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VR and news journalism

November 12, 2019 2:24 pm
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In an age where humanity is increasingly lamenting its diminishing capacity for compassion and empathy, do you know what strikes me as an industry VR could be really transformative for? News media and journalism. The experience of VR is an incredibly immersive one, the user is more kinetically involved with... View Article

Getting Gutenberg: How I’m using WordPress’ new editor

November 7, 2019 3:42 pm
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Gutenberg, for those unaware (and this is a mighty weird article to read if you aren’t aware), is the new WordPress article creation tool. I say new, it’s been around about a year now. But from what I’ve gathered during my journey to this point as a theme developer, it’s... View Article

Increasing sales of premium product via anchoring

February 19, 2019 12:24 pm
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Anchoring is a form of cognitive bias where we as users tend to place increased emphasis on the first choice we are given when forming a decision. Anchoring and Adjustment explains how we tend to take the information provided by the anchor, and use that as the benchmark for any... View Article

Voice interface isn’t the next evolution of the GUI

December 7, 2018 11:38 am
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I got bored about half way through this article (probably about the time it actually started talking about how to design visually for voice), but in the first quarter there are some really nice stats on voice usage. However, I take umbrage with the following image in the article. The above... View Article

Refresher for how to set up Siri Shortcuts

October 21, 2018 2:45 pm
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I’ve recently made my life easier by setting up some Siri Shortcuts in my Stereo Remote app. As I have a tendency to forget things, I’ve jotted down some notes on how to implement Siri Shortcuts into an app. Be warned: This isn’t a tutorial for these things, although I... View Article

Adding Siri Shortcuts to my Stereo Remote app

October 20, 2018 9:58 pm
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I’ve spent the past week in my downtime exploring Siri Shortcuts in my Stereo Remote app. My Stereo Remote app is an iOS app for controlling my AV receiver. I use this because the hardware remote is god awful, and the software remotes are god awful. It’s a good app,... View Article

The potential cognitive load of using voice

July 30, 2018 1:09 pm
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Just been reading an article on Why touchscreens in cars don’t work (good article, give it a read) when I came upon a theory regarding the amount of cognitive load required to utilise Voice as an interaction method and why it’s not necessarily the preferred method for interaction for a user. Well,... View Article

Common digital design guidelines for offline designers

July 9, 2018 1:18 pm
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Compared to the static nature of print, the web is an ever evolving beast where a rectangle can be a circle and designed dimensions can be meaningless or rigid and unbreakable. As such here are a couple of simple traps that offline designers can often fall into. The biggest win... View Article

Swift Photos Framework

June 4, 2018 10:40 am
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Some concepts I’ve learnt that I need to try and remember about using the Photos framework for iOS.  Thought I’d jot them whilst the were fresh from moving some legacy code this weekend from the ALAssetsLibrary to using the Photos framework which was introduced a good few years ago. A... View Article

Using async methods in name spaced javascript

June 4, 2018 10:36 am
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Spent an hour boggling my brain on this, so it’s one to write down. If you are namespacing your javascript functions using the module pattern you may run into an instance where you try to return an async value (i.e. from a json resource) and the value obviously returns immediately. So... View Article