To preface, I am a Semi-Certified Pseudo-Natural Quasi-Healer, but you can call me Doctor[1] – I purchased my medical degree from the Ballygobackwards Alternative Natual Medical Store.

 

In this time of lurgy, colds and flu, I recommend the following:

 

  1. Never blow your nose. Allow it to drip freely. Children never wipe their noses. They know best. Tissues are evil beings trying to take over the world.

 

  1. Every morning before breakfast drink 3 pints of Guinness. Breakfast should consist of a cup of black tea with a shot of whiskey and stale bread. These two will form a natural antibiotic when mixed in the stomach.

 

  1. Always wear odd socks. The feet are a common point of attack for nasty germs. Odd socks will confuse them.

 

  1. Bathe in a natural infusion of water, poitín (Irish Moonshine – local, regional variants may suffice) and strong, French, smelly cheese. This is a centuries old Mongolian remedy which has, on occasion, been known to work. People will not want to get too close to you and therefore you reduce your contact with germ carriers.

 

  1. Always sleep with some fish powder, wrapped in linen, under you pillow. Fish do not catch the cold or the flu.

 

  1. Never, ever consult a doctor. They spend all day with sick people, you are more likely to catch something from a doctor than anyone else. Doctors wear white coats to give the impression of cleanliness. This is a clever ruse.

 

  1. Always trust old wives’ tales. They did not reach such an advanced age by luck.

 

 

[1] I am not a doctor.

This Explains Everything: A course on User Behaviour  (via @leemcivor)

http://www.productpsychology.com/

Embracing “Showrooming”

http://www.newretailblog.com/embracing-%E2%80%9Cshowrooming%E2%80%9D/

MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/17/mastercard-will-borrow-a-touch-id-trick-for-fingerprint-scanning-credit-card/

7 Techniques For Prioritizing Customer Requirements

http://www.measuringu.com/blog/prioritize-requirements.php

The “Now for something different” link

The Ultimate Coffee Table For A Small Apartment

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3036970/wanted/the-ultimate-coffee-table-for-a-small-apartment

How retail shelf media can turn browsers into buyers

http://www.retailcustomerexperience.com/articles/how-retail-shelf-media-can-turn-browsers-into-buyers/

 

Is Amazon trying to replicate Apple Stores?

http://www.internetretailer.com/2014/10/09/amazon-trying-replicate-apple-stores

 

10 Things To Know About Net Promoter Scores And The User Experience

http://www.measuringu.com/blog/nps-ux.php

 

 

The “And now for something a little different” link:

Inside The Design Of Norway’s Beautiful New Banknotes

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3036911/fast-feed/inside-the-design-of-norways-beautiful-new-banknotes

 

 

Videos of the Week:

Data in the Human Context

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q6aA5qdCzU

Seeing Spaces

http://vimeo.com/97903574

 

4 Facts About Decision Making That Will Improve Conversion Rate Optimization

http://www.neurosciencemarketing.com/blog/articles/4-facts-decision-making.htm

 

 

Great resource on design research methods

http://designresearchtechniques.com

 

 

It’s called “Ship” not “Sh*t”.

The Minimum Viable Problem!

http://blog.heyimcat.com/its-called-ship-not-shit/

 

 

Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/09/29/balancing-line-length-font-size-responsive-web-design/

 

 

Focus groups are worthless.

https://medium.com/@mulegirl/focus-groups-are-worthless-7d30891e58f1

 

 

US Mobile Benchmark Report 2014

http://www.cmo.com/content/dam/CMO_Other/ADI/ADI_Mobile_Report_2014/2014_US_Mobile_Benchmark_Report.pdf

 

 

An in-depth look at Apple Pay, and what it means for retailers

http://www.retailcustomerexperience.com/articles/an-in-depth-look-at-apple-pay-and-what-it-means-for-retailers/

 
How Moosejaw’s tone of voice creates hilarious multichannel experiences

https://econsultancy.com/blog/65437-how-moosejaw-s-tone-of-voice-creates-hilarious-multichannel-experiences

 
While marketplace sales on Amazon soar in August, eBay’s sales falter

http://www.internetretailer.com/2014/09/10/while-marketplace-sales-amazon-soar-ebays-sales-falter

 
Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know

http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/09/happiness-10-fascinating-new-psychology-studies-everyone-should-know.php

 

 

The “Now For Something A Little Different” link:
See Amazon’s Stunning New London HQ With A Garden On The Roof

http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-of-amazon-hq-in-london-2014-9#heres-the-view-from-above-check-out-the-tennis-courts-on-the-roof-1

 
Friday Funny:
Samsung take the proverbial out of Apple’s bigger screen: