Coming back from the EuroIA 2014 conference is hard. I wish it was more than three days packed with workshops in the morning, presentations in the afternoon and Belgian food and drinks in the evening…
During the month of April, I have read some books and papers that left a deep impression on me. Previously I have shared on this blog recommendation on a book concerning Digital Marketing, UX, IA, and Social Media. Each and every one had its designated post. But lately, I have started pushing myself to find the time to read more. Consequently, I have decided to share with my readers a list of my readings on a monthly basis (whenever I have something to share, naturally).
I hope these collections of monthly readings inspire you at least a bit. They certainly put my mind into reflection mode. And here are the ones that made my April readings list.
Lately, I have been under fire on Twitter for saying that Apple’s iOS offers the best user experience among mobile platforms. This cannonade comes particularly from the developers’ side of the equation, not the UX professional one. I guess this is more due to the perception that I am some sort of a fan boy when it comes to this particular brand. I might be to some extent and I certainly find myself subconsciously biased on occasions. After all, I’ve been using Apple products since 2006 on a personal level and many others in my work – Microsoft, Dell, Android, Blackberry, HP etc… None of the latter has ever offered me a user experience getting even closer to the one that iOS has.
I am getting here on the wrong foot, am I not?
A professional UX designer should never rely on his/her own perception of a product’s user experience. In fact, one should be looking into research findings, user needs, platform objective, target audience, market share, platform design restrictions and ease of tasks performance. So let me take a step back from my previous statement about the iOS.
MobX 2013 conference will take place in Berlin, Germany on September 13, 2013. And although it is Friday the 13th, it sure promises to be fun. The topics on mobile user experience and usability will be covering pretty much every mass used smartphone OS out there – iOS, Android, Blackberry 10 and Windows 8. There will be talks about enterprise mobility, multi-device world and… designing for Google Glass.
In a cold 2012 December night yours truly got the idea of blogging about the things we all hate in a website. I tweeted asking my followers to share the things they hate the most about it. Some answered – like Bibiana Nunes (@bibinex) and Alberta Soranzo (@albertatrebla) did. Thank you, ladies! The world needs to know how awesome you are.
My former professor at b-school and principal at FatDUX, Eric Reiss (@elreiss), went further and offered to co-create the above list with me, and we so we did it together. Thank you, Eric! Your guidance and knowledge are incomparable.