With Black Friday upon us, here’s some articles to read in between refreshing your favourite online store.
Number one - The future with Microplatforms
It’s fruitless to swim against the tide of continuous change that comes with digital transformation. However, as our very own Viktor and Stu outline, embracing this change is an opportunity for continuous improvement. Over at the Soda report website, the pair outline how Microplatforms can bring together Microservices (that enable flexibility and scalability) with the simplicity of monolithic application architecture, enabling easier and cheaper change to be implemented.
Number two - Digital transformation index
Dell and Intel have created the Digital Transformation Index, finding that 19% of organisations have expressed fears that their businesses will be left behind in the oncoming tides of digital transformation. Read more about the research over at Computer Weekly.
Number three - Every little helps
Good UXD is all about the little things - more specifically, it’s all about the micro-experiences. These are the small things that happen before, during, and after a user interacts with a product, website, app, or service.
Human engagement, how a user feels about a product from the get go, can be forgotten in light of a wireframe, research, information architecture, alongside all the other projects you are working on. But these small details make a huge difference, so check out UX Collective and learn more about how to introduce micro-experiences into your traditional UX projects.
Number four - The click wheel
In its ‘Button of the Month’ series, The Verge is highlighting the switches and buttons that changed how we interact and appreciate devices on a physical level. This month, it’s one of the most iconic physical designs, the Apple iPod click wheel. This iconic design was the seamless solution to scrolling through lists of data on a small screen without the aid of a touch screen, used throughout Apple products before the touch screen came to fruition.
Number five - Take a seat, correctly
In this fourth industrial age of computers, we spent most of work sitting down tapping away at a keyboard. This daily sitting goes beyond the office, from our commute in to sitting at a restaurant, to putting your feet up at the end of the day to watch some Netflix, and more often than not we are sitting in chairs that are detrimental to our backs.
So, with the cold evenings closing in, here’s some health advice from NPR which outlines how chairs are now ‘too deep or too soft’ and how we should be sitting to prevent future back problems.