Friday 5 — 12.23.2016

Friday 5 — 12.23.2016

Do you have 49 other people you’d like to video chat with over the holidays? Facebook Messenger can help you out, with up to six people streamed simultaneously, and up to 50 in a carousel-style display. Remember the good old days when digital experience meant only an html webpage? Scott Brinker explains how digital proliferation — from chatbots to augmented reality to wearables — transforms the role of […]

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Friday 5 — 12.16.2016

Friday 5 — 12.16.2016

Google released its 2016 year in search, with a pretty nifty user experience. Pokémon Go was the top term globally, but you can explore by type of search as well as other facets like geography and volume. Handy eye candy as the search engine comes under fire for some terrible fake news results. This week in live video: now you can video call on Slack, […]

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Friday 5 — 12.9.2016

Friday 5 — 12.9.2016

Is Snapchat’s somewhat impenetrable experience design a feature and not a bug? Josh Elman explains the difference between intuitive design and shareable design. The latter reflects the deeply social nature of how humans learn, and capitalizes on people’s desires to learn and to teach. Just when I finally mastered NYC’s Whole Foods color-coded checkout lines, Amazon Go opened in Seattle: a new store with no checkout, no lines, and […]

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Friday 5 — 9.9.2016

Friday 5 — 9.9.2016

I hope you spent a good bit of summer staring at the sun-soaked scenery rather than a screen. Product Hunt can catch you up on what you’ve missed, with the 44 most loved products of the summer. Try Duolingo Tinycards for learning made fun, Snappa for crafting great graphics easily, or Great Apps Timeline for a nostalgic look at popular apps’ visual evolution. Mobile-first design is not mobile-only, according to […]

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Friday 5 — 8.19.2016

Friday 5 — 8.19.2016

Google Duo, a clean, simple mobile video calling (and soon, audio calling) app launched this week to take on Facetime. The jury is still out whether its simplicity will carry the day, or it will become the latest failed Google social tool (Buzz, Wave, Plus). Here’s a UX secret that will ruin apps for you: artificial waiting time. Facebook and other online services are delivering services […]

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Friday 5 — 7.29.2016

Friday 5 — 7.29.2016

Nieman Lab shares insights about the progress and user adoption of Stela, the New York Times’ in-house analytics platform. As publishers adjust to living in a world of distributed content and to using analytics data to drive decisions, there’s value in more than aggregating the data: make it approachable, simple and fun to use. Make your buttons look like buttons. Nick Babich takes a look at the evolution of the humble […]

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Friday 5 — 7.8.2016

Friday 5 — 7.8.2016

A case for using paper rather than a purely digital approach underpins this article on how to get the most value out of wireframes.  The goal is to focus your energy — and your stakeholders’ attention — on providing feedback that is high-level and conceptual rather than aesthetic and over-specific. This insider’s guide to Google docs at work is pretty much advertorial content, but offers some useful pro tips for […]

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Friday 5 — 6.24.2016

Friday 5 — 6.24.2016

Slack has launched Buttons to ensure you never leave, advancing the platform from a discrete messaging app to a productive work hub. Now you can pay back a colleague, resolve a tech alert, update a project management task all from within Slack, thanks to some new APIs.

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Friday 5 — 5.27.2016

Friday 5 — 5.27.2016

Friday 5 is taking a break to go peer at people’s internet-enabled devices in 三门峡 and 西安 — neither of which I can pronounce, but Wikipedia can teach you. Back in time for Lionel Messi’s birthday, Friday, June 24. This UX reality check presents 14 hard truths about users. Most common mistakes I’ve seen (and committed) are ignoring the fact that users are in “doing mode” rather than reading your help […]

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Friday 5 — 5.6.2016

Friday 5 — 5.6.2016

  Visual content is everywhere, and measurement and optimization are starting to catch up. Netflix already knows which pictures you’ll click on and why, and blogged some lessons learned — including the value of regional nuance, and of recognizable, polarizing characters. As a travel geek, I loved this compilation of 16 apps that will help you travel the world. Some tools, like Airbnb Live There, are geared toward a full-on […]

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