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February 14, 2013

One of the more interesting and complex design challenges these days is unfolding as we speak: in the war of the smartphone. Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS-powered iPhone and iPad, and perhaps Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 and HP’s WebOS are all vying for dominance in...

October 27, 2012

In a Wall Street Journal article entitled “The Power Trip,” it is asserted that the nice folks rise to the top, and being at the top tends to corrupt these “nice guys” — turning them into tyrants that resemble people who have brain damage.

This article’s findings do no...

November 30, 2010

n a recent article, website usability guru Jakob Nielsen uses research and the traditional scientific method to explain — once and for all — why marketers and designers should stop putting ‘fluffy pictures in web pages in order to to jazz up the page.’  In his study, h...

October 26, 2010

I recently came across a blog post by Don Norman (Design thinking: A Useful Myth) where he argues that “design thinking” has become more of a marketing term than a magical and somewhat mystical discipline.

From a professional perspective, I tend to resist using the ter...

August 27, 2010

A friend of mine recently sent me an animated info-graphic that depicts America’s unemployment rate, broken out by county, over time from 2007 through 2010.  As you watch it, you can see how increasingly devastating the unemployment picture looks after 2008.  It looks...

August 3, 2010

In a recent post on Engadget, Michael Gartenberg advanced a theory that the new “Metro” user interface (UI) design ethos was a refreshing alternative to the trend of trying to make digital experiences look and feel more organic.   He claimed that many of the organic an...

July 16, 2010

When I initially received this story from a colleague and friend, I agreed with his initial assessment that this bridge design is a really elegant way to solve a unique problem.   But this article goes further than the traditional wow-factor of a great-looking design t...

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