Self-driving cars are the future

Source: Google

Over the past few years, autonomous cars have become a real discussion in the tech industry. What seemed like a fable was slowly turning into a feasible product. With companies like Google, Tesla, Apple, and Uber experimenting the technology on the road to collect data, the future has never been closer.

One big issue that technology like this bring is the removal of a social standard. It’s a standard to be able to drive cars properly in the modern world. Taking that away from drivers, taking the people’s control they had over their technology, is a very difficult thing to…


EU’s “right to be forgotten” and its benefits

EU’s “right to be forgotten”

What is the EU right to be forgotten? Well, when there is outdated information or information you don’t want to be seen online, there currently isn’t a way to remove that from search queries on Google. This is when “right to be forgotten” come sin — it gives the person a chance to have that information deleted.

They are required to apply to Google and ask the information to be taken down, in return, Google will weigh its choices and determine whether or not to remove it based on that. …


How do companies determine you’re qualified for the job?

Source: The Atlantic

In Don Peck’s piece They’re Watching You at Work, he discusses how not only workers in the companies, but in other companies are constantly monitored. With all the mass data they collect upon all these people, they are able to create a “profile” and determine whether or not to hire or promote employees.

Currently, there are a lot of biases in the HR hiring and promotion processes. Though it may not be an intentional bias, us as humans inherently judge and weight different people differently based on non-relevant traits they have.

Tall men get hired and promoted more frequently than…


They’re insane

In Morville and Rosenfeld’s book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, they discuss basic schemes on can use to organize information. There are two general groups to these basic schemes — exact organization schemes and ambiguous organization schemes.

Exact Organization Schemes

Alphabetical — The alphabetical scheme basically organizes information alphabetically, which is useful for users when they know what they’re looking for (i.e. last name). This is commonly used for websites that represent some kind of encyclopedia or dictionary.

Chronological — There are types of information that have a natural order (that isn’t alphabetical). A chronological scheme is typically used when there…


Why we might not be as safe as we think

Source: WIRED.com

In the famous post by Mat Honan, How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking, he talks about the critical system design and operational flaws that multiple companies had, and how combining those vulnerabilities can lead to devastating results for the users.

Apple and Amazon

Apple is known to produce one of the most secure platforms, having access to its hardware and software lowers the amount of uncertainty and increases control over the product. The issue, though, isn’t the security within the Apple system, rather, it was an issue when combining Apple AND Amazon’s security measures. Amazon were willing to…


Making UI great again

Source: inBlog (blog.invisionapp.com)

User interface is the means by the user interacts with the computer, which has proven to be one of the most important aspects of innovative products. Without good user interface, there will be no good user experience, causing the product to be inefficient. That being said, what makes good user interfaces? What are some basic principles to go by? After reading Ben Schneiderman’s Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design, Joshua Porter’s Principles of User Interface Design, as well as Jane Portman’s Core Principles of UI Design, I will extracted a few common themes amongst the pieces.

Common UI Principles

Consistency — Elements throughout…


How Disney MagicBand’s invisible technology makes it seem magical

Source: Wired.com “Disney’s $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband”

“It’s like magic!”. Unlike decades prior, technology today has become much smaller, even invisible at times. Disney’s magical wristband is a prime example of that. 30 years ago, it may be a feat that a huge box could run computer like commands, but now, what is impressive is how invisible and automatic technology can become.

Affordances, signifiers, and feedback

How do we have a grasp of how to use new technology? Shouldn’t it be new and should we be completely lost of how to use it? No. In Donald Norman’s book The Design of Everyday Things, he explains the the concepts of affordances, signifiers…


User research methods, dangers created from user personas

Piece based on Erika Hall’s Just Enough Research (chapter 5&8)

In today’s world, design is everything. The technology and intelligence behind the product is nothing but worthless if the design is lacking. To design an appealing product, one must take into account the representative users and their context — their natural environment. These include “the physical environment, mental model, habits, and relationships”(77). By observing a particular group, we can start asking the fundamental question of design ethnography — “what do people do and why do they do it?”(82).

When we talk about user research as distinguished from usability testing, we’re talking about ethnography, the study of humans in their culture.(77)

Design Ethnography


It isn’t someone in a black turtleneck making already-designed products look more pretty

Source: Inc.com

Apple is the most valuable company today. Why is that? While most would argue that it is due to their spectacular design thinking, the majority of them don’t actually understand what design thinking is beyond its looks.

The original iPhone was a huge deal

Though it is true that attractive design lures customers in, user-centered designs goes beyond its looks. The first iPhone, arguably the biggest product launched in the past decade, wasn’t successful merely because it looked pretty. At the time, smartphones weren’t as widespread as today, but the iPhone was the gateway to the mobile world we live in today. It was the extremely simple…


One word, three definitions

Source: University of Cambridge Judge Business School (19 January 2016)

In the article Information as Thing, Michael K. Buckland tackles the challenge of defining the term “information”. When a word is as ambiguous as “information”, giving it a concrete definition can make the meaning seem unsatisfactory and unfair to the other possible interpretations. Thus, he approaches the term by gathering “principal uses [that] can be identified, sorted, and characterized” (351), splitting the definition of information to three major categories:

Information-as-process

This is the essential, yet simplest of the three information types. Information-as-process is simply when the act of passing information from a sender to a receiver happens. Although it seemingly encompasses…

Kelden Lin

Web Designer & Developer — http://keldenl.com/

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