Reading about IBM Diskette brings a lot of memories to the old man. I mean, not that old to remember using 8" but old enough using 5.25" and trying to squeeze in Super Mario and T602 text editor. The description of GUI skeuomorphism triggers further thoughts about why we are teaching kids to learn these ancient patterns of saving a state within mostly cloud systems. It makes the impression as “auto-save” is some sort of voodoo magic with systems where every action or keystroke is tracked anyway. In the past, Alan Cooper offered a much more sophisticated take on the…
With the Slack acquisition by Salesforce, this cloud war is on. It seems it is aiming at the service management domain with a similar messaging around “workflows.” I would not underestimate the corporate marketing power of the team that is called the sales + force.
There’s an old internet adage Zawinski’s Law, that says roughly every program eventually expands to become an email client. Today that would probably be rephrased as a messaging client, or a video client, or something (there were other eras where these were word processors, HTML browsers, or photo sharing…
It took me a while to low-code citizen development concept to grow on me, now I can’t see a future of IT without it. I am curious about the evolution of abstraction and interaction models and despite current limitations, iPad’s Swift Playground looks like a step in the right direction.
I am keeping an eye on the Microsoft Fluid framework since the first public demos. When comparing Box to SharePoint (OneDrive), this represents a true step forward as a contrast to static Box UI Elements. Fluid components allow real-time collaboration and data update, together with workflow automation and the ServiceNow…
I always watch for notable examples of internal asynchronous communications, including leadership Memos.
I am old enough to remember hacking PC Speaker sounds to get louder midi music out of my then gaming setup, times before any dedicated sound cards such as Sound Blaser.
I sometimes refer to my current platform team using pit stop visual metaphors in our internal communication. Speedy, clean, organized…the truth is that sometimes it looks more like this.
Country I was born in and live my life, as presented from Formula 1 cockpit.
After years of practice in design field, it is never too late to read an introductory design book. This book was released in 2020 and contains a fresh new perspective on design fundamentals. A minimum amount of “thank you captain obvious” with timely relevant parallels with urbanism and social media make the book a worthy read.
In enterprise software platforms, the end consumer of the business benefits is different from the user, but it is always worth reminding simple four questions.
What are you trying to improve?
Who are you trying to improve it for?
How do you ensure you are…
Writing is thinking and form matters. One of the reasons I use Medium is its focus on content and great typography. At the same time, what bothers me with email is ugly formatting and typography. Excited to see Microsoft Design focusing on new default font, and I hold all fingers crossed for multi-platform world-wide-web compatibility.
🖖Team Bierstadt here.
It’s fascinating how long it takes to convince us this is a good idea.
Thoughtful analysis of one bug led the team to examine full history of keyboards layout.
These days, I don’t always wear my design hat, but when I do, it is often about data, backlog, and other visualization. This was a great inspiration for one of our recent metrics dashboard.
This is fascinating research behind the perception of a conversation end. 69% of the participants said they wanted the conversation to end before it did. On average, people wanted their conversations to be 50% longer or shorter.
To see how good people were at intuiting their partners’ preferences, the researchers asked participants to guess what they thought their conversation partners had wanted and found that their…
This is an interesting insight into misalignment with modern roles of PM and UX that are increasingly overlapping. The overlap comes with the democratization of collaboration and UI design tools such as Miro or Figma, design systems, or widespread “design thinking” methods that are now used in all functions and domains. Questions related to customer knowledge highlight that study is mostly related to the consumer world. It does not touch…
Web UI is slightly better, but still, it would be fascinating to learn about the design decisions behind the original outlook calendar invite and their “validated with users”.
Examples of movie and comics storyboards always reminds me how critical this technique is to the Human-Computer interaction design. Scenarios do not need to be illustration masterpieces, and just a written summary can do magic. At the same time, seeing how true artists are thinking about a scene’s flow is truly inspirational.
This paper highlights some aspects of platform operating model such as “governance model”, “agile funding,” or “single point of contact,” and it sparks more questions about how this can be applied to matrixed organization. It assumes a technology organization aligns product and platform roadmaps with the business’s priorities. The head of each business function should have a single point of contact within the tech organization, likely a product manager, who is responsible for understanding the function’s priorities and translating them into a set of desired technology features recorded on product backlogs. …
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