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Category Archives: User Experience

Interaction Design and the Physical Environment

Can there be value in embedding sensors into objects and our environment? Absolutely. But, all too often there is an automatic assumption, that with that connected sensor, there’s an app for it. That assumption is a missed opportunity for a more holistic approach to designing the experience, one that looks beyond designing screens for everything. Read more

Four NLUI Design Ideas that Make a Big Difference

It seems obvious that interacting with a product, app, or skill via speech is very different from interacting with a screen, yet many early offerings use the same design metaphor as traditional graphical user interface (GUI) products. Read more

Macadamian Recognized as Top User Experience Agency by Clutch

Ratings and reviews firm, Clutch, named Macadamian a leading user experience agency in their latest research. Clutch’s methodology takes into account market presence, previous experience, focus on user experience services, and most heavily, client satisfaction. Read more

Conducting Comparative Usability Tests

Additional variables must be controlled for in comparative testing that generally make it more challenging than traditional usability testing. These variables span planning, execution, and test analysis. Read more

Design for Medical Devices Conference Recap 2016

The conference left me with three days of inspiration and a lot of food for thought. It was good to hear academic and industry leaders confirm what I live and breath every day at Macadamian - that attention to user and patient details are good ethics as well as good business. Read more

Applying User Experience Principles to Alexa Skills

Crafting a voice controlled interface for our text message skill posed some interesting design hurdles. To have a truly successful skill, expect to commit some time to the wordsmithing that likely kept William Shakespeare up at night. Read more

The Importance of Context in a Sea of Data

With more physical things being connected to the internet, the amount of data collected by these devices continues to grow. When designing an experience for an IoT device, considering context becomes increasingly important to avoid agitating users. Read more

The Power of Voice Interaction in Connected Products

The longer the fridge door is open, the more the animal speaks. I can only assume that my penguin is encouraging me to shut the fridge door, but since I don’t speak Japanese, this is only a guess on my part. Read more

Getting a Design Review Back on Track

Although you will likely encounter these disruptions caused by tangents, by following these techniques, you can get your review back on track, achieve your objectives, and keep your UX design review chugging along to the next stop. Read more

5 UX Research Blockades and How to Break Through

During the course of conducting your UX research, you will likely encounter one or more of these obstacles. Knowing that obstacles might provide additional insights and combined with keeping your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel, you will make it through to the other side. Read more

Off On a Tangent: Getting Your Workshop Back On Track

When you are happily chugging along and someone throws a wrench in your workshop agenda, what do you do? Do you stop them or let them ride it out? Read more

How To Course Correct When You’re Solving The Wrong UX Problem

You're throwing ‘plan A’ out the window…now what? You're 7.5 hours into an 8-hour workshop when you realize the problem you were brought in to solve isn't the real problem. Read more

Software Developers as UX Designers

There is some kind of implicit expectation that design and development will somehow magically work out if a “good” developer is on the project. The fact remains that if you want an application designed well, you need to allow time for that design effort. Read more

Design Thinking: A UX Framework for Healthcare Apps

UX design has a direct correlation to user adoption, time to complete a task, reduction in errors (thereby decreasing the risk to patient safety), a decrease in support calls, and an overall increase in user satisfaction. Read more

Managers Who Use LSD Get Innovative Results

From Sigmund Freud to Jimi Hendrix to Stephen King, some of the greatest minds have resorted to extreme measures to unleash their creativity and push the limits of innovation. Read more

Considering UX in the Whole Ecosystem – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 4

From a product perspective, not only are the results indicative of the design maturity, but the types of opportunities for improvement are also strong indicators of where an organization is. Read more

Bringing UX to a Legacy Product Revitalization – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 3

In particular, the leadership and culture recognized their inexperience in UX practices and were willing to be led in an effective way to bring in UX expertise. Read more

Consequences of an Underutilized UX Team – Lessons in UX Maturity: Part 2

How well the leaders and company as a whole appreciate the value and necessity of UX design from a business perspective is fundamental for the success of UX at a company. Read more

6 Indicators of an Organizations UX Maturity Level – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 1

Like any function or practice, not all organizations have adopted or embraced UX design to the same degree or at comparable levels of maturity. Read more

Issuing A Software Development RFP

Think Twice Before Issuing a Software Development RFP – If you Want a Great User Experience Read more

What’s the State of User Experience (UX) in the Enterprise?

