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A foundation of empathy: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
October 2, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. In this podcast episode, Tim O’Reilly talks about building systems and services for people, keeping a close eye on the …

A foundation of empathy: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
October 2, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. In this podcast episode, Tim O’Reilly talks about building systems and services for people, keeping a close eye on the …

A foundation of empathy: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
October 2, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. In this podcast episode, Tim O’Reilly talks about building systems and services for people, keeping a close eye on the …

Health games platforms mature in preparation for mainstream adoption

By Andy Oram
August 1, 2014

For the past several years, researchers have strived to create compelling games that improve behavior, reduce stress, or teach healthy responses to difficult life situations. Such healthy games tend to arise in research settings because of the need to demonstrate …

Health games platforms mature in preparation for mainstream adoption

By Andy Oram
August 1, 2014

For the past several years, researchers have strived to create compelling games that improve behavior, reduce stress, or teach healthy responses to difficult life situations. Such healthy games tend to arise in research settings because of the need to demonstrate …

Health games platforms mature in preparation for mainstream adoption

By Andy Oram
August 1, 2014

For the past several years, researchers have strived to create compelling games that improve behavior, reduce stress, or teach healthy responses to difficult life situations. Such healthy games tend to arise in research settings because of the need to demonstrate …

Thinking with things

By Jenn Webb
March 7, 2014

Editor’s note: we’re running a series of five excerpts from our forthcoming book Designing for Emerging Technologies, a compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the …

Defining and sculpting interactions between man and technology

By Jenn Webb
March 4, 2014

Editor’s note: we’re running a series of five excerpts from our forthcoming book Designing for Emerging Technologies, a compilation of works by industry experts in areas of user experience design related to genomics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and the …

Web Performance Is User Experience

By Lara Swanson
January 14, 2014

Think about how you search for things on the web. How quick are you to close a tab and go to the next search engine result if a site takes too long to load? Now consider doing that on your …

Mediated Visions

By Mike Loukides
December 2, 2013

ImpactLab has posted a nice pair of photos contrasting 2005 and 2013 in St. Peter’s Square. 2005 looks pretty much as you’d expect: lots of people in a crowd. In 2013, though, everyone is holding up a tablet, either photographing or perhaps …

Mobile First? Not So Fast!

By Laura Klein
June 19, 2013

Are we done with the Mobile First meme, yet? Can we be? Please? Look, don’t get me wrong. I fundamentally agree with a lot of the thoughts behind the annoying catchphrase “mobile first.” For example, I agree that mobile devices …

UX Is about Much More than Making Stuff Look Pretty

By Mary Treseler
May 9, 2013

Travis Lowdermilk (@tlowdermilk) is a software developer who recently joined Microsoft as UX Designer for Visual Studio. He hosts the Windows Developer Show and advocates for User-Centered Design (UCD). Travis is the author of User-Centered Design: A Developer’s Guide to …

How crowdfunding and the JOBS Act will shape open source companies

By Fred Trotter
March 28, 2013

Currently, anyone can crowdfund products, projects, causes, and sometimes debt. Current U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations make crowdfunding companies (i.e. selling stocks rather than products on crowdfund platforms) illegal. The only way to sell stocks to the public at large …

Mobile native publishing: The rise of dynamic content services

By Mark Sigal
March 25, 2013

One reason that industry disruptions prove so vexing to market leaders is that disruptive waves simultaneously barrel through assumptions about customer needs, industry economics and operational best practices. Consider the case of the motion picture business, an industry that was disrupted …

Who's using your API?

By Bruno Pedro
March 10, 2013

"Who's using your API" was the title of my presentation at the API Strategy & Practice Conference that happened on February 21 and 22, 2013 in New York City. One of the conference takeaways was the concern that almost everybody...

Why isn’t social media more like real life?

