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
Most Popular Articles So Far in 2016

​It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the halfway point already for 2016.  We’ve been writing new content weekly for you and have compiled a list of the top ten articles with the most views so far in 2016.  This is a great way for us to take a look back and get a great idea of what are readers are interested in. Take a look back and catch up on any great articles you may have missed.

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 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
The Quest for Guest Bloggers

We’ve decided recently that we’d like to update our newsletter with fresh content and perspectives for our readers.  We would like to feature one guest blogger, every week, in our newsletters.  One question though –where are they?  Well, in theory, they’re all around us and should be pretty simple to seek out.

  • 4 February 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 886
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
User Experience That Customers Run From

Last week we started a series of articles about bad user experience: here; this week we are going to continue our tour into the land of unfortunate user experiences.  This week I want you to picture finding a great new app.  Picture downloading that app.  Picture launching that app on your phone for the first time. Now picture... what?  You don't know what to do next.  You've never used this app before and there is no first time running help that pops up to help guide you along the way.  You're not interested in taking the time to sit down and figure the whole thing out.  Now it's gone to the back burner and eventually, when you need more memory on your phone, you'll delete it and move on.

  • 13 May 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1765
User Experience Annoyances

When a user experience is a good one -it's seamless.  You don't even realize how smooth your experience has been unless you look back and really think on it.  A bad user experience on the other hand ... Well, let's just stay those stick with you.  They can get your blood boiling or give you a horrible taste in your mouth towards a certain company, app, business, etc. that just won't go away.  I've decided to develop a series of articles about bad user experience, because when you've had enough you've had enough.  App developers, pay attention to this one, I promise you that a bad user experience will go a long way into ruining things for everyone.  Let's fix this before it goes too far.

  • 6 May 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1905
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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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