Visualize our blog now possible


After Dr. V. emailed me the midterm evaluation. I was very impress about the word cloud, it help me identify what was the most important characteristic other teammates think about me immediately.  Find out it was a web tool call Wordle makes this possible.

Here is my UX blog in a glance

And I create a feed for all our CGT 512 class blog,

Here is the word visualization of it:

I am so happy I found this tool, this way is easy to find users or experts trend about any topic quickly. And maybe change my focus toward more user-centered.

Go try it yourself, but watch the time! Please let me know if you come across other great data visualization tool. Thanks.

Wireframes start from designer’s perspective vs. user’s perspective


In Class yesterday, we get to have hand on experience to create a wireframe for a iphone app.

In the beginning of the class, Dr. V. tries to encourage to find the relation between Engineering, Human Information Processing (HIP), and Experience-focus (phenomenological). One builds on the previous one, from only care about working advance to easy to use, and into pleasant to use.

It is interesting some group built their wireframe base the working functionality, some group are trying to create the app to be pleasant to use, and our group fall into the paradigm of HIP, created our app for ease to use, straight forward on what can the user do and do it efficiently. I still think many steps in our app are redundant, and illuminate them can create a better user-experience. For example, a student want to check his cumulative GPA, he or she should find it quickly instead of have to go through hurdles to get to it or 10 different ways to get to the same information. Although I am very impress to see some of the complex app wireframe in only two hours, often I heard what they can offer to the user instead of what do the user really want. And of course we will have to base on some research data to tell us what the user’s goal is.

Thank you all for the efforts put into this class project, it is very pleasant to explore, good experience-focus project, Dr. V.

Never be hot or cold agiain? New Nest’s smart thermostat from ipod designer


The Nest’s thermostat designs to learn all your habit, so it will know your need when you need.

The simple and slick design not only gives the user a wonderful visual experience, but also brings a simple and comfort user experience.

User only need to tune it up or down, or from a Ipad App, and let Nest do the rest. Great Design and sell out for 2011.

Visit Nest Home Page for product detail, videos and More.

This product is now available through Amazon.com, go and check it out.