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Futureheads UX newsletter – weekly picks

Sara Archer’s weekly ux picks – top stories with User Experience and Design relevance:

Vitra design museum – a virtual museum where you can customise your experience

http://www.hidden-heroes.net/

Very clever virtual museum, choose your own tour, slick design, and find out who invented the paperclip.

 

Shop floor design & Ikea

http://bit.ly/hMm5pI

Professor Alan Penn discusses the resonance between a physical shop floor plan and UI design for ecommerce. Why is it that you go into Ikea and come out with a trolley of random household goods? Ikea creates an experience that completely disorientates you… and this invokes a phenomenal buying success rate!

 

Writing error messages for human beings

http://bit.ly/hkd9lV

Error messages are still prevalent in sites worldwide and everyone will be familiar with the old ‘404 error’ that used to rear its head time and time again! Why this fundamental customer experience issue needs to be tackled…

 

Digital ad spend to take over newspapers by 2013

http://bit.ly/f7GMH2

Zenith Optimedia have predicted the value of the digital ad market will hit £57.7 billion in 2013, beating newspapers £55.8 billion. Wowzers.

Mobile UX Design – striving to get that 5 star rating

http://bit.ly/gljaVU

Alan Tifford, the principal interaction designer in Intuit’s consumer group says the mobile revolution is here. He argues to create a 5-star app for customers, designers need to work extremely hard to delight them, and stress over every detail.

Creative Directors meet at Futureheads

You may know, I’m involved with a recruiter that’s focused on digital talent. Futureheads focuses on only three niches: UX, project management and front-end design. Given the track record of happy matching, my colleagues at Futureheads have good relations with a number of exciting and busy digital teams.

We’ve moved into fab new offices in Smithfield and plan to host a few debates with our network. Our first breakfast is for senior Creative Directors. We already have about 20 CDs signed up, including folk from AKQA, Sky, Sapient, BBC, Haygarth, Fortune Cookie and Virgin Media.

Topic: User Centred Design and Agile
Discussion leader: Rhys Davies, Head of Creative, Detica
Where: Futureheads HQ, 5-6 Newbury Street, London EC1A 7HU (nearest tubes: Barbican, Farringdon, St Pauls)
When: 8.30-10am, Tuesday April 19, 2011

Rhys has extensive experience in managing digital design teams who adopt a UCD approach and work as part of Agile teams so has some interesting experiences to share. The discussion is going to be around UCD and Agile – how the 2 are working together, any challenges faced and general thoughts and insights, and then another more general talk around 2011 digital trends/emerging technologies.

You may not be able to make this event, but it’s always good to be networking with your peer group – do let me know if you would like future invites.

And, of course, I must introduce you to Meera McCann – she’s focused in this front-end design niche for years, so knows the terrain, the hot issues, the balance of a good skillset and where to pick up the hot talent.

Happy Easter, all. Long live the future king…


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