Friday Link Round Up – March 20, 2015

It’s not enough to be fast: how emulating human interaction is key to improving digital communication

Too much info? Or not enough? Which created a double-digit conversion increase?

Why is Amazon launching a physical store – and what will it mean for retail? (via @leemcivor)

Designing for the Workspace First (via @jackroless)

Ikea: 7 Predictions For What Your Home Will Look Like In 2020

Video of the week:

The Four Horsemen: Amazon/Apple/Facebook & Google – Who Wins, Who Loses?

User Experience, Usability and Design links for September 24th

I bookmark a lot of pages and sites which I find interesting, inspirational and informative every day! I’d like to share some of them with you here. In general they are about user experience, usability, UCD, accessbility and design. In general, but not always!!

  • YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.
    CS 547: Human-Computer Interaction Seminar (Seminar on People, Computers, and Design) is a Stanford University course that features weekly speakers on topics related to human-computer interaction design. The seminar is organized by the Stanford HCI Group, which works across disciplines to understand the intersection between humans and computers. This playlist consists of seminar speakers recorded during the 2008-2009 academic year.
  • Why We Sketch
    It seemed the conference room got brighter, as if, for the team staring at the whiteboard, light bulbs just went on. There was a collective sense of "Ohhh, I get it now."<br />
    <br />
    It was the culmination of a very confusing discussion, where everyone thought they knew what they were talking about, but, as it turns out, nobody was on the same page. In a moment of frustration, one junior team member—a designer—stepped up to the whiteboard and declared, "This is what I think we're talking about."<br />
    <br />
    Turns out the junior designer got it wrong. Yet his design spurred the idea's progenitor to rush to the board, grab the pen, and quickly correct the mistakes.<br />
    <br />
    That's when the group sighed their collective "ohhh" and the room lit up. The shift had happened. Up until now, they were talking about WHAT they were trying to do. Now, they could talk about HOW they would do it.
  • Playing Hard to Get: Using scarcity to influence behavior | UX Magazine
    Microsoft recently announced an upcoming price increase for the XBox Live Gold membership fee. When this news broke, a few retailers such as NewEgg responded by pushing their existing stock of gift cards (selling the membership at the older, lower price). It was fascinating to watch people scramble to get their hands on the remaining gift cards. Even people who hadn’t yet tried XBox Live purchased some of the gift cards, explaining, “they won’t be around for long—now’s the last chance to buy a year membership at the current price.”
  • Mobile Usability (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)
    In user testing, website use on mobile devices got very low scores, especially when users accessed "full" sites that weren't designed for mobile.
  • Animals in the news – The Big Picture –

Please do feel free to suggest other related (and unrelated ones)!