Personality is the New UX

​Have you heard of “conversationalist interfaces” yet? They are interfaces that use a text message like window so users can actually ask for what they want.  Think Siri.  When your interface is actually connecting with users, you want to provide a user experience to accompany that.  Users aren’t looking to talk to a robot.  When you’re showing a very few short lines of text at a time, you have to find a way to incorporate a positive user experience for the user.

  • 14 January 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1570
iOS 8 "Healthbook" and Things SIRI Should Do...

I was talking with SIRI the other day, I asked Siri to remind me to take a medication twice a day –every 12 hours. SIRI’s response? No. Well, basically SIRI told me that it was too often/too much to remind me every 12 hours indefinitely. So that got me thinking. What should SIRI be able to do?

  • 12 February 2014
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2557
Top 5 UI/UX Annoyances That Make Me Nuts

I think it’s time to air a few grievances on the UI/UX front.  While I’m all about great usability and design, I’ve got to say –there has been more than one occasion when I’ve found myself wishing I could bash certain electronic devices against the wall.  The instances vary.  Sometimes I’m trying to figure out how to use a new app or I’m poking around a new website and have given up altogether.  Other times, I’m helping a toddler doodle on an app designed for a toddler and find myself questioning my own intelligence as a grown human being.  Whatever the case, I’ve got some complaints.  There are a few too many repeat offenders on my list.  I’ll share mine with you, maybe it will be cathartic enough to stop me from chucking all things with a power source out the second story window –no promises.

  • 21 January 2014
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3558
Creating a Website DVR
Are you ready for a new application for you entertainment pleasure? I think that a highly functional, socially interactive, Website DVR needs to be created. It should be able to record shows directly from various websites such as: ABC, NBC, CW, HBO, ESPN, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube channels, etc… There will be no buffering, no waiting, and no internet needed. Sound like a great idea? Keep reading…
  • 19 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2736
Things I Wish My DVR Would Do…
Technology is pretty great these days, it’s kind of amazing the things it can do.  Being the innovator that I am though –I’m always looking for a little extra.  What can we add, what can we tweak, how far can this really grow?  In this innovative industry, designers need some time to explore how to design more creative and original interfaces. Which leads me to a little contraption you are likely very familiar with.  From the early days of TiVo on … DVRs have actually been around for awhile.  But, how much has the technology really changed or advanced?
  • 7 August 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3975
Custom Software Solutions - Initial Development
We’re nearing the end with Initial Development.  This is the step that most organizations want to jump right into when they have an idea for a custom software application. It can start one of several ways. Sometimes someone has a great idea and they write some code to show it off and now management thinks this can be a product that they are selling next week. Or it can start by an inexperienced product manager thinking that they can skip all the above steps and that if they have someone start coding they can make changes as they go. (Think trying to move the bathroom in your house to another location…) Most commonly, people underestimate the level of effort that it takes to build a software application. I like to say that if it were that easy then everyone would have successful software applications. But, I have seen so many organizations start and fail building custom software applications because they just don’t know the right way to do it. Getting a successful software application into the marketplace isn’t easy and working the process takes time, money and the right resources.
  • 4 June 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3576

EasilyDo

Next Generation of Personal Assistant Applications
I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to get things organized, prioritized, and then ultimately completed.  In fact, if I would have just done the tasks instead of discussing and thinking about them, they would probably be done already.  We procrastinators will get around to uniting and solving these problems someday….  Anyway, I've been using this application called EasilyDo for a few weeks now and I have come to like it, or should I say, I have come to like the idea of it and I am wanting more
  • 2 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3906
Phase 2: Custom Application Development
We started our look into how custom applications are built and the step by step breakdown used to get this process moving: here. Now let’s move on to the next four steps involved in this progression.
  • 29 April 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2938

UI/UX – What’s the difference?

User Interface / User Experience Overview

User Interface and User Experience can be a bit confusing at first, so let’s start way back at the beginning. When it comes to the design, User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) are two of the main ingredients to a successful application or product. Your goal is to have an end result that is a good balance between both UI and UX. But, what exactly are they and how are they different?

  • 18 January 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3666
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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