By Jim Stogdill
December 19, 2012

I finally got around to looking at my personal network graph on Linkedin Labs the other day. It was a fun exercise and I got at least one interesting insight from it. Take a look at these two well defined …

Reading experience and mobile design

By Travis Alber
December 5, 2012

It’s all about user experience. Once you get past whether a book is available on a particular reading platform, the experience is the distinguishing factor. How do you jump back to the table of contents? How do you navigate to …

The complexity of designing for everywhere

By Jenn Webb
August 14, 2012

In her new book The Mobile Frontier, author Rachel Hinman (@Hinman) says the mobile design space is a wide-open frontier, much like space exploration or the Wild West, where people have room to “explore and invent new and more human …

Data Jujitsu: The art of turning data into product

Data Jujitsu: The art of turning data into product
By DJ Patil
July 17, 2012

Having worked in academia, government and industry, I’ve had a unique opportunity to build products in each sector. Much of this product development has been around building data products. Just as methods for general product development have steadily improved, so …

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

Design your website for a graceful fail

Design your website for a graceful fail
By Jenn Webb
April 26, 2012

A failure in secondary content doesn't need to take down an entire website. Here, Etsy's Mike Brittain explains how to build resilience into UIs and allow for graceful failures.

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon

By Jenn Webb
April 13, 2012

Amazon does a happy dance as five of the Big Six publishers and Apple are sued by the DoJ. Elsewhere, Yahoo looks to increase revenues with ebook ads, and B&N lights up its Nook.

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon

Publishing News: DoJ lawsuit is great news for Amazon
By Jenn Webb
April 13, 2012

Amazon does a happy dance as five of the Big Six publishers and Apple are sued by the DoJ. Elsewhere, Yahoo looks to increase revenues with ebook ads, and B&N lights up its Nook.

The sorry state of ebook samples, and four ways to improve them

By Joe Wikert
April 13, 2012

Joe Wikert: "My gut tells me the revenue missed by not converting samples into sales is a much larger figure than the revenue lost to piracy. And yet, the publishing industry spends a small fortune every year in DRM but treats samples as an afterthought."

The sorry state of ebook samples, and four ways to improve them

By Joe Wikert
April 13, 2012

Joe Wikert: "My gut tells me the revenue missed by not converting samples into sales is a much larger figure than the revenue lost to piracy. And yet, the publishing industry spends a small fortune every year in DRM but treats samples as an afterthought."

Four short links: 6 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 6, 2012

FBI Uses Agile (Information Week) -- The FBI awarded the original contract for the case management system to Lockheed Martin in 2006, but an impatient Fulgham, who was hired in 2008 to get the project on track, decided to bring it in house in September 2010. Since then, the agency has been using agile development to push the frequently...

Top Stories: March 26-30, 2012

Top Stories: March 26-30, 2012
By Mac Slocum
March 30, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We looked at a four-step approach for designing great data products, Andy Oram shared the lessons he's learned about health care, and we learned about a competitive advantage that publishers aren't seizing.

Everyone has a stake in the digital reading experience

By Jenn Webb
March 13, 2012

In this video interview, Louis Rosenfeld, publisher at Rosenfeld Media, LLC, says ownership of the digital reading user experience is shared between authors, publishers, device manufacturers and readers.

Everyone has a stake in the digital reading experience

Everyone has a stake in the digital reading experience
By Jenn Webb
March 13, 2012

In this video interview, Louis Rosenfeld, publisher at Rosenfeld Media, LLC, says ownership of the digital reading user experience is shared between authors, publishers, device manufacturers and readers.

The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure?

The dilemma of authentic learning: Do you destroy what you measure?
By Marie Bjerede
March 7, 2012

Making and education clearly go hand in hand, but how do we quantify and share the results of authentic learning without losing its essence? That's the issue educators are currently facing.

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers
By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

The end of social

The end of social
By Mike Loukides
December 5, 2011

If you want to tell me what you listen to, I care. But if sharing is nothing more than a social application feed that's constantly updated without your volition, then it's just another form of spam.

