It's Skype time. Kyle has mastered all the engineering and mic drops. We play a new game; Win Lose or Draw. We decide if the tech news means companies are a Win, Lose, or Draw. Apple Innovation WLD? Yelp is having a brutal day, WLD? Amazon Echo Call/Messaging, WLD? Microsoft Surface Laptop, WLD?
Aryel Cianflone; a UX researcher and founder of Mixed Methods podcast/Slack group joins us. Kyle is graduating with a Masters of Engineering Management. A little iPhone Corner news. Lack of innovation from Apple and new Microsoft Surfaces are pretty. Aryel's background and how she got into UX research. Continued learning and her formation of Mixed Methods podcast and Slack. We discuss the importance of community and get down and dirty about UX research. What should you not research? What are the things that we can define and what are the things we cannot? Hulu Redesign and Live service updates. Tinder re-evaluates how to handle gender in a modern dating app.
The near future with autonomous semis/cars and underground highways. Is personal autonomous travel better than public transit? Research methods and techniques. The value of in person user testing when possible. How to tease out user feedback during user testing to get those valuable insights and get them to vocalize their thoughts. Machine pressed juice is far superior to human squeezed. We end on the underwork of dark patterns in juice and coffee dispensing hardware.
Our impressions from the GA UX showcase. Cody masters everything Principle. Using Keynote for prototyping. It's a sad day Michael lost his sunglasses. Listener question from Twitter, more specific feedback on getting started in UX. Network, network, network. Should you offer social logins on your product? We believe in the power of micro-interactions and progress indicators. Should you allow free use vs requiring an account? We end with Alexa upgrade craziness.
Kyle fails at self-care, Cody's been running and Michael is cancer free. Michael is replacing all of his doors with felt panels. Kyle's back in his happy place on Linux. It's Silicon Valley Season 4 time! How do you get started in UX as a beginner? The traits of a UXer and the importance of being a part of the community. Learning on the job (in the street) vs academic learning and terms. Be a creator and make things and always continue learning.
Cody's living it up in Cali, Michael talks colon cancer awareness and Kyle gets emotional about Galvanize. We now have our own Alexa Skill!! When should you mix portrait or landscape orientation with an app? Stressing the importance of self-care in a digital non-stop world. Give 80% and give yourself 20%.
After Dark Edition – Cody's living large in LA. Usability of the modern shower with the Nebia shower system. Oh no, looks like there will be OLED iPhone 8 delays. When should you use card sorting to help determine the IA of your site? The design of web menus and our feelings on hamburgers. Netflix updates ratings to included thumbs up/down and percentage matching. Amazon Go store status and Android OS market share dominance. New web video products; YouTube releases YouTube TV taking on cable providers, Apple developing original content and the Apple Clips app goes live on the App Store. The Apple Messages store for stickers where you too can find Michael's sticker packs brought to you by Armada Faction.
Kyle's back from Ember Conf, Cody's birthday, our anniversaries, moral dilemmas and Michael loves of HIMYM. The random continues with UI of butter and all of the Meetups, but it's not a contest. What it means to be a product person in today's market with the addition of review replies within the Apple App Store. We discuss the evolution of social platforms as Twitter updates replies and profile images and Facebook adds Instagram Stories.
Current books on our nightstands and our feelings on digital reading. UX lessons to be learned from WWII. Some listener emails on product design life cycles and how to avoid feature bloat by outlining and guiding projects. What level of documentation is helpful when working with devs? Project Jacquard by Google for capturing touch and gesture data on fabric. Make your site load faster with the new Google encoder Guetzli for jpgs. Netflix is ditching 5-star ratings in favor of thumbs up/thumbs down and Cartcam introduces incentives for video reviews. Spoiler Kyle has a burning hatred for video reviews. And finally, we end on the true value of comments and user activity posts.