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Shared Experiences in Mixed Reality

Understanding the opportunity (and complexity) of designing for shared scenarios. In the 1960s, sociologist Erving Goffman described communication as a system of intentional and unintentional expressions. Speaking, eye-contact, and smiling are intentional expressions we make when we interact with others. Non-verbal cues in our body language make up the unintentional expressions. Both are especially important…

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Stop talking, start listening

Good designers are good listeners. They start by understanding, not solving. I recently found myself in a meeting with a designer who just started working on a design problem I had spent the last three months working on. I wanted to share some of the insights I gained, but I didn’t get the chance. I’ve…

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Gamification in UX. Increasing User Engagement

The user-centered approach, which strives for creating products highly responding to the user’s needs, has become the major philosophy behind many projects. Following this method designers constantly search for the new techniques improving user experience which depends on various aspects including emotions. The thing is that users expect a product to be simple and enjoyable…

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$0 Design Tools to Help You Create Your Next Project

Creating a well-designed site, product, or project usually isn’t cheap. You know you want to make something that looks good–but how do you do it if you’re working with a limited budget? While there’s no substitute for hiring a great designer, there are ways to build something beautiful without spending thousands of dollars—and it starts…

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SnapShat

Snap sure shat the bed on those first earnings as a public company, huh… A few folks asked me for my thoughts on this since I made a good call on Facebook as a public stock (when it was in the gutter) five years ago. Of course, three grains of salt must be taken first:…

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China, WeChat and the Origins of Chatbots

Lately, there has been plenty of conversation in the field of chatbots and clearly there is a desire among us to see chatbots do great things. That grand vision goes as far as replacing applications entirely, making the move from visual UI back into conversational. This article is not about that vision, it is about…

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