Author Archives: Oliver McGough

Oliver McGough

Marketing & UX @ Usabilla. Interested in design, marketing, the games industry and all things sports. Can often be found wandering Amsterdam, lost; or having a good time with friends. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Linkedin.
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Why UX may kill UX

Those of us in the UX industry have never had it so good. It’s an industry buzzword. Companies are opening new UX departments left-right and centre. Supply is struggling to meet demand – it’s great. Great to be riding the wave of this acceptance and subsequent growth.

This change of focus to user centred design with UX at its core – together with ever improving technologies and development standards – has created an online experience more alive and immersive than ever before.
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The Best UX Articles of April 2014

The trees are green, the sun is shining, and it even feels warm by my northern European standards. It could almost be summer. It is almost summer! If you’ve all too busy enjoying the freedom to finally leave house, you could be forgiven for missing out on another month of great UX content. No worries, we’re here to help.

With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at April 2014. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from April we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
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The effect of ‘Digital Assistants’ on UX and UI

These past weeks have seen the Beta release of Cortana. The sidekick heroine of the Halo series represents Microsoft’s foray into the ever more sophisticated digital assistant field. Cortana, like Apple’s Siri, is intended to support Windows users through a complex mix of AI and audio recognition software.

Virtual sidekicks were long confined to the realms of science fiction. Complex digital (personal) assistants such as Halo’s Master Chief’s Cortana, and Samantha in the recent film “Her” have always seemed much too complex to bring to reality. However, with each passing year and iteration we take one step closer to making that fiction a reality.

What implications does this voice-activated future have on the field of UX – and more specifically it’s counterpart, User Interface (UI)?
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10 of the Best UX Infographics

Sometimes, as the old saying goes, pictures really do tell 1000 words. And if that’s the case, what’s better than a picture with 1000 words included on it?

We’ve gathered 10 of the best UX relevant infographics from around the web for your entertainment and education. Marvel at the stunning visuals, and informative posters. You might just learn something!
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Profit Centered Design vs User Centered Design

A month ago, Facebook revealed another redesign. Just as we’d gotten used to their last iteration, in came a fresh new look. Though fresh is perhaps the wrong choice of term. The news feed redesign initially took many aback, holding a somewhat retro feel. Current trends all point towards flat and minimalism. Facebook had done the opposite.

Out of a cacophony of outcries – a standard reaction to any Facebook change – came one interesting article from Dustin Curtis. His article claimed Facebook had originally planned to move towards the generic flat design. However, decreased ad impressions in this new – beautiful – design had led to a design reversal. A reversal towards something more ‘practical’.
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10 Amazing User Experiences

The internet is a beautiful place, full of beautiful experiences.

The need to entertain, educate or sell to visitors, mixed with the abundance of creativity in the web design world creates a plethora of great user experiences. From a vast sea of content, we bring you 10 of the best experiences from around the web these past couple of weeks.
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The Best UX Articles of March 2014

Spring is finally here!. The Amsterdam tress are in bloom, and the weather is at a heady 20 degrees. Who said global warming was all doom and gloom..? Being so spoilt with the weather, you could be forgiven for missing out on the vast array of UX content at your disposal. Worry not.

With so much quality content out there, we take one more look back at March 2014. We’ve compiled the 5 best articles from March we feel are interesting, invaluable or otherwise a must read for anyone with an interest in UX.
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Calling to Action: 3 key principles

With so much money being flung around the web, everyone is fighting for their share. As the internet opens up to more and more people, the money flooding onto the online marketplace continues to grow. Amazon’s $74 billion annual revenue is on par with the value of the entire countries of Cuba or Oman.

This technological gold-rush only opens the door to increased competition. Sites have to entice, convince, and persuade visitors to interact with them. To buy or solicit their offerings. How do they do this? By convincing us to click.
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