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Breaking Through the Screen: Design Research Methods for Virtual Reality Joelle Fleurantin is an artist and design researcher obsessed with the relationship between bodies and screens, bodies and networks, bodies and embedded systems. Her talk will introduce sensory modalities as key to designing for VR and VR-specific design research methods including:
VR 5Es Experience model for bodies interfacing with a device. Rapid prototyping methods that don’t require 3D modeling skills. From the session description: “The digital environment is no longer bound to an increasingly flat screen, but can become an immersive environment within one’s home or remap the landscape of a dull daily commute. VR enables us to cr..
Editor’s note: Samvith Srinivas is a speaker at the 2018 IA Summit this week in Chicago, Illinois. This article is based on his talk. There is still time to register and save with discount code uxbooth. The cumulative effect of digital products created today have unintended consequences around the world. In South Korea, the government has set up internet addiction rehab centers, India reportedly has the highest number of selfie deaths in the world, and, in 2015, 3,477 people died due to distractions from handheld devices in the US alone. Research shows that our cell phones are distracting us in more ways than one.
Notifications on cell phones negatively affect task performance on complex tasks. The mere presence of a cell phone is shown to distract from task performance. These are the kind of tasks (e.g., create a wireframe, write an email) that most people do as part of our daily lives. These distractions are having negative effects on our health and happiness. In order to make up fo..
Architect Piero Zanatta has teamed with restaurateur Giacomo Mannucci to open To The Bone, a slick Italian steakhouse in Berlin’s artfully scruffy Torstrasse. Referencing the pair’s Italian heritage as well as the urban surroundings of its location in the city’s Mitte district, patrons enter via a neon-lit frontage into a space that’s equal parts edgy and opulent. To achieve this, a brooding dark green has been chosen to dominate the restaurant’s walls, paired to an on-trend polished concrete floor and industrial details - custom iron screens, polished chrome - that lend the interior a pleasingly tough feel. Meanwhile, playful pops of colour and texture come courtesy of vintage furniture and art that the duo sourced from antique stores and private households, including a striking velvet-padded bench from San Bernadette-based designer Eusebio Arredamenti and artwork from Mannucci’s private collection. It sets the stage for Berlin’s creative class to unwind and enjoy...
In the first part of our UX in 2018 series, we explored trends that will change the priorities of developers and designers. Today, we look at what fills those designs and makes them work for users. Content has often been an afterthought in UX design, but in recent years it has taken a leading role in creating a great experience.
While nearing a graduate degree in user experience design, my professional specialty is content strategy. I have seen a rise in teams and projects using content design, structured content, or content-first approaches to ensure the development of content that can adapt to devices and new designs. Karen McGrane introduced up to COPE and adaptive content in 2012 and today Mike Atherton and Carrie Hane are teaching us about connected content. 2018 will be a year where content has a seat at the table from the beginning. It is the beginning of the end of content being an afterthought.
Two of the newest lead voices in content strategy, Scott Kubie and Andy Welfle, a..
(This is a sponsored article.) Everybody's talking about design systems, but they are more than just a trend. They are a best practice for design consistency and efficiency between designers and developers. Back in the day, only large companies could afford the effort of building and maintaining a design system. Nowadays, with the growth of new tools and processes, they have become much more feasible for companies of all sizes.
Unveiled in Cannes at this year’s boat show, Princess’ new 62 model is here to prove that when it comes to luxury yachts, size isn’t always everything. At a more modest 19.34m long, the 62 bobs comfortably at the company’s mid-size category of their famous Flybridge range, a design that casts a benevolent appearance in comparison to the somewhat aggressive, generously proportioned silhouettes on offer elsewhere.
The focus here is on a quiet luxury rather than opulence: you won’t find Swarovski bling or fur trims aboard a Princess (unless demanded by the buyer, perhaps). According to its head of design, Sarah Verey, the challenge with yacht interiors these days is meeting an ever-increasing demand for a minutely personalised experience amongst a sea of rapidly shifting trends. Nowadays, many Princess customers use their yacht to work on while spending time with family as a sort of itinerant holiday home.
In order to create that homely floating environment, there’s a muted palette of h..
Scene setting: Seating arrangements at Miu Miu always hold a particular significance. Miuccia Prada never seems to just accept the standard white benches or gilded chairs commonly present in most Paris shows, eschewing them in favour of more creative – and often luxurious – options. There have been brocade sofas. Decadent pouffs. Purple feathered chairs. In one instance, even beds (a very particular kind of guilty please stems from watching a fashion show reclining like a Roman). This time though, guests were seated in a vulgar variety of garden chairs! Yes, the white plastic kind present in every suburban home in the Western world. Why? Well, because her collection was a witty exploration of the kind of clothing that has been present in every suburban teen’s wardrobe since the fifties.
Mood board: Remember Saved by the Bell? My So-Called Life? Grease? Those were the conceptual inspirations behinnd a collection that explored the varying – and often recurring – inspirations of teen gir..
It’s the time of year when many employees are cashing in their vacation allotment, and it can sometimes seem like no one is in the office. But rather than bemoan how hard it is to get stuff done during vacation season, recent research and corporate experiments suggest that there might not be enough employees taking time off — and even if they are taking time off, they should be taking more of it. There’s an upward trend in employers offering their people more long-term vacations and sabbaticals, and the evidence suggests that everyone benefits.
While sabbaticals are still rare inside of corporate America, their presence is increasing rapidly. According to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, the percentage of companies offering sabbaticals (both paid and unpaid) rose to nearly 17% of employers in 2017. That’s a significant gain from 1977, when McDonald’s instituted what was arguably the first corporate sabbatical program in the United States.
While the type (paid ..
There’s been a gold rush happening in technology these last few years, focused on the Internet of Things, or IoT. It’s even frequently been referred to as “the next Industrial Revolution.” The stampede to connect anything and everything in the home to a mobile app – a stampede that I’d argue has been driven by grossly inflated numbers and speculation – has the potential to lure companies into unfamiliar territory, with no guarantee of a safe or profitable return. I know because I’ve been there.
The company I lead, Big Ass Solutions, manufactures and sells fans, lights, and controls for commercial and residential use. Our products work with apps or without apps. And while we’ve found customers for IoT connectivity, the number of our customers who value the new technology has been much lower than industry projections led us to believe.
There are some useful lessons here for other manufacturers, especially those who haven’t yet “connected” and might be concerned they’ve missed the boat...
Photo by Vicko Mozara Evidence is piling up that vacations are good for business. Not only does taking vacation contribute to enhanced productivity but it also immunizes our teams against the toxic negative attitudes that can be contagious in the workplace. So if vacation has such a good ROI, why are people taking less and less of it? In one study, researchers found that employees fear that their manager will think less of them for taking vacation. Yup, they are blaming you (what’s new?). To change this worrisome trajectory, you need to get creative about how to get your team members to take vacation.
First, make the business case. Use a few minutes in a team meeting to share some of the research on the benefits of vacation. A 2015 HBR article by Ron Friedman is a treasure trove of facts about the benefits to reaction time, creativity, and engagement. The article also highlights the risks of foregoing vacation in terms of impulsiveness, poor concentration, and negativity. Hearing thes..
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