VR Has A Trial Problem

I'm a relative VR newb. I've experienced it a only a few times, in a few different contexts. I was skeptical the first time I tried it. I'm a skeptic no more. Here's what did it for me: One of our teams has built a VR experience for a client…

Explaining Slack to Normals

Slack was in the news quite a bit yesterday. As far as Microsoft's entry into the market and Slack's response, I'm intrigued but not interested enough to really take a position. I think it's a natural side effect of success to have larger companies copy your features and try to…

Alexa Ruined My Other Interfaces

Two days ago I walked in the door, cracked a frosty beverage, and uttered a now-familiar refrain: "Alexa, what's the news?" Silence. I asked again. Still nothing. And so I walked over to my Echo only to find that it was - gasp - unplugged (my wife has never cared…

Context Switching and Product Usage

I switched jobs a few months ago - and with the switch came a transition to a new machine, something I've done many times before. While this gets a bit easier each time thanks to increasing reliance on the cloud and my own personal routines, it's never quite seamless. It's…

The Notifications Layer of UX

I first started thinking more about notifications and alerts when Yo! became popular almost a year ago, but as the Apple Watch gets closer to being a real thing in the wild and as I've spent more time tinkering with mobile app concepts I think it's still something worth talking…

The Smartphone of the Future May Not Have a Screen at All.

This article got me started thinking about the future of the mobile device. It was really this quote: "When services actually work seamlessly across all these screens that are available, you’re going to be like, oh my god, obviously." I think there's something to that. In fact, I think…