As a design strategist, I sometimes feel like people expect me to predict the future. While that’s not really a core part of what I do, I decided to give it a go with nine predictions about the state of User Experience in 2019.
Designers don’t know what we should call ourselves.
Designers who know how to code will insist that designers should code.
Designers who don’t code will roll their eyes.
User Stories will specify the solution, rather than the problem.
Agile releases will have scope and release date defined prior to planning.
Designers will rant about diversity and inclusion on Twitter without testing accessibility on their products.
Flat design will be slightly less flat.
Design tools will work together seamlessly, except for every time Sketch updates.
Design tools will enable much richer interactions which will still feel awkward and foreign.
The right way to look at this new market was not to think, “How can we protect our existing business?” Instead, Blockbuster should have been thinking: “If we didn’t have an existing business, how could we best build a new one? What would be the best way for us to serve our customers?” Blockbuster couldn’t bring itself to do it, so Netflix did instead.
“How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon http://a.co/dej5dBA
“Most boundaries are convenient fictions. What divides the people who are “on” a team from those who are not? What separates one company department or division from another, or an employee from a customer? Boundaries give life structure, which makes us comfortable. But they can also be shifted, rethought, reframed, and reorganized.”
Evernote emailed me today to let me know that they are going to limit free accounts to only 2 devices.
This is a real bummer as I’ve been an Evernote fan for a very long time. In the last few years, several strong competitors have emerged, not least of which is the free iOS Notes app that ships with every device Apple sells. I’ve stayed with Evernote because they got one important thing right early on – ubiquity. It didn’t matter where I was or what device I was using, I knew I could get my ideas in and out of Evernote. Continue reading “Evernote Cuts the Only Killer Feature It Had Left”
Paul Gates taught a powerful message at Coast Hills Community Church this weekend. I recommend the whole video, but I particularly liked his advice to get people to tell you their story. It’s so much more powerful than the normal small talk we make with people.
Critics jumped on the dorky aspect and the high price, but those weren’t the dooming factors. Early adopters often put up with cost and ridicule for innovations that meet real needs. But no one needs a Segway.
Erika Hall, Just Enough Research
Thought this was a great point, especially on this, the eve of the alleged iWatch.