Freud, the uncanny valley, and death: reflections on a trip to the Robots exhibition

In medieval times human-like figures run by hidden mechanisms were used in churches to make peasant worshippers believe in a higher power. These mechanisms created the illusion of self-motion (moving without assistance) which made people assume that the figures were somehow alive. As humans, we readily perceive emotional states in everything that is vaguely lifelike … Continue reading Freud, the uncanny valley, and death: reflections on a trip to the Robots exhibition

Top 4 things people use their phones for – improve your Ux design

As often happens with new technologies, with time unique ways of usage emerge that haven’t been thought of when inventing the technology (think Internet). The IBM Simon was the first phone with a touchscreen. That was 1992. Only with the iPhone smartphones became more popular and mainstream. The first iPhone was released in 2007. That’s less than … Continue reading Top 4 things people use their phones for – improve your Ux design

Ethnography and design: get to know your users real good

Ethnography and design evolved in different contexts and with different concerns. The ethnographer’s mission is to understanding human behavior, the designer’s mission is to create artifacts that support human activities. Ethnographers spend their time in the field to study human behavior while designers are more interested in testing and evaluating their designs. But they also should … Continue reading Ethnography and design: get to know your users real good

The end of the spec – long live the experience

Technology today allows companies to turn to their audiences’ experience instead of focusing on functional challenges. Today, elements such as computing speed or storage are sufficiently available and there is no need to spend a huge amount of resources to improve these. Efforts can now go into other areas, such as orchestrating customer experiences. The … Continue reading The end of the spec – long live the experience