When business goals clash with user needs

In Agile software development, features and functionality planning is usually documented in the form of user stories. Ideally, a user story represents a user goal and an outcome, and is told from user’s point of view. This helps Agile teams to keep users at the center of the development process.

“As a [type of user], I want to [goal], so that [benefit].”

For example,

“As a Medium user, I want to sort my bookmarks based on date, so that I can start reading from my oldest bookmarks.”

User stories: a case for Instagram

Let’s have…

A tiny lego piece is placed on a lego board.
A tiny lego piece is placed on a lego board.
Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

A case study of worldbuilding using design fiction films

In my master’s thesis I submitted back in 2014, I explored the emerging creative practice called design fiction for the first time and questioned how design fiction artifacts can be used to spark and facilitate discussions about the future. With that purpose, I set up a roundtable and invited four fellow students from our programme to co-analyze a speculative short film. In this article, I summarize my findings.

How user stories can help

When committed to creating detailed prototypes in Figma, things can easily get messy, especially if you have all your frames within the same file. While I was designing a complex web app for managing annual salary reviews, I avoided this problem thanks to user stories.

Instagram colors applied to the Apple logo
Instagram colors applied to the Apple logo

Is platform exclusives the next big thing?

As the smartphone platforms have gotten closer in terms of customer experience and hardware capability over the last few years, we have arrived at where gaming consoles had arrived many years ago: platform exclusives.

A brand new Instagram app

It seems Apple has a new trick up its sleeve. Joining forces with Facebook, the tech giant is planning to release an iOS-only Instagram.

Do you remember?

You launched your product and people seemed to have adopted it. The positive feedback have started to pour in, along with new feature requests here and there. Then the number of requests started to increase, because your users simply want to do more with your product and they can’t be blamed for that. With the pressure of growth gaining heavy on your shoulders, you start adding features to get approval, pretty much like sharing on social media to get some likes. But with great number of features, comes great responsibility, the responsibility towards your product’s default, core experience. …

Because there’s no such thing as UX design.

An owl looking at the camera
An owl looking at the camera
UX designers be like… (Photo by Dominik VO on Unsplash)

It did not occur to me until I read James Mingardi-Elliott’s article “There is no such thing as UX Design”. He brilliantly explained his reasoning behind why the term “UX design” doesn’t make sense and it resonated with me.

UX Design as the name for Product Design made total sense as the industry started to accept the importance of considering a user’s whole experience. UX Design put UX into every conversation about our products. But we’ve matured beyond that and UX is bigger than just Product Design, it’s something the entire organization does. A user’s experience is too big to…

A scanned drawing of a train within rings of magnets
A scanned drawing of a train within rings of magnets
One of the original sketches of the idea

How I designed a maglev train/Hyperloop hybrid when I was 12 years old

When I was a little kid, I used to be quite a scientist. I worked on ideas ranging from firefighting drones, smart car user interfaces to sci-fi dreams of teleportation and hoverboard. Without access to the internet, my research relied on the encyclopedias we had at home and the scientific publications I read.

The global pandemic might change how we interact with daily objects.

A person opening a door with lower arm using a level
A person opening a door with lower arm using a level
Image credit: Fortum

As every person is a potential virus carrier and each publicly used object is potentially contaminated, how we perceive and interact with these objects have been dramatically changed. Thus, the core concepts of product design might be subject to change as well.

Döngüsel ekonomiye geçişte tasarım nasıl bir rol üstleniyor?

İnsanlar doğrusal sistemler kurarken, doğa döngüsel sistemler kurar. İşte bu sebeple, doğada ‘atık’ diye bir şey yoktur. Döngüsel ekonominin radikal vaadi işte bu: Geleneksel ‘al-üret-at’ ekonomisinden kapalı bir döngüye sahip, malzeme ve verinin sürekli olarak yeniden görevlendirildiği bir ekonomiye doğru geçiş.

Kurumsal gelecek vizyonları gerçekten geleceği tahmin etmek için mi üretiliyor?

1987 yılında EDUCOM fuarında, dönemin Apple CEO’su John Sculley, teknoloji eğitimi toplumuna yönelik yaptığı konuşmasında Knowledge Navigator adlı bir video sundu. Konsepti Hugh Dubberly ve Apple Creative Services’den Doris Mitsch tarafından geliştirilen video, 60.000 dolar bütçeyle çekildi.

Can Aslan

I design and manage digital products. Currently a “#UX person” @CambPressAssess . Pancake, 80s and F1 fan. Filmmaker and football star in parallel universes.

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