Category Archives: General UX

The secret to ‘Wow’ users through interaction design

The secret to ‘Wow’ users through interaction design

Interaction design is the phase almost all UX professionals enjoy the most, as this is where they finally get to create that experience that will blow users away – Something that will make people say; ‘Wow that works so well, why didn’t they think of this before ?’. Imagine the sense of satisfaction when yourRead more

Interactive Prototyping with OmniGraffle

Interactive Prototyping with OmniGraffle

I recently completed a project where I had to prototype with a high level of interaction on OmniGraffle. While going through this process, I learned a few tricks which I thought I could share. Plan your Project This point may seem a bit obvious, but it is the most important. Before starting on your wireframesRead more

5 User Experience Research Tips You Can’t Afford To Ignore

5 User Experience Research Tips You Can’t Afford To Ignore

There was a great post in my Linkedin feed recently by Luke Wroblewski of Google, with some simple and powerful stats. It’s a great post with bare facts on mobile phone usage. 2,600 interactions, just 6 ‘phone unlocks’ per hour and 14 hours of ‘awakeness’ just demonstrate how heavily mobile phones feature in our dailyRead more

Why Is Usability Testing Important?

Why Is Usability Testing Important?

Usability Testing is an essential aspect of any user-centred approach that puts the user at the centre of the development process. Adopting this approach advocates that the user should be foremost in any design and development decision. So, can you afford not to test your product and services with end-users? Technical development takes up mostRead more

The Toronto Police Car Design Dilemma

The Toronto Police Car Design Dilemma

It’s never as simple as just changing the colour.   A little while back there was a bit of controversy over the decision by the Toronto police to change the design of the police cars.  The police chief wanted the fleet to look more “modern and sleek”. So the colours were changed from white withRead more

UX thinking = a remarkable experience

UX thinking = a remarkable experience

I remember a phone call I received when I still worked for Philips Research from somebody who lived close to the labs. This gentleman owned a Philips Television that had stopped working. He must have thought: “Luckily I live close to Philips, I’ll give them a call and they will fix it”. He called andRead more

Beware of UX Charlatans

Beware of UX Charlatans

The television faith healers of the digital era. The Rise of the Charlatans A lot of companies are becoming more familiar with the terms “UX”, “User Experience”, and “Usability”, and this is great! There’s a growing community of people who are beginning to see this as an essential part of the design process. However, asRead more

Everyone is talking UX

Everyone is talking UX

  And if they are not then they should! Why? Because the creation and/or delivery of a customer/user experience is team work. Just think of all the skills that are involved to develop an experience that fits your end-user as a glove. Just to name a few: business analysis, coding, user research, market analysis, graphicRead more

Ontario Medical Association Responsive Web Redesign

Ontario Medical Association Responsive Web Redesign

      1. Background/Brief OMA (Ontario Medical Association) works for medical professionals across Ontario representing their political, clinical and economic interests. Advocating for the wellbeing and success of its members is part of their core business. The project was initiated by OMA to refresh their website, improve member impressions of the Association and improveRead more

Skip the line, skip some of life

Skip the line, skip some of life

I have mostly positive feelings about skip-the-line apps and websites like Ritual, BonApp, Hangry, Starbucks, and Skip The Dishes, among others. But I have started noticing changes in my daily routine that I am afraid might be reshaping, not necessarily or absolutely for the better. Let me explain. How these apps work Skip-the-line apps allowRead more

The Three Steps to Time Management Success

The Three Steps to Time Management Success

I’m going to break a bit from my usual discussion of improving experiences to talk about a more universal topic: time management. This is essentially a basic human life skill. Despite that, a lot of people struggle with it. Fortunately, successful time management only involves three steps: Know how you work Know what the workRead more

Are Luxury Features Always Better?

Are Luxury Features Always Better?

I started my morning just like any other; I woke up, did my morning routine, and had quality family bonding time discussing the topic of German luxury cars at the breakfast table. As my family was swooning over the styling and engineering of German automobiles, I couldn’t help but think of how incredibly annoying ourRead more

How to Make Your Museum Exhibit Stand Out

How to Make Your Museum Exhibit Stand Out

  It is a fact that museums have always amused me. Since I was a little girl, I would spend hours viewing paintings, sculptures and historical artefacts with my family and friends. In some cases, the art pieces viewed would create an indelible mark in my memory, such as the painting Pink and Blue, fromRead more

When a Business Case is not Enough, add the Experience Case (XC)

When a Business Case is not Enough, add the Experience Case (XC)

Just this morning I was reminded of something I’d used in past talks and I wanted to revisit the concept. The conversation I had was around our Experience Thinking process that we apply at Akendi. We talked about things like why you do certain phases like Strategy and Innovation and when. We then turned toRead more

The Misconception of Age & Tech Savviness

The Misconception of Age & Tech Savviness

  When we think of tech-savvy users, we probably imagine a younger person. This misconception is due to the incorrect belief that older users do not want or cannot use technology. But from my time conducting research at Akendi, and from academic papers, I find that this notion is incorrect.  So where did the misconceptionRead more

The Big Friendly Giant of UX

The Big Friendly Giant of UX

  You have a BIG project with lots of problems to analyse and solve. Your nerves are buzzing and you need someplace or something reassuring and friendly. Your computer is too time-consuming and paper is too restrictive. You don’t hesitate to leave your desk and make your way to the giant whiteboard. You feel determined andRead more

Creating a Space for Design Thinkers, Part 3

Creating a Space for Design Thinkers, Part 3

Nothing gets work done like a good, solid deadline. Menial tasks tend to get left aside, and sometimes, large projects get postponed due to their daunting and stressful nature. The Akendi Ottawa office move was no different. We allocated time to figuring out plans, ordering some new furniture, and coordinating construction with the landlord. WeRead more

Not Choosing Sides: Customer Experiences vs. User Experiences

Not Choosing Sides: Customer Experiences vs. User Experiences

Ok, we’re all humans. It is a label that encompasses us all. But in experience research and design we rarely, if ever, create for or try to understand the human. It’s usually the different types of humans we’re interested in.  Because once we understand who they are, we can list and prioritise these groups ofRead more

Web Typography: Top 3 Tips

Web Typography: Top 3 Tips

Have you ever come across a website with absolutely terrible typography? Chances are you didn’t stick around too long. Following some basic steps and guidelines will help designers make sound decisions when it comes to web typography.   Over the past decade we’ve seen major advancements in typography for the web and the playing field isRead more

The Art of Asking Questions

The Art of Asking Questions

Surveys, interviews, usability tests and other UX research methods are meant to elicit information to help us clearly understand a user/customer, their needs and their experience when using a service/product; to find the best design/redesign recommendations for a service/product; and in general, to help companies figure out the best possible way to serve their users/customers.Read more