Another day, another article providing a soul-searching insight into why quitting smartphones is the new quitting smoking. These articles seem to occur regularly in the media these days, with accounts of people who feel trapped by their overuse of their phones, how they feel that their digital life is impinging on their real life, with … Continue reading Designing notifications, or how we could learn to love our phones again
On Saturday 13th January 2018, residents of the US State of Hawaii received an alert on their phones. Instead of a text from their relatives, or the latest football scores, the alert gave the ominous message of “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”. In an environment of … Continue reading Designing for stressful situations
This morning, The Guardian, the UK based newspaper, revealed a new design for their website and mobile apps, in conjunction with their release of their newspaper in a tabloid format, instead of the original broadsheet. Naturally, the design decisions of the team at the Guardian have been analysed, over and over, throughout the day by … Continue reading A new design for The Guardian
In some projects, the users don't come to you for research, so you have to ensure you go to them. This is crucial in ensuring that your project addresses their needs, and that you don't get mired in assumptions during production. This post discusses an example of how I went to a conference in Philadelphia to seek out users to talk to.
We've been working for some time to find ways to talk to machines, and one such method of late has been the idea of a purely conversational interface. This article provides a history of how we came to this point, and where things can go from here.
I’m currently in a bit of a hiatus from Facebook, and, to some degree, from reading the news. The culmination of post-Brexit blues, the rise of Donald Trump, the constant barrage of news stories about people slaughtering each other with machine guns, knives and bombs around the world, the refugee crisis, the decline of the … Continue reading A discussion on survival in the modern world
We’ve created a world of noise. A world filled with notifications, promotional emails, press releases and advertising billboards, all vying for our attention and clogging our day with distractions. How did we get to this state, and what can we do about it? Look at your inbox. How many emails do you have currently in … Continue reading A world of dark patterns – a manifesto