UX Design.

Ben Logan
2 August 2013

Automated testing software is one of the most common means with which developers check on functionality, but how about using a robot to test your applications on mobile devices? Jason Huggins has come up with “Tapster” – a robot that mimics the touch of the human finger based on chosen parameters. The device, which can either be purchased or assembled with a 3D printer, is able to emulate gestures and swipes which would otherwise be hard to simulate. Its creator thinks that it will bridge the gap between automated and manual testing. The device is proving especially useful when testing…

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Ben Logan
24 June 2013

Those looking to escape to sunnier climes in beautiful Italy this summer will be pleased to know about a new online travel option. Yalla Yalla, a platform dedicated to the booking of travel packages and cruises provided by the top Italian tour operators, has just relaunched their website with a much improved user experience that has customers brimming with praise. The site underwent extensive A/B and usability testing for the redesign, with the focus on optimal user satisfaction. Innovative and improved features facilitate the ability to quickly and intuitively search for holiday and cruise packages tailored to individual needs, or…

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Ben Logan
26 February 2013

NASDAQ’s official US stock market website has just gone live as a new and improved version following a redesign. Amongst the fresh features on the website is a three panel Homepage, which clearly and prominently displays real time market data, breaking news, market analysis, top-performing stocks, charting, investigating strategies and more. What has been labelled as a “streamlined quote search interface” will direct users towards up to date stock information as part of “a unified site design built on the principles of responsive design”. None of the site’s previous content has been disabled or removed, with Flashquote, Real Time, Summary…

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Ben Logan
24 January 2012

In a newly published Wired interview, Google’s Android UX Design Chief, Matias Duarte, discussed the future of their mobile OS design and technology. One of the first things he mentioned regarding design is “it always helps to know that you’re breaking the rules.” Duarte discussed how their Ice Cream Sandwich (the Android 4.0 OS), launched under his supervision late last year, is a first step in the goal of bridging the gap between tablets and smartphones. It is a robust, well-designed operating system that can measure up to the likes of Apple and Microsoft OS platforms. Regarding the much debated…

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Ben Logan
10 January 2012

If the word at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is to be believed, we can expect an invasion of smart technology in our homes and a streamlined way to interact with multiple household devices. Smart kitchen tops, smart cameras, in-vehicle accessories, tablets and 3-D televisions – all connected to each other and to the Internet – are on the horizon. Many of these devices will also be connected to social networking platforms to allow for a seamless integration of home life and online activity. It’s also expected that a refinement of user interfaces will soon be unveiled. With ever…

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Ben Logan
21 November 2011

Latvian startup Amooz are now offering a host of new gamification techniques which empower their clients to offer heightened interaction and loyalty rewards to their customers. Working with a selection of restaurants, bars and cafés, Amooz allows users to check in when they visit a venue with a quick scan of a QR code on their mobile. They then receive credit rewards that can be redeemed either immediately or saved up for a bigger incentive. Users can also send “Treatz” to friends, which take the form of free items from a suggested venue. The goal is to provide user incentives…

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