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A Problem with Passwords #wtfUX

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |08 Sep 15 |

September 8, 2015

Creating passwords can be a stressful experience. Go too famliar (CHILDNAME) and you lose effectiveness, go too obscure (admiralalonzoghostpenis420YOLO) and you’re likely to forget it.

As Edward Snowden recently told John Oliver, “For someone who has a common eight-character password, it can literally take less than a second for the computer to go through the possibilities and pull that password out.”

Snowden reccomends concocting memorable non sequitir phrases like: “margaretthatcheris100%sexy.” Whatever your strategy, you want to make sure the password you enter—one generally obscured by black dots—is exactly what you intend it to be. This leads us to a frustrating bit of wtfUX sent our way by Indrani Stangl

“When I create a new account on a website, I rely on entering the password twice. This is a nice feature in case you are…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

A Problem with Passwords #wtfUX

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |08 Sep 15 |

September 8, 2015

Creating passwords can be a stressful experience. Go too famliar (CHILDNAME) and you lose effectiveness, go too obscure (admiralalonzoghostpenis420YOLO) and you’re likely to forget it.

As Edward Snowden recently told John Oliver, “For someone who has a common eight-character password, it can literally take less than a second for the computer to go through the possibilities and pull that password out.”

Snowden reccomends concocting memorable non sequitir phrases like: “margaretthatcheris100%sexy.” Whatever your strategy, you want to make sure the password you enter—one generally obscured by black dots—is exactly what you intend it to be. This leads us to a frustrating bit of wtfUX sent our way by Indrani Stangl

“When I create a new account on a website, I rely on entering the password twice. This is a nice feature in case you are…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

Samsung’s New IoT Hub or an App-Controlled Star Wars Droid?

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |03 Sep 15 |

September 3, 2015

Samsung is trying to bring order to the untamed wilds of the Internet of Things with its newly announced SmartThings Hub. The Hub comes armed with a pack of sensors that might finally give household devices the chance to have meaningful conversations that benefit their owners.

This follows Samsung’s acquisition of SmartThings last year, and it’s a bold move that will find direct competition from Apple, which announced its Home app and HomeKit last year, and Google, with an Android platform set to capitalize on their Nest products.

BB-8 Star Wars toy from Sphero

Samsung SmartThings Hub

As The Guardian…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

Samsung’s New IoT Hub or an App-Controlled Star Wars Droid?

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |03 Sep 15 |

September 3, 2015

Samsung is trying to bring order to the untamed wilds of the Internet of Things with its newly announced SmartThings Hub. The Hub comes armed with a pack of sensors that might finally give household devices the chance to have meaningful conversations that benefit their owners.

This follows Samsung’s acquisition of SmartThings last year, and it’s a bold move that will find direct competition from Apple, which announced its Home app and HomeKit last year, and Google, with an Android platform set to capitalize on their Nest products.

BB-8 Star Wars toy from Sphero

Samsung SmartThings Hub

As The Guardian…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

A Beginner’s Course in Elevator Operation #wtfUX?

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |21 Aug 15 |

August 21, 2015

This tale of lifting one heavy cognitive load come from Roger Dooley’s post “Don’t Redesign Your Elevator!” on his Neuromarketing blog. It describes his first encoutnter with a Schindler ID System Elevator control installation in an modern German hotel. “Each new guest had to be walked to the elevator for a training session on how to get to one’s floor.”

The elevators are arranged in a circle around a little lobby—very attractive and ultra-modern. To get inside the elevator lobby from a guest floor, though, I have to get through a heavy glass door. It’s locked. Maybe to prevent a cat burglar who rappelled to the 28th floor, broke in through a window, and now planned to make a quick exit via the elevator? I wave my RFID room key at various objects to no effect. Finally, I notice on the wall opposite the door handle…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

In UX, Creating the Right Culture is Always à la Mode

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |03 Aug 15 |

August 3, 2015

One of the most compelling things about experience design is how effective the process can be when its core tenets are observed. Know your users, uncover their needs, test your solution, refine your product, and off you go. This inherent power probably helps explain why more and more businesses and individuals outside our field are coming to embrace the value of UX.

Demand seems to be at an all-time high, which is great news for everyone who makes and/or uses digital products. But while the process of experience design is fairly easy to replicate when correctly implemented (we’ve got more than a few articles that can explain how to go about it), it takes more than just the right tools to make your design sing. For UX to really blossom you need the right people working in the right environment.

As the marketplace for experience design grows increasingly competitive, it’s crucial for teams of every stripe (be…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine