merchants using NFC. Here’s the flow:

  1. A shopper enters a store.

  2. Orders a sandwich.

  3. Takes his smartphone out of his pocket.

  4. Turns his phone on.

  5. Slides to unlock.

  6. Enters his passcode into the phone.

  7. Swipes through a sea of icons, trying to find the Google Wallet app.

  8. Taps the desired app icon.

  9. Waits for the app to load.

  10. Looks at the app, and tries figure out (or remember) how it works.

  11. 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.”

  12. Swipes to find the credit card his would like to use.

  13. Taps that desired credit card.

  14. Finds the NFC receiver near the cash register.

  15. Taps his smartphone to the NFC receiver to pay.

  16. Sits down and eats his sandwich.

If we eliminate the UI, we’re again left with only three, natural steps:

  1. A shopper enters a store.

  2. Orders a sandwich.

  3. Sits down and eats his sandwich.”


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Private Health Insurance Tech Gap

Somebody should 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. Cancelled my private health insurance. Back to NHS. Still works better.

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Fancy a try?

Turn off the entire location services on your phone’s settings and all the apps suddenly start screaming, threatening and begging you to turn it back. Loads of red icons, disruptive popups and error messages.

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Design’s Lost Generation by Mike Monteiro

For episode four, we hear from designer and founder Mike Monteiro, who has a strong word for his creative ilk. In “Design’s Lost Generation,” he insists that designers, especially UX designers — who play a huge role in theorizing and building the technological systems that determine much of the future of humanity — should only be able to practice their craft after getting licensed. After reading the story, he chats with host Manoush Zomorodi about it.

Podcast version of the above article by Mike himself:

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