Notes and links to stories I find relevant. They make for good briefings. Subscribe to receive them in your mailbox as an occasional newsletter.

  • The most prominently design-led company, Apple has become the most valuable company in the world, worth more than $1trilion. John Kenneth Galbraith in a way predicted its rise in 1967: “... giants had overcome laws of supply and demand by investing in big, long-term research and development projects, which could not easily be replicated by smaller competitors...”

    Apple’s Trillion-Dollar World
  • The most important Silicon Valley company you have never heard of. Their design thinking was way ahead of time. They released a smartphone in 1994 and failed. Their tech and concepts were copied by Apple and Google, their alumni have gone on to become some of the most powerful and influential players in tech. General Magic.

    Trailer: a new film on Silicon Valley’s most important failure
  • People of internet don’t speak English, they speak gibberish. The problem with implementing AI in a meaningful and useful interaction with humans is not voice recognition anymore but understanding the meaning. A real-world AI should be about solving harder problems than cat identification.

    Voices in AI - A conversation with David Barret
  • Nearly 1 in 5 of your users has a disability. Design accordingly. Most of it is common sense but thanks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines there is a set of guidelines and standards to follow. And though it should be obvious, it is still worth to emphasise that design starts long before choosing the button colour.

    Designing for disability is not that hard.
  • “The viewpoint is memorable, the product is usable, and quality is valued over clicks”. A short film on finding a place for news media in a world that seems overrun with clickbait “journalism”, fake news, native advertising, and instant gratification superficiality of social media. Three very different players, the same approach.

    Designing the news
  • “The times of thoughtless design, for thoughtless consumption, are over. An announcement of a new Gary Hustwit film on Dieter Rams who is one of the most important designers of all times. His work for Braun and Vitsoe alone left a mark on generations of designers; his Ten Principles are a must-read for designers, entrepreneurs, and managers alike. https://www.vitsoe.com/us/about/good-design

    Rams, a film by Gary Hustwit, coming September 2018
  • The animation in UI is not the proverbial lipstick on a pig. The nature of the interaction is temporal, and transitions between stages are crucial not only to the look-and-feel but more importantly to the very way the user perceives the product itself. Excellent take on the role of motion in interaction design.

    Creating Usability with Motion: The UX in Motion Manifesto
  • Three superstar startups who failed to pinpoint and sustain their identities crashed despite their engaged user base, substantial revenues and huge VC investments. In addition to identifying your users and their needs, you should know who you are and what you stand for. It is an essential part of the “product” side of the holy grail-ish “product-market” fit.

    How Yik Yak, Fab.com, and Vine Failed to Keep the Momentum Going
  • Next time you will be annoyed with an oversharing adolescent, a phone glued to her palm, you might be a witness to a retail revolution in the making. The culture of over-edited lives streamed on social media started a crop of entrepreneurs selling directly to their followers/customers' phones, skipping computers, let alone brick-and-mortar shops.

    Smartphones Are Doing to Websites What Amazon Did to the Mall
  • The lines between online and physical commerce are blurring. Customer expectations, behaviours and values are evolving. Traditional retailers are adapting or closing their doors. Startups that started online are moving into physical space and can innovate faster than the heavyweights. New technologies and business models are emerging.

    SMB Retailers Have A Unique Opportunity To Disrupt