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Distracted by Shiny Things

A recent conversation got me questioning whether building a software prototype might end up creating its own problems… Continue reading

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Involve important people (part 2)

Not only is involving users important to the software design process, we also need to involve business stakeholders as they will want their say… Continue reading

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Individual versus Conforming design

Have you ever seen a website whose interface is ‘way out there’? Sites where, for better or worse, the designer has chosen to make her own path rather than follow a tried and tested design. This article looks at the risks involved in departing from the beaten track… Continue reading

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Pushing the envelope

Sometimes a design will arrive for an everyday item that’s so blindingly obvious yet revolutionary you have to wonder why nobody did it before… Continue reading

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Ergonomics…

Software ergonomics: It’s the difference between creating a frustrating and a rewarding user experience… Continue reading

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Adding magic

Designing interactive software systems is a fantastic opportunity not only meet the objectives of your customer, but improve the day-to-day experience of the end users. This responsibility doesn’t come lightly, so use this as an opportunity to sprinkle a little ‘magic’ into their lives… Continue reading

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World Usability Day!

Today is World Usability Day. Take a moment out of your day to think about how you can make your software designs more usable and sustainable… Continue reading

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Choice and Accessible Design

Choice can be an empowering thing, but it can also overwhelm. As software designers we should look to our designs and see what is important, what is fundamental to the operation of our product, before we start adding bells and whistles… Continue reading

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Knowing when to stop

Designing software can be absorbing; there is a risk of spending too long refining designs with little benefit. We need to know when to stop, when we have enough design to solicit good feedback from users… Continue reading

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Throw it away?

Conventional wisdom suggests throwing a prototype away when the build stage commences, but here are a couple of compelling reasons why you might want to keep your prototype… Continue reading

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