The Finger Your Phone Can’t Live Without (It’s Not Your Thumb)

The pinky is unquestionably the forgotten finger, often considered a mere accessory in a lineup of more valuable digits. If you had to say goodbye to an appendage, the pinky is an easy sell But there's far more to the pinky besides looking refined while sipping tea. In addition to playing a key character in maintaining balance, it's the most important supporting role of the entire digital age. The pinky is the mobile shelf See also: Virtual Reality Is Ready to Manipulate Your Memories Grab your smartphone and do a simple task, like check your email. Like a trusty steed, carrying the weight of your contacts, apps and messages upon its tiny, boney surface, the pinky is most likely propping up the device. I've asked both men and women to participate in my "where's your pinky?" test; nearly always, the results were the same. (Note: You might see your pinky resting on the smartphone's side until you start to navigate through the user interface.) Read more...More about Mobile, Features, Design, Tech, and...

Marc Stickdorn – Service Design Thinking

[ Transcript Available ] In the realm of user experience, disciplines and titles can take on different meanings. Determining buzzword jargon from actual, useful distinctions and processes is sometimes a bit tricky. The term Service Design has been with us for a while now. Some see it as just plain, good UX. Marc Stickdorn sees it as more than that. Marc sees service design as less of a new discipline and more a combination of previously disconnected disciplines. The collaboration of various people in the organization from developers to businesspeople is required when developing and then launching a service. He admits that if you’ve been practicing good UX, then you’re already in pretty decent shape. You possess many of the tools put to use in service design. One of the most important aspects of service design is connecting the touchpoints. Services nowadays are inherently cross-channel, and even more, expected to be. This requires research that goes beyond just the UI and the users’ context. Attend a daylong workshop with Marc at UI19 Marc’s UI19 workshop, Service Design: Creating Delightful Cross-Channel Experiences, in Boston October 27 will show how to create a cohesive customer experience by expanding beyond digital and designing for every customer touch point. Register with promotion code MARCCAST and get $300 off the current conference price. Explore Marc’s workshop   Recorded: May, 2014 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Jared Spool: Hello, everyone. You are listening to yet another episode of the SpoolCast. Today, we have Marc Stickdorn, who is co-author and...

9 Brand-new UX Virtual Seminars for You

During the second half of 2014, you’ll hear the latest thinking from the best speakers in the world of user experience design. Get your team into all 9 live seminars from July through December and 6 months complimentary access to UIE’s All You Can Learn. We have some great presenters and topics lined up for you. With these educational events on your team’s calendar, you’re sure to develop and improve your core knowledge and skills. Jul 17 - Content-first UX Design, with Steph Hay Aug 07 - Minimum Viable Product, with Will Evans Aug 28 - UX Strategy, with James Kalbach Sep 18 - The UX Professional’s Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams, with Aviva Rosenstein Oct 09 - OKRs & Predictive Roadmaps, with Christina Wodtke Oct 23 - Mobile Research Techniques, with Cyd Harrell Nov 6 - Beyond Mobile, with Josh Clark Nov 20 - Orchestrating Experiences: Strategy and Design for Complex Product and Service Ecosystems, with Chris Risdon Dec 11 - Building Better Products with Content Strategies, with Jonathon Colman Sign-up Once. Pay Once. All live seminars July through December, 2014 and 6 months of access to All You Can Learn for only $1149. Register...

Luke Wroblewski – Mobile as a Medium

[ Transcript Available ] “We have to go mobile”. It’s a prevalent phrase in many organizations these days. There’s a clear recognition that mobile is a “thing”. Oftentimes however, exactly what mobile is and the reasons for “going” there aren’t necessarily clear internally. Simply moving your current design to smaller screens or making it responsive without regard to content or context won’t cut it. There’s no better person to talk about the trends and direction of mobile than Luke Wroblewski. He’s consistently been at the forefront of the mobile design discussion. Through his books and his various talks, he’s advocated a mobile first approach, focusing on what is absolutely necessary and letting that inform the desktop design. Luke says it’s necessary to look at how your service or product is framed in the broader picture. Most are built upon tradition web structures, and then “mobilized” now that smartphone and tablet growth has exploded. He compares the difference between mobile and PC to that of television and radio. You wouldn’t just drop a radio program onto TV without optimizing it for that platform. The same should be considered for mobile as a medium. Attend a daylong workshop with Luke at UI19 Luke’s UI19 workshop, Mobile Design Essentials, in Boston October 29 will help you understand what’s happening with mobile in the world and how to go forward and apply it to the designs you do. Register with promotion code LUKECAST and get $300 off the current conference price. Explore Luke’s workshop   Recorded: May, 2014 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe...

Laying Out the Costs to Your Boss for You to Attend the UX Immersion Mobile Conference

There are likely two main pieces of information your boss needs to decide whether or not to send you to the UX Immersion 2013 Mobile Conference (in Denver, CO April 7-9). Cost and benefits. In this second post of our 2 part series, we’ll cover cost. The first post covers the benefits of attending. There’s no way around it, conferences can be expensive. You need to consider more than just the registration fee when presenting the costs to your boss. Breakdown of prices We summarize this information in a table at the bottom. Registration – The current price is $1,989. But if you use the promotion code BLOG300 you’ll get a $300 discount. The next price jump goes to $2,289 starting March 15. (Depending on the circumstance, we’ve been known to give greater discounts. Contact us at events@uie.com) Hotel arrangements – We’ve secured a special group rate of $179.00/night plus tax at the Denver Marriott City Center hotel. This is the conference hotel, so by staying here, you’ll avoid daily transportation costs. There are other hotels in the surrounding area at various prices. Explore additional options at Hotels.com or Orbitz.com. Be aware that hotel rooms booked on these sites may not refund you if you cancel. To keep your cost down, you’ll want to find a hotel within walking distance of the Marriott. Flights – Flight cost varies depending on day of week, location, and number of stops. Flying out of a major hub typically gives you more airlines, times, and non-stop options. However, non-stop flights are often more expensive. Save yourself money by looking into flights that have...