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How Facebook designed a new News Feed using user feedback

Jane Justice Leibrock:

“My feed is cluttered.” That’s a piece of feedback the News Feed team has heard countless times. An obvious interpretation could be that people think the design of Feed is too busy and want it to be simplified, but stopping at literal interpretations is one of the easiest ways to end up with a product that fails to benefit the people whom it’s built for.

An in-depth look at what it takes to redesign Facebook’s news feed.

15. March 2013

14. March 2013

UX Myths

UX Myths collects the most frequent user experience misconceptions and explains why they don’t hold true. And you don’t have to take our word for it, we’ll show you a lot of research findings and articles by design and usability gurus.

That will come in very handy at some point.

8. March 2013

Tomb Raider Review by Rock, Paper, Shotgun

John Walker:

With the game making every decision for you – and I feel the need to stress this again – even deciding when you run, walk or crawl, some will argue it all allows this rollercoaster ride to be as smooth as possible. It all allows you to be swept along by the experience, to be wowed by the epic scenery and breathtaking destruction. But me – I want to play.

When it let me, I had a really good time. When it didn’t, well, I sat back in my chair and wondered what I was doing here.

Gaming wednesday on UARRR.org. This is exactly what I figured the new Tomb Raider is going to be, and obviously I was right. I wished for something like Hitman Absolution. Just give me some cutscenes between large levels but stop harassing me while I try playing your game.

6. March 2013

Urban Planners Battle For Bragging Rights In The New Sim City

John McDermott:

We brought together some of the most interesting urban thinkers to play the new version of the city planning game to see who would make the best fake metropolis. But building a sustainable city from the ground up is harder than it looks.

I’m so looking forward to tomorrow, when the new Sim City is finally available in Germany.

6. March 2013

Breaking down Amazon’s mega dropdown

I discovered that some weeks ago. Simple yet effective. Apart from that I really like that the images in the second level of the navigation always stick out a bit. Loosens everything up a bit. (via)

6. March 2013

Moves for iPhone

It’s not often that I’m actually impressed by an app. You’ve build a new weather app and it’s beautiful and kind of unique? Good for you, I don’t care.

I get why everyone is building weather apps, the data is easy to get, it’s no problem to display it in form of an icon and you have a ton of ways (yes, you can measure ways in tons, shut up) to build something that looks :f1 new :f2 . The only issue is that you still haven’t build something new. There are dozens of apps that display the same data in another way. Weather apps are a perfect playground for bored developers and designers.

Movesapp

However, I am impressed by Moves. Found it three days ago and it’s the best app you never have to open again that I know of. It basically tracks your location all the time, without any strange social options attached. Over the course of a day it tracks your movement and the kind of the movement. Walking, running, cycling, motorized transportation, everything. It even detects if you’re not moving and creates a place for that time.

Why would you need that? You don’t. I think it’s interesting to see where and how fast I walked and how long I have been at a place. It’s just like using DayOne everyday, there is no immediate value but collecting data over a long timeframe makes the data itself kind of valuable when you look at it at a later time.

There are always two concerns when you’re using an app like Moves: How much battery power is lost to it? I don’t know, it sure uses a bit, but I personally don’t care because I can recharge my phone everywhere I go. The second one issue is: Is there a way to export my data? There isn’t. But the developers promised an export function for the future.

I’m very impressed by Moves. It’s simple, it doesn’t need me to do anything but moving around, I don’t have to remember to open the app and I get a beautiful representation of my walking habits.

Homescreened!

4. March 2013

I’m kind of looking forward to this. How are they going to solve the problem of twelve people with Google Glasses in one room saying “Okay glass,…”?

20. February 2013

3Doodler: The World’s First 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler is the world’s first and only 3D Printing Pen. Using ABS plastic (the material used by many 3D printers), 3Doodler draws in the air or on surfaces. It’s compact and easy to use, and requires no software or computers. You just plug it into a power socket and can start drawing anything within minutes.

That’s just incredible. Make sure to take a look at the video they provide, it looks absolutely unreal.

20. February 2013
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