A Stormy Sky of Cranky Clouds

The building hype… The hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) is building. People are getting excited, almost too excited really, about its potential. We’re oscillating between smart lightbulbs and…

Triumph of the Mundane

Smart devices require a significant shift in thinking This blog explores how to design smart devices. But these new devices are just so new and require such new insights, that…

Mobile Apps Must Die

I’ve written previously that the history of mobile has been a long, painful process of copying desktop computers and then sheepishly realizing that it just doesn’t quite work right. This is actually…

Design Communism

Some innovations transcend short term competitive advantage Since capitalism and design are, for the most part, governed by market forces, there’s symmetry between them. Capitalism tends to be most effective…

App Myopia

Moving beyond the desktop towards just-in-time interaction So often what passes for vision is usually nothing more than tiny extensions of what is already known and safe.  Of course, it’s…

The Zombie Apocalypse of Smart Devices

Small, cheap devices will disrupt our old-school UX assumptions. Recently, Verizon and T-Mobile announced they would be shipping $50 Android phones quite soon. Technology pros know about Moore’s Law but often forget a…