•  What is happening to User Experience Design practice? – Part Three And I am almost done. Welcome back to the final part of this series. This extension is more about realising the value of user experience design for a brand or a business.  The biggest fear for a UX designer in a startup is getting marginalised to do cosmetic work on marketing assets or worse, presentations. […]
  • What is happening to User Experience Design practice? – Part Two Continuing the rant from where I left, there is more corrective action needed to make user experience designers and departments effective or valuable to a business or a brand. Two more shortfalls: Context is king There is a rather strange breed of user experience designers who are enamored by the glamour than the effectiveness of […]
  • User Experience Design Course: Acadgild.com User Experience is more about people than technology. It is about how you and I interact with small instances of technology products while we go about our lives. The way we use a personal computer to write a poem, the Internet to find a recipe for a cake or book tickets, our phone to reach […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 17: Apple, I and the GUI Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. – Steve Jobs In the early eighties, small town India like my hometown had not seen computers. The closest that you came to one was when you went to book a train ticket. It was behind […]
  • Elements of Eater Experience: The UX of food I see Subway as a sandwich bar where they drown you with options. Yes, I am glad to micro-manage my sandwich. But the choices and the questions intimidate most of their customers. Add the Indian sense of indecisiveness and you have a potent Mexican standoff at the counter before you can say Chipotle Southwest. They […]
  • Quora: My few cents for non-designers moving towards interaction design Read Quote of Shiva Kumar’s answer to Interaction Design: What is the first thing to do for non-designer becoming Interaction designer? on Quora
  • Quora: Will Smart TV user experience be different? Do we know the answer yet? Read Quote of Shiva Kumar’s answer to Smart TV UX Design: How would user experience design for smart TV be different or similar as designing for mobile and PC? on Quora
  • Quora: Trying to guide a product manager across the user experience chasm Read Quote of Shiva Kumar’s answer to Product Management: As a first-time Product Manager with no design experience, what is the best way to learn everything about UI/UX design in mobile? on Quora
  • Reviewing Maily: A mail app for children to handpaint and send mails To all those who complain about the death of snail mail, there is yet another virtual product to swing in (or out) kids early. Maily is an iPad app for children and tweens to legally use email riding on a parent’s account. The app has been designed to be readied by the parent for young […]
  • Let the Games Begin! The glare and the clash of Olympic impressions The Olympics are supposed be a carnival, I know – ‘Triumph of Human Spirit’ and what have you. And truly, the spirit and the excitement have been high and contagious this time round. The carnival carousel has been turning smooth and well-oiled thus far. So I make a side trip to their official website – […]