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:

Where did the Marks & Spencer website relaunch go wrong?

https://econsultancy.com/blog/65244-where-did-the-marks-spencer-website-relaunch-go-wrong

The psychology of colour in persuasion.

Colour psychology: how colours influence the mind

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/habits-not-hacks/201408/color-psychology-how-colors-influence-the-mind

The Landing Page Punch that Will Boost Conversions

http://www.neurosciencemarketing.com/blog/articles/landing-page-punch.htm

NFC-Based Mobile Payments Said to Be a ‘Hallmark’ Feature of iPhone 6

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/28/wired-nfc-mobile-payments/

Amazon Updates Their Login Screen For The First Time In A Decade

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3035030/fast-feed/amazon-updates-their-login-screen-for-the-first-time-in-a-decade

Google Wing: Google’s drone delivery project

http://mashable.com/2014/08/28/google-project-wing-drone-delivery-australia/

and

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/29/google-joins-amazon-in-testing-home-delivery-drones

The Current State Of E-Commerce Search
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/08/18/the-current-state-of-e-commerce-search/

 

Can Starbucks Make 23,000 Coffee Shops Feel Unique?
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3034441/starbucks-secrets-to-make-every-store-feel-unique

 

Portrait of a Mobile Consumer: An Infographic
http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2014/08/portrait-of-a-mobile-consumer-an-infographic.php

E-Commerce Sites Need Multiple of These 5 ‘Search Scope’ Features
http://baymard.com/blog/search-scope

 

The I Absolutely, Definitely, Without a Doubt Want One of Those Link:
Bluetooth Speaker Is A Levitating Death Star Of Sound
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3034312/wanted/this-levitating-bluetooth-speaker-is-a-death-star-of-sound

 

 

 

www.firstchoice.co.uk_WHOLEToday sees the start of a really exciting period for me and the team. We have been working on the redesign (and replatform) of two of the biggest holiday websites in the UK. The fruits of our hard work, research, concepts, design, prototyping, testing and iterating are beginning to go live! This is the time when we get the numbers to prove the output of all our work!

Today sees the new Homepage go live on the First Choice site (www.firstchoice.co.uk). This the the MVP (Minimal Viable Product), comprising 11 of a total of 30 designed components (the rest will be released incrementally in the coming weeks and months). Also live is the whole new Destination section – pages about all the places that we offer holidays.  But these is only the first of a number of really exciting releases.

As things go live, I can start to talk about them and give some context and background to how they came to be, starting with homepage today! Over the next number of posts I hope to give you a complete insight into how I ran the process of such a huge redesign project from a UX & Design point of view, and the outputs.

So, the new Homepage… My vision was simple: Our Homepage should evoke emotion and provide inspiration. It should make people want to go on holiday with us.

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