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Does the Red Light Mean the AC Is On or Off? #wtfUX

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |30 Jul 15 |

July 30, 2015

Automotive UX does not have the best reputation. Sure, there have been some wins, and carmakers like Tesla have put interface design front-and-center, but curious problems persist. We’ve got another bout of quizzical automotive interfacing for you courtesy of Deborah Sommers.

“After giving up being a car owner for the convenience of rentals and city cars, one of the challenges has been finding the buttons for all the little things like tuner, volume, and—in particular—air conditioning…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

The Adolescent Semantics of Excel #wtfUX

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |23 Jul 15 |

July 23, 2015

This piping hot slice of wtfUX comes to us from Kevin Cropper, a project manager with the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. He’s running Microsoft Office 2013 on Windows 7 Enterprise and encounters this semantically stilted error message when opening Excel.

Excel's bad semantics

“Is it possible the file was moved, renamed or deleted?” he reiterates. “Typically, I’d want to answer that with something like ‘Yes, it is possible,’ or ‘No, it is right there.’ But is ‘OK’ a viable alternative? Maybe if you are a non-committal teenager speaking to your parent.”

Cropper says that when he clicks OK, the message goes away, not to return until he closes and opens Excel again.

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By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

In Conversation with Greg Nudelman

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |22 Jul 15 |

July 22, 2015

In Conversation with UX Magazine brings you a discussion with Greg Nudelman, CEO of Design Caffeine and author of the new book, The $1 Prototype.

We talk about the egalitarian greatness of mobile design, the grim reality of killing your darlings, and the true power of the mighty sticky note. You can also read more about Greg’s new book in his recent article…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

In Conversation with Sergio Nouvel

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |02 Jul 15 |

July 2, 2015

Just yesterday I had the chance to talk with Sergio Nouvel, author of the very popular and very convtroversial UX Mag article, “Why Web Design is Dead.”

Sergio is was born in Chile and is the Co-Founder and Director of Continuum in Lima, Peru. He comes from a graphic design background and has broadened his scope of what it means to be a designer in the digital age. Here we talk about the limitations of designing for desktop, the rise of mobile, the disappearance of screens, and why web…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

In Conversation with Sergio Nouvel

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |02 Jul 15 |

July 2, 2015

Just yesterday I had the chance to talk with Sergio Nouvel, author of the very popular and very convtroversial UX Mag article, “Why Web Design is Dead.”

Sergio is was born in Chile and is the Co-Founder and Director of Continuum in Lima, Peru. He comes from a graphic design background and has broadened his scope of what it means to be a designer in the digital age. Here we talk about the limitations of designing for desktop, the rise of mobile, the disappearance of screens, and why web…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine

             

What Happens When Kids Can Hack Physical Play?

Posted by Josh Tyson | UX Magazine |25 Jun 15 |

June 25, 2015

Give a kid a tablet and watch them go. As a parent, it’s plenty tempting to hand your child a mobile device because, frankly, it’s keeps them quiet and engaged for hours. If you fed them intravenously, kids would probably go for days on end with their favorite app. And while some of the best apps for youngins are useful educational tools, this situation presents a problem: it’s not healthy for kids to sit around exercising only their thumbs.

That’s where Hackaball comes in. The creation of London-based “innovation accelerator” Made by Many, Hackaball is a durable, croquet-ball-sized sphere that kids can program via iPad to respond with light, sound, and vibration. Kids are invited to use the ball’s functionality to create their own games and use cases (imagine the…read more
By Josh Tyson | UX Magazine