Remembering Steve Jobs through his 1983 speech

It’s already been a year since Steve Jobs’ passing. To mark the occasion, I’d like to reflect on his life through a long lost recording of a speech he gave in 1983 that has only recently been made available. Listening to that speech is an incredible experience which I highly recommend.

It is remarkable how comfortable, funny and genuinely passionate Jobs already was. You can’t fake that or train for it. He understood so many things already, like how media alaways need to evolve to adapt to technological transitions. So many music majors and movie studios still haven’t learnt that lesson in 2012!

While talking about the ground-breaking typographical capacities of the Lisa, he states: “we are solving the problem of injecting liberal arts into computers.” This is almost word for word how he described Apple’s mission during his very last keynotes. It is simply remarkable how faithful he stayed to his mission over 30 years.

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Clarifying the disciplines of UX (or #DTDT, part 1)

There is still a lot of confusion about what it is that us UX people do. Here is my attempt to clarify the field.

Many disciplines are usually associated with UX and most of them even have their professional bodies(UXPA, IA institute, IxDA). I will try to define what each is at its core. You will find that actually, their names are pretty explicit and easy to understand. Continue reading

This blog just rebooted!

As you may have noticed, things have changed on this site. I just moved and upgraded my blog, and started posting again.

This blog is now back with a new responsive theme, full english and french language support, and more improtanty more frequent posts.

I hope you’ll like it.

Why the Mac App Store’s user journey will make it a success

Mac App Store IconA couple of days ago, Apple launched the Mac App Store, a new way to find, buy, install and update applications for your Mac. It aims to replicate the success of the iPhone and iPad app stores. I believe it will be incredibly successful, breathing new life into the Mac software market by widely increasing the number of users installing (and paying for!) applications on their machine.

The reason is simple: the application purchase and installation process just got a million times easier, which for the first time brings it within reach of many users.

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My quibbles with Design Jam

Today I took part in an new kind of event, called Design Jam.

As Johanna Kollmann (one of the organizers) has already done an excellent job providing an explanation of the concept and a summary of the day on johnnyholland.org, I’ll simply advise you go ahead and read her post first if you did not attend the event.

Leisa Reichelt, one of the roaming mentors of the days, provided her own review of the day’s efforts, kindly phrased as constructive advice. I was going to simply drop a comment on her post, but since I kept rambling and did not want to hijack her post, I’m writing my own thoughts here.

 

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iTunes 10 new sync mode

While some have noticed that the new iTunes 10 could now play music directly from connected iDevices without having to activate the special “Manually manage music and video” mode, the other interesting related, but much more interesting new feature was missed.

Previously, iTunes media transfert was either a full sync, meaning you had first to put songs in a playlist then tell iTunes to sync it with the phone, or a full manual process, where you could drag and drop files, but would loose the power of using the sync options defined.

It is now possible to simply drag and drop songs from the iTunes list to the iPhone icon, which which prompt iTunes to immediately transfer these songs to your device.

iTunes 10 will list those songs under a new “Manually Added Songs”  group in the “Music” tab of its iPhone settings.

This new feature allow the best of both modes: full sync while still allowing immediate media transfer on demand. Sweet.

See it the new iPhone sync music settings screen on this screenshot.

PS. I discovered this by chance, and I can’t understand why Apples doesn’t announce such new features somewhere in their release notes.

 

 

A reading mode for the web?

What is the main task I have to accomplish while reading an article on the web? The answer is obvious: the task is to read the article.
Yet looking at most websites, only a small part of the webpage actually supports this task. Safari Reader is the latest attempt to help users take matters into their hands.

Read the full post A reading mode for the web? on Flow Interactive’s Think blog

 

Why the iPad UI matters, and how it differs from the Tablet PC, but also from the iPhone.

Here are the slightly updated slides from my presentation at UXCampLondon 1.5.

This is an in-depth look at the iPad user interface with guidelines and examples: what’s new, and what lessons were learned from theTablet PC concept and the iPhone’s  user interface.

If you think the iPad is just a bigger iPod, this presentation is for you.

View the slides on Slidshare (and make sure you read the notes!): Why the iPad UI matters, and how it differs from the Tablet PC, but also from the iPhone.