Products are Dead. Long live Services!

It used to be easy to draw a clear distinction between products and services. Products were physical, manufactured “goods” that were purchased and owned by a customer. The value of a product was derived from its use or consumption over time – which lasted until it was used up or worn out. Services were intangible […]

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StartUp Podcast Gets the Google Treatment

If you aren’t listening to the StartUp podcast, you should be. It’s nominally the story of a startup podcast company as they go from founding to funding to audience research and product development. What makes StartUp special, however, is that the company founders, especially Alex Blumberg (a former This American Life producer), have allowed listeners […]

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Some Interesting Mobile Usage Statistics

We all know that a mobile user experience strategy is a vital component of any business’ digital product development plans. Smartphones are ubiquitous and tablets are increasingly so. But many companies struggle to determine the right content and functional priorities for their mobile presences. It’s not just the constraint of the small screen size and […]

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Using Emotion to Encourage Hygiene

According to the Biovigil demo video, HAIs – or “Healthcare Acquired Infections” – are the 4th leading cause of death in America and cost the US healthcare system a staggering $30-$40 billion dollars a year. A major contributor to these infections is the transmission of microbes from one patient to another on the un-sanitized hands […]

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Catalytes Present: Lean for Agencies

Catalytes Nick (CEO) and Ray (Sr. UX Consultant) stopped by General Assembly last week to talk about their experience applying a Lean UX methodology to a recent client project. Pizza and learning was had by all. Here are the slides, which contain most of the salient points. But please feel free to get in touch […]

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Give Me Back My Cheese Curds

This past weekend my family and I ate at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The visit was inspired by my daughter’s craving for one of the place’s signature dishes: fried cheese curds. (Don’t judge, you love deep-fried cheese, too.) Sadly, the curds had been recently removed from the menu. The waiter wearily explained that […]

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Facebook Language Patterns Study

Katie: In case you were wondering, your incessant status updates about watching anime and spending quality time with your Xbox might say something about your personality type. University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed Facebook messages from 75,000 volunteers and have found patterns in words and phrases they say are linked to personality, age, and sex. My […]

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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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GIF: If the White House Says It’s So….

The Official White House Tumblr mentions that GIF is pronounced with a hard “g” whitehouse.tumblr.com/post/489386285… I knew I voted for the right person! — Matt Haughey (@mathowie) April 26, 2013 See our previous post on the wonders of the GIF

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Lean UX NYC Preview (Part 2): “Humour-Driven Design”

Yesterday, a few of us Catalytes had the honor of participating in a “dry-run” of Chelsey’s Humour-Driven Design workshop, which she is delivering on Friday at the LeanUXNYC conference here in, well, obviously, NYC. There was much laughter and deep thinking. Plus drawing and funny videos. What more could anyone ask for? We’d typically include a […]

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