Many large organizations and enterprises (yes, even Apple) fall short when it comes to keeping their digital products in sync in terms of standards, usability and the overall experience. This is not to say that smaller companies have better resources -on the contrary- I have come to witness that large organizations have much more insight in security and accessibility, and much tighter release management with zero tolerance for failure. Smaller tech startups have the luxury of neglecting certain audience types that could stand in the way of rapid development process.
Many content management tools, platforms or frameworks come with massive value-add bloatware that for the most part goes underutilized and in turn just causes performance issues. ATG, CQ, SAP, SharePoint all sound good on paper and are easy to “sell” as feature-rich products, but in reality massively underutilized, modified to support last year’s business objectives, used in a wrong but familiar way as glorified versions of the preceding tool deemed unsatisfactory.
Added inconvenience is caused by the availability of WYSIWYG or Drag & Drop editing capabilities that give non-technical resources the ability to create (code) web pages, but cause more harm than good, and create massive markup overhead.
Responsible design seems to be a buzzword lately, so I thought I’d share my $0.2 on the subject. I wrote about it before, but lately I don’t think its as complex as we all thought it’d be. There is a lot of smart solutions out there that seem like a good fit for a blog-type of website, but when you deal with online applications that often have multiple stakeholders involved it gets tricky…
Imagine saying to the marketing manager that the ads need to go away, or telling social media team that you are replacing share component with built-in device sharing capabilities.
To me responsive design is nothing new, and its nothing more than “responsible” device-independent design. Of course you built your applications and web sites in the past to fit the form-factor viewport. This shouldn’t be nothing new or trivial to an experienced professional. It is merely “fluid-layout” and “media-scaling” methods that fits the UI to whatever the wrapper is set to or the screen-size the content is viewed on. Continue Reading →
As an forever Apple fanboy who gets two of everything, I have to admit the chemistry between me and the mothership is fading fast. Maybe I’m all grown up now and my expectations from a handheld device exceed linking my friends memes.
As we create more and more apps for other mobile OS’ I keep noticing more and more shortcomings of iOS that the Cupertino manufacturer is purposely neglecting, things like – Multitasking.
Android was the champion at this, and God bless them; they try their best. Windows Phone also came out of the box multitasking, and did not consume resources (read: battery life) as much as android does (is today). Continue Reading →
Verizon officially announced today that the rumors of iPhone coming to their CDMA network are true. After some back-and-forth bashing between the AT&T and Verizon over whose network is better and faster a question from the Q&A session finally put this battle to rest. Continue Reading →
We all anxiously await the 4G to come out, but what does that really mean? Some providers claim that they already have it, but what is really the truth?
The 4 Generation cellular wireless standard or 4G is does not mean that you will be able to use your phone to teleport to another dimension or that it will heat up your lunch or jump-start your car. It does however mean a significant increase in data speed, not necessary the voice quality. A 4G system is expected to provide comprehensive all-IP based mobile broadband for smartphones laptops and wireless modems. Continue Reading →
BlackBerry OS, Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, Simbian, Java, C, C#, Objective C… Argh! My head is spinning. Who’s got the time today to learn all this? Mobile developer is the most un-respected calling today. I’m sure you have approached a client or a boss with a killer iPhone app idea, and then faced with a question: Does it work on BlackBerry? Continue Reading →
Who can remember only short while ago the way to communicate was to borrow a quarter or visit a library to hop on an IRC chat. For someone like me with friends and family overseas, scheduled chat sessions were a new hi-tech way of exchanging information for free and it couldn’t have been better. Continue Reading →
Most the designers UX or UI start off small. A couple of small 6-page information websites for our aunts and neighbors, then our over-animated portfolio site with cool fonts and unique design that makes us think we have become seasoned professionals.
Later on we get a real agency job where we start creating some consumer sites for real businesses and start working with project managers, business analysts, perhaps with some usability aspects, perhaps not… Continue Reading →