Apple’s Magic Bar of Excellence

Apple is no longer the poster child of design and product excellence. Sorry, Tim Cook, but the pedestal that took Apple many years to build is showing signs of wobbling. Almost everything that Apple has touched in the last few years is somewhat flawed, problematic, and often broken. Don’t believe me? New iOS 10 Home […]

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The High Cost of App Development

Why is app development so expensive? I get this question a lot, and it often comes from a shell-shocked CEO or CIO who discovers his five-figure-budget project ends up being six or even seven figures. That’s crazy. Why is app development so expensive? The easiest explanation is that apps are cheap; it’s the engineering and […]

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No more hamburger menus, introducing the hot dog menu

I’ve been on a crusade to abolish hamburger menus, also known as basement menus. They were introduced or perhaps popularized by the early Facebook app. Like an epidemic is spread.  It’s currently used in many native apps, especially on Android and it’s also used as the default solution on many responsive web frameworks. Why is this […]

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Apple Watch Teardown

I’ve had the Apple Watch since it launched and it’s now a glorified accessory. The utility is marginalized and it’s 100% because of software design decisions. It does too much. You wouldn’t think this would be a problem but a common issue and one certainly repeated on the  Watch. Fitness tracking, for example, is fantastic […]

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Legibility and Readability

Most designers take readability for granted. It’s easy to assume that people have a similar perception, but the reality is that our eyes are as different as our personalities. As a quick experiment, I sent an email to some friends and family to see how they typically read their emails. There were some things that […]

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Apple is Repeating Microsoft’s Mistakes

In the late 90’s Microsoft was the dominant player and that made them arrogant and defensive to competition. Every competitor had to be attacked. AOL → MSN Live Netscape → Internet Explorer Yahoo Messenger → MSN Messenger iPod → Zune Player Etc. There were many others. The problem was that each attack was fought on […]

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The Future of Augmented and Virtual Reality

I’ve been a skeptic of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for years. The 3D technologies have been around since the 80s, and for just as long, people have been figuring out how to strap screens to their heads. MIT has had a wearable computing lab for years, and while many interesting technologies have […]

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Levels of Leadership

Levels of Leadership

There are five stages of leadership that a company or individual can go through. When I started my company these stages seemed simple and fluid, but as I progressed through the stages and watch others progress, I began to spot trends and skills that are critical yet not always obvious to advance to the next […]

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Happy UI UX

Happiness over UI, UX and features

I first heard the term user experience (UX) back in 2001. I liked the idea that the experience of a user is more than the pixels on the screen, and that it should encompass everything from unboxing a product to phone support. The problem is that many people who call themselves experts at UX primarily […]

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