formuction

This week, Chris and Jon have a discussion about form vs. function and created a new word: “Formunction”!!! But is it better to emphasize form or function? Can you achieve both? Listen and find out!

Here’s a link to Tobias Van Schneider’s blog post that we talked about: http://www.vanschneider.com/beauty-vs-function/

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This week’s show comes to us from a link shared on Twitter by @studioanisa (Thanks Anisa!) It’s an interview from the Harvard Business Review entitled:

Putting Yourself in the Customer’s Shoes Doesn’t Work: An Interview with Johannes Hattula

We did a whole show on empathy and how important it is for product designers to be empathetic, and it’s interesting that there’s some research to suggest that this may not be the best idea.

Here’s the link: https://hbr.org/2015/03/putting-yourself-in-the-customers-shoes-doesnt-work

It’s a short read, so don’t be afraid to click that link.

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Simply put, politeness is required for better experiences with software. We enter a relationship with the products and services that we use, and if that relationship is not good, negative, or rude, we just won’t keep it around.

This week, Chris & Jon discuss the differences between polite and impolite software, and how it affects the user experience! Believe it or not, politeness matters, so stick around and listen!

 

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This week on the Design Review: we discuss the principle of No UI and whether or not the best interface really is no interface.

Golden Krishna, now a designer at Google, wrote a short essay (and subsequently a book) on this topic, though he admits that it was inspired by other stuff written by pioneers like Don Norman and Mark Weiser of Xerox PARC.

Here’s the link:
https://www.cooper.com/journal/2012/08/the-best-interface-is-no-interface

Scott Berkun, author and speaker on creativity, philosophy, and culture, wrote a rebuttal to the whole No UI movement. Here’s a link:
http://scottberkun.com/2013/the-no-ui-debate-is-rubbish/


This week’s episode was sponsored by Designer Cameron Wheeler!

Cameron is a User Experience Lead and Front-End Developer at Cisco Systems. He’s currently working on Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence, a program that helps startups get a platform to build long-term strategic relationships & business outcomes with Cisco. You can find him and his work at HeyCameron.com or HeyCameron on twitter.

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Back by popular demand, we review the design behind your favorite apps! This episode we review the wildly popular Pokémon GO that has been sweeping the nation. We discuss the design patterns that make it addictive, the interactions and visual styles we enjoy, and discuss the user experience and onboard. Join Chris and Jon as they go deep on the design behind Pokémon GO.

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We’re a little late with this show, but Chris and Jon are back in the studio to discuss A/B testing! We break down what it is, why it’s important, and even go over some of the common myths about it. So stay tuned to another great episode!

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This week Chris and Jon talk about the “Power User”! Chris thinks is all BS, and wrote a post about it. But we discuss more about this topic on the show! Stay tuned!

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This week Chris and Jon answer some listener questions on taking a product to market and then later, how to deal with monetization. Stay tuned!

Thanks to Joanna and Leander for submitting questions this week!

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This week, Chris and Jon talk about the difficulty of dealing with cognitive load. Burdening users with many options or complex navigation systems can increase the amount of cognitive load. Reducing this burden can make your product easier to use! Keep listening for more tips on dealing with this tricky problem!

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This week on the Design Review, Chris and Jon discuss what it takes to land your first job as a professional designer, and answer some of the most common questions on what to do. Later in the show, we have a short discussion on equal pay! Stick around for a much longer than normal episode!

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