All posts from
December 2012

Visualizing Data: Seeing is Believing

How perception of information drives our concepts and the way we think, understand and come up with ideas.

“As humans, our ability to observe and analyse the contents of the world around us is both unique and astonishing, but so too is our capacity to form verbal and visual concepts. These seem to be the principal factors which have worked to our adaptive advantage in competition with other animal species. We are, in one respect at least, superior to other animals because we have developed a greater variety of systems of communication and expression, and one of these is art.”

(Richard Ingram)

From User Experience To Customer Experience

As said before, an awesome wave of change (a.k.a. Alt-J) for UX designers is coming. Just surf on it.

“(…) as we approach the end of 2012, the business discipline of customer experience, or CX, has gone mainstream. It’s got its own professional organization, the CXPA. It’s acknowledged as a key competitive differentiator, even by those who prefer spreadsheets to sticky notes. It’s discussed in boardrooms and in media within the context of corporate earnings.”

(Kerry Bodine a.k.a. @kerrybodine ~ UX Magazine)

Design your life

One of my very few ‘heroes’.

“It occurs to me at this point that Richard Wurman behaves like a 77-year-old child. I do not mean this to be condescending or dismissive. It is one of the things I like most about him. He seems to have somehow maintained a portion of preoperational egocentrism and the world is richer as a result.”

(Brendan McGetrick ~ Domus) ~ courtesy of fabiosergio

When You Shouldn’t Use Fitts’s Law To Measure User Experience

Fitts’ law is a principle for UI design; not an evaluation method for UX.

“The key statement of Fitts’s Law is that the time required to move a pointing device to a target is a function of the distance to the target and its size. In layman’s terms: the closer and larger a target, the faster it is to click on that target. This is easy to understand, not too difficult to implement and it doesn’t seem to make much sense to contradict such a simple and obvious statement.”

(Anastasios Karafillis ~ Smashing Magazine)