Four short links: 11 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 11, 2011

Nudge Policies Are Another Name for Coercion (New Scientist) -- This points to the key problem with "nudge" style paternalism: presuming that technocrats understand what ordinary people want better than the people themselves. There is no reason to think technocrats know better, especially since Thaler and Sunstein offer no means for ordinary people to comment on, let alone correct,...

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when

By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when

Mobile analytics unlock the what and the when
By Jenn Webb
October 26, 2011

Flurry's CTO Sean Byrnes discusses app life cycles, the specifics of user engagement, and the difference between smartphone apps and tablet apps.

Linking in ebooks: How much is too much?

By Peter Meyers
October 11, 2011

Ebook producers must decide if the destinations behind embedded links are worth the disruptions they might cause.

Linking in ebooks: How much is too much?

Linking in ebooks: How much is too much?
By Peter Meyers
October 11, 2011

Ebook producers must decide if the destinations behind embedded links are worth the disruptions they might cause.

Scrolling, flipping, and clicking

By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

There are more open questions and unresolved issues than solutions when it comes to digital screens and user experience, says Oliver Reichenstein of iA, Inc. In this interview, he addresses some of the major UX issues, talks about why iA Writer works and highlights some larger issues behind online news revenue problems.

Scrolling, flipping, and clicking

Scrolling, flipping, and clicking
By Jenn Webb
October 7, 2011

There are more open questions and unresolved issues than solutions when it comes to digital screens and user experience, says Oliver Reichenstein of iA, Inc. In this interview, he addresses some of the major UX issues, talks about why iA Writer works and highlights some larger issues behind online news revenue problems.

Keeping images and text in sync

By Peter Meyers
September 13, 2011

The fluidity of digital content occasionally sends images in one direction and text in another. Here's a look at two design experiments that keep digital assets together.

Keeping images and text in sync

Keeping images and text in sync
By Peter Meyers
September 13, 2011

The fluidity of digital content occasionally sends images in one direction and text in another. Here's a look at two design experiments that keep digital assets together.

When was the last time you mined your site's search data?

By Mac Slocum
August 29, 2011

A gold mine is hiding in the data generated by website search engines, yet many site owners pay little attention to the analytics those engines yield. Author Lou Rosenfeld explains why site search is worth your time.

When was the last time you mined your site's search data?

When was the last time you mined your site's search data?
By Mac Slocum
August 29, 2011

A gold mine is hiding in the data generated by website search engines, yet many site owners pay little attention to the analytics those engines yield. Author Lou Rosenfeld explains why site search is worth your time.

To page or to scroll?

To page or to scroll?
By Peter Meyers
August 26, 2011

We all got comfortable scrolling through web pages a long time ago, but ereader and tablet design added a new quirk with the introduction of page flips. Here, Pete Meyers considers the applications of scrolling and flipping across reading environments.

To page or to scroll?

By Peter Meyers
August 26, 2011

We all got comfortable scrolling through web pages a long time ago, but ereader and tablet design added a new quirk with the introduction of page flips. Here, Pete Meyers considers the applications of scrolling and flipping across reading environments.

Inside Google+: The virtuous circle of data and doing right by users

By Mac Slocum
August 24, 2011

Data liberation and user experience emerged as core themes during a recent discussion between Tim O'Reilly and Google+ VP of Product Bradley Horowitz.

Inside Google+: The virtuous circle of data and doing right by users

Inside Google+: The virtuous circle of data and doing right by users
By Mac Slocum
August 24, 2011

Data liberation and user experience emerged as core themes during a recent discussion between Tim O'Reilly and Google+ VP of Product Bradley Horowitz.

Radar's top stories: June 27-July 1, 2011

Radar's top stories: June 27-July 1, 2011
By Mac Slocum
July 1, 2011

This week on Radar: We took a deep dive into Hadoop, Stuart Sierra discussed Clojure's growing popularity, and we looked at two key aspects of J.K. Rowling's Pottermore that publishers should copy.


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