Cross Post: An Example of How to Improve the Westpac iPhone App

6 January, 2009

My fresh Mobile UXP blog post: “An Example of How to Improve the Westpac iPhone App

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Cross Post: The ABC interviewed me about being a Usability Specialist

29 October, 2008

About a year ago the ABC interviewed me about being a Usability Specialist. They came and videoed me up at the usability lab I use, my home office and even speaking at a conference. It was all quite fun.

Anyway, today I accidently found a photo of myself on the ABC Science website with a link to the interview with me. You can read about my job and watch the video interview here

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Cross Post: Toyota iPhone App doesn’t take advantage of the iPhone opportunities

9 October, 2008

My post at my other blog on what’s wrong with the Toyota Dealer iPhone App

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Rethinking applications for mobile is also likely to result in better desktop apps

3 June, 2008

At Web Directions South User Experience, an audience member asked if I thought that people will use mobile apps on their desktop because they are distilled versions of their standard desktop counterparts.
I think:
1. The contextual aspect of SOME mobile services, will mean they won’t be as useful, or not useful at all, on the desktop.
2. There will be mobile applications that work well as ‘widgets’ on desktops and that people will use for a quick interactions or fast access to content.

However, I also believe developers/designers will benefit from re-thinking the interface to simplify it for mobile. Here’s a quote from Cultured Code, the developer of the Mac GTD application; Things:
“While developing Things touch [for iPhone] does draw significant amounts of resources from the desktop version, it is in fact rather beneficial for it too. Recreating Things for the iPhone made simplicity even more predominant. We learned a couple of things from the process that will help us to make the desktop version even better. The same goes for the data model code. Having had the opportunity to incorporate all the lessons we’ve learned from the desktop version resulted in a fresh new code base that will find its way back into Things, providing an even better foundation for its future development.”

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Mobile people who don’t understand mobile

2 June, 2008

“But if you claim to be [a mobile] professional and haven’t at least read about the iPhone a year after its release you should be shot.”
Stilgherrian on Mobile Content World and the fact that the audience I gave my iPhone User Experience talk too, weren’t familiar with the iPhone.

I obviously agree with him and thus why I proposed the talk.
I see it as an opportunity 🙂

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Tweets from Mobile Content World

30 May, 2008

Check out a couple of the tweets from Mobile Content World yesterday.
I spoke on the iPhone user experience and it was scary to realise how many people in the audience (at a mobile conference) hadn’t seen the iPhone or the full benefits.

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Silverback looks interesting!

8 May, 2008

Didn’t get my beta in the first round this morning, but I’m waiting patiently…
Silverback is described as a Mac-only app that “lets you run your own guerilla usability tests really easily.”

“You can test your websites anywhere, without having to lug microphones or video cameras around. You could pop into Starbucks with your Macbook and run a usability test with a click of your fingers. You’ll keep your testers happy too — no need to wave a camera in their face or keep the microphone close to hand. In fact, for them it’s no different to using the web as they would anyway.”

And via their Twitter stream it seems like you can run it in the background of a Parallels session. Handy for those Windows-loving clients…

Sounds good to me!

Andy from Clearleft (who are creating Silverback) is also presenting at Web Directions South: User Experience next week. Maybe I can hit him up for a beta 😉

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