8 min read · Aug 15th · The Segway failed because it solved no actual problems. Electric scooters and e-bikes are thriving, because they do
For these tech guys, walking was a problem that needed to be solved.
We frequently have to travel distances that are too short for a car but too long for a walk. This is precisely where a portable e-scooter, which you can pick up and carry into your destination, shines.
If you create all that cutting-edge Segway balancing gear, you wind up with something so expensive it breaks the market.
This article looks at how the rise of generative design and AI software agents may make it easier for non traditional designers (execs, engineers and PMs) to affect design decisions. When this happens, what does this mean for design as a distinct profession?
~15 min read · Jul 15th · As devices continue to diversify in dizzying ways, how can we make sure our work on the web stays as relevant as ever for the long haul? Cathy Dutton shares how practitioners must design for the un…
Designing responsive or fluid sites has always been about removing limitations, producing content that can be viewed on any device.
The second ingredient for responsive design is media queries. Without them, content would shrink to fit the available space regardless of whether that content remained readable
Media queries prevented this by allowing us to add breakpoints where the design could adapt.
9 min read · Aug 14th · Recently, Twitter unveiled a new design for its website and app, including a new font, higher-contrast colors, and less visual clutter…
Everything was fine, the same as always. I hate it when you find a product you like that fits a particular need of yours, and then they change it.
Users automatically navigate in interfaces that are used to for a long time. In a way, navigation is similar to a routine, a habit, and when the interface design changes, the user navigation habits must change as well. This increases cognitive load and can reduce user satisfaction with the product.
Radical redesigns should be avoided whenever possible. Making small incremental changes is another way to redesign products without upsetting the users. Previous studies have found that small changes are usually not observed when people behave habitually.
4 min read · Jun 16th · The basics of good design are often ignored. But it’s time for companies and consumers to start demanding more.
Everyone, from consumers to programmers to business leaders, must become more educated about what good design really means
We’re often told that we live in the greatest era of technological progress in history. But this can’t be true if the technologies we depend on are hard to use
Without expert help we are all prone to forgetting that a design that’s intuitive to us can simultaneously be confusing to others. The damage of this natural bias of “what’s good for me is good for all” goes deeper into society—and can have devastating consequences. Consider how women are more likely to be injured in car accidents because crash test dummies are usually based on men’s bodies. Or how facial recognition and machine learning systems often favor white people, who are better represented in the data used.