Design for the human

In episode 467 of HBR Ideacast Evernote CEO Phil Libin discusses how the increasingly personal devices such as the phone or smart watch are changing how work gets done.  He makes many interesting points in this podcast, but one that stood out was how these new devices are reducing the session length of each interaction.  Where time spent on a computer can be often measured in hours, time spent on each interaction with a smart watch can be measured in seconds.   This difference, a drastic reduction in session length while at the same time dramatically increasing the number of sessions per day, means that software design must take this into account by designing not for the device but the human.  

Already in the consumer space users are requiring software that seamlessly operates from device to device depending on the context (such as Apple’s continuity).  Enterprise software, or business process within business, hasn’t caught up with this phenomena.

Oh Myyy! I’m surprised I liked this book

George Takei, Mr. Sulu to most of us, has become a real internet celeb.  I recently read his new book Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet.  I don’t spend any time on Facebook but the detail he provides on building an audience is fascinating. He spends a good bit of the book outlining how the Facebook systems work from his vantage point. I think it sounds like a creepy addiction machine but whatever. It’s a super short read, well worth the time even if you’re not interested in social media. He’s just a funny guy.

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Monument Valley

I’ve played Monument Valley on iOS since it first came out.   It’s a really unique game perfectly suited for an iPad.  There’s been a good deal of copy written lately about how much money a developer can make on the App Store.  Occasionally we get glimpses into the financial side of this business.  Very interesting to see for this admittedly very popular app.

Monument Valley in Numbers via SixColors