Video of IDEO and the Shopping Cart

May 12, 2011

A really nice video showing the design company IDEO re inventing the shopping cart (the real one you use, or not, in supermarket) while using several different techniques such as interviews, contextual observations, prototyping, etc. It’s worthwhile to watch it.

Thanks to Harry Brignull for sharing this video.

I left NZ a month or so ago and I’m now traveling in Australia; be back in Canada, my home country, for June.

5 Usability Techniques Learned at Webstock

February 28, 2011

For New Zealand techies, February means Webstock, a good conference. Like last year’s conference, it was very insightful with speakers as diverse as Scott McCloud (Cartoonist and author of Understanding Comics), Marco Arment (co-founder of Tumblr), and Amanda Palmer (artist, singer). But today, I’ll tell you what I learned from Christine Perfetti’s talk. She is the former VP & Managing Director at User Interface Engineering and now CEO of Perfetti Media, a Boston based Usability training and consulting firm. (more…)

Is It a Usable Packaging?

February 6, 2011

I love reading magazines, I was subscribed to Fast Company and Wired for several years before coming to NZ. Now, I still receive my UPA (Usability Professional Association) magazine here in NZ. As far as I remember, the UPA magazine has always been wrapped in a sealed plastic bag, which could be frustrating to open. (a bit similar to memory cards hidden inside hard plastic). About a year ago, UPA changed the way they package it, have you noticed it? (more…)

BlackRock vs Goldman Sachs – Bias Data Visualisation

December 16, 2010

I love data visualisation! That’s why when I read articles and I see data visualisation used with a bias way, it shocks me! A recent example was in Bloomberg BusinessWeek  – The Colossus of Wall Street. The article is about how BlackRock (asset management firm) and its CEO have enormous power on Wall St and Main St. At some point, they compare BlackRock to a similar firm, Goldman Sachs, in terms of how they dealt with the 2008 crisis and what they have done since their Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 1999. (more…)

15 Min of my Time = Countless Minutes Saved

November 13, 2010

After observing dozens of colleagues walking up one floor (and mumbling) and then making a wild guess where the meeting room they were appointed was, I decided to post signs. The building where I work is a classical square shape where you have stairwell and toilets in the middle. We are working on two floors which means we often have to go to the other floor for a meeting, but my colleagues don’t memorize (we have other stuff to think about) where our meeting rooms are located even if the meeting room’s names are those of Wellington’s suburbs and are located as a geographical representation of the city. (more…)

Webstock Mini – Animated Talks

September 30, 2010

Do you know how to make your recorded talk, that you will broadcast on Youtube, easy to understand? I have seen a nice way to do it at the Webstock mini (Wellington, NZ). Daniel Button presented his TED talk (Yes, he came to show us a recorded talk…) but, instead of seeing him giving his talk with his slides, it was animated. It was much easier and funnier to listen to his topic – Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution.

Since his talk is not already available online, here is another one using the same technique, I love the value added of the animation! (more…)