The days of sitting down and learning how to use a product are over, especially if those enterprise buyers are to remain competitive in their respective markets. Read more

Why Wearables Won’t Make You Fit

What do wearables, e-learning solutions, and financial planning sites all have in common? Read more

World Usability Day 2014: Engage Now!

What are you doing to engage users in the right way – to foster a deeper connection with your application? Read more

What do the Pepsi Challenge and UI Design have in common?

Looking to develop a UI Design that's modern, creative, wow? Think again. More than ever, a product’s user experience defines market success. The only problem is - users usually don't care about that stuff. Read more

The Art of the Possible: Inspiring Innovation via the Maker Movement

In the spirit of the Maker Movement, Macadamian partnered with local hardware design firm, Design 1st. Read more

How to Select the Best UX Design Firm – and Avoid the Wrong Ones

Here are five ways to get around the traditional process and find the best UX Design firm that will bring your products user experience to new heights. Read more

Three Mobile Projects to Inspire

Check out these three video case studies of some of our latest projects.  We are very proud to have brought value to these customers – and we had a lot of fun, too… Read more

Beyond the Screen: An introspective look at the future of product design

A series on the future of design and rebooting the user experience. Read more

Reactive Experiences Meet the Enterprise

The Internet of Things, Connected Sensors, and the Enterprise Read more

Introduction To Customer Experience Maps

Experience or customer journey maps have really become popular over the past couple of years. Why? Read more

Modernizing Enterprise Applications

Why Are Enterprise Apps So Hard to Use? Read more

Mobile Application Design: Field Service Apps [Podcast]

Field service apps can bring better service, higher margins and potentially more revenue. Read more

Mobile Application Design: Turn Mobile Ads into High-Value Experiences

In the third installment of our four-part series, you’ll learn how to create an effective mobile advertising business model that doesn’t upset your users and generates more revenue. Read more

[Four-Part Series] How Awesome UX Boosts Revenue in 4 Mobile Business Models: Data

In the second installment, we share UX tips that will help you collect the right amount of the most valuable data to generate more revenue for your organization. Read more

Freemium App Business Model: UX Best Practices

What do doughnuts have to do with increasing mobile app income? Find out now by learning about the user experience best practices that boost revenue in today’s most popular mobile business model: Freemium. Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 4

Speed time to market, Get stakeholder buy-in for the big picture, Scope and stand out in new markets. Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 3

You don’t understand me! Imagine people shouting these words as they uninstall a poorly designed software application that you created. Read more

WebRTC Ottawa Meet-Ups

Are you as interested in WebRTC as we are? Read more

How Interruption Storyboards Improve Electronic Health Records

This is the second installment in our audio podcast mini series titled, EHRs: Secrets of Successful Usability. Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Experience Maps

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 2 Read more

Task-Based Personas: UX Power Tools Part 1

Macadamian UXers explain how task-based personas help software teams create incredible user experiences in part one of this series on UX power tools. Read more

Name that App

Can you still identify the apps? Read more

Electronic Health Records: Secrets of Successful Usability

How Great EHR User Experience Benefits Patients & Physicians Read more

EHR Usability for Meaningful Use

Electronic Health Records have to comply with Meaningful Use Stage2 usability. What's involved? How much work? Read more

The Rainbows & Unicorns of Mobile Design & Development

3 Challenges You Must Overcome to Optimize Mobile Apps Across Platforms Read more

The UXcellence Continuum

Are you Unenlightened or Celestial? Great UX design can give your company a competitive advantage. Read more

Developers are from Vulcan – Designers are from Wonderland – An audio podcast

SIGN UP to listen to a new exclusive edition of Macadamian's 'UnSalted' audio podcast Read more

3 Recurring Themes from UXCamp Ottawa III

Looking back at the 3 major themes discussed at UXCamp Ottawa Read more

Part 4: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Looking at companies in the awakening stage of implementing user experience Read more

Part 3: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Discussing a company in the awakening stage Read more

Part 2: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Stage one is about the unenlightened Read more

Part 1: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Introducing the five steps to using user experience to design Read more