Machine Learning, BI and User Experience

D3-big_data_visualizations-500x338I’ve been friends with the CEO of an undisclosed BI company for some time and one of the things that our conversations have lead me to focus on is the idea of application heat mapping to look at how users behave and interact with an application. What is exciting is the innovative change, along with the orchestration engine and AI analytics of the IOE system, as an opportunity for how we do better application heat mapping and a great extension to the kinds of BI my friend’s company back east might be able to deliver to their users. Continue reading

Transhuman Design – Experience Focused Engineering

Perfection-945x536Transhuman Design IS ‘Experience Focused Engineering’. Why? Admittedly, I’m coining this definition or phraseology; but it goes to what I do for a living and helps explain that to people outside the field. Further, this definition quantifies a philosophical approach that has been developing in the fields of User Experience Design and Software Engineering and Industrial hardware design and the like. Numerous trends are coming together and the products and services that are standing out are the ones focused on design. Continue reading

5 year Strategic Vision in the Tech Sector for Software Engineering Firms

imageAs a CTO, I get asked a lot about what my ‘vision’ is for the future in technology in the sectors I operate in.  where are we going, what will happen is all part of the magic sauce… I thought for once I would share a summary minus all the super secret research and details by which this is based on about where I think the technology sector is going and how a company in that sector would position itself to take advantage of those trends.

As an industry, where are we going? 

How is the market going to transform itself over the next 5 years?

What do we need to do to position us to take advantage of the situation? Continue reading

Design Process in 10 minutes or less – Part 2

Visual Designsok so 10 minutes seems to take me more like 30 to actually write out so here goes the last half.  One thing to keep in mind design is not a set rule where you must do this and this and this.  Experience Design is a cycle of creativity, feedback and working towards a creative goal.  My way might not be your way but if I’m going to teach you lets start by what works consistently for most UX designers I know.

Step 7… at this point we have our Hifi wires?  did we get feedback?  at this point its time for a really good detail review, with stake holders and users separately.  You need their input on what makes since or doesn’t and on what works visual and does.  Asking lot of questions like can they figure out how to do x? and incorporate what is logical into the design. Continue reading

Design Process in 10 minutes or less – Part 1

wiresRunning around being a CTO leaves me little time for creative tasks that I so love.  Last week or so I was asked by a design intern more or less what my design process (and by design process I mean their experience design process) is and or what THEIR’s should be, my response was about 10 minutes of what I felt they should start with in terms of a design process… Continue reading

Episode 10: Emerging Experiences in Retail and Consumer Facing Environments

Emmy Award Site

for Emmy Awards, Entertainment Tonight and SL1 Launch Keynote

Another great episode of #TiredAllOver on Emerging Experiences in retail and how those will evolve over the next several years, how we build them, what it means and maybe a bit about why brick and mortar won’t die and more.  It’s a fun monologue on how technology affects retail and UX professionals now and in the future additionally about how those technologies work together and how they compare with other market trends.

Related links to some of what I talked about:

Planar: http://www.planar.com/

HP: http://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/static/page-ts?jumpid=re_11260_redirect_Aug12_touch_hho_redirect_redirect

windows 8: http://www.microsoft.com/click/services/Redirect2.ashx?CR_CC=200134971

Adobe: http://helpx.adobe.com/learning.html

Microsoft retail store video… talking about the engineering of one of the emerging experiences I did at [wire] stone. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mvpawardprogram/archive/2011/01/04/achieving-digital-zen-in-retail.aspx

and another some what related video from MSDN Bytes where I was interviewed about win8 experience design: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/bytes.aspx

Episode 5: Good UX Design, Return on Investment (ROI) and Plugging the Interwebs into the back of my head…

ms retail software kiosk

Microsoft Retail Store Software Kiosk

In this episode I talk about the Return on Investment or ROI of good UX design and I dive a little bit into what how UX design can solve problems and improve human machine interfaces.  A couple of things I touch on include good practices with UX , user centered design and how to easily apply it to mobile application development and additionally how it solved some R & D with visual over lay systems such as glass’s and potentially cybernetic implants… all in good fun =)

Episode 3: For the Love of Technology, User Experience and Transhumanism

In this episode we talk about the love of technology, user experience and transhumanism and why its all interconnected at least in my own personal psychosis.

To learn more about User eXperience and why its a trend (10 years out): “A Whole new mind” http://astore.amazon.com/mormontransha-20/detail/1594481717

To learn more about technology trends (20+ years out): “The Singularity is near: When humans transcend Biology” http://astore.amazon.com/mormontransha-20/detail/0670033847