Story-centered design: how to make a prototype in PowerPoint When I started my career as a management consultant, I was surprised at how versatile PowerPoint was. We used it for everything from seating charts to market-entry strategies for Fortune 500 clients. At Astrid, I found a new use for PowerPoint: building prototypes. These clickable mockups are great for rapidly testing with users and applying what you learn right away.
This Is Your Brain on Quantum Computers Machines enrich and enhance our lives, whether it’s the smartphones that allow us to stay connected or the supercomputers that solve our toughest computational problems. Imagine how much more productive and innovative our world will be when computers become infinitely more powerful. Indeed, the growing field of quantum computing may make our current technological capacities look feeble and primitive in comparison. It could even transform the workings of the human brain and revolutionize how we think in ways we can’t begin to imagine. The New Rules for Scrolling in Web Design What was once taboo in website design has made a complete resurgence as one of the most popular techniques in recent years as users are finding a new love and appreciation for sites where scrolling is a necessity. Shedding its old stigmas, scrolling is reinventing itself as a core interaction design element – that also means designers need to learn the new rules. Photo credit: Fitbit In this piece, we’ll explore the rebirth of scrolling, discuss some pros and cons, and list out some quick tips for the technique.
A Lightning-Fast Way To Make A Digital Prototype [Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Missed the other previous posts? Here are Parts I, II, III, IV, and V.] At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. We call it a product design sprint. This is the sixth in a series of seven posts on running your own design sprint.
Predictive World launches to global audience — The Psychometrics Centre We are excited to announce the launch of Predictive World, the result of a collaborative data visualisation project between the Psychometrics Centre, Sid Lee Paris and Ubisoft! Predictive World is an interactive online experience, in which users discover how much a cyber-system can predict about them using digital records of their behavior. Discover what the Predictive World cyber-system knows about you The site was developed to promote the much-awaited release of WATCH_DOGS 2, in which big data plays a key role. In the game, hero Marcus Holloway is wrongly profiled as a potential criminal by a city-wide operating system collecting and analyzing data on every citizen.
13 Quick Tips to Improve Your Web Design Skills Designing your company website can be a challenging proposition. You’ve got to juggle the expectations of many stakeholders, and you can often hit obstacles that prevent new ideas from emerging. I was the design manager for a large company website for nearly six years, and during that time, I found myself losing perspective of what our target audiences really needed. Card sorting software tools Wondering what tools are available to conduct card sorts? Have a look at these: Optimal Sort – Online card sorting tool. Open and closed sort, with a range of analysis options (including my analysis spreadsheet)Websort – Online card sorting tool with open and closed sort options. Check out the beta version for enhanced sorting and better analysis options.SynCaps – Windows processing and analysis software for card sortsXSort – Card sorting software for Mac.
Google Says Machine Learning Chips Make AI Faster and More Efficient Google recently bared the inner workings of its dedicated machine learning chip, the TPU, marking the latest skirmish in the arms race for AI hardware supremacy. Shorthand for Tensor Processing Unit, the chip has been tailored for use with Google’s open-source machine learning library TensorFlow, and has been in use in Google’s data centers since 2015. But earlier this month the company finally provided performance figures for the device. The company says the current generation of TPUs are designed for inference — using an already trained neural network to carry out some kind of function, like recognizing voice commands through Google Now.
15 Great Examples of Calls-to-Action for Lead Generation Ever tried so hard NOT to click on a graphical link or button on a website only to be thwarted by the tantalizing message and promise of what would be on the other side? Well my friends…you've just witnessed examples of calls-to-action working effectively. It gave you something to do…and well...you did it. Why'd you do it? It's probably because calls-to-action add some serious meaning to simple graphical links.
Roger Beynon - Predictive Personas (1/7) You are about to embark on a major site redesign. Your team has come up with a raft of ideas, covering everything from exotic product simulators to a new color palette. How do you evaluate the ideas? Evolution's Brutally Simple Rules Can Make Machines More Creative Despite nature’s bewildering complexity, the driving force behind it is incredibly simple. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is an uncomplicated but brutally effective optimization strategy that has allowed life to solve complex problems, like vision and flight, and colonize the harshest of environments. Researchers are now trying to harness this optimization process to find solutions to a host of science and engineering problems. The idea of using evolutionary principles in computation dates back to the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the idea really took off. By the 1980s the approach had crossed over from academic curiosities into real-world fields like engineering and economics. Applying natural selection to computing