User centered design: For lousy designers?

April 30, 2007

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Reading Designing for Interaction by Dan Saffer a couple of weeks ago, I realised something that really struck me. Designing the Ipod, Apple did no user testing… Since Apples security is strict, Apple didn’t want to test the Ipod, because there was a risk of revealing what was coming. However testing a user interface that is so new to the users as the click-wheel, would seem to be the only sensible thing to do. Apple chose to rely on Jonathan Ive’ designer skills instead of the users, and you could say that wasn’t such a bad idea. So my question is: User testing is that mostly for the unskilled designers?

By Rudolf

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And one more boom…

January 9, 2007

iPhone, AppleTV, Airport Express – all hot off the MacWord conference.

iPhone. iPhone..

Apple, Inc stocks will soar.

iPhone, it’s the iPhone!


And boom…

January 9, 2007

The definitive keynote experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8L39UwOS-Y


It’s that time of the year again.

January 5, 2007

MacWorld time. The Mac fan community is buzzing with rumors, centered around Steve Jobs annual keynote speech.

A quick roundup on what I expect the keynote to contain:

iTV:
This is already announced, very un-apple-like. My guess is a more thourough presentation of iTV and a release date.
Also expect a release date if it is not immediately available.

Leopard:
Steve will reveal more “top-secret” features with non-technical names to kill off Vista. If any release date will be announced it will probably be late march.

New Macs:
The Mac Pro will be introduced with the new Core 2 Quad processors. The top end models are lagging behind since there is no native Intel version of Adobes Creative Suite yet. Rosetta isn’t all that good.

New Displays:
Apple has discontinued the iSight, and are building it into all its computers, the Mac Pro and the Mac Mini are the only ones without it, so an integration in the Cinema Displays seem obvious.
On top of that rumors have been floating around for more than a year that a Cinema-style 50″ display are in the works.. A perfect partner for iTV.

iWork and ILife ’07
These are almost too easy. Perhaps the will be bundled to compete directly with MS Office.

One more thing…
The sentence that gets everybody exited. Last year Steve introduced the new Intel line of Macbook Pros, this year chance are that we’ll see one of the following:

iPhone?
Except that it wont be called the iPhone, everybody is cheering for it, but I’m pretty sure its not gonna happen. Why?
http://www.ryanablock.com/archive/2006/12/why-do-people-want-the-applephone-so-much/

I think he is right on all his negative accounts.

Touch-Screen video iPod?
With widescreen players and especially the Zune on the market, Apple can’t afford just to sit tight. An updated video iPod isn’t that far off.
Patents have been discovered with all kinds of touchscreen niftyness. Features should include: Bluetooth, Wifi, Touchscreen.

We will all know next week. :)