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    music fan I ll nearly always have headphones on at work I find blocking out background noise helps me to focus but I m conscious that my choice of music can affect my work I try to stick with really familiar albums or playlists of ambient instrumental tracks that are less distracting A side effect of this however is that I rarely just listen to music anymore I lament that music is becoming something in the background while I do two or three other things and intend to remedy this by buying a turntable and building up a record collection I feel that the manual process of playing vinyl and the fact that I ve tracked down a favourite album on this antique format will encourage me to spend more time actively listening and increase my enjoyment of the music I really enjoy seeing films at the cinema largely because I m forced to singletask I m there to watch a film my phone stays in my pocket and unless the film is poor I m focused on watching This experience is especially good at the IMAX as the screen fills your vision and people exit via the rear so there are no distractions Mountain biking rock climbing and cooking enforce the singletask mindset too if you let your mind wander you can screw up but even if you manage not to fall or burn your dinner you ve lessened your enjoyment of the activity I love the concept of apps like IA Writer stripped to the bear essentials it s minimal and task oriented interface encourage focus and care more software should be like this Singletasking enables us to get work done faster and better relax more effectively and enjoy our leisure time those kittens will still be on

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2011/5 (2016-04-26)
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    in your hand and the integrated stand also catches pips and prevents juice from getting on the handle In thinking about ways to improve on existing paradigms adding value and delighting the user good designers are able to create truly great products However in daily use their owners will rarely consider the individual details just enjoy using the product without giving any thought to why This for me is the challenge and reward of UX I mean product design Jun 20 2011 UX let s just call it what it is I ve heard User Experience design referred to as the most prestigious and pretentious job title in the industry or even plain bullshit but really I think its the least understood The problem for me starts with the title As Edward Tufte famously said only two industries that refer to their customers as users The term users dehumanizes the audience so lets call them what they are customers or even better use personas By asking what would Bob do here and what would Alice expect vs what is a user going to do here immediately you are thinking differently and your product will be better for it So let s lose user ok When great rock acts like KISS play live shows they aim to excite delight and exceed the expectations of their fans in other words they craft an experience When I m working on a project I have similar goals I don t want an interface to be merely usable I want to do inspire engage and trigger an emotional response with the audience Restauranteurs car manufacturers hoteliers interior designers film directors and more share these ambitions Just like the projects I work on their products are all experiences so I feel experience is redundant from my

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2011/6 (2016-04-26)
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    World of Warcraft like I was doing something of value with my time Now I m jealous and regret not ever subscribing and playing along realising that watching through every episode of X Files again riding bikes and drinking beer wasn t necessarily a better use of time Investing in 10 000 hours in any activity is considered enough time to be an expert in that activity an increasing number of the current generation have comfortably clocked up 10k hours of online gaming by the time they graduate So what are they experts in what skills does online gaming give you Considering WoW as an example I recognise the game requires skills in problem solving teamwork resource management organisation strategy communication as well as encouraging research into and learning about the history backstory and geography of the world All of these are useful and admirable skills and with the equivalent of over 5 years worth of working hours before even starting their professional careers todays youth have huge potential probably without even knowing about it In Jane s talks and in her book Reality is Broken she asks what if these skills were put to real world problems instead of

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    beautiful things even if nobody cares Saul Bass Nov 8 2011 Beyond usable Usable is vanilla its a C grade Aim higher Nobody ever recommended a restaurant because the food is edible they say things like the menu had these great stories about each cocktail s invention they played this cool authentic music and food is served on these antique plates It s details like this that create a memorable experience and that keep customers coming back How do we achieve this on the web You need to trigger emotions make your users smile or feel like they achieved something awesome It can be through great copy the way you deal with complaints or quirky easter eggs in your site Get this right and your customers will fall in love with your brand and become ambassadors Brand ambassadors will tell their friends about your product and be willing to engage at a much higher level This can lead to drastically reduced marketing budgets and even allow you to crowd source your support So stop doing usability testing it isn t enough for a task to be be achievable Instead really observe users as they interact with your product and gauge

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2011/11 (2016-04-26)
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    to other practitioners but these terms mean little outside of our little field Nor does their use help our reputation of being pretentious douchebags within some circles Sure buzzwords are handy shorthand for complex concepts but are dangerous when not understood watch a Web Developer respond to the term Web 2 0 for an example Terminology can be interpreted differently too leading to confusion or arguments about semantics We pride

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2011/12 (2016-04-26)
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    netbooks that have become so popular So whats left web browsing and media playback I already have a great product for that in the iPhone a fair percentage of my personal web use is already done on my iPhone Using excellent mobile formatted sites like BBC and Google s web apps and apps like Facebook and Tweetie I rarely miss a larger screen About the only situation I could see the larger screen of a tablet being an advantage is as an ebook reader however the larger the screen the less likely I am to carry it which is the strength of the iPhone I always have it to hand But what will the iSlate be It makes sense that it would run existing iPhone apps however it ll be a huge disappointment if it turns out just to be an iPod touch with a big screen but equally I don t want Apple to go the Microsoft route of cramming their full OS onto a small device Having owned a few Windows Mobile devices and a touchscreen PC I know that using unmodified Windows on a touchscreen is awkward and I don t see OSX being much different Microsoft

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    as he prepares to commit suicide after his partner is killed in a car accident the story is compelling and the performances superb highly recommended MicMacs This is the latest film from the director of Amelie and A Very Long Engagement Jean Pierre Jeunet however it is closer to his earlier movies Delicatessen and The City of the Lost Children in its style and subject It tells the story of Bazil who s life has been ruined by two rival weapons manufacturers and his ingenious plan to get his own back with some help from on odd collection of scrap collecting friends If you ve seen and enjoyed Delicatessen you ll love this Feb 25 2010 The Death of Flash I ve never been a fan of Flash either as a developer or as a user so I m excited to see the possible beginning of the end for what has become the defacto standard for multimedia on the Web Its a common a complaint that the iPhone and upcoming iPad don t have support for Flash but why would they The Flash player is a buggy resource intensive security risk that these devices are better off without There is very little that Flash can do that can t be done with other technology such as jQuery HTML5 and CSS3 see the links below for some examples all of which will run on modern browsers without the requirement of any plugins The two main video streaming sites YouTube and Vimeo are trialing HTML5 versions of their sites using the h 264 video format in place of Flash I m hoping that the popularity of Apple s mobile devices will encourage more content providers such as Hulu and BBC iPlayer to turn their backs on Flash and embrace these new technologies

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    the most feature complete tool it gets the important stuff right in fact thats one of 37Signal s mantras build half a product not a half assed product Even before using any of their products I ve enjoyed reading the company s blog Signal vs Noise and have always admired their openess about the way they work and been inspired by their success I ve never read or had any interest in reading a business book before I m allergic to buzzwords and marketing speak but knowing that this would be a different kind of business book I pre ordered a copy and have read through it in only three sessions REWORK is playbook for starting or running any sized company based on 37Signal s principles with a proven success The book is very easy and fast to read each section is to the point and at most a couple of pages long The statements are bold contradicting what you have likely experienced at work however they make sense and are backed by real world examples not only from 37Signals but Amazon Zappos Dunkin Donuts and others I would recommend this book to anyone that works or hopes to someday

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2010/3 (2016-04-26)
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