5 Best Articles of 2016

​With the year coming to a close, it’s always best practice to look back over the efforts that you’ve made throughout the year to see what was successful and what fell flat. Building on what has received great feedback is a great way to start your next year off right. When it comes to articles that we share with our followers, we want to produce content that people want and need. 

  • 19 December 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 685
3 Things I Really Wish LinkedIn Would Improve

As a social media marketer and content writer, I use LinkedIn daily.  While I’m thankful for it –there are a few features that could use some extra attention.  From a user experience standpoint, I’m not exactly thrilled.  There are some GREAT benefits to using LinkedIn.  This is why I use it in the first place and while I’ll continue to use it. However, my life would be a whole lot easier if they’d address a few of these main complaints I have.

User Experience: Product Thinking

What do you think when you think “User Experience”?  For me, I think of a simple and easy to use interaction with a product.  So, what’s the most important? The features that make the product easy to use or the product itself that solves a problem for the user?  If you think the latter, then you are using product thinking.  So, why is this important to user experience?

  • 29 April 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2190
The Next Revolution in AI: How it Impacts You

​We’ve talked a little about how the AI in our existing devices works and how it needs to improve moving forward in order to better assist us.  What is the next big move in AI though?  Well, many think it will be an artificial intelligence living right in your ear.  In fact, it seems that in-ear assistants similar to the one featured in the movie Her aren't science fiction at all; but rather an imminent reality.  There are obviously a million different implications if this fully comes to fruition.  But, specifically, what does this mean to you as a business person? How will this impact your working world?

  • 18 March 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1480
The Apple Watch Experience

​We’ve talked a lot about the Apple Watch and wearable tech in the past.  I finally did it –I bought an Apple Watch.  This wasn’t an overnight endeavor; I’ve voiced concerns in the past about how practical this kind of product really is or isn’t.  So, I took a long time to buy one.  My experience has been a little different than I anticipated.

  • 18 February 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1028
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
The Future of TV is Apple?

Apple’s TV streaming box is set to hit stores this Friday.  This new device connects to your TV to make it possible to stream content from the web.  This has been a long awaited reveal and we’re ready to see the end product in action.  So far, the new device is receiving some extremely mixed reviews.

  • 28 October 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1660
How Making the Switch to an iPhone Will Change Your Life

Well, it’s official.  I’m an Apple convert.  Recently, my last phone bit the dust (kind of literally) so I purchased an iPhone 6.  My first iPhone.  I have to say, it is kind of a game changer.  Sure, I’ll look back and remember fondly the times that I wanted to throw my previous phone against the wall.  And yes, I will have to think of new things to do to fill the time I used to spend restarting my phone regularly.  Every five minutes.  Of my life.  But I think I can persevere, and I hope to come out the other side.  So, what is it that makes my iPhone so great?  Well, it’s hard to say because my user experience has been so absolutely seamless.

UX: Engaging with a Consultant

We've been talking the last few weeks about user experience annoyances, turn offs, and bad practices that will drive customers away from using your product, program, website, etc.  The key here is that when you are dealing with any project that involves UX -it can benefit your project immensely to have an outside consultant.  Most people think that reaching out to a consultant is a last ditch effort, when that's not the case at all.

  • 3 June 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1765
UX: Don’t Be Too Rigid

I read a great article the other day with the analogy that getting UX right is like walking a tight rope.  I agree wholeheartedly. In my opinion, bad user experience starts when a programmer has decided how the user should do something, but the user wants to use the program a different way.  Good user experience allows for flexibility.  The point is –don’t be too rigid.  Just like walking that tightrope, if you keep it too rigid, there isn’t any wiggle room.  One thing I’ve found is that people need wiggle room.

  • 27 May 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1859
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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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