The Best UX Articles of March 2015
It has been a while since of these monthly round-ups, and for that we can only apologise! We hope this month’s version more than makes up for that as you sit indoors, sheltering from the torrential spring rain outside… (maybe that’s just Amsterdam).
With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at March 2015. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from March we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
From last month’s top 5 UX articles, you’ll:
- Witness the battle for the customer interface
- Learn about the future of text communication
- Check out Rocky’s first 90 days as a UX designer
- Learn why testing should be part of the design
- See how we are entering the age of context
In no particular order:
1.The Battle Is For The Customer Interface
Historically companies have all been about providing products and services in exchange for capital. This simple system has formed the backbone of our societal economies for millennia.
The internet age has turned the traditional system on it’s head. A new niche has been forged of companies providing no tangible, physical product or service – the interface layer.
Tom provides a breakdown of this rather simple revolution. Detailing how companies like Uber, Skyscanner, and Airbnb sit at the forefront of their respective industries – competing with traditional big players. Uber doesn’t need taxis to compete with the taxi companies, Skyscanner doesn’t need aeroplanes, and Airbnb doesn’t need houses. They just provide the means to an end. An end that that has these traditional economies quivering in their boots.
2. Futures of text
As the smartphone rose to ubiquity, the incumbent king of communication remained unwavering in defeat. Text chat, IMing, and all it’s other forms rose to prominence in the early 90s. Beginning in the IRC channels of old, maturing through AIM, MSN and a multitude of other instant messaging clients, whilst forming a symbiotic relationship with the fledgling mobile phone. It took no time at all for texting to become the dominant form of communication.
Yet, as the smartphone waltzed into the frame, the technology evangelists heralded a new age for communication. The 2001: A Space Odyssey dream was real. Increased processing power and new technologies finally meant we could have a personal PA in our pocket, one controlled through the power of voice.
Yet Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and whatever else is still a pain in the a**. Still text remains dominant and still text fulfills its job to a tee. Jonathan’s article is hugely interesting here, detailing how the nuances of an ‘old’ form of communication remain ever relevant in an age of over complication.
3. Into the Age of Context
These days, it is hard to escape the cacophony of mobile-orientated buzzwords and design ideologies. Rightly so, the smartphone has led a revolution in mobile computing. Each of us have a supercomputer in our pocket, an unfathomable idea just 20 years ago.
Yet in this mobile age, the focus isn’t so much on the physical item itself, but on what it enables us to do. It has ushered in an era of contextual processing. Our smartphones, smartwatches, and smartcars react and adapt to us and our environment. Providing us with real time updates, prompts and notifications of our real world processes.
This is a dawn of a new age, and one of which Christian does a great job in educating us on.
4. What if testing was a part of the design
As internet industry booms, so does the prevalence of new working methods. Structures such as waterfall and iterative development ideologies are essential to the smooth running of working teams – in and out of the software engineering profession.
Sandijs throws up one such development ideology – implementing testing as key part of the product rather than just a footnote in the development process. An interesting question and an interesting article.
5. My first 90 Days as a UX Designer
For some of us, it’s been awhile since we’ve felt that magic of entering a new industry, especially one so exciting as is the case for UX.
It is refreshing to hear the thoughts of a new comrade in the industry. Hearing how the industry stands from a fresh point of view.
A certain recommendation, that may just rekindle some of that magic for you.