The Truth About Speed Reading
Systems like Spritz might defeating the purpose of reading in the first place by encouraging a person to read faster than their working memory is able to process information. People who are into speed reading are more than likely reading for the wrong reasons.
Understanding the Kano Model – A Tool for Sophisticated Designers
A useful alternative way of thinking about requirements prioritization. I’ve worked on projects where users’ basic expectation will not be met at launch because of technical limitations and timelines. I knew at the time that the frustrations created from not meeting basic expectations would likely override any delighters that the final product would provide. The Kano model is a good way of phrasing this type of argument to stakeholders and project members.
Myspace’s UX-Induced Death
A little bitter and direct, but there’s truth in here about how user research can be misunderstood and misused. Similar mistakes can be made when using business stakeholders as a resource for requirements definition.
The Defense of Computers, the Internet and Our Brains
Good article that’ll bring you down from the excitement that’s been going around over how the internet is doing terrible things to your brain.
Why do we love to root for the underdog? – By Daniel Engber – Slate Magazine
An interesting article concerning the psychology around rooting for the underdog. I bet that if you think about it long enough, you could find some interesting applications of this behaviour to design.
People lie more in email than when using pen and paper
This finding doesn’t provide any comfort in an increasingly virutal world.
Happiness: No Purchase Necessary, Says Study
Maybe they should re-do this study with products that were designed by talented UX designers who design products that are ‘experienced’ rather than ‘consumed’. I’m an unabashed consumerist, but I know that I derive joy from experiences with well-designed products.