Mobile.

Ben Logan
1 October 2013

The sharpness of the iOS 7 screen and the motion of its icons are being blamed for cases of motion sickness amongst certain users of Apple’s new operating system. Headaches, nausea and vertigo are being reported on Apple’s support website from users who have upgraded to iOS 7, which includes dynamic backgrounds and animations that were not present on previous versions of the software. All the icons displayed on screen are constantly in motion, albeit in a subtle fashion, but this movement against the background is being blamed by experts for causing the vertigo effect, as well as the zoom…

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Ben Logan
27 September 2013

This week’s launch of Samsung’s new smartwatch, called the Galaxy Gear, unfortunately seems to have failed to live up to the expectations of many consumers. Having gone on sale this week in over 1000 territories, the smartwatch device is currently only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1, while support for the S4 is due within the next month. Curiously, an unnamed company spokesman has been reported as saying that “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.”…

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Ben Logan
11 June 2013

Jakob Nielsen, who has a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction and was a former top level engineer with Sun Microsystems, has branded the revamped Apple iOS “a terrible usability mistake”. The usability guru with nearly 80 US patents to his name isn’t fond of the new “flatter” design and is not alone – other UI experts have also expressed their concerns for what could be “a step back in usability”. The new interface makes use of a Windows 8 style design (we all know how well that worked out…) with colours, textures and typography used to draw attention to its features…

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Ben Logan
13 May 2013

Responsive design – what is it? It is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that in order to look big and clever, all you need to do is make the same noises that you hear everyone else making.  This is especially the case in most business meetings, where you can often get away with simply repeating the noises you just heard in order to demonstrate that you:   a) Understood those noises b) Just contributed to the meeting As always, the noise itself is neutral – the important issue is what is intended, and understood, to be meant by it.  …

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Ben Logan
27 February 2013

Already a popular app on tablets, Adobe is now making their Photoshop Touch app available on mobile phones, with a near identical feature set. Familiar Photoshop elements such as layers, filters, selection tools and all the usual adjustments are included, and the user is able to edit high-resolution images up to 12 megapixels with three layers. Images can be edited in either landscape or portrait mode and saved as jpeg, PNG, PSD and PSDX file types, along with the now obligatory ability to immediately share via Facebook, Twitter or Email. From a user experience perspective, those already familiar with Photoshop…

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Ben Logan
11 February 2013

Specialist user experience agency Cyber-Duck have designed a new website for Needaproperty that claims to be the first responsive web design (RWD) that is able to automatically scale to desktop, tablet and smartphone platforms. The site is the result of extensive research conducted by Needaproperty in a bid to become more user-centric in their outlook. It has been UX designed to allow for the best possible customer experience for visitors on both iOS and Android without the need for additional downloads. Property portals have in the past favoured multiple websites tailored to different applications, which requires build and maintenance on…

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