Phonebloks and the Pros and Cons of Product Customization

As the name suggests, Phonebloks is a phone made up of (detachable) blocks, and these blocks are connected to a base plate. Phonebloks is upgradable, swappable, and customizable by a quick change of a specific block.  Dayou, pro-Phonebloks:Say hello to the end of constant phone-buying process just to keep up with the latest technology; instead, […]

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iOS7 is here! (Meh)

I upgraded my iPad to iOS 7 and am not really that impressed. In fact, I totally disagree with the talk that this is a “revolutionary” redesign, particularly from an experiential perspective. Visual redesignYeah, this is a significant departure from the old look. No more leather, gradients, or shine. Flat… great. Some like it, some […]

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NYC Then and Now

Ok, we love maps. Especially interactive maps! Maps of our cherished home of New York City? Be still, our hearts! This map on the Smithsonian site compares the topography of the city in 1836 and today. I learned a few things from this: 1) Battery Park has always been a park, and still is, 2) […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Field Research

In a Lean UX process, the time available to conduct user research—planning, recruiting, conducting sessions, and synthesizing findings—is often limited (in comparison with a standard research timeline). That’s why we at Catalyst consider one methodology in particular to be a Lean research secret weapon: field testing. Field testing is a great technique for gathering immediate […]

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Kitchens & Constraints

“Design depends largely on constraints… [t]he sum of all constraints. Here is one of the few effective keys to the design problem: the ability of the designer to recognize as many of the constraints as possible (and) his willingness and enthusiasm for working within these constraints—the constraints of price, size, strength, balance, surface, time, etc.; […]

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