In a recent post appeared on FastCo.Design, Sophie Weiner presented an interesting concept app aimed at helping people to reduce food waste: “Seymourpowell […] created a conceptual app, the Waste-Free Christmas Dinner Maker (WCDM), which leads you through every step of the shopping and cooking process to ensure that you won’t have anything left to throw away. The process begins by picking portion sizes for your guests and deciding on a menu. If, for example, you choose to remove brussels sprouts, the app would also automatically increase the amount of another vegetable to maintain a healthy balance in the meal. Add in the number of guests, and the app will let you know how much of each ingredient is necessary, send that info to the grocery store, and have it all delivered in a reusable delivery package. The app also guides your cooking step by step, with a timeline to ensure you don’t mess something up and have to toss it. When the meal is over, the WCDM app offers suggestions for new meals to make with the leftovers”. You can read more here.
After publishing a collection of the top UX trends of the 2014, UX Magazine has collected a list of the top UX trends of the 2015 – according to some prominent professionals. Just to give you a preview:
- A Rise in “Slippy” UX – Shannon Copfer, JW Player
- The Death of Web Design – Sergio Nouvel of Continuum
- The Race from Good to Great Customer Experience Intensifies – Harley Manning, Forrester
- Deeper Integration of Digital and Physical Experiences – Anders Arnquist, Veryday
- House of Cards – Will Hacker
- More Celebrity-Driven Apps – Josh Tyson, UX Magazine
- The Ascent of User Experience as a Business Strategy – Scott Plewes, Macadamian
- More Targeted and Tailored Experiences for Different Device Types – Doug Hopkins, Isobar
- Embracing the Materials of Design – Steven Hoober
- Prepare for a World of Automation – Rebekah Rousi
- Online Learning Comes Into its Own – John McGloon
- Security and Privacy – Mary Brodie
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From PSFK: “U-Wake is a crowdfunded biomonitor wearable that aims to combat the dangers of driving while fatigued. The headband monitor syncs with your smartphone and tracks brainwaves to detect when you are too tired to drive. When your EEG readings reach a certain critical point, it sets off an alarm on your phone that stimulates your attention and tells you to take a break. It can also be set to send an alarm to selected family and friends, who can then contact you and encourage or help with making the safest decision”. Full article. To back the project, here is the Kickstarter campaign.
From The Verge: “UK telco Virgin Media is set to trial a new wristband that monitors your pulse and can tell when you’ve fallen asleep. It’ll then beam a message to your TiVo and tell it to pause the current program and start recording it for later viewing. When you wake up, you can pick up right where you left off. The device will go into trials next year”. ‘KipstR’ – the 3D printed wristband which uses a pulse-oximeter to sense if the wearer is asleep or awake – was designed by Ryan Oliver (15yo), and Jonathan Kingsley (14yo) – two students at Manchester Creative Studio. If you are a Virgin Media UK customer and you want to be on the list to try the device, you can sign up here.
Hamburger menu is one of the crucial topic among UI practitioners. According to Mike Stern – Apple User Experience Specialist – there are three reasons you will not find a hamburger menu controller in Xcode: “[…] their value is greatly over-stated, and they have huge usability downsides too. Remember, the three key things about an intuitive navigation system is that they tell you where you are, and they show you where else you can go. Hamburger menus are terrible at both of those things, because the menu is not on the screen. It’s not visible. Only the button to display the menu is. And in practice, talking to developers, they found this out themselves. That people who use their app don’t switch to different sections very frequently when they use this menu. And the reason for that is because the people who use their app don’t know where else they can go. Right? They don’t know because they can’t see the options, or maybe they saw it at one point in time, but they have since forgotten.”
Read the entire post on Manbolo Blog.