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Next Gen Touchscreen Interface- Seamless Data Transfer Between Real and Virtual Worlds

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a next generation user interface which can accurately detect the users finger and what it is touching, creating an interactive touchscreen-like system, using objects in the real word. They think paper and many other objects could be manipulated by touching them, as with a touchscreen. This system doesn’t use any special […]

Effective Solution Design Using Design Principles

I think that design principles are important to bring clarity within the team at a fundamental level. Everything else will build on it. I want you to understand the extreme importance of them. Here is a presentation to let you know more about it. “They are a tool that helps project teams establish a common […]

My Heart is in The Work- Keynote by Jon Kolko

Do you know what type of behaviour you or your company want to provoke? And is that aligned with how people actually want to live their lives? Empathy is the key to understanding and changing behavior.

The most popular stuff from 2012 at ConeTrees

I wish you, my dear readers, a wonderful 2013. Here is what I wrote about and posted in 2012 which was the most popular with you all. The Difference Between a Heuristic Evaluation and an Expert Review Future Healthcare Concepts When Introducing UCD in an Organinzation, Technical Capability is Only Half the Story Karen McGrane […]

The Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2013- Best Internet Banking Initiative- Consumer Banking: Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore

The Asian banker runs the most prestigious awards programme in the industry covering the full spectrum of topics and areas that constitute the financial services. At Possible, I lead the project as UX lead planning, coordinating and executing user research and information architecture, content strategy and interaction design activities to create a unified Information architecture […]

Future Healthcare Concepts

Summary Here are two human-centered healthcare concepts I have come up with and imagine will be true in the future where technology and service design are applied to not only make the health care experience invisible (concept 1) but fun and way beyond simply retaining the human element (concept 2). Concept 1: The Phone of […]

RIP Bill Boddgride of IDEO (1943-2012)

I am saddened to say that Bill Moggridge, co-founder of IDEO, designer of the first laptop, author of the book ‘Designing Interactions‘, important role player in promoting the human-centered approach in design passed away last month on September 8, 2012. May his soul rest in peace.

When Introducing UCD in an Organinzation, Technical Capability is Only Half the Story

Summary This article is a reproduction of my chapter in the book, UX Storytellers- Connecting the dots, edited by Jan Jursa of IATV. You can download it for free or get it for the Kindle at Amazon. Other contributing authors include Deborah Mayhew (author of Cost-Justifying Usability), Aaron Marcus (author of The Cross-GUI Handbook for […]

The Difference Between a Heuristic Evaluation and an Expert Review

Heuristic evaluations and expert review have the same goal- to evaluate the usability of the product. While the goal of these usability evaluation methods is the same, the methods are different.

It is common to hear people people using these terms interchangeably. An expert review is termed as a heuristic evaluation when in actuality the evaluators evaluated the usability of the product referring to their own knowledge of right and wrong rather than explicitly referencing against a set of heuristics.

This article explains the difference between a Heuristic Evaluation and an Expert Review and tells you when to apply which method.

Runne(a)r phones- if you run, you need one (earphone mounted rotary knob volume control)

Summary This is a product idea I have submitted on Quirky targeted at runners. Changing the music volume (because of traffic, changing environmental noise) while running is always a hassle. Well, not any more, Runne(a)rphone’s here. Vote here: http://www.quirky.com/ideations/224692 (if you like it, and tell your friends about it too) The Problem This product